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jackjeanr
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
My wife and I did a similar cruise on the Zaandam from San Diego to Hawaii several years ago and wanted to try it from a different port, and to see what changes may have occurred to the ship and/or ports of call. The ship seems brighter ... Read more
lgnelson13
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise for a girls getaway because it was a short cruise and was fairly inexpensive. However, I would have gladly paid more if everything could have been improved. The food in the dining room was, on several occasions, cold. ... Read more
naomiafc
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
This is my 3rd Holland America cruise, the first two were also short - but both were great with good food and impeccable service. First I will say that my room steward was STILL amazing; Heri ! Room 3410. Without him this would have ... Read more
Jellybelly
Member Since 2006
1 review
79 forum posts
3 helpful votes
we chose this cruise because we just wanted a short getaway and one that did not involve a long distance plane ride. We ate dinner every night in the dining room and sat at different tables with different people every day which was OK. It ... Read more
mellowrose
Member Since 2008
1 review
384 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and it was our first time on HAL. We had sailed Celebrity and Norwegian before. The Guarantee room landed us in 2500 which was actually a handicap room with a spacious bathroom and smaller ... Read more
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BestareCelebrityCruises
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose mainly due to ports of call. Usually we go Celebrity. Comparing Celebrity: younger average age (I read that Hal was trying to get their average age lower), more entertainment (Celebrity has a great Martini bar that is very ... Read more
Travelling Learners
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
I have never written a review related to my vacations, Be it cruises, or stays at hotels, etc. I have read reviews though, and found that in most cases they never represent experiences as accurately as they most likely unfolded. ... Read more
Caseyman
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
After having sailed the Mediterranean last year we wanted to explore a part of the world that would be oh so unique. With HAL doing away with the South Pacific cruises of the last 3 years we decided to book this one. Having booked our ... Read more
mkhall
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
After returning from a Panama Canal on the Maasdam, sorting thru upcoming cruises the 32 day explore South America Passage and Inca Discovery was of great interest. Fortunately for future travelers, the Zaandam is going in to dry dock to ... Read more
CruiseNatFan
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We prefer cruises that highlight nature. Even though the weather did not cooperate at times, the glaciers, mountains, penguins and natural beauty were outstanding. We chose to board the ship immediately upon arrival in Santiago Chile. Most ... Read more
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jono mono
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
93 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Choose this cruise as they were going where i wanted to see !! Getting on the ship in Buenos Aires was a nightmare as all computers crashed. Once on board we did'nt sale until the following evening ,just as well the heavens opened ... Read more
GypsySonnetGirl
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This trip was on our bucket list. We wanted to see Patagonia, Chile, and of course, Antarctica. It was a wonderful experience and we would not trade it for the world. We would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who would like to visit ... Read more
Bridget31
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
When we sailed away from Antarctica in January 2010, aboard a Princess ship, it was with sadness that we would not be returning. However, while searching for a Canaries cruise in 2015, we came across a South America cruise, which sparked ... Read more
Perera
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My wife and I flew from Sydney to Santiago. Our flights aboard Latam were excellent. We have travelled with them during our past two visits to South America. This is a good airline with a fixed menu per destination for economy ... Read more
rfurth
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Wanted to see South America and enjoy life aboard the Zaandam. Trouble first started at the Casino where I was supposed to get $75 of free play. It took 3 days and a lot of fighting with the casino manager to get the money. Next was the ... Read more
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aatkinson
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise to sail through Antarctica. Having been on several HAL cruises we were not concerned with quality. We were convinced that the quality would be the same on this ship as it had been on our previous three cruises. It was ... Read more
TexasDavid7
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
136 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was a "Bucket List" cruise for me and an "I'm along for the ride" cruise for my DW. We are 3 Star Cruisers with HAL. We had spectacular views and also appalling views of poverty. Embarkation: The ship is a good ... Read more
TN Fem
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise to see penguins. We have 3 penguin loving boys and we like to take a big trip at Christmas rather than give them toys they don't need. We had 2 adjoining Ocean View rooms on Deck 2. Our rooms were decent sized for ... Read more
big43rdkid
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Having done the same cruise last January and finding it excellent and Antarctica amazing we decided to treat ourselves again but in the reverse direction. This was the Zaandam's first Antarctic cruise of the season so we three weeks ... Read more
gphb
Member Since 2009
1 review
7 forum posts
10 helpful votes
The ms Zaandam is a wonderful ship for this route. It is comfortable with all the elements of what we had hoped for from Holland America, with outstanding food and service, elegant architecture, a true wrap around teak promenade deck, a ... Read more
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SA Traveller
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We chose this cruise simply because it was going to Santiago in Chile were we would be spending Christmas. Having said that the ports of call were excellent. I especially liked the Falklands and would recommend the Penguin tour . I ... Read more
calderon.cindy
Member Since 2011
1 review
8 helpful votes
Winter in in the northern hemisphere is summer in the southern hemisphere, best season to cruise towards the south end of America. In the desire to explore the glacier landscape we decided on this cruise that allowed us to also visit many ... Read more
Susan054
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
The ship for being fairly small had excellent food, lamb, lobster and two fantastic surprise meals by the pool that were awesome! German food and BBQ of every type meat and desserts too. The high teas were good too in the Diningroom. The ... Read more
dockman
Member Since 2001
7 reviews
305 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I did the 37 day cruise Oct 2, 2016 from San Diego to Buenos Aires on the Zaandam and have a few comments. As a four star mariner i have done quite a few HAL cruises. This was my second time on the Zaandam. The first was last year YVR ... Read more
lilybay
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
400 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I had wanted to do the South America cruise but was not willing to fly all that distance and back. I loved the length of the cruise and the experience of traversing the entire pacific coast form San Diego south and around Cape Horn. ... Read more
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