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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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1,075 Holland America Family Cruise Reviews
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mrgoetz
Member Since 2017
1 review
The cruise industry is trending towards larger ships, but the applause during the "Meet the Captain" session for the smaller size of HAL's venerable 1500-person Volendam shows that there's much to be said for this class of ship. ... Read more
suzannecruisecritic
Member Since 2016
1 review
30 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Our family had a wonderful time on our Alaskan cruise last week on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We are a family of four (kids are 11 and 13). This was our first time in Alaska and we were all blown away by the beautiful scenery and exciting ... Read more
SumFish1
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed July 2017
Average cruise, smaller rooms than most cruises, good service, okay food, great entertainment, big outdoor pool (deep), smaller indoor pool (shallow), kind staff. Our TV circuit kept popping, so we did not have TV for the first 2 days, our ... Read more
dndgeez
Member Since 2004
1 review
28 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The Good: AMAZING FOOD Pinnacle Grill The Band Art Gallery Personnel Had the Norovirus hit on the Ship and their Containment Procedures and protective processes was Great. THE BAD: > No Proactive Wait Staff > ... Read more
jolly_cruiser
Member Since 2010
1 review
125 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Overall was a great Cruise for us - Myself, wife and a 7 year old. This was our first time on HAL ( after several cruises with Princess, Royal Caribbean and Carnival ). Overall a great cruise. Excellent food, entertainment and service. ... Read more
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steveod
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
25 forum posts
24 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We were told by others that everyone on Holland America would be much older than us (44 and 42) and that the food and service wouldn't be very good. Apparently others can be wrong. We had a great time, with plenty of people our age and ... Read more
Trotter13
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the interesting itinery. We have cruised 20 times, mostly in the Caribbean. The itinery lived up to and exceeded our anticipation. the ship is an older ship but well maintained. The spacious of the public areas ... Read more
MDKLIK
Member Since 2017
1 review
18 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We chose to take this cruise to celebrate my retirement and our 37th anniversary. Alaska was a bucket list destination. We chose the Eurodam based on a recommendation from my father who has cruised with Holland America previously. We ... Read more
tigger77callie
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Overall the trip was wonderful, but there were some larger scale issues we encountered that certainly did not ruin the trip, but caused some discomfort (this will be at the end of the con section) Pros: All of the employees we ... Read more
ipoder
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
129 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Just returned from the Viking Saga seven day cruise to the fijords of Norway. It was a getaway for me and my daughters. None of us had been to Norway, we only had one week, and I was curious to see the Koningsdam, so it was the perfect ... Read more
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HALexpert72817
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2017
This is my third time on this exact same boat, and my grand kinds seem to enjoy it tremendously. This year one of my granddaughters is thirteen, and was in the teen program, The loft. She had the absolute time of her life and has made ... Read more
Loreli95
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
102 forum posts
12 helpful votes
After reading the reviews, I was cautious. But, I really liked the ship. It is small and intimate. You will not get the water slides and rock climbing on this ship, but you will relax. I enjoyed the smaller ship and not having to leave ... Read more
ednabcr
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
This was our first time cruising so we have nothing to compare the Noordam to but we have no complaints. The ship seems well maintained, is a good size, and the services were fine. The crew was exceptional. Our children didn't particularly ... Read more
Guitarjess
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We're first time cruisers & went with my parents for a 3 generations cruise(6 adults + 3 teens). There were not many kids on the ship, but that was ok with us. The kids utilized the HAL kids clubs and enjoyed their time away from the ... Read more
sarah_d
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it suited our dates sailing from Vancouver up to SE Alaska and it lasted 7 days and returned back in time to disembark and reach our family wedding later that Saturday afternoon. We had booked an inside ... Read more
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LVMD
Member Since 2017
1 review
20 helpful votes
Our family has never tried going on a cruise before, but now that our kids are in their teens and are young adults, we decided to do this Alaska Inside Passage cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Also thought that cruising ... Read more
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Krieger
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate a special occasion. We chose the Seattle-Juneau-Glacier Bay-Sitka-Ketchikan-Victoria route on the Eurodam, and booked a verandah stateroom. The room was very nice. Ship cabins are always small, but ... Read more
BillFurst
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
When it rained, which it did most days, the crew brought out buckets to catch the rain coming thru the roof. Watch dripping in the buffet line was discussing. Some bathrooms on top deck closed due to flooding. I am great full the ship ... Read more
Wynnuman
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
30 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Embarkation was good. Greeted by nice friendly efficient staff. Our stateroom was very nice. It was modern, new and clean. The shower recess is the largest I have ever had on a cruise ship. The toilet is at an angle and my knees jam ... Read more
Lorac8
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2017
We did the northern Vancouver to Seward cruise that included Glacier Bay and then a land tour to Denali. We went to Vancouver early and walked around some, took the train into town from our hotel by airport. Other family went on ... Read more
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Swice
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
305 forum posts
46 helpful votes
Holland America Westerdam Mediterranean Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona June 2017 While everyone has their own likes and dislikes, there was very little not to like about this cruise on the Westerdam. This ship had been in ... Read more
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cruise for dancing
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
First of all I want to say about the Pro's and then the Con's Pro's 1) Good quality of food 2) Most of the staff were friendly. 3) The cabin was ok. 4) The dinning experience was good. Con's 1) Doesn't have a dance ... Read more
haleygirl
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
The ports on the cruise itinerary were interesting and new to us and this was our first HAL cruise. We enjoyed the nightly entertainment like the Lincoln Center quintet, the B. B. King singers and especially the Billboard on Board dueling ... Read more
LivyLynnVintage
Member Since 2015
1 review
28 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We had a really nice trip on the Westerdam. However, it is a far cry from the Holland America trips of the past and really leaves a lot of room for improvement. Let's start with the good: - Great cabin upgrade to the Neptune ... Read more
Jofannie and Mark
Member Since 2009
1 review
113 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Our very first cruise back in August 2003 was on Holland America's Amsterdam and we've been hooked on cruising ever since. Since then, we've taken 21 more cruises on a variety of different lines with Princess being the one we've taken most ... Read more
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