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Holland America Line Athens (Piraeus) Cruise Reviews

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Many Wonders, Some Special Moments, Occasional Sour Notes with 16 Ports

Review for Zuiderdam to Transatlantic

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Mary Seas

10+ Cruises

Age 40s

HAL put together a 7 day Greece with a 19 day transAtlantic cruise calling it a "Collectors Journey". They promised different meals and shows over the 26 days but repeated the menus and the shows from the first 7 days into the transatlantic. The ports brought the magic: Athens, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini, Katakalon, Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Barcelona, Palma de Majorca, Alicante, ...
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Sail Date: October 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


The Great, the Good, the Average, the Bad, and the Ugly of 7 Days on Zuiderdam

Review for Zuiderdam to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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boom_boom

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

The great was the aft Neptune Suit with the wrap around balcony. After more than a dozens cruises in various levels of cabins, we found our dream with the aft and wrap around balcony. Even with a very port-intensive cruise this was an idea cabin. The good were the ports, in particular Kusadasi and Santorini. Got private tours to Ephesus at Kusadasi and of Santorini. Rhodes was fun, but we just ...
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Sail Date: October 2015

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


HAL Heavenly Holiday

Review for Noordam to Transatlantic

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Steph'n'Dave

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Noordam – October 20/13 Mediterranean and Tran-Atlantic cruise We love cruising and we particularly love cruising on Holland America ships. We'd had a lovely long cruise in the spring and did not plan on this holiday but the magic word 'Sale' appeared and we could not resist. We have taken more than a dozen trans-Atlantic cruises in the past so there had to be new (to us) ports of call to tempt ...
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Sail Date: October 2013


Good value and great places to see

Review for Noordam to Mediterranean

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BadDog04

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Just got back yesterday from my 26 day med/transatlantic cruise. Overall it was great cruise except for a few rough nights coming across the Atlantic. Was disappointed with the activities onboard during days at sea. Can see why some name this ship the BoringDam. The food was just average. Did eat several times at the Pinnacle grill and it was well worth the extra money that it costs. Highly ...
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Sail Date: October 2013


Tired Ship

Review for Noordam to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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ronnymarl

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

My wife and I generally choose a cruise because of the ports visited and not the ship, however we did find the Noordam was a poor choice compared to other ships we have been on. Our verandah stateroom, 4016, was poorly positioned, jutting out from the decks above, resulting in coffee spills,wine spills, cigarette ash, etc from above. At times the verandah was unusable because of smokers above and ...
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Sail Date: September 2013


Comments on our Holland America cruise

Review for Noordam to Mediterranean

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may2048

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

This was our 1st cruise so cannot compare to others - however a few points that may assist future cruisers on this ship & line. On Service: Could only class as average. The cabin and floor staff are Indonesian - nothing racist here, but sometimes requests get lost in translation. ie they never got the room service right [ which they promote you to use] tea & milk - no milk! On reqest for milk, 2 ...
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Sail Date: September 2013


Lacklustre performance

Review for Noordam to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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papadicrusty

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Being our second cruise and reading the positive reviews of HAM & the Noordam, we were looking forward in anticipation of at least the same standard ( if not better ) as our first cruise ( Dawn Princess 14 days Melbourne- NZ -Melbourne). While we did enjoy the cruise, the Noordam/HAM/crew disappointed. On arrival, there was no positive greeting, just formalities and a keycard. Looking forward to ...
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Sail Date: September 2013


Fabulous Itinerary on board a good ship

Review for Noordam to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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Wombournewalkers

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Just returned from an 11 night Ancient Mystery tour on MS Noordam (2nd time on board the same ship). Fabulous itinerary made even better by the changes, due to recent disruptions in Egypt, from Port Said & Alexandria to Ashdod & Haifa in Israel ' even more of a bonus that HAL gave us $100 pp. as compensation. Primarily we always chose a cruise based on itinerary / ports of call & Holland America ...
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Sail Date: August 2013

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Traveled with children


Noordam 11-Day Ancient Mysteries, May 7 Sailing

Review for Noordam to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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Canadian EHP

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

We have cruised about ten times with various cruise lines before and have always considered HAL, along with Princess, among the better cruise lines for us (we are not exactly the younger generation). We last cruised with Princess in 2011 in Asia. This is our third cruise with HAL on their 11-day Ancient Mystery starting off from Athens. We were very much disappointed. Noordam is a smaller ship ...
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Sail Date: May 2013

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


MS Noordam 22 day Mediterranean & Adriatic Explorer

Review for Noordam to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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Apsara4

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

My husband and I chose this particular cruise for the itinerary. Although we had visited some ports on other voyages, there were a few we wished to see. The ship is imposing and grand looking from its dock and I cannot fault the food; it was very good. From there it goes downhill fast. As we unpacked in our cabin, we opened our bedside tables to find 30+ candies and receipts from the ...
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Sail Date: May 2013

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


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