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SWeaster
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
199 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had essentially the same itinerary in March 2015 on the Ryndam prior to her transfer to P&O Australia. We opted for the same trip on the Oosterdam with Mahogany Bay taking the place of Banana Coast Honduras. As always, the ... Read more
hopjo
Member Since 2006
1 review
101 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Having cruised on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines, my Husband and I decided to try Holland America. Big mistake and one that will not be repeated. We were celebrating my Husband's 75th Birthday and our 30th ... Read more
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ellybe
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Over the past 12 years we have sailed many times on a variety of HAL ships. It's 2 years since our last cruise with them and we noted that changes are still happening- some better for the guest and some for efficiency and the bottom line ... Read more
St Pete Cruiser
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
444 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Living in St Petersburg, Tampa is our home port, just 45 minutes from home to terminal 3 where the Oosterdam was docked. I have cruised from Tampa before, as my first ever cruise was 28 years ago on the Veracruz, a 10,000 ton ship that ... Read more
jbecker6469
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, it was 14 nights NOT B2B, sailed from Tampa, FL (we drive from Atlanta, GA) and the Oosterdam had just undergone drydock upgrades. Hollands prices are good, service is very good, and size of ... Read more
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AlaskaAdventure
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We like Holland America because it fits our life style (we're both retired, in our mid 60's). We chose this 21 day cruise because it visited several ports we had not been to before. The ship had just arrived from Europe for the start of ... Read more
marti2282
Member Since 2003
1 review
1,228 forum post
9 helpful votes
We have been sailing with HAL since 2004, are 3-star mariners, and probably in the group often referred to here as the "cheerleaders." That being said, if this was my first voyage with Holland America, it would probably be my ... Read more
dolphinsrule65
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
This ship docked at Tampa from Europe with 80 cases of the rhinovirus, so boarding was delayed by hours and we waited outside in the heat in lines for over 2.0 hours as the cleaned the boat. First this was HAL maiden voyage from Tampa, ... Read more
Sindy j
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I will never travel Holland again. Been on many cruises nothing for young adults going on. I`m 57, took my 35 year old son on his first cruise. They double charged all our guest credit cards. My son said first and last for him. He call ... Read more
LarsRenate
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This cruise where specially choosen becuase of a promise from our agent and the cruise liner, it should have been a nice, comfortable and entertaining tour for a transatlantic travel from Rome to Tampa in Florida. Our experiences from ... Read more
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d-lions
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Food was excellent. Service as usual on HAL wonderful. Entertainment great. Absolutely no negative comments! Enjoyed the guest lectures. Loved the BB king music and dancing Billboard piano's and music selections excellent The ... Read more
Austin Healey 1964
Member Since 2012
1 review
36 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Ship is not too large so that you still feel like a welcomed guest. The staff are incredible. Friendly, attentive and personable. Main dining room cuisine is excellent. Nightly entertainment is very high standard. Embarkation and ... Read more
Pyer
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Part of our deal was a two night stay in Barcelona which was a great start,embarkation was good and quite rapid.Balcony cabin was as expected with kingsize bed,large TV with plenty of films etc.The bathroom including tub was OK,goid hair ... Read more
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Crazycatlover
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We had always wanted to go on a Mediterranean Cruise but never thought we could afford it. Last Spring we found a great deal for the 12-day Oosterdam cruise so we took advantage of it. We stayed in Barcelona for a few days before the ... Read more
Mary from Hawaii
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
On the Oosterdam...everyone was friendly and happy. Many employees (of all levels of employment) ate in the buffet area and got along with each other and the passengers. The stateroom (aft, end stateroom) was large and quiet. The room ... Read more
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peter grant
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
23 forum posts
8 helpful votes
The old joke says HAL cruises are the ones on which senior citizens take their parents. But both groups are dying off, one by one, and the company can’t seem to define its replacement audience. I rate this cruise a B-plus, but ... Read more
DavidHarder
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We had a great stateroom, wonderful staff and above average food. Our stateroom was part of a refurbishment effort that installed a series of suites and verandahs in the stern.. Highly recommended. The staff was wonderful. Our cabin ... Read more
jnight
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we like Holland America and we liked the itinerary. We are more interested in exploring ports than ship-board activities and Holland America suits us for this purpose. We do not, for the most part, do ship ... Read more
murraycr
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We often take a year-end cruise in the Mediterranean and enjoy visiting various ports along the way. This cruise focussed on the western Mediterranean and then crossed the Atlantic, ending up in Tampa. In all, we spent 39 days on the ... Read more
mike7742
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
The ship is very smart, plenty of room and facilities for allService first class - all crew always spoke with a pleasant greeting no matter what they were doing. Cabin (1123) excellent. We have been on cruises before,and always had an ... Read more
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Keyser Soze
Member Since 2006
1 review
25 forum posts
4 helpful votes
A comprehensive review of OUR HAL EXPERIENCE on the 09/28/16 Oosterdam 12nt Mediterranean Dreams cruise follows. Summary: With the exception of the two very negative experiences, our overall HAL cruise experience was nothing out of the ... Read more
twovictorians
Member Since 2009
1 review
40 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Food was ever better than previous HAL cruises and we have done many (almost 5 star). Service was excellent and as delightful as ever. I understand that sometimes the 'open dining tables had slower than usual service, but during the set ... Read more
VMax1700
Member Since 2010
1 review
1,036 forum post
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I was not going to write a review of this trip until I saw another review and wondered were we on the same ship! Oosterdam was in excellent condition after her recent refit. Our stateroom was in good condition and ready for us as soon ... Read more
janmader
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was my 12-13th cruise and we had heard that HAL was among the best -- we found them among the worst. Poor, absent, on the verge of unfriendly, service; room steward constantly complaining about being overworked. Truly awful, ... Read more
dailydelite
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This trip first attracted me because I was looking for a cruise that started in Venice and hopefully visited some ports in Greece such as Athens and the Greek Islands, This cruise filled the bill and was well priced. Overall, the ship ... Read more
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