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174 Holland America Venice Cruise Reviews

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Karima
Member Since 2010
1 review
113 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I hadn't inquired as to the size of the ship, so this is on me. I'm used to the smaller ships. Too many people. I'd meet lovely people and then never see them again. I was berthed in the rear of the ship, and was exhausted by the time ... Read more
andreecruisemom
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
35 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I took our 3 sons (ages 23, 20 and 13) for their first trip to Europe. We specifically picked this cruise for the great ports of call. We are very familiar with HAL and know that it is not the line you go on for all the ... Read more
wahoo2002
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife and I are retired, seasoned travelers having experienced many land and cruise tours. For this cruise we arrived in Venice two days prior to disembarking for the Mediterranean. We spent two nites at the Rialto Hotel right at the ... Read more
bemc
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
My wife and I traveled on the Venice to Barcelona cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam on May 16th. This was our third cruise on Holland America and we expected a special cruise. Unfortunately it was a disappointment. The Nieuw Amsterdam ... Read more
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landlubberSanD
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
Great Cruise, much better than i expected. Wish more time was available in each port, that is the only drawback i found. Trying to see Rome in 11 hours is sub optimal. Kotor could easily be skipped, the old town smelled like an ... Read more

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Fairlight Spencer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The GOOD: My sincere compliments to all the staff on this voyage. Everyone had a smile on his or her face at all times. All were most congenial. Our room attendants "bent over backwards" to help us in any way. For this I an ... Read more
Carlou
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
My wife and me sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam from May 4th to May 16th 2015. We went from Venice to Istambul and back to Venice. The ship was absolutly perfect. Very comfortable and we specially appreciated that there was lot of space ... Read more
zhemmingway2
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
From an experienced cruise traveler: STAY AWAY FROM THIS CRUISE LINE Worst cruise ever. The ship was being repaired while sailing. Huge amount of noise. Debris falling on the balcony. Top deck not accessible. Any-time dining ... Read more
tmartin6@mac.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
If I were a first time cruiser I might have thought our 22 day Mediteranian cruise on the Zuiderdam was wonderful. We have been cruising with Holland America for more than 20 years and just within the past five years there have been what ... Read more
elganpat
Member Since 2014
1 review
51 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
This was our first time with HAL and we loved it! Our cabin, 6132 was in the rear of the ship and near the elevators. Perfect location. It was quiet and while we did feel the gentle rocking of the ship at night, there was not excessive ... Read more

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IntrepidExplorers
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
We were on the Zuiderdam for a 22 day Venice to Rome to Barcelona vacation. Very port intensive, but most of the ports were wonderful. First part was Greece and Greek isles; second part was Italy, France and Spain. Ship was extremely ... Read more
NCCubsFan
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We have sailed with HAL 4 other times and have not been disappointed. Our cabin was great, well kept, the furnishings were very comfortable. If you expect zip lines and water slides this is not the ship. If you want pampered service, ... Read more
rotjeknor
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
187 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
This was our 5th HAL cruise in a row. The previous ones were on the Rotterdam and Ryndam, I was a bit hesitant about a Vista Class ship, it being a lot bigger. The Zuiderdam turned out to be a great ship, although a lot more pax on board ... Read more
TheChicagoDude
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise ship experience, and we won't be traveling on Holland America any time soon. At the outset I should note we've got years of travel experience internationally - from our first trip from the US to Mainland China ... Read more
TheChicagoDude
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise ship experience, and we won't be traveling on Holland America any time soon. At the outset I should note we've got years of travel experience internationally - from our first trip from the US to Mainland China ... Read more

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alvaradoter
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
This company understaffs their ships. Not enough crew members to serve the passengers properly. The ship sailed before dry dock repairs were completed (we found that after the ship left port!). Repairs were done while sailing. Loud ... Read more
PixTraveler
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have been traveling since 2000 when we visited Australia and the South Pacific. We have been on over ten cruises from many cruise lines since then, but this is the first time we have felt the strong desire to post a comment on the web. ... Read more
BNguy
Member Since 2005
1 review
110 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Some background, my wife and I are in our early 60's, we have cruised 6 times before this, most on Holland America and we live in the Midwest US. We had planned to take a cruise aboard the Noordam but it's itinerary got cancelled so we ... Read more
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aqua
Member Since 2000
1 review
617 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I went on the Nieuw Amsterdam 12 day Venice to Barcelona sailing. Embarkation in Venice was quick and easy. We had mid ship inside cabin # 6073 (category I) that was very nice by cruise ship standards. There was a couch and ... Read more
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emmakgg
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Where do I start? We had a cabin that seemed fine but got 'upgraded' to the same cabin one floor above due to it being our honeymoon - to the cabin with noise problems (as even acknowledged in their own on board video). Presumably someone ... Read more

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andy183
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We are a family with 2 teenage children and have enjoyed 4 cruises with HAL. There must be something quite satisfying about a HAL cruise which keeps us coming back. Venice is a fantastic place to visit and from which to embark, the sail ... Read more
ole miss gal
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
It was a family of 4 ( 17 year old girl and 20 year old boy) Getting on the ship was so easy and very professional. Go early to board ship so you can explore ! We booked all of our tours before we boarded. So we went to the Spa first to ... Read more
mactig
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just completed an 11 day cruise on Noordam from Venice to Civitavecchia. This was our fourth HAL cruise and the second time on the Noordam. Again it was a great experience but there were one or two areas where we felt HAL's usual standard ... Read more
marycordaro
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
We just got back from a 12 night Mediterranean cruise roundtrip from Venice. This was our first experience with HAL, and here are our impressions. Holland America misrepresented the need for Visas. In the documents they emailed us after ... Read more
Tibetan
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
My wife & I returned a few weeks ago from an excellent 11 night cruise on the Noordam. Normally I wouldn't submit reviews, but after reading a few of the other Noordam reviews on Cruise Critic I feel I have to add my opinion as I ... Read more

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