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A recent trip on Zaandam, my first with Holland America since the line rolled out its "Signature of Excellence" program fleet-wide, gave me an opportunity to see if HAL was maintaining its reputation of ...
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363 Holland America Zaandam Cruise Reviews

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heybrah
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
To be honest, I was very skeptical about cruising on Zaandam based upon past reviews. I heard that the ship was "old and tired". In contrast, we were very pleasantly surprised about the service we got from HA and the cruise ... Read more
Newcomkj
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first HAL cruise. We have cruised about 12 other times on Carnival, Norwegian and Celebrity. This was a cruise/land combination (Double Denali). The Zaandam is smaller so that it can go through the inside passage (about ... Read more
Teachers Travel
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
3 forum posts
19 helpful votes
My husband and I are seniors and sail with HAL or Royal Caribbean, over a dozen cruises. We live on Vancouver Island, a 6 hour journey to Vancouver, our embarkation port. I search previous review of the Zaandam with identical cruises ... Read more
illbcnu
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We have sailed before with Holland America and enjoyed previous cruises. They were our first choice for a cruise to Alaska. Used their shuttle service from the airport to the port and had excellent device from them. The driver was ... Read more
St Pete Cruiser
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
270 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This was the last cruise of the season from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, and then continued on to San Diego for me and to Vancouver for many others. If you go to the community pages for Holland America and search for my blog, you should ... Read more

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ghough
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
136 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We flew overnight from Miami to Santiago, arriving 8:30 a.m. We had an interesting 3-hour Turis (Pauline and driver Juan) led tour of Santiago. A very thorough introduction to the historical and cultural highlights of Santiago. Five ... Read more
cruisetennis
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
15 helpful votes
My wife and I had a wonderful cruise on board Zaandam. The ship, despite being 16 years old, is still in very top condition. The cabin washroom is equipped well and looks quite modern. All common areas are well maintained. This is our 12th ... Read more
Btimmer
Member Since 2015
1 review
290 forum posts
15 helpful votes
For a number of years I've wanted to travel to Antarctica and have heard the warnings that access to this part of the world would be reduced if not eliminated to cruise ships of the HAL size. So I booked us on the Zaandam sailing out of ... Read more
alhamn
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
8 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Started in Valparaiso. This is my second HAL-cruise. First on Eurodam, over Greenland. Was surprised liking the much older Zaandam better. Not only because the cabin and balcony, was a bit larger here. Most public rooms were more ... Read more
OKLaw
Member Since 2013
1 review
118 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Holland America, selected for its incredible itinerary to Antarctica. Little emphasis was placed on ports of call, as our primary purpose for this journey was to be captivated by the scenic cruising of the ... Read more
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Flaneur72
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We are experienced cruisers, recently sailing on Crystal, Azamara Club, and Princess. This was our first Holland America ship in over 15 years. My wife has mobility difficulties, so we booked a special cabin. The cruise was 21 days ... Read more
big43rdkid
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
My wife and I did the 21 day cruise from Buenos Aires to Santiago with Antarctic cursing. This was our first cruise with HAL and we were very happy with ship, crew and intinary. The seas were calm, Drakes Passage was as smooth as one ... Read more
JennieSue
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
28 forum posts
11 helpful votes
My husband and I have recently completed this fantastic trip. We were so lucky to be blessed with good weather most of the time which meant we were able to go ashore at all the advertised ports - even having a sunny day of 18 degrees at ... Read more
mseiferth
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My wife and I began our cruise in Buenos Aires on January 10, 2016; we are four star Mariners, and this cruise is our 14th on this line. Embarkation went smoothly; our stateroom was ready for us right away, and the welcoming lunch was ... Read more
momilani
Member Since 2006
1 review
29 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I am just beginning to put together the scrapbook for our holiday trip aboard HAL’s ms Zaandam around the tip of South American and on to the Antarctic Peninsula, and it dawned on me that I never got around to writing my review of ... Read more

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LisArtist
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This cruise on the MS Zaandam was a year in planning for us, and included arranging a long vacation window from work. We enjoy scenic cruising and knew this cruise would suit our tastes. We'd talked with other travelers who compared ... Read more
maritzarogerp
Member Since 2007
1 review
59 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Old and tired ship.Had problems with air/heating, cold and hot water and a "flooded" cabin. These were truly inconveniences as it was an incredible journey around South America to Antarctica! Food was at best, mediocre in ... Read more
nastasja
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Great cruise with zaandam, we started in Valparaiso. The embarkation was well organized. We cruised mostly with celebrity, princess and rcl, it was our first cruise with hal. We reed many critics about the zaandam. Our impression was very ... Read more
Victoria Missy
Member Since 2011
1 review
43 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We were very disappointed with this cruise, having been on other Holland America cruises before, we definitely expected better. Some of the food quality was so poor it shouldn't have been served and some of the meals arrived cold. Dining ... Read more
jkmarbles
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My friend & I have cruised on Holland America around 155 days. We found the Zaandam to be updated since our previous voyage on the ship. The rooms, services, meals and activities were all we expected. We enjoyed the Culinary ... Read more

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Deck Cargo
Member Since 2014
11 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
32 days on the Zaandam from San Diego to Buenos Aires Overall the cruise was very enjoyable, even taking into account that 4 of the ports were cancelled, 1 due to unrepaired earthquake damage to the port and 3 because of adverse ... Read more
scdeadeye@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We went on a land and sea journey with Holland America during the first 2 weeks in September. We were hoping to see the Northern Lights as it was a new moon and fall. We had one opportunity but because we moved rooms they failed to call ... Read more
coloradocruser
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We were on the Zaandam Sept 6 for 7 days. We then took a land tour for 4 nights in Denali. We drove to Seattle and spend the night heading to the air port the next day. Our HAL bus picked us up at the air port. This bus trip cost ... Read more
tpamm
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
After booking the 14-day round-trip cruise (first cruise, first time in Alaska) I became a little nervous after reading reviews on Cruise Critic and wondered if we'd made a mistake. Happily, we did not and will take HAL again for another ... Read more
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philipcheng
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We took the Alaska north bound cruise leaving on August 9. The ship traveled from Vancouver to Seward. My first impression was the ship was not very large and a bit old. It carries about 1500 passenger which actually was faster when ... Read more

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