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343 Holland America Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews
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dahling8
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
28 forum posts
4 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
24 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
20 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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BJzink
Member Since 2000
9 reviews
311 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Have never been to any of these countries, ports, or cities. What a opportunity to see as much as possible on one cruise! I chose HAL because I had cruised with them previously x 5. I had read some reviews that made me concerned that ... Read more
Larwos
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We just finished a 21 night cruise through Norway and the Baltic on board Koningsdam, our first with HAL, and we were so impressed with Both the beautiful ship, its crew and its entertainment. Our balcony stateroom was comfortable if a ... Read more
Dude68
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
31 forum posts
4 helpful votes
WE loved the 30 day itinerary on this cruise , both the Mediterranean and the Baltic . Ship is very nice, smaller by today's standards but delightful. Older but still a great ship . Holland America staff was fantastic this was ... Read more
minheit
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We travelled as a group of 6 - 3 couples. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary; none of us had cruised before with Holland America and reading the reviews prior to going we weren't expecting the ship to be the best. The ship ... Read more
Gulliver1956
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 helpful votes
Well, except for some small points about the shipping company and the boat as: The reserved cabin, Signature Suite category SY "guaranteed", does not correspond with the awarded (6108) Suite SS category, supposedly superior ... Read more
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klscaz
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
851 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was the first cruise after dry dock. We did not experience any issues in our stateroom. We did see some steps in the main dining room where the carpet needed to be tacked down. Deck 10 was closed but this was not a problem for us. HAL ... Read more
Europeantraveler1
Member Since 2014
1 review
53 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was our third cruise with HAL. Previous cruises were on the Niew Amsterdam (upgraded to Neptune Suite) to the Mediterranean several years ago (originated out of Venice but once past Dubrovnik we ran into severe weather eliminating ... Read more
SJShelby
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Why did we choose this ship? Frankly, because of the price and the fact it was new. To our pleasant surprise, it was an outstanding experience. This ship is beautiful with a music theme that is pervasive. The pool are is resort-like with ... Read more
pmcs86
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Embarkation was OK, just took longer than we expected. (Disembarkation was quite smooth.) On the first day we explored the ship, which is beautiful although not really to my taste (I prefer simpler design). We found a lot of lovely ... Read more
hellotravel13
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We always like to travel to Europe in the Spring and selected this ship because we had heard good reviews and it is the newest Holland American ship. The ship met our expectations. We loved the dining options, especially the Pinacle,the ... Read more
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MagTravel
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
29 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Shiny new ship with some standard HAL features but definitely targeting a new demographic. Cabins are slightly smaller and bathroom design is terrible. The shower is nice but small with no safety grab bars. The commode is placed ... Read more
Sfruhman
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
I have sailed with Holland America for more than 20 years because I love to dance (you know real dancing that has actual steps). Prior to their "change in direction" (which I wasn't aware of) every DAM ship had a nice three-piece ... Read more
fi1966
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We like the sea days. no contact with the outside world. The selection of activities on board was very good from computer classes to cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Centre. The food on board was also very good. I liked the ... Read more
lkrivo
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
61 forum posts
6 helpful votes
New ship - good price. Never travelled on hal before. Disappointment vs celebity/royal caribbean. Spaces on ship do not function well. Smoke from gamblers in casino invades shops. Entertainment very poor. Shows movies on big screen in spa ... Read more
Muidenaar
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was our first transatlantic cruise and we chose the Koningsdam for two reasons: we were on her inaugural cruise last year, and she is the right size for such a journey. We like HAL because the ships are simple and elegant, never ... Read more
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fcoward
Member Since 2015
1 review
38 forum posts
2 helpful votes
PRICE - PRICE - PRICE ! ! ! I love being at sea and the repo cruises are usually the best value. LIKED: FOOD (good quality and reasonable variety) DIDN'T LIKE: EATING OPTION HOURS (It seemed like I was always out of sync with the ... Read more
dhult15
Member Since 2003
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
As a single, the price was great. Three of four ship's excursions were outstanding. Cadiz tour was a real disappointment. Guide directed us to museum which was closed (later, onboard other passengers said most of Europe's museums are ... Read more
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
14 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We found our experience to be a disappointment. Holland America has always been our first choice to cruise. We have tried other lines but always return to HA for the traditions, excellent staff, calm upscale environment. ... Read more
dennis1234
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The selection was from a recommendation of a number of friends in regards to Holland American cruises. The MS Koningsdam was new and the cruise and port visits sounded interesting. Over all we found the cruise comfortable and ... Read more
Jentilben
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
31 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We had a wonderful time on this Baltic Cruise. I have never sailed with Holland America before-- I was not disappointed. I thought the musical theme of the ship was interesting and whimsical. I had an inside cabin-- I was unsure how ... Read more
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