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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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2,416 Holland America Caribbean Cruise Reviews
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woodshed
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We wanted a smaller ship with less people. What we got was a ship with few verandas and more interior rooms. It looked like way more people than 1400. People without verandas were in the public places most of the time. If you went to lido ... Read more
wspeidel
Member Since 2017
1 review
My wife and I chose the Konigsdam because it was Holland America's newest ship and our previous cruises (three) with Holland America had been our favorite as compared to the other five cruise lines we have experienced. Our last cruise ... Read more
19cruisergirl64
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
My husband and I were eagerly anticipating HAL's newest Pinnacle class ship, and we were thoroughly impressed with most everything on Koningsdam! I am disabled and always bring my wheelchair, and our handicap accessible cabin was perfect! ... Read more
poinsettiaplate
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
59 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Although I am a 4 Star Mariner, I had not sailed on a HAL ship since January 2014. I chose this cruise because I wanted to try the new ship and the itinerary included places to which I had not been. The Good: The service everywhere ... Read more
SVBing
Member Since 2006
5 reviews
9 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Here's the deal.....In my opinion the many time sailed HAL past passengers ( and avg age is much older than other cruise lines) don't like the ship as it is a departure from the older HAL ships.... something HAL has had to do to bring new ... Read more
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FLREALTOR
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
24 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
KONINGSDAM REVIEW MARCH 12-21, 2017 SHIP We have cruised many times an on at least nine different lines. This is the newest ship we have ever been on. It is larger than we prefer. We have only been on one larger ship, the ... Read more
wdblake
Member Since 2004
12 reviews
364 forum posts
23 helpful votes
We spent the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Dania Beach using the park and cruise package. It is a great location close to many stores and restaurants. It is also right off I-95 so an easy jump point for going home. They have a nice pool ... Read more
beadle96
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
The ship was AMAZING and the staff was exceptional. Right before we set sail, the president of Holland America was on board and we had a chance to meet him. He was very warm and welcoming and took to time out to take a picture with my ... Read more
stevecblock
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
10 helpful votes
We were so lucky to have been on the Nieuw Amsterdam for its 3/12/17 sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale. I can't say enough good about the service, the food and the overall relaxing experience. We spent three days in Key West prior to the ... Read more
katelyn23
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
We like to go as a family on a cruise during this week because it is our Spring Break back home and all of us are off work and school for the week. This was our 7th cruise on Holland America and our 30th overall. We have also sailed on ... Read more
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Jcounsellor
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
I booked this cruise last minute for my daughter's spring break from college. I have been on over 25 cruises including Holland, Norwegian, Celebrity, Royal, Disney and Carnival. Each experience is different and this happened to be one of ... Read more
mpolachek24
Member Since 2015
1 review
38 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have taken a Holland America cruise in the past, in January 2016 on Nieuw Amsterdam to be specific, for the 'Dancing with the Stars' theme cruise early that month. We were impressed by the quality of the line back then and knew we had ... Read more
Weightless
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
49 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Embarkation was the fastest we have ever experienced. We were pleasantly surprised to find our cabin ready when we boarded. The cabin and bathroom was clean. Staff pleasant and helpful. Didn't care for the old world decorations.. We ... Read more
JRICHD
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our first cruise, we chose it because the dates met our schedule and the itinerary went to some of the less popular western Caribbean ports. We had heard that Holland America was known for catering to an older clientele but as ... Read more
SeaNStars4Me
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
27 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I am a youthful 52 year old single woman who took this cruise "solo". I have only been on one other cruise and it was on Carnival. I will say that Holland America was definitely an "older" crowd. The vast majority of ... Read more
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tworetirees
Member Since 2009
1 review
114 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Having been on the Koningsdam last Fall, I was prepared to be disappointed in the Oosterdam since it is an older ship. I was very pleasantly surprised at how nice she was. The refurbishing that took place in 2015 showed in all of the ... Read more
ronjeuch
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was the third cruise with HAL. Visiting the Panama Canal was on the bucket list. Several aspects of the latest cruise deserve some remarks. The food selection has gotten smaller compared to earlier cruises. The main dining service was ... Read more
sassyred4u2005
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We just got off of the Zuiderdam we went to the Panama Canal. The ports were amazing we had wanted to do this cruise for a while. Pros: Food was really good. staff onboard were all very nice and attentive. Ports were great, but still ... Read more
tuitionowed
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
12 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We are in our late 50s/early 60s. It is our 4th cruise with Holland America; six cruises with another company. We like HAL’s quiet nature, the service, and particularly the promenade. We were limited to a 7-day sailing this ... Read more
crowsnesthhgal
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
I really liked all the people on the boat!! staff and other passengers. It's definitely an "older crowd" as most other reviews say; but if you're a couple with kids (and you can leave them with grandparents; or ex spouses) this ... Read more
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Captain Tonx
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Our group of young adults (upper 20s) did a week long cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam with family and significant others, total of six of us. We chose this cruise because of the price, dates, itinerary and the fact that we had not yet been ... Read more
Nick507
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my 5th cruise, and by far the worst cruise I have been on. I traveled with my wife and my in-laws. We purchased 2 separate rooms on the Eurodam. My previous cruises were with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Do yourself a favor ... Read more
kamom2003
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
We purchased this cruise at an Auction. We have only cruised one time before and it was a short 3 day cruise and was a family reunion. Another couple went with us on this cruise and i have to say that while the service was excellent, the ... Read more
Joanbeat
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
My husband surprised me with this cruise for Christmas. We sailed from 3/4 to 3/11 and had a wonderful time. We had no trouble boarding in Ft. Lauderdale. We were handed a letter from the Captain saying he was going to change the order ... Read more
shcurl
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
It had been about 7 years since we first sailed on the Eurodam, and based on the first experience, we were looking forward to returning. We were not disappointed! We usually sail with HAL, but the last ship we sailed, Nieuw Amsterdam, ... Read more
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