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the1steve
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
First things first! Our last cruise was about 20 years ago - Trans-Atlantic on HAL Maasdam and we loved it. We wanted to share the cruise experience with our son (13) and booked the Rotterdam for a week into the Fjords of Norway. This ... Read more
lovemydogs101
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 helpful votes
I have cruised on Princess and Carnival cruise lines with very good experiences. I tried Holland America because of their broader list of options for port embarkation. I will never try them again.... I will say on-boarding was very ... Read more
MostlyLegal
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
6 helpful votes
We had not sailed with Holland America for three years. We were really happy to be back on a Holland America ship, especially the Rotterdam, which is one of the flagships of the fleet. The itinerary was great! The fjords were just ... Read more
sandgropercruising
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
Sailed on the Rotterdam from March 3rd from Singapore until April 6th disembarked Southampton. Myself and my husband are from Australia, Western Australia and are in the 50-57 age group so we were fairly young cruisers on the Rotterdam. ... Read more
asdf1245
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
Sailed February 2015
We joined the HAL Rotterdam VI in Singapore, as I wanted to see the famous Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island, Indonesia. Our check in was excellent within 30 minutes of arriving at Harborfront Singapore, we had entered our cabin 2512. ... Read more
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asdf1245
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2015
We boarded the Rotterdam VI in Singapore. Excellent check in, all up it took us less than 30 minutes for us to check in and be in our cabin. Bags were delivered promptly as well, enabling us to quickly unpack and then commence to look ... Read more
philip.reamon@aol.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
We boarded the Holland America cruise ship Rotterdam in the UK for a 55-day voyage to Indonesia, via Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Malta, Greece, Egypt ,Oman, UAE, India, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia finally getting off in Singapore. We passed ... Read more
topgunner
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
Sailed January 2015
This is only my second cruise with HAL my first was five years ago on the Zaandam spending two weeks in Hawaii. We did say that due to the very high percentage of senior citizens on board we would probably not cruise with HAL again. ... Read more
willrey
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 helpful vote
This cruise offered unusual ports. I was on the last segment from Capetown South Africa to Southampton England. Our ports were: Capetown, Luderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, Luanda, Angola, two islands in Cape Verde, three islands in the ... Read more
Ronniegiants
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
This cruise was our fourth with Holland America and was a more relaxed experience than on other of their ships. This may well have been because the Rotterdam was well below capacity (900 instead of 1400) presumably because the itinerary ... Read more
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St Pete Cruiser
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
439 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2014
One of the plans you tend to make upon finishing your working years is what will you do to celebrate retiring. I had long ago decided to do a long and adventurous cruise to new places. I had my eye on the Grand Pacific cruise on Holland ... Read more
Dave_P
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
54 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2014
My wife and I are retired and in our late 60's and have primarily cruise on Princess. This cruise from Rotterdam was only our third Holland America cruise and our 22nd cruise overall since we took up cruising in 2003. My wife prefers large ... Read more
George Elliot
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
This was our first Holland America cruise (we've done Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival), and was the smallest ship we'd been on (1200 passengers vs 3000 or so). Holland America has become my line of choice. We much preferred the ... Read more
IslandExplorer
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
81 forum posts
Sailed June 2014
This pleasant, incident-free cruise started and ended in Rotterdam, and stopped at Copenhagen, Warnemunda, Talinn, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Arhus. The Baltic ports were all interesting. The three biggest highlights for us: (1) the ... Read more
dutchie50
Member Since 2011
1 review
104 forum posts
I was really looking forward to this trip as it would start almost literally in our back yard and we wouldn't need to travel more than 10 minutes by car to get to the ship. Everything started off very well until we got to our cabin. Our ... Read more
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Tropicali
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
24 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise with Holland America, which came highly recommended by friends. We wonder why?  Maybe many things have changed. We were appalled at the constant super-selling of the shore excursions, to the exclusion of ... Read more
michaelhoutex
Member Since 2009
1 review
I have taken more cruises with Holland America than with any other cruise line. In fact, my first cruise was with Holland America, and I have wonderful memories of it, even though our ship (Ryndam) broke down less than forty five minutes ... Read more
gbs1112
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
25 forum posts
We have begun a cruise around Indonesia from Singapore. Many of the passengers on board began the cruise in Europe so have been here for several weeks already. Quite a few Dutch passengers as you might expect as well as British who joined ... Read more
RJBC
Member Since 2006
1 review
100 forum posts
Had an excellent cruise through Indonesia, Malasia, SirLanka, India, and Oman. We are on the Dolphin Deck (1st passenger deck) and have late seating for dinner at a table for 8. Our service has been first rate although the staff have a ... Read more
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JilP
Member Since 2014
1 review
Although we have taken over 40 cruises, this was our first on Holland America and we would certainly cruise with them again. The crew and other passengers were the friendliest we have ever encountered and service and food were excellent. ... Read more
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ladycruzer20
Member Since 2011
1 review
21 forum posts
Sailed February 2014
This was our second ( and definitely last ) cruise on HAL. Just one disappoinment after another. To begin with Check-in in Singapore ( a very efficient city ) was a disaster - waited hours in the heat with not so much as a bottle of water ... Read more
alex shaw
Member Since 2014
1 review
First HAL cruise. Embarkation in Singapore was chaotic. 2 1/4 hours to get through check-ins. Cabin was fine, not noisy, Entertainment was good and a versatile backing band. Food in service restaurants was good (as was company!) though ... Read more
pheasy
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
1. Food Dinner / Evening meal. They cannot cater for people with special diets, 15 days into the cruise still have not got a proper veggie, gluten and garlic free meal. Often the food is cold when it arrives. It is taking 45 minutes to ... Read more
DimiV
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Positives: Beautiful ship. Very good service by staff and crew. Smooth operation of complicated itinerary. Interesting guest lecturers. Good orientation lectures about each port of call. Flexible dining and always the desired table, even ... Read more
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scotty410
Member Since 2014
1 review
My wife and I renamed the ship: "Sorrydam." Second HAL cruise, last was the Ryandam, was five start service expected the same on the Rotterdam...let me tell you, it is not the line but ship culture that make it all worth while. Too many ... Read more
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