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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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371 Holland America Zaandam Cruise Reviews

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madigan008
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my first Alaska cruise. Did the 13 day land/sea starting in Fairbanks not much going on there. went to denali stayed at mckinley chalet, little concerned that in the back lodge no front desk with employee staffed there. didnt ... Read more
Danoh2016Alaska
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and the experience was wonderful. We had chosen HAL on the recommendation of a friend. The other 5 in my group had all done at least one cruise before, so I was the lone "rookie". A bit of concern the ... Read more
hulagirl1951
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the free cruise for 3rd and 4th passengers and excellent price for the cruise/land package. This is an older ship but well maintained and our only complaint was a smelly hallway on deck one from time to ... Read more
Don Omaha
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We were looking for a land -cruise tour of Alaska and considered several lines. HA had the dates, stops and price we wanted. We took the D1 package with a view cabin. The cabin was adequate and the bed was comfortable. The couch was ... Read more
muskox
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
I was already in Seward so I chose an low priced cruise to return to Vancouver. The ship was older but quite lovely, being very well maintained. The cabin was about 25 sq. feet larger that the average inside cabin on other ships that I ... Read more

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Kramer1953
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Best things: Viewing train ride from Anchorage to Denal Watching fishing in Ship's Creek in downtown Anchorage Nice hotel in Anchorage Humpy's restaurant in Anchorage for fish and chowder. Dinner theater play in Denali ... Read more
heybrah
Member Since 2012
1 review
21 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
v336
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
We sailed from Vancouver port to Seward in June. Overall experience was very good. Vancouver port: Got to the port at 3.30pm. Went through US Immigration first. We were the last one in the line. People who came earlier were in line for ... Read more
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Newcomkj
Member Since 2013
1 review
16 helpful votes
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
22 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

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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
299 forum posts
16 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
ghough
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
150 forum posts
19 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
17 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
314 forum posts
21 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

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alhamn
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
8 forum posts
10 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
136 forum posts
8 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
15 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
13 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
13 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

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mseiferth
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 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
6 helpful votes
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
LisArtist
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 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
60 forum posts
6 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
8 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

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