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Holland America Line Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
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Australia & New Zealand
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Excellent

72

Very Good

56

Average

42

Poor

28

Terrible

10

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212 Holland America Line Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews


Stephrharris avatar

Stephrharris

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A Huge Disappointmemnt

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We chose this cruise because we had heard good things about Holland America and it was going to places we wanted to visit. We have been on many cruises before always using Cunard, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean in ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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alfiebarney

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Terrible experience - Money taken from my account on return from cruise

What was meant to be a holiday of a lifetime was spoilt by choosing Holland America as our cruise line. We were on a 15 night cruise starting from Sydney on February 26th. Although this ship was refurb the only ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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draftxhorselover

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Amazing cruise of New Zealand

14 days on the newly renovated Noordam and felt thoroughly pampered every day. From the outstanding service of the room attendants to the doting Main Dining room staff ( we had a fixed 8pm seating and loved it!) ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Antechinus

5 Reviews Written

31 Helpful Votes

Excellent and relaxing cruise

We heard that Holland America has a more mature passenger crowd and fewer kids. The activities are geared towards a more mature clientele, but there is still a kids club and swimming pool for the few kids who were ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Expatcat

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Great family holiday

We chose this cruise for the number of port stops and we weren’t disappointed! We got a great feel for New Zealand. We travelled with children between 7-14 and they all had a great time. Kids clubs were ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Narelle'stoyboy

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Disembarkation was relatively painless

We chose this cruise on the basis of previous happy cruises with HAL, a total of some eighty (80) days on Volendam x 2 , Westerdam and Konigsdam. The service, entertainment, and especially the food on those cruises ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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ohiomary

4 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Great way to see NZ and Australia

We are a family of 5, traveling with 3 daughters in their 20’s. Let me start by saying that we had a nice time on this cruise and it was a good value for the money for a holiday cruise. But there is certainly ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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rwcorne

3 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Great Itinerary But Found HAL's Shipboard Execution Lacking

We choose this cruise for the itinerary, which we loved. The Noordam is an older ship but is well designed and in good shape. The cabin decor was a bit dated but the cabin was well equipped and layed out well. ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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austinozz

2 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Most Enjoyable

We chose this cruise because it fitted with the dates we were available, due to work commitments. We had been to NZ before on a different cruise line, but love the place so repeat was not a problem. Embarkation ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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monalisa115

4 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

Good overall, but overdoing things the first few days

Embarkation port in Sydney is White Bay, not as convenient as Circular Quay, and not at all scenic, being a commercial port. The day before embarkation we received an email advising us not to arrive before one. It ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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dreamlife

2 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Not the same now that Carnival have an interest

I will start with the title of this review. Embark, disembark all OK - most lines have this in the bag. We chose this cruise on Noordam, because we love Vancouver, we wanted to go to Sydney and we love sea days. ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Suz123

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Fantastic cruise

We chose this cruise mainly due to the Australian itinerary & to see Kangaroo Island. We had low expectations of the condition of the Noordam given the reviews I had read were not very complimentary about the ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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sofloyd

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Dave Koz Charter Cruise

This was a Dave Koz Charter Cruz! Ship was contaminated with a flu bug. Hundreds of passengers on Week 1 and Week 2 got seriously ill with a flu bug (Cough, sore throat, chills, fever and loss of appetite - lasted ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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joanm

11 Reviews Written

47 Helpful Votes

A ship lacking luster!

We sailed recently on this ship from Sydney to New zealand on a two week voyage. Unfortunately we found that it is in need of a major overhaul -not just in terms of the decor itself, but also with the ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Cheapside939

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Expected 5 star, got 2 star

Chose this cruise for the itinerary and to be honest that's the only good thing about it. Ship is very dated and the fabric of it needs a complete overhaul. Problems started as soon as we got to the cabin with holes ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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suemoore47

2 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Loved the crew, ports and relaxed ambience!

Not an ardent cruiser but as land tours were really expensive this was a greay way to see New Zealand. I spent 4 nights on my own in Sydney and 3 in Auckland, both great ports. I am not fond of comedians but the ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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SylvieT

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great itinerary, lots of common colds on ship

Loved the itinerary because we often went on shore excursions outside of the small cities we stopped at (e.g. Tauranga, Akaroa, Dunedin, Napier). We visited the larger cities on our own. New Zealand is all about the ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Patricia Robinson

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Rather boring sea days and not very well organised.

We chose this cruise because we had not been to Australia or New Zealand and the itinerary was very attractive. Check in was somewhat chaotic. The ship was comfortable and our cabin was larger than usual. The ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Greeneyze

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great cruise itinerary!

Loved this cruise itinerary. All ports were fantastic. Ship is okay. Needs some updating. I will say it has great stabilizers though because we hit rough seas crossing from New Zealand to Australia and it was ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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sunhat123

4 Reviews Written

22 Helpful Votes

Faded Elegance

Noordam has pleasant public spaces but much of the interior seems to be from a couple of decades back. This may be what HAL passengers are looking for given the rather older demographic. Our cabin was clean but ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Riverbound

2 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Great Service - On Board Activities Need Work

We chose this crew for the itinerary, and their "J" inside cabin rooms. Much about this cruise was amazing, but a few items need work. ITINERARY - Can't complain here. The time in shore was adequate on all but ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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eulah.brian

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Disappointing

The stewards and waiters were unfailingly, and I mean unfailingly and without exception, cheerful, polite and helpful. They were the highlight of the cruise. I am unlikely to recommend a Holland American ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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balmain4ver

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Nice cruise, not brilliant, a little bit disappointing.

Unfortunately, HAL has gone downhill in our opinion. We haven't cruised with them for a few years due to dates and prices, so were expecting similar experiences that we had before. The ship itself is kept ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Snowytom

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Syd to Pt Arthur, Hobart, Adelaide, Kangaroo Is and return to Sydney (10 nt).

All ports were good. Cruise Tours were very expensive so we organised our own. Left from White Bay and getting aboard was smooth and easy. Once we departed things were a bit disorganised. On stern pool deck there ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Craig1964

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Worst cruise ever

We have been on many cruises before this one and by far this was our worst cruise every by a country mile. Embarkation was quick and efficient and on the ship in no time ( which turned out to be the best part of ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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