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334 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews
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janmcn
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
1,808 forum post
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise to see the Baltic ports we had heard so much about, but also to see the Shetland Isles and a bit more of Scotland than we've seen before. That part of the cruise was our favorite (We're not city lovers.) The Baltic ... Read more
feggie
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
17 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because we were interested in visiting Scandinavia and Russia, and we liked Holland's itinerary best.. We took a one day Holland America tour to Moscow from St. Petersburg on the high speed train. The tour guide ... Read more
kriter
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 forum posts
We choose this cruise for the ports and we were not deceived, although you need to be prepared since there is very few sea days. Beautiful areas to visit by sea. We found that the food was of less quality than our previous HA cruise as ... Read more
Profesora1
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Great ports of call but many days lost to illness. I have cruised eight previous times and this is the first time I have ever been sick. That being said---MANY guests were very ill on this cruise. My cabin attendant did an excellent job ... Read more
mollygirl1
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
82 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary to Norway. We have been on 36 cruises over the last 22 years. After reading numerous reviews we were concerned about this Ship but could find nothing but wonderful things about our experience. ... Read more
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Wynnuman
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
24 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Embarkation was good. Greeted by nice friendly efficient staff. Our stateroom was very nice. It was modern, new and clean. The shower recess is the largest I have ever had on a cruise ship. The toilet is at an angle and my knees jam ... Read more
Magidoolie
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
Chose this cruise because to the location and places visited, also we had cruised with Holland America in 2011 and thought the cruise line was really value for money. This trip everything was just subtly less so. No major disappointments, ... Read more
upthehudson
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
9 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The Baltic Adventure Itinerary was an extraordinary draw for everyone with whom we spoke on this trip. Still can't believe we have been to all the countries we visitied! Booked almost all of the excursions privately and toured with ... Read more
marcc
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
103 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and we enjoyed visiting the ports of call immensely. It was everything that we expected from an HAL cruise. The Zuiderdam is a good medium size ship . The public rooms are nice. The ... Read more
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quitethecruiser
Member Since 2012
1 review
53 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
We wanted to visit these ports and were not disappointed. The ship service and food was superior. We avoid crowded ship excursions but did go to Hamburg with HAL and was very pleased, Our cabin was more than suitable with lots of ... Read more
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Bostonjetset
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
1,034 forum post
2 helpful votes
Zuiderdam was in good shape even though there was a little wear and tear due to her age. Her decor is a little "loud" for my tastes [i.e. not quite as elegant as other ships in the fleet] but fresh flowers are still all over the ... Read more
senordeer
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I am just writing this review in case anyone has the same questions as I did. The itinerary on this cruise speaks for itself, I can’t imagine a better northern European itinerary so I will focus on the ship itself. First of ... Read more
dgreenough
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed May 2017
Holland started the cruise out perfectly. We were met at CPH by Holland representatives. Since the flight arrived at 7:30 am, too early to board the ship, they provided us with a 2 hour tour of Copenhagen. Embarkation went very smoothly ... Read more
carribbeanmic
Member Since 2006
1 review
829 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We chose this port intensive cruise because of timing price and airfare. First time sailing with HAL, not very exciting. The ship was clean, but not updated. The hallways in the cabin areas were very bland and old looking. The ... Read more
agent3471
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
the family decided to go for baltic region this time and i think zuiderdam is the HAL ship that cruises to baltic. this ship is not unfamiliar to us. we have boarded this ship before to europe. it was not a bad ride... satisfactory to our ... Read more
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HerbMac
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
56 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We liked the itinerary and as we had travelled with HA twice before, and the price was good as a late booker, we had no hesitation in joining this cruise. The recent refurbishment (dry dock) gave a much needed modern vibrant decor for the ... Read more
enfpdancer
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
63 forum posts
9 helpful votes
My sister and I selected this cruise with the objective of enjoying a holiday together. The Baltic cruise offered an interesting Itinerary that we both liked. The ship was old but elegant. The cabin had a balcony and offered ... Read more
CostaRicanLady
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed May 2017
My intent was to explore the Baltic and particularly St. Petersburg. The ports of call were interesting but another day in St. Petersburg would have made the time spent more relaxing. Since I have travelled extensively with HAL, four star, ... Read more
iaevans
Member Since 2009
1 review
25 forum posts
8 helpful votes
If you like scenery you will love this cruise, highlights must be flam railway, North Cape, and Geiranger which is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see. HAL still our favorite Cruise Line, the standard is very consistent, ... Read more
Kerry Kerry Blue
Member Since 2011
1 review
28 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
I believe Holland American Line only does this trip several times in the summer , and it is one of the few that includes the far Northcape of Norway. We took it primarily for the scenery, and we were certainly not disappointed! There was ... Read more
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dahling8
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
28 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights in Amsterdam prior to embarking on a 14-day Baltic Jewels (did not do Norwegian Fjords) cruise. Fabulous city, could easily spend another week...left too many crumbs on the table. Took a city walking tour with that Dam ... Read more
Liz48168
Member Since 2017
1 review
28 helpful votes
Family of 3 celebrating our son's college graduation. Stateroom 4143. Our 3rd cruise with HAL, our 26th cruise overall. We chose this cruise for the itinerary of Northern Europe. The first 2 weeks were very fast paced as we were in ... Read more
discerningedinburgh
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
3 forum posts
22 helpful votes
We are Celebrity Elite Plus cruisers. Aged mid 50's travelling with 21 year old son & his girlfriend. We chose this cruise because the timing was right and because I'd been on The Eurodam last year and thought the crew were ... Read more
Griffindorf
Member Since 2010
1 review
3 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was our 12th sailing on HAL, the second on the Prinsendam. We choose HAL because their ships tend to be smaller - the Prinsendam is the smallest in the fleet. The fleet is immaculately well maintained, always clean as a whistle, with ... Read more
Freespiritfilly
Member Since 2016
1 review
47 forum posts
Sailed May 2017
We are Australians and on the 17th May 2017 my friend and I departed from Copenhagen on the 24 night Baltic cruise which included Scotland.The itinerary was what attracted us to this particular cruise and we weren't disappointed. The ... Read more
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