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29 Holland America World Cruise Reviews

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N410MP
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
2 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
This was our second World Cruise on HAL Amsterdam, but not our last. Our favorite cruise line is Crystal, but HAL is a better deal. 80% of the quality for 60% of the price. So when we can save up enough shekels we go on Crystal, when we ... Read more
willrey
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This cruise offered unusual ports. I was on the last segment from Capetown South Africa to Southampton England. Our ports were: Capetown, Luderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, Luanda, Angola, two islands in Cape Verde, three islands in the ... Read more
St Pete Cruiser
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
268 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
One of the plans you tend to make upon finishing your working years is what will you do to celebrate retiring. I had long ago decided to do a long and adventurous cruise to new places. I had my eye on the Grand Pacific cruise on Holland ... Read more
glomarrone
Member Since 2011
21 reviews
328 forum posts
4 helpful votes
For many years, my husband & I discussed visiting the Far East and South Pacific. With our 50th wedding anniversary soon approaching, we started researching cruises to these destinations. Since Holland America's 2014 Grand Pacific ... Read more
conrad41
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A message was sent by email the day before we were to embark on our cruise. We were already in Vancouver and did not receive this email until after the cruise. Even if we had received this message, it would have been expensive and ... Read more

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pzbz
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
123 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is my 3 rd sailing to Alaska but first time with HAL on this route. Having done several other cruises also to Europe with HAL and other lines I find myself comparing. My husband and I felt that the overall experience was pleasant. The ... Read more
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MITY
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Positives: Beautiful ship. Very good service by staff and crew. Smooth operation of complicated itinerary. Interesting guest lecturers. Good orientation lectures about each port of call. Flexible dining and always the desired table, even ... Read more
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HermioneGingold
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
On March 3, 2013, our day of departure, we arrived early at Barangaroo Wharf 5 in order to beat the crowds. Once there, we had an orderly check-in and then were asked to assemble with a group of about forty people. Apparently the ... Read more
seakayaker
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2013
We arrived at the terminal around 1:30 and was greeted with a check in line that snaked all over. For a ship with only 1150 people, taking 2 1/2 hours to check in is pretty bad. The line was just as long when we did get checked in as it ... Read more
fogchase
Member Since 2011
1 review
20 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2013
We greatly enjoyed the 2013 HAL Grand World Voyage (115 days) on the ms Amsterdam. It's a little sad getting back to the real world after the adventure, the glamour, and the pampering over the past four months. However, we do have some ... Read more

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SwissMyst
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
6,210 forum posts
0 helpful votes
PORTS: London-Lisbon-Malaga-Tunis-Malta-Naphlion-Athens-Suez Canal-Safafa-Dubai (2 days)-Abu Dahbi-Goa-Mangalore-Cochin-Port Blair-Langkawi-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore-(Indoneisa) Jakarta-Semerang-Bali (2 ... Read more
kauai2
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
269 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
We were on the December 5, 2012 Panama Canal cruise.I booked the a category FF for this cruise through HAL last summer. When the price dropped, I asked for and received a price adjustment. Two days after I made the final payment, the price ... Read more
stan1
Member Since 2001
4 reviews
279 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We took only the first segment, Seattle-Hong Kong, of the HAL Amsterdam Grand Cruise which departed Seattle September 21 2012, and debarked in Hong Kong Oct. 20. We flew Southwest airlines, Oakland>Seattle, and upon landing discovered ... Read more
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boston41
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We did the 30 day Hawaii South Pacific Cruise. While the Rotterdam is an older ship there is still a lot of charm. Enjoyed the library area and the lounge areas on that level were very comfortable. While we had an inside cabin, it was ... Read more
Darwould
Member Since 2011
1 review
83 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2012
We travelled on the ms Amsterdam for 32 days from Buenos Aires to Sydney... Highlights were certainly Falkland Islands, Antarctica, The big waves near South America, Easter Island, Tahiti, and a bonus visit by Ball's Pyramid. The food ... Read more

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Traveling Spirit
Member Since 2011
1 review
18 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
Mom in 50s, traveling with 18 year old daughter. OK, so we don't really fit the Amsterdam's demographic, but we have traveled on the ms Amsterdam before (to Alaska, and to South America/Antarctica), so we thought we knew what to expect. ... Read more
Locomotiveman
Member Since 2003
6 reviews
724 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a very good cruise for us, I'll rate it a 4.5 out of 5.0, as I intend to be 'Fair&Balanced', but Hey!! we had a Tsunami and a helicopter medical evacuation as extra entertainment..so maybe a 4.75 would be more appropriate. It ... Read more
June See
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2010
At sea for sixty-nine days found the majority of us sad to arrive back in San Diego. Every aspect of this journey was beyond belief. Despite unfavorable weather conditions, our Captain guided this ship around a hurricane in ... Read more
jayellbee
Member Since 2010
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background: This was our sixth cruise, third thirty day South Pacific cruise, and first time on HAL. We chose this cruise for the itenerary and for the fact that it returned to San Diego rather than terminating in Australia, thus ... Read more
John Ross-Barnard JP
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our 'gap year' had to wait until we were three score years and ten. Sydney to Vancouver on the Holland America line ship Volendam in April & May 2010 was a part of our 'gap year' world cruise, Southampton UK to Southampton UK, but it ... Read more

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comcox
Member Since 2004
6 reviews
1,585 forum post
0 helpful votes
Holland America's ms Volendam Circumnavigation of Australia 14 March-17 April 2010, roundtrip out of Sydney, 34 days with 18 ports of call. We sailed with about 1250 passengers, primarily from the U.S., Canada, Britain, and Australia. ... Read more
world~citizen
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2010
The original intention of this cruise was to get us to or near Japan where we would visit with old friends. This was actually a segment of a segment of the world cruise that was meant to begin in Mumbai. When we saw a shore excursion ... Read more
Ballroom dancer
Member Since 2009
1 review
571 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed March 2010
My wife and I have done around 25 cruises. This cruise departed Sydney, circumnavigated New Zealand, returned to Sydney and then circumnavigated Australia. It lasted 48 days and was on the Holland America Volendam. We found the best ... Read more
3bear
Member Since 2009
1 review
60 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This cruise was 30 days from San Diego to Lima and back to San Diego, 14 ports/7 countries were visited. Take this voyage for the wonderful ports not often visited by the masses; Guatemala, (visit Antigua); Nicaragua (visit Leon);Puerto ... Read more
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kmsmith123
Member Since 2009
1 review
51 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our embarkation in San Diego was uneventful and we settled into our cabin quickly. We had early fixed dining (anytime dining has proved to be more trouble than it is worth for us) and were delighted with our table mates and waiters. ... Read more

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