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sworksjr
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation was effortless. Choose this cruise because it went to many ports/countries that I have not been to. Despite the title of this cruise, Voyage of the Vikings, it really did not emphasize the Vikings very ... Read more
jtcathell
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We received multiple recommendations about doing "The Voyage of the Vikings" and I must say no one could have prepared us for the adventures encountered during this trip. The ports of call ranged from large cities like Rotterdam, ... Read more
petite rose
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
This cruise has been in my bucket list for a while and did not disappoint in the ports of call. If I had to choose a favorite it would be Iceland but all the stops were well worth the visit. The weather for that time of year and latitude ... Read more
Florida Frog
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
65 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We just returned from a wonderful cruise on the Holland America Line (HAL), MS Rotterdam. We had the most wonderful time and visited the most exciting places. The weather was as expected for the area we covered: Bergen, Shetland Islands, ... Read more
CharlieOnTheWaves
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
HAL is a cruise line with some problems as far as I can tell from the experience on this cruise. The itineraries are unique and that's a plus (This one covered Iceland, Shetland islands, Greenland and Canada) The ship's size is smaller and ... Read more
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Noemi Simaki
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
My partner and I are in our early 30s and this was our second cruise. Our first was with Royal Caribbean to the South Pacific. We chose Holland America expecting a better experience considering the price difference was substantial (almost ... Read more
bocatraveler09
Member Since 2010
1 review
236 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We choose this cruise for the itinerary, which did not disappoint. We had marvelous weather in Norway, much better than expected. Not a drop of rain! The Rotterdam experience, however, was not up to our expectations. The Vista cabin was ... Read more
rotjeknor
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
212 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Reading another review about the state of the ship and the quality of the food, I'd like to share our experience onboard the Rotterdam. This was my fifth cruise on this ship. We had dinner in the MDR 5 nights and breakfast every ... Read more
Curious Canuck
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Our choice was based on itinerary, price, smaller ship size, and past experience with HAL. Overall we were once again pleased with HAL service but the ship is getting somewhat "frayed around the edges". The dining experience ... Read more
CookGirl
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
2 forum posts
20 helpful votes
We booked this cruise for the itinerary, not the ship. The itinerary was spectacular. The ship...not so much. First, when we got to our room, keys did not work. Turns out, almost everyone in the Neptune Suites had problems with their ... Read more
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EB71
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
I’m happy to say, what a difference this was with my first cruise. I really thought if this will be so bad as my first cruise, this will be my last but thankfully everything was super. I'm even now already looking for the next one ... Read more
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ziggyw
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Decided to treat ourselves and have Holland meet us at the airport,take us to a hotel,pick us up the next day, bring us to the ship,and at the end of the trip take us to the airport. A bit pricey, but well worth it.Cabin and food are ... Read more
Butternut Bunch
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Good port choices, dining room dinners and breakfasts. Lots of lunch options but on the heavy side. Lido deck burgers and pizza were good along with the salad. Courteous and helpful staff in dining areas and cabins. As per HAL's ... Read more
inekee
Member Since 2011
1 review
374 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We booked this cruise not long after we came home from a Volendam cruise in Asia and were very happy to do so. We like Holland America Line as they attract an older group of passengers and generally very few children. The Rotterdam cruise ... Read more
lilibetii
Member Since 2009
1 review
18 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
People have all different expectations and so there many different reactions as exemplified here. This was my 6th cruise on the Rotterdam and having taken very many cruises I now find that this is my best cruise ever. I boarded the ... Read more
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BernartPhoto
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Interesting itinerary from Rotterdam to Singapore plus a 14 day loop around Indonesia and then back to Rotterdam ... 91 days in total. We got off in Singapore and enjoyed the trip. First a number of European ports (Southampton, Lisbon, ... Read more
dutchopa
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
97 forum posts
28 helpful votes
After booking this cruise almost 12 months ago we were allocated a cabin 10 days prior to its sailing. The booking in Rotterdam was very slow there were not enough personnel booking passengers in and this created long delays. We booked ... Read more
Lancashire Rosebud
Member Since 2010
1 review
9 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was our first ever Christmas holiday away from our family, let alone a Christmas cruise. On the evening of the first day of the cruise we went to the main dining room, on time, which was 80% empty. The reception did not know of ... Read more
bowling
Member Since 2009
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We always thought that Holland America was a little up market to the usual cruise lines in it's class --- well they do supply robes in the cabin ! We booked a guaranteed outside which we have done many times in the past with success and ... Read more
saatuk
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
293 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
The crew may have been the best I've ever had. Service was excellent. The ship is in fine shape, and the entertainment in the bars was excellent, except for the rediculously loud volume from the BB King Blues Band. I left the crowsnest ... Read more
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rotjeknor
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
212 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Savor the journey is the new motto of HAL. On the Rotterdam you certainly can. This is our 4th cruise on this ship in the past 5 years. We have noticed some changes,for the best: - Lido : better service , drinks brought to the tables, ... Read more
TheDinParis
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
The most predominate issue to think about is that the passenger average age is more than 55 on Holland America cruises. But more precisely, on this cruise it seemed like just about everyone was over 60. We think that was because of the ... Read more
Vegans rule
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
This was our first and last cruise with Holland America. We were supposed to visit Istanbul but because of concerns for passenger safety the Captain decided to visit other Greek Islands instead and the passengers (including us) who were ... Read more
rosietomato
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
14 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This is our third trip on HAL and we have to admit, it was the best so far. Here is why: 1) the staff was well trained and had been at it for a while (on an earlier cruise we got caught with a green crew which was a challenge) 2) ... Read more
Misty5757
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the excellent 2 week Norwegian itinerary and our positive history of previous Holland America cruises--the last one being 3-4 years ago. Pre and post embarkation transportation/transfers was flawless. ... Read more
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