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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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2,417 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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Mom2boysGA
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
5 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
87 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
1,208 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
24 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
6 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
264 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
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
4 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
38 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
11 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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cinfullyfun
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I received a great offer and had sailed on this ship about 1 1/2 years ago. I am very glad I took advantage of the offer, it was a great cruise. The weather was perfect, which I know is not controlled by the cruise line but too good not ... Read more
sexyaznboy
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
645 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Had a very nice time on Eurodam for 7 day Caribbean Itinerary March 25 to April 1. Embarkation: Flew from Toronto and got into FLL airport around 11:45, grabbed a taxi, was very easy to find one, be a bit careful though the ride was for ... Read more
manatarmms
Member Since 2017
1 review
25 helpful votes
My Grandmother chose this ship for our family vacation. She, being a 4 star mariner, wanted to see the new ship and thought the family would enjoy our experience. 20 of us boarded the ship for an 11 day Caribbean cruise. The day we ... Read more
msmayor
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
1,685 forum post
19 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our third HAL cruise and second on a Vista class ship. We loved the Westerdam when we sailed her two years ago so were excited to be in 'familiar surroundings' for this cruise. The Panama Canal is a bucket list item for me and ... Read more
4eric
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Let’s start with the basics: this is an old ship with old décor and design badly in need of full dry dock rehab, and a very old clientele (mostly 60-80 age). If this is your cup of tea, then this is your ship. For ... Read more
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lyndtv
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
HAL is our first choice to sail with. We were traveling with our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. We were in a Neptune Suite and that were in a Veranda Cabin on the Eurodam. It was our third time on the Eurodam so we are very ... Read more
AmberTeka
Member Since 2006
13 reviews
2,562 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We went on this cruise because my Daughter wanted to visit Key West. We had traveled on Hal three times previously. We are Platinum on Carnival and on Princess. We received a small casino offer, and a good price on a cabin for our ... Read more
Capt Bob
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
3 helpful votes
I have been cruising Holland America for many years and have watched the service and food go down hill to what I would say was second rate.On this last cruise I had no hot water for 12 out of the 14 days of the cruise. Others complained ... Read more
cicadas
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We booked this cruise to celebrate our 35th anniversary. We started the trip in Orlando for a few days, then drove south to Fort Lauderdale, which went quite smoothly. Embarkation was a breeze, as usual. We were in Cabin 2552, an ... Read more
Suzy Bell
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was 7th cruise for me & my husband, all with Holland America. We like the mid size ships and have always had good service & food. Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Embarkation was easy & organized as usual. Our ... Read more
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