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Heartgrove
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
321 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
After our first HAL cruise last year, we wanted to try the other "larger end" of the spectrum with their ships. Sailing the first season for the Niew Amsterdam in Alaska was exciting. It added to the pleasure as it was new for ... Read more
Gus1930
Member Since 2016
1 review
72 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Nieuw Amsterdam, Inside Passage Alaska, May 21-28, 2016 Let me say up front this was one of the most disappointing travel experiences I have ever had – and I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively both professionally ... Read more
Van2010
Member Since 2016
1 review
39 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and it exceeded our expectations. The cruise departed from our own city, for a good price so we booked it a month prior to the sailing. Our stateroom 5127 had a verandah and we would recommend booking one. We ... Read more
davefromcanmore
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
As a long time HAL Fan we were looking for a quick respite from our busy life. We were stunned at how far HAL had fallen. Service was slow, error prone and wait times for dining were totally unacceptable. We have invested a lot of time ... Read more
HappyHippies
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
14 helpful votes
Absolutely fantastic!! We love HAL. Everything was exceptional - organized embarkation was very fast, ports of call were great, service was exceptional, all activities and meals were all fantastic, and we can't say enough great things ... Read more
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thibodeau
Member Since 2015
1 review
31 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I chose this cruise because it was cheap, right time of the year and I wanted to go there. Well you get what you pay for. The staff was there for peddling things not much in the free service department.I got nickled and dimed to death. ... Read more
Banditswife
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
3,177 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We had a wonderful cruise. A Panama Canal transit was on our "bucket" list - we enjoyed every minute of our 19 day cruise. Dining: our booking included dinner in each of the 3 specialty restaurants. Tamarind was our ... Read more
Julianpppppp
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Wanted to visit certain Central American countries listed and also travel through the Panama Canal. This cruise seemed to fit the bill. We have travelled extensively around the world but had not used HAL before. Over all, the cruise ... Read more
ian1937
Member Since 2015
1 review
34 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was a position changing cruise through the Panama Canal. It's very popular with Vancouver residents going both ways. It was our second cruise and we were worried about it's length. It was no problem it became a second home for us. ... Read more
2freespirits
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
13 forum posts
24 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
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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
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
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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
8 reviews
1,210 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
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
14 reviews
431 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
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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