Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews

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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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1,545 Holland America Alaska Cruise Reviews
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mrgoetz
Member Since 2017
1 review
The cruise industry is trending towards larger ships, but the applause during the "Meet the Captain" session for the smaller size of HAL's venerable 1500-person Volendam shows that there's much to be said for this class of ship. ... Read more
Condor22
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
Wechose this cruise for the ports and the schedule. turned out to be a lovely week with perfect weather. Captain was excellent at engaging the passengers and helping spot wildlife on shore, etc., to maximize the experience. With an ... Read more
mssully
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
Cruise back to Alaska with friends. This trip was a much better experience than our 2006 August trip mainly due to the beautiful weather this time. Activities on board the ship are limited so we had a much better experience traveling with ... Read more
GoQueenBee
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I wanted a quieter, more mature cruise. It was a Seattle to Seattle cruise with a 2 day Denali Land Tour add on. We booked the Signature Suite which was quite nice. Lots of extra room, great bathroom with ... Read more
Dancefloor
Member Since 2017
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
We were looking for a last minute deal either to or from our home port of Vancouver and this came up. We had never cruised Holland America before and thought that this would be a good chance to try it out. Unfortunately, the week before we ... Read more
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Dusty Rose69
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
We were very pleased with our cruise. I did a lot of researching before we chose this trip, and we were very happy with our decision. We were a little concerned before leaving as Holland American emailed us to say embarkation would be ... Read more
Telejoke
Member Since 2017
1 review
23 forum posts
10 helpful votes
CABIN 10019 -- Small balcony (room for two angled chairs and a miniature cocktail table). Room itself was very small, but there was plenty of storage space for two people, including two spacious drawers under the bed we didn't even need to ... Read more
CABandSLB
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
15 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Embarkation was smooth. Like others have said the ship was nicely appointed and decorated. Seemed clean and fairly well updated. Staterooms were adequate in size and offered ample storage space both for hanging and shelves/drawers. Our ... Read more
nancylu
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
This was the first time I was continually disoriented on the ship. The staff, cabin stewards and food servers were fabulous. The downside is the waiting in line for food and beverages. It wasn't until the 4th day that we had bread ... Read more
suzannecruisecritic
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Our family had a wonderful time on our Alaskan cruise last week on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We are a family of four (kids are 11 and 13). This was our first time in Alaska and we were all blown away by the beautiful scenery and exciting ... Read more
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Churtsunseeker
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of our wish to see the inside passage and Alaska. It had reasonably good reviews but we had seen that previous passengers had commented about the constant "sales pitch". Embarkation went well but ... Read more
jbenter
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
The staff on the ship was wonderful. Definitely no complaints there. The excursions were fine. We did not like the cabin (1885), as it was right across from the janitor's closet for the room stewards and we heard them going in there and ... Read more
Karenallover
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
23 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We escaped the heat of Florida for the cool Alaskan glaciers and it was wonderful to be on the ms Amsterdam! Overall, yes, the ship is showing her age a bit but I loved how she "flowed" with well-designed public spaces. The ... Read more
TheCalicoCat
Member Since 2010
1 review
3,986 forum posts
Sailed July 2017
We arrived early to Seattle & chose to drive to Mt. Rainier National Park prior to our cruise. The embarkation could not have been quicker more easy if they tried. I arrived at the port at about 11:30 & was in my room by noon! ... Read more
coolhandluke
Member Since 2010
1 review
21 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Wanted to make our first trip to Alaska special, without the long interior trip to Denali. Decided that the round trip from Seattle to Anchorage was the perfect combination of ports and days at sea. The trip exceeded our expectations. ... Read more
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Gbo44
Member Since 2015
1 review
24 forum posts
Our previous 7day cruise does not compare with this 14day Holland America cruise first of all because of the ports visited. The smaller vessel was able to reach more environmentally sensitive ports and provided a much more enjoyable ... Read more
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Becoming
Member Since 2008
1 review
626 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because HAL is reported as one of the best cruise lines for Alaska and I wanted to try a smaller ship. I looked for long port times and I heard that HAL always gets the best dock in town. I enjoyed Alaska and I ... Read more
SumFish1
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed July 2017
Average cruise, smaller rooms than most cruises, good service, okay food, great entertainment, big outdoor pool (deep), smaller indoor pool (shallow), kind staff. Our TV circuit kept popping, so we did not have TV for the first 2 days, our ... Read more
jumpkutz
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2017
My spouse and I chose this cruise because of the promotion by Christian radio group WAYFm. For King and Country, Brandon Heath, Mark Lee of Third Day and Rebecca St. James were the featured artists, and they were superb. We arrived in ... Read more
gamblingrandma
Member Since 2011
1 review
342 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We went took the 7 day Alaskan cruise out of Seattle. This was our 2nd time to Alaska on the Oosterdam. We had Signature Suite 8065 and our 2 friends had a Verandah just down the hall. This review will be just some random thoughts. ... Read more
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bpiro
Member Since 2017
1 review
21 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
My wife and I, ages 38/40 are first time cruisers. When looking for cruises we didn't want a "party cruise" nor one that had a bunch of kids running around. We booked through Costco travel (which as a member you get great deals ... Read more
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dndgeez
Member Since 2004
1 review
28 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The Good: AMAZING FOOD Pinnacle Grill The Band Art Gallery Personnel Had the Norovirus hit on the Ship and their Containment Procedures and protective processes was Great. THE BAD: > No Proactive Wait Staff > ... Read more
jeffwendt
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
My wife and I are frequent travelers and have taken 15 cruises on a number of different cruise lines. This was a last minute booking. We flew into Anchorage a day prior to the cruise and stayed at Embassy Suites. The hotel offered a ... Read more
happyglobetrotter
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
2,711 forum posts
8 helpful votes
The ship needs a little sprucing but is due for dry dock this fall. The service and the meals were excellent as usual. The ship is lovely, newer and well planned. We loved the cruise. The last 2 weeks, the rain and fog had been present ... Read more
tammlynn
Member Since 2006
13 reviews
60 forum posts
13 helpful votes
This cruise went way beyond my expectations! It was magical! I chose this cruise because I had read Oprah and O magazine was going to be aboard! About 20 years ago, I made a dream list and on that list was to meet Oprah, so this was ... Read more
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