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AmberTeka
Member Since 2006
13 reviews
2,548 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
TTLam
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
14 days Japan, China, Taiwan -- Landed into Narita Airport 2 days prior to embarkation, took the Narita Express Train to Yokohama (4290 YEN/$38USD). We stayed at Hotel Monterey Yokohama, which is only 4 large blocks away from the ... Read more
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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
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
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
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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
Canada Laoda
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I chose the itinerary so that we could go to Machu Picchu post cruise. The itinerary was a bit shorter than we would normally cruise. The embarkation in San Diego was great and uneventful. The disembarkation in Lima was another story, ... Read more
elyria3449
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chosen for location and timing. Ship was old and tired with many problems including air conditioning, tenders, internet system (awful) and plumbing. Nice staff could not overcome these many issues in my rating. The high end, Pinnacle ... 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
gatodoc
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was my 25th cruise and first on HAL. I knew the crowd would be mature, but they were very mature. At 65 I felt like a youngster. The onboard offerings were very limited and seating for the better ones was totally inadequate. Good ... Read more
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vazquezmar2004
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
My husband and I decided to spend our birthdays cruising South East Asia on board the Volendam. We decided to take this cruise late in the year and there were not that many room options available for us. We decided on the room 3381 and ... Read more
navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
11,525 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Having long wanted to visit Hawaii, and disinclined to take any more flights than necessary, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to escape some of winter. Additionally, we have a Navy Seal grandson stationed at San Diego, so the two ... Read more
Delmerboy
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
50 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Embarkation and Cabin: We boarded the Koningsdam on February 12, 2017. We were in our stateroom 5079 (inside cabin) in less than one hour. Walking onboard you realised just how new the ship is and how well laid out it is. First ... Read more
crusader
Member Since 2000
2 reviews
284 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Our experience on the Koningsdam was so pleasant. There was hardly anything we did not like. Our cabin, though inside, was well designed and with lots of storage space. We choose Anytime Dining. Arriving at 6 each evening we did not have ... Read more
cbhimself
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
57 forum posts
5 helpful votes
My qualification for writing this is that I am a four star member of the HAL Mariners group. That is I have accumulated over 250 days on some 25 different cruises. I have also cruised quite a bit with Princess. A few years ago, I had an ... Read more
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ozcookie
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was the third HAL cruise for me and second for my wife so we knew what to expect. We were travelling with our three young children (1,4 and 6) plus my parents and 11 year old niece so spread across verandah cabins 10004, 10008 and ... Read more
enfpdancer
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
63 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My Volendam experience overall was positive . The Indonesia and Far East discovery cruise was perfect length of time to experience the flavour of SE Asia. As a single traveler I found the itinerary and the price reasonable. This was my ... Read more
gorilla1964
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I choose this Cruise because of Tim Timmons & Mercy Me. The concerts, meet and greets and biblical teachings were all great. getting to know some of the performers was excellent. The comedian and illusionist were very good with clean ... Read more
aatkinson
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise to sail through Antarctica. Having been on several HAL cruises we were not concerned with quality. We were convinced that the quality would be the same on this ship as it had been on our previous three cruises. It was ... Read more
SoBe2010
Member Since 2010
1 review
630 forum posts
36 helpful votes
We chose this cruise on a short notice three weeks before sailaway. Having had a focus on Celebrity Cruises before, we were in the mood to try something new, since Celebrity turned towards a path in the past, which was more and more not ... Read more
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GaryatMSU
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Recently returned from January 8 to 15 cruise to Eastern Caribbean, making stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. Passengers were mainly over 60, with a few families and younger children. Ate several times in main dining ... Read more
Edman001
Member Since 2012
1 review
43 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Total lack of attention and poor attitude of crew. Had to ask every day for two wine glasses. Three people in cabin but had to ask for three towels. Room service does not give a heads up call but just pounds on the door. Then they come ... Read more
Lorna Doone
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
60 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We felt we made the right decision booking on Holland's newest ship. The food, service and ship were excellent. Our waiter (Gede Ysadhi and his assistant Adi Mahardika) provided enjoyable dinners serving our table for 8. The food was ... Read more
gproper
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Just returned from our 12 Carribean days with Holland America Lines on board the Nieuw Amsterdam. Fantastic,the stateroom staff were the most outgoing people that you could ask for. We had a veranda room with beautiful views of the ocean, ... Read more
milo49
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Having cruised with Holland America four time before, we thought this would be a great winter getaway. Embarkation was no problem,although departure was delayed 5 hrs. due to the tragic events at the Ft.Lauderdale airport. Having been on ... Read more
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