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193 Holland America Bermuda Cruise Reviews
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padrek
Member Since 2009
37 reviews
68 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was a 7 day Bermuda cruise out of Boston, the main advantage of which is that this ship is berthed not at the remote Royal Naval Dockyard, but in downtown Hamilton alongside Front Street. Embarkation in Boston was easy even though ... Read more
Scouper 72
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
we chose this cruise because of the location in Hamilton, Bermuda. We loved being in the midst of things with the J Boats being docked nearby at the Princess Hotel and the ferry service over to the Dockyard where the America's Cup boats ... Read more
KarlS
Member Since 2002
7 reviews
371 forum posts
8 helpful votes
June 15-24, 2017 (For context: my wife and I are both in our late 60s. This was our 24th cruise since our honeymoon in 1977. We’ve ocean cruised on Eastern Seaboard Line (1), Holland America Line (aka “HAL”) (4), Royal ... Read more
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princeton12321
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
46 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I was bracing for the worst-- this board is not very kind to the Veendam. We have previously cruised down to Bermuda on the Summit which we enjoyed, but we found this format to be much better. We found the ship to be delightful and the ... Read more
Dasbeak
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
54 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We had HAL take care of us airport to airport...no hassle. Stayed at the Langham in Boston two days prior to the cruise. Loved it, so much to do within walking distance. Loved the Veendam. We had a forward cabin and the walk to the ... Read more
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Hilltopper_2
Member Since 2013
1 review
31 forum posts
2 helpful votes
A dining room staff second to none. She might be older but she's run much better than the newest ship in the fleet. On every point she shines by comparison. Maybe the elevators are slower on her. We had one of the most enjoyable cruises of ... Read more
Pleased with Princess
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
We have cruised 17 times with multiple lines and chose this cruise primarily due to the departure port as we live less than 20 miles from the Boston cruise port. It was the first time we've sailed from Boston and it was a pleasure to just ... Read more
iwillforgetthisname
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Basically, everything about this cruise was, well, basic, but that isn't all bad. We flew to Boston a day before the cruise, and I highly recommend doing that unless you live in a city where transportation to Boston is very reliable. We ... Read more
BRWolf
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We enjoyed this cruise. As first-time cruisers, we chose one that originated and ended in Boston, which is within easy driving distance of our home. Sailing to Bermuda, staying in Hamilton for three nights, and returning to Boston seemed ... Read more
riverdale60
Member Since 2010
1 review
75 forum posts
10 helpful votes
The perfect cruise of 7 days between Boston and Bermuda. We were on the East Coast visiting relatives. We have cruised over 3 times, mainly with Celebrity. The Veendam sailed out of Boston and back so it was good schedule and we ... Read more
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veryseasonedtraveler
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
406 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We are 5 Star Mariners with HAL and have traveled with them over 600 days. Read many negative reviews and my expectation level was reduced. We booked the Boston/Bermuda and Boston/New England segments. Boston is a great port city with ... Read more
happyglobetrotter
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
2,708 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We love the Canada New England cruise and we do it on a regular basis. The ports are easy yet interesting and it is a very relaxing cruise. We were on the May 20th cruise and we experienced a full ship. The staff was excellent as ... Read more
Dsatnick
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
The ship was chosen because the price and date fit our needs. The problem was that the cruise director and her staff di nothing at all at the pool on the two days at sea. No music, no games, and not even a sail away party. When ... Read more
Alandiben
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We really enjoyed this cruise the staff were very accommodating. The food is fantastic. We liked the fact that they still offer a a Gala night which include lobster tails, something other cruise lines have eliminated. Having been on more ... Read more
Leagen
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We wanted to dock in Hamilton,Bermuda instead of at the dockyards so chose a small ship. We wanted to go in May for my birthday so the Veendam seemed perfect. It was not perfect. The AC was not working correctly it seemed and it was hot ... Read more
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The_Old_Veendam
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
We took this cruise because for those who don't know, the Veendam is the last of her kind. She is the last ship to regularly (sort of) make port in Hamilton, Bermuda on a weekly Bermuda cruise. I say 'sort of' because she only makes 6 ... Read more
kcnipper
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
I had never cruised to Bermuda and at the last minute decided to do this trip. I have done several HA cruises including the one that is the Canada/New England cruise. I enjoy HA. Their ships are cozy and much prettier than some of the ... Read more
mbtous
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We chose the Veendam for the itinerary. Boston to Bermuda with approximately 3 days in Bermuda and that it docked in Hamilton. For this primary purpose the Veendam did it's job. To begin .. The cruiseport in Boston was easy to get ... Read more
2freespirits
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
TRANSFERS Our flight left Toronto a little after 10:00, and we arrived in Boston (Logan) Airport around 11:30. The airport—ship—airport transfers (all booked through HAL) were well-co-ordinated and very fast. HAL ... Read more
Steph62189
Member Since 2016
1 review
33 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it was only a few hours' drive to the port of Boston and we did not have to fly. Plus, Bermuda was an attractive port of call. I have been on 10 cruises now and have enjoyed each and every one. My ... Read more
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Poppy girl
Member Since 2015
1 review
23 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This line gives the passengers an experience of going beyond other cruise ships in quality of food and the treatment of passengers as welcomed without differentiation of how many times you have cruised with them or what category of room ... Read more
carmbre
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed in Neptune Suite 010. The room was large and well laid out and the furniture was comfortable. But the air-conditioning was not sufficient, even though it was in the 50s and 60s outside. There was a 4 foot pole fan ... Read more
Maddylibby
Member Since 2016
4 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Easy departure from Boston and love Bermuda. We went with friends and had a Lanai cabin. The ship is a bit dated but love her elegance. Fresh flowers every day - everywhere. Great service - no complaints. The entertainment was low key and ... Read more
waterfeature
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
I have always liked the HAL for the library, the food, and the service. This is my 29th cruise, 4 of which is HAL. The embarkation was great with no long lines. But once entering the ship there was no one to show which direction to go, ... Read more
betsy23
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
23 forum posts
22 helpful votes
This was my fourth cruise to Bermuda, second on Holland America. I had cruised twice before on Norwegian. GETTING THERE: My parents live near Boston and I spent Friday night with them. My husband drove us into the Black Falcon ... Read more
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