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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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2,433 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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cruzin_ga_gal
Member Since 2011
16 reviews
16 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
This cruise was booked at the last minute based on a great deal. Since I was able to get a flight from ATL on points, it was a very inexpensive week long vacation. No one was able to take the time for the week, so I cruised solo. My ... Read more
AKJonesy
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
130 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
First of all do not base HAL on Rotterdam. The ship came out of dry dock and we were expecting good things but it's more like a disaster. The hotel director told us that they were not ready for passengers departing from Tampa. Water ... Read more
jaxcruiser1961
Member Since 2009
20 reviews
87 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
My wife and I are 3 star Mariners and enjoy the slower pace of Holland America Line. Fewer kids, 5 star service and food and larger than average cabin size. We booked cabin 4127 which is a category HH obstructed ocean view. The ... Read more
retiredcouplesnorkelers
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
The itinerary around Central America was intriguing and features the Panama Canal. Ship food is good, but not excellent. Desserts seem to be made from a soy-based origin. Lots of mousses that taste rather chemical in nature and seem ... Read more
Lady Jane
Member Since 2000
3 reviews
1,285 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
We are long time Celebrity cruisers. However, after canceling a July cruise for medical reasons, we wanted to book a Caribbean cruise for October. We need an accessible cabin (and always get a verandah), and none were available on any ... Read more
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Bucky63
Member Since 2006
22 reviews
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation: Checking in and getting on board was pretty average. We needed wheel chair assistance and our helper was excellent. A big plus was that cabins were available by noon when boarding began. Ship Configuration: ... Read more
Georgeny
Member Since 2008
22 reviews
331 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Because mass market lines are all rapidly degrading service and and value and HA seems to be doing it slower than most, we have been sailing them lately. We were not disappointed, the Nieuw Amsterdam brought us closer to the cruise ... Read more
kpzan
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
I went on this cruise with my husband, my parents, and my brother and his wife. We chose this cruise because of our preference for Eastern Caribbean ports and interest in getting away from the rowdiness and younger families you find on ... Read more
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cleocat
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This sailing was specifically a Blues Cruise. So I can't address the normal entertainment & activities on the ship as they didn't apply. But the ship itself is lovely. Every public room and area was clean and well appointed. The ... Read more
delgados129
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
82 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We booked this cruise for a relaxing visit to some new Caribbean ports and the on-board food and entertainment. It was one of our best HAL cruises. All ports were worth visiting, except Guadeloupe. We ate at all the specialty ... Read more
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Mom2boysGA
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
9 helpful votes
My family and I went on our first Holland America Cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam for the 4/2/17-4/9/17 Western Caribbean cruise. We were booked in a Neptune Suite. Check in went smoothly with a slight delay on boarding due to a large ... Read more
NSAHO79
Member Since 2007
19 reviews
90 forum posts
27 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We have never cruised on Holland America before so I thought I would give them a try. We have been on NCL, Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and MSC over the last ten years. We left Halifax on April 1 for a direct flight ... Read more
macmax
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
1,235 forum post
14 helpful votes
This was our 32nd cruise but only our 3rd with HAL. It was a last minute booking and we took advantage of a FLASH rate. We chose a gty veranda and were pleasantly surprised to be assigned a mid-aft located cabin #5130. The cabin & ... Read more
lehfrisbee
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
26 forum posts
11 helpful votes
My daughter and I chose this cruise simply because some friends from Boston chose it. We lost my wife in November and wanted to do a father-daughter cruise to celebrate life. The Neiuw Amsterdam is just the right sized ship for us. It ... Read more
rebeccajo68
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
249 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I wanted to visit St. Thomas/St. John because I had not been there before. My friend and I were also celebrating my birthday. She had not cruised with Holland before and had a very bad experience on her previous cruise which was ... Read more
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booboocruiser
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
9 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Our 9th cruise, 2nd on HAL. Our first cruise was on HAL 18 years ago and we've always compared our cruises to that first one. We've been looking forward to cruising on HAL again. We've cruised on Princess, Royal, Carnival and Norwegian. ... Read more
leebrownIU
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
265 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was a fine cruise. I went solo, but met many people and had a good time. I am a faithful Holland American fan, and this cruise affirmed my affection for HAL. Why? The ship had good food, good service and a traditional style of ... Read more
beach1948
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
For my wife and me (in our 60’s), this was our 22nd cruise (our 8th cruise on HA and our 2nd on Oosterdam). Our first cruise on Oosterdam was a year ago (before its recent renovation). The most notable improvements have been in ... Read more
Kathrand14
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose Holland American because we like the size of the ship as well as the departure port. This was our first voyage on Holland American (we have cruised more than 15 times on various lines. We booked a Neptune Suite and we must say ... Read more
justin trottier
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our first cruise as a newly married couple. We chose this cruise line over its competition because of its excellent reviews. The service was exemplary, the food was impressive in quality, quantity and diversity. The ship was ... Read more
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vccarmi
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
41 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it leaves from Tampa (live in the area) and because of the unique itinerary to Central America and Key West. We were pleasantly surprised with how nice and how clean the ship is. The crew was "friendly ... Read more
PaddyT
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
This was our first time cruising with Holland America, although certainly not our first cruise. We were looking forward to a more relaxed vibe, and we were not disappointed. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the morning of our cruise and took ... Read more
Coasterman
Member Since 2008
1 review
5 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the schedule worked. Have cruised mainly on Royal Carribean and have done a couple on Carnival. We decided to try Holland America. We booked on the Eurodam for 3/25/17 through 04/01/17. On ... Read more
mylissa1
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We just completed our cruise on the Eurodam and did the Tropical Caribbean itinerary. The interior of the ship is very nice, I would call it simple elegance. The public rooms seemed clean and I did not notice any bad smells. I observed ... Read more
leisure cruzer
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Reasonable fares, new and well conceived programs and a decent ship do not make a for a good cruise, it is really about the experience provided by the staff and crew. Seriously disappointing, that is the only way to describe this cruise ... Read more
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