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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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358 Holland America Zaandam Cruise Reviews

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Jules2307
Member Since 2014
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I honeymooned on the Zaandam over Thanksgiving. We knew that HAL is known as a cruise line for an older set but we were intrigued by the itinerary. We didn’t regret our choice for a moment. We had a large ocean view ... Read more
Iowa cruiser
Member Since 2006
12 reviews
171 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I LOVED this cruise. The Chilean coast is like Alaska on steroids, and the ports of call are easy to enjoy on one’s own. This is one of my favorites of the several dozen cruises I have taken in recent years. It is an itinerary that ... Read more
kirsten Somerset
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
We are a fit couple in our early 70s. Having had a great first cruise to Alaska with HAL we decided to take the South America trip. We went from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso. The public areas of the ship were spotless and someone was always ... Read more
cruising cockroach
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1,201 forum post
0 helpful votes
2nd recent HAL cruise for my partner and myself. Boarding: We had inside information so we were quickly processed (system was partially down) and one of the first to board. Plenty of time to wander around before a Mariner's lunch at the ... Read more
CRESSBROOK
Member Since 2013
1 review
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife and I just returned from a 36 day cruises on the HAL Zandamm. This is the first time we travelled with HAL, however, we have done other trips with Celebrity, Voyages of Discovery, etc. As a general comment I would say we got value ... Read more

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dockman
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
193 forum posts
1 helpful vote
60++ cruises so I have been there done that to include many Holland America Cruises. I found this Zaandam experience to be perhaps the worst of all my Holland America cruises. It simply is not up to par. There are no huge differences but ... Read more
shayne12
Member Since 2009
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
Just returned from this cruise,I do really like sea days but there just was not any thing to do during the day Cooking class MEH who ever goes home and makes this stuff,because of this there were no movie during the day.And when they did ... Read more
Holy cruisers
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
First the good, The ship reflects the grandeur of the past glory days of cruising. Quality decor and comfortable surroundings gave us the initial good feeling that we would be enjoying the next 16 days sailing the pacific. Unfortunately, ... Read more
SchoolNurse25
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
I took this cruise to Hawaii because of the long days at see. I was in Cabin 6127 on the Veranda Deck. Great stateroom, cabin stewards very attentive. Loved spending time on my balcony - private sunbathing, private reading and late night ... Read more
kamfan
Member Since 2006
1 review
198 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
We embarked in Vancouver in a timely fashion. No problems, no surprises other than our bags had already arrived at our cabin and we were only slightly delayed in the boarding process. Very pleasant. After everything we had been told on ... Read more

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Dolly Tompkins
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
About 20 years ago we took a Holland America cruise to Alaska on the Noordam with my parents, and an Uncle and Aunt. We all had very positive memories of that experience. This time we took the same trip with 2 of our children, and their ... Read more
ShoeGoddess
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My husband and I had long-since sworn off sailing with larger, main-stream cruise lines. We had become enamoured with the cruise experiences on the likes of Regent, Crystal and Paul Gauguin, and found that when we attempted to go back to ... Read more
suznjune
Member Since 2014
1 review
69 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
We were on a Land/Sea tour that went to the Yukon and Denali so only spent 3 nights on the ship. I was initially unhappy with the cabin location, but it ended up being OK. It was a long walk from elevators to the very back of our deck and ... Read more
squeaky_1974
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
23 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background information: We were a party of 3, with my retired parents and myself in two separate ocean view cabins. My parents, age 70 and 64, have cruised once before on a Norwegian ship, and selected this ship and schedule. I'm a very ... Read more
squeaky_1974
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
23 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
We were a group of three adults in two cabins: my parents (aged 70 and 64) and myself. My parents had cruised once before on the Norwegian Dawn and loved it. They were the ones who picked this cruise. My flight into Vancouver was the night ... Read more

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Jeannie26
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
I was with my parents the first time I went to Alaska and my husband and I wanted to tour again just on our own. We took the Zaandam. The entertainment in Zaandam was almost the same as that one in Amsterdam, HAL cats and Dancing with ... Read more
Daisyloo
Member Since 2010
9 reviews
1,566 forum post
0 helpful votes
We were a group of three, 2 daughters and their mother. This was my 8th cruise, my mother's second and my sister's first. None of us had ever been to Alaska before. We stayed one night pre-cruise at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, ... Read more
jeann-eh
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I recently went on the Alaskan cruise with my grandmother, June 20th - 27th, room 3350, and it was a wonderful trip. The views were breathtaking, the scenery was beautiful, and back on the ship everyone was friendly and helpful. As my ... Read more
Westcoast BC
Member Since 2015
1 review
107 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Had a great time on the MS Zaandam. I was with my mother ( a senior) and she was thrilled to go on her first ever cruise on a Dutch ship ( she is born Dutch). The MS Zaandam has a musical theme with the multi level organ in the Atrium. ... Read more
gibsonsgolfer
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
79 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2014
I got an email for a great price with some pretty nice perks for a last minute sailing round trip Vancouver. It was hard to miss since for us we only had to take a ferry to the Vancouver, catch the ship, enjoy a wonderful itinerary and ... Read more

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akacake
Member Since 2007
1 review
79 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
I was sceptical at first when we booked our Alaska cruise as we live "near Alaska" approx 90 miles from Ketchikan as the crow flies. We see eagles, bears, moose, whales, and snowcapped mountains on a regular basis. We wanted to go with ... Read more
peter grant
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
When a cruise company offers rock-bottom prices, you have to wonder why it was necessary to do so. Has the brand lost popularity among its clientele, or did the line use the lure of a bargain to attract first-timers who will become repeat ... Read more
Lise1928
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
We enjoyed our cruise thru the Inside Passage to Alaska. Had a verandah room on the 6th floor and found it quite spacious. The glasses in the room were dirty and when I complained to the room steward I was told the glasses went thru a ... Read more
lavenderrabbit1
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
69 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
We flew from Vancouver through Dallas, flying first class for the first time on the international portion... That was a blessing, as the flight is long, and flat beds made a big difference to our ability to be chipper once we arrived in ... Read more
Seascaper11
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Many cruisers have written reviews of Antarctica's spectacular, otherworldly beauty. I second those. It was incredible -- a cruise I'd gladly take again. Ditto you can get information about the food, entertainment, cabins elsewhere. So ... Read more

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