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2freespirits
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
13 forum posts
22 helpful votes
We borrowed this line from the classic Queen hit because we have just crossed off another item from our bucket list. We have always wanted to make a complete Transit of the Panama Canal, so when Holland America Line (HAL) contacted us ... Read more
thejulielakes
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
20 helpful votes
My husband and I have cruised many many times. We have sailed on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival and Holland America. We always considered Holland America to be a notch above the rest in terms of elegance, service and food. Since the ... Read more
Dean from Kent
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
We picked this cruise because of the where was going and Holland's history of great service and great dining. This was my 25th cruise, and it rates as number 25. The dining in the main dining room was terrible. The portions were tiny and ... Read more
Sea-travelers
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
186 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Cruising the Panama Canal had always been on my bucket list and a year a go decided to book it with our friends. We chose this ship because it came back all the way to Seattle which is close to home. This was our 20th cruise and the 9th ... Read more
JIminyCrickett
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We have been on another Holland America cruise ship that went to Alaska and liked it so much we decided to take the Nieuw Amsterdam through the Panama Canal. It was exciting because this was the maiden voyage for the ship to pass ... Read more
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Zumba dancing queen
Member Since 2012
1 review
25 forum posts
18 helpful votes
This is our third cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam and our 7th on Holland America. We got a balcony spa stateroom on Deck 10, which is our favorite location. We decided not to go to the formal nights, as we wanted total relaxation and that ... Read more
lflores30@wi.rr.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and it was a great experience. Being claustrophobic, I was unsure of my reaction to being out on the water and not able to see land. But, there is so much activity on the ship to distract you from those thoughts. ... Read more
CruiseGal1213
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I can't compare HAL to any other line as it's the only one I've cruised on. However, my Mother was on almost every line available in the US and Europe. After she tried HAL she stayed with them and became a 4 star mariner until her ... Read more
jjjaunts
Member Since 2015
1 review
23 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We took a 7 day cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam and found it to be very nice. Food and service were excellent except we did not think Pinnacle Grill was any better than the regular dining room. OUr cabin stewards were excellent and our cabin ... Read more
CruisinHarvey
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
1,136 forum post
21 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Backgorund- ME 63 and DW 58. This is our seventh cruise in 14 months. Second cruise on the NA in that time period. we were in an aft Neptune suite. Embarkation - no waiting. But the guy directing us wouldn't let us go to the suite ... Read more
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BW_VA
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We are 2-star Mariners with a few HAL cruises under our belt, and prior cruises with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. This was a 7-day Western Caribbean out of Ft Lauderdale, stopping at Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Key West, ... Read more
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Danbee46
Member Since 2001
13 reviews
417 forum posts
17 helpful votes
This was our 20th cruise but our 1st on HAL. We have sailed on MSC (Yacht Club), RCI, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian and Carnival. We thought it was about time we tried HAL after some friends said they liked it. At the outset, let me ... Read more
taras333
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise. For some reason I had preconceived notions, that it was going to be an old crusty ship with stuffy old passengers. Happily I was WAY off! The ship was beautiful! Modern stylish decor. Food was excellent. ... Read more
Snappy Deb
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We typically cruise with our kids (ages 15 & 17) so this was a new experience for us. With that being said, we are used to a LOT of action having teenagers around and ... Read more
FLREALTOR
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
23 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
It was refreshing to see so many children on a HAL cruise. Usually the youngsters are in their sixties, but this cruise had over 400 kids. Biggest complaint was embarkation. The wait was awful, and then we discovered that it was due ... Read more
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0106
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
69 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I am a teacher so I am used to the crowds, the children and the craziness when traveling at Spring Break. My husband and I selected this cruise because of the ease of getting from the Ft. Lauderdale airport to the port and because ... Read more
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heartgifts
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had never been on a Holland ship and went as a recommendation of good friends, who were also with us. Embarkation/debarkation was a breeze and we chose to take our own luggage off. Our trip included a free drink package, meal at the ... Read more
BigSioux
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was the third cruise for both my wife and me. All three have been on Holland America ships. Embarkation: The process went smoothly as expected. We had one hiccup somewhat of our own doing where our two children, 9 and 11, both ... Read more
cobalt206
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
91 forum posts
7 helpful votes
My wife and I and another couple just returned from a very relaxing cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night for a 3 night pre cruise and had a very nice stay at the Hilton Marina. Embarkation was ... Read more
gasman1973
Member Since 2001
1 review
1 forum post
12 helpful votes
This was my 21st cruise but my first with holland America. The Nieuw Amsterdam ship is rated 5stars and it deserves this rating. The best food of any cruise. The specialty restaurants, all of which we went to, were fabulous. The buffet is ... Read more
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clarksahoy
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Ship embarkation was quick with no complications and we were in our assigned cabin with no extended waiting. Our cabin was well maintained and clean. The ship did not meet our expectations in ease of travel throughout, possibly due to no ... Read more
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
1 review
12 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We had a family group of 18 ages from 8 to 76. Everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all interests and age groups. The younger ones spent lots of time in the kids pool and Club Hal. While on board, the older cruisers ... Read more
spindrift
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
2,544 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I title this "special cruise" because it was a burial cruise for my late husband's ashes. My 2 daughters, one of their husbands, and my two grandsons as well as a couple with whom we traveled were on this cruise. We each had ... Read more
Inner Lizard
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
I wear an activity tracker and I don't take it off for vacations. Many of the HAL ships provide what I like to have in a cruise vacation, especially when I'm using an inside cabin, and that's the ability to walk decks in sunlight ... Read more
BobbiSox
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
20 helpful votes
My husband and I usually travel Holland America not because of it's beautiful ships, but because of the excellent service provided. We like the Neptune Suites because of the extras: priority boarding, priority dining, priority tenders, ... Read more
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