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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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richard1s
Member Since 2004
15 reviews
435 forum posts
9 helpful votes
The following are some of our experiences on the Oosterdam 3/10 sailing out of Tampa Florida. The itinerary included the ports of Cozumel, Roatan Honduras, Santo Tomas Guatemala and Costa Maya. We have about 26 cruises under our belt and ... Read more
2665allen
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
The excursions were second class. do not use HAL for them. find another source if you can. in particular the st maarten and st Thomas ones were bad. San Juan was just OK. Internet did not work (a friend had to get a refund). WiFi is a ... Read more
meparke
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
My prior cruise experiences were all on small ships -- two with Lindblad/National Geographic (120 passengers max), two with (now defunct) Cruise West (110 passengers max), and one on the Mississippi (ca. 400 passengers). I traveled with ... Read more
ithaca gal
Member Since 2009
1 review
869 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of it's port intensive itinerary, not because we were excited about traveling on the new ship. It is pricier to sail on the new kid on the block but our son and his wife had never been to the southern islands, ... Read more
FranfromFL
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose this Southern Caribbean cruise because we liked the ports of call. We also liked that this is a new ship in her first year. All in all, I would say that we enjoyed the cruise. Since the ship is new, it was very nice. Being ... Read more
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oregoniankid
Member Since 2017
1 review
34 helpful votes
OK....No BS....We have always cruised on HAL..PERIOD!! Cost more but Worth it... I am 62, My Wife is 65. Started with HAL back in 2003. First cruise was to Alaska. All others have been to the Caribbean. Were from the Great ... Read more
Michagander
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was the first time sailing with HAL. I have sailed with many other lines and this was my 15th cruise. We chose this ship because we planned a family vacation with cousins who preferred HAL above others. Me and my wife chose a ... Read more
dack
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was an 11 day cruise We chose this ship because it was a new ship, loved the ports and always wanted to try Holland America. We had been in the Caribbean and this had new ports that we had not seen. The ship is beautiful, the ... Read more
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lovetocruisenow
Member Since 2009
20 reviews
119 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Eurodam We took this cruise as a last-minute type getaway from winter. We weren't as interested in the ports as we were the ship experience and the warmth and sunshine. We are experienced cruisers, have cruised on Holland America many ... Read more
Over da Hill
Member Since 2017
1 review
43 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
To put this in context, my wife and I (in our mid 60's but still very active) have been on 10 cruises including one European River cruise (Viking). We have used Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Princess. I would rate this cruise ... Read more
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Luv2travlX2
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Although this was our 6th cruise, it was our first on Holland America. We did the 7-day Western Caribbean trip. We knew that Holland America caters to an older crowd but since we're in our 60's, we certainly fit right in. There were a few ... Read more
Jimsam
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it embarks out of Tampa and we live 30 miles from Tampa. Double bonus for us is that Tampa cannot handle the mega ships because of bridge clearance so size of ship was just what we like - about 1900 passengers. ... Read more
Critic9226
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We took our cruise of the Caribbean beginning at Barbados on 2/22/2017 and ending in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on 3/5/2017. Overall, we had a very nice time. We were on the Holland America Rotterdam. The variety and quality of the food ... Read more
cincinnati_born
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
45 forum posts
This was my only complaint on my recent sailing aboard the Koningsdam. I'm referring to the Holland American Line Mariners, the folks that have hundreds of days sailing on HAL. I've never heard so much unhappiness on a cruise among folks ... Read more
ericdenengelsman
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We choose Holland America Koningsdam for a couple of reasons. Both my wife and myself are of Dutch background so we wanted to try this cruise line. We both has birthdays when we were aboard so that was another great excuse. Upon our ... Read more
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jpfshaw
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
31 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Time of year, available suite, length, ship. Sailing in February is a great get-away for those of us sick of winter. Sailing on Koningsdam was a treat, it being a new vessel. Lots of new things onboard and in the suite. Verandah is as ... Read more
milwaukeecruiser
Member Since 2011
1 review
94 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We selected this cruise to get away from cold midwest winter weather and to check out the new HAL ship. Full disclosure: I have sailed to the Caribbean many times before on HAL and other cruise lines. I am a 4 star mariner. The Ship: ... Read more
Here i go again!
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Special mention right away to my friend i n THE RETREAT!! Jeffrey, Michael, Jomarie and Joseph And to Richard in the Crowes nest for doing a lovely job during my cocktail party for group Izamani at guest relations who made it ... Read more
Chasdalex
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
27 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise and the first week went very well. We enjoyed good service, great food and met new friends. During the second week however, Holland America showed their true colors. A large group (app 1000 people) boarded ... Read more
fairfieldcruiser
Member Since 2008
1 review
239 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Hopped on this ship at the last minute. I wasn't expecting much, just a quick getaway from the cold of the north. I was completely taken aback by how much I enjoyed just about every aspect of this ship, crew and voyage. Other than ... Read more
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sheepers21
Member Since 2016
1 review
38 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
My wife and I (62 years young) arrived in Fort Lauderdale 2 days before embarkation in order to enjoy some Florida sunshine and allow for any transportation hiccups that might occur from possible weather delays or flight disruptions. We ... Read more
Senior Single
Member Since 2012
9 reviews
102 forum posts
13 helpful votes
With many Holland America ships enjoyed over the past years, I wanted to see the newest version of their line. Overall, the ship is beautiful. A few things not to my liking didn't keep me from enjoying the ten days on board. As a senior ... Read more
Luvs Beaches
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
I was anxious to sail on the Koningsdam. In the Spring of 2016 while cruising on the Westerdam, we heard about the Koningsdam from some of the crew members who had an opportunity to preview the new ship. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale, ... Read more
retiredloveit
Member Since 2011
1 review
33 forum posts
8 helpful votes
o We had a great room 6th floor (A6020 Mozart deck) veranda; great cabin stewards o We had great folks at seated dinner (3 other couples) Dave (one husband) ordered a cake for J's birthday (I don't know how he found out... Jim ... Read more
JEBurton
Member Since 2000
1 review
316 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to the southern Caribbean to escape the winter in MD. The itinerary included Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao as well as three other ports on the 10-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. We did not eat in any of the ... Read more
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