Holland America Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews

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2,664 Holland America Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Cruise Reviews
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carolpardun
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
4 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our 14-day crossing was step 1 of our Epic Anniversary trip. My husband has only been on one cruise before and it did not go well, so I was concerned about whether he would like this one, but I'm happy to report that he enjoyed is--and ... Read more
pnica
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I chose this cruise mainly because the timing suited me - I couldn't go until the last day of April or early May - last day of April was RCL and the ship was way too big, so it was Prinsendam or Cunard or Pulmantur - Cunard was too short, ... Read more
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TexasDavid7
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
136 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was a good itinerary starting in Ft. Lauderdale, going through the Panama Canal up the West Coast to Seattle w/an Alaska cruise included. HAL calls this a Collector's Voyage. The Amsterdam is smaller than most medium sized ships ... Read more
ladybugsrule
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
26 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
I am totally sold on Holland America - Just finished my 19 day Panama Canal Cruise - Started in Ft. Lauderdale. Visited Cartagena, Panama Canal , Corinto, Nicaragua, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, Huatulco, Mexico Cabo San Lucas, Mexico ... Read more
Kelly97229
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been on most of the other Holland America ships - and that, until this cruise, Holland America has been my favorite cruise line. It was an extremely disappointing cruise. The quality of ... Read more
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StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
22 reviews
1,805 forum post
23 helpful votes
Veendam cruise 4-21-17 15 nights FLL – Montreal. Long and detailed. Skip to the conclusion if you only want the summary. Getting to Florida to day before the cruise proved to be full of adventure. Our Southwest flight left the ... Read more
vickikomer
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We took the Zuiderdam transatlantic, and chose it because we had taken the same ship to the Panama Canal in 2012 and had a very good time. There wasn't a problem with embarkation or disembarkation. We opted for a suite, and we enjoyed ... Read more
OceanTraveller4ever
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
332 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Second trans-atlantic on the Zdam, and it was great again. The ship is in good shape, and the service is full, efficient, and happily delivered. SY cabin was fine, except for the old small flat screen TV. Those are cheap, with crappy ... Read more
sailorgirl
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
655 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
A TransAtlantic offers us a lengthy cruise at a reasonable fare with lots of sea days to relax and/or take advantage of the amenities and activities of the ship. We've done several before and always had a good experience. Holland America ... Read more
mully31
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Great ports on the Trans-Atlantic Crossing and an amazing staff at Holland America's Zuiderdam made the cruise memorable. Although the cabin was old and dated, with a tv screen that was barely readable, the crew and the planned activities ... Read more
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Workinless
Member Since 2014
11 reviews
95 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We are seniors and this cruise was tailored for us The ship is a bit old, but is laid out well . I walk a lot and like the full promenade deck. Cabin (7028) has a very good design. Liked the curtain between the bed and bath as ... Read more
kevingastreich
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
576 forum posts
11 helpful votes
First, let me just say, Nieuw Amsterdam is our favorite ship now. We’ve sailed Eurodam, Oosterdam and Noordam. All great ships but this one is awesome! The artwork and décor is very nice. The ship is in fantastic shape and ... Read more
Tadeusz
Member Since 2017
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
To be clear, there was much to like and enjoy on this cruise through the Panama Canal. To start, the food in the Pinnacle Grill and main dining room was excellent and the staff throughout the ship was super-friendly and helpful. However, ... Read more
Bouff
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
770 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our first ever cruise experience was in 2006 on the Noordam followed by a cruise on the Volendam. After that because of itineraries we have sailed on X. We returned to HAL for this cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego. We were not ... Read more
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marilynfs
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Very disappointed with Holland America. They were recommended to us, but were woefully lacking. No zumba/keep fit/water aerobics/dance classes/dancing, and if you wanted to do a yoga class it was charged for. They put on 4 of the ... Read more
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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
SJShelby
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Why did we choose this ship? Frankly, because of the price and the fact it was new. To our pleasant surprise, it was an outstanding experience. This ship is beautiful with a music theme that is pervasive. The pool are is resort-like with ... Read more
pmcs86
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Embarkation was OK, just took longer than we expected. (Disembarkation was quite smooth.) On the first day we explored the ship, which is beautiful although not really to my taste (I prefer simpler design). We found a lot of lovely ... Read more
Kala89
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
56 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
Despite all the negative reviews for Koningsdam on this forum, we enjoyed our 28 days on board as much as any of our previous HAL cruises. We were on board for the trans-Atlantic followed by the Mediterranean ports. The ship is nice and ... Read more
Minority Reporter
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
96 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We took this transatlantic cruise back to Rome having sailed across in the other direction last October. The food was excellent as usual. Still one of the best buffets at sea (but still a little too much salt at times). The crew is the ... Read more
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hellotravel13
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We always like to travel to Europe in the Spring and selected this ship because we had heard good reviews and it is the newest Holland American ship. The ship met our expectations. We loved the dining options, especially the Pinacle,the ... Read more
MagTravel
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
29 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Shiny new ship with some standard HAL features but definitely targeting a new demographic. Cabins are slightly smaller and bathroom design is terrible. The shower is nice but small with no safety grab bars. The commode is placed ... Read more
Sfruhman
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
I have sailed with Holland America for more than 20 years because I love to dance (you know real dancing that has actual steps). Prior to their "change in direction" (which I wasn't aware of) every DAM ship had a nice three-piece ... Read more
Takes Notes
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
21 forum posts
22 helpful votes
As a long time Holland America fan, I read many the comments, both positive and negative about the ship prior to my repositioning sailing. I booked a single "OO" cabin, but was upgraded to a Spa Outside (CQ) cabin. It may ... Read more
Muffinmom5221
Member Since 2012
1 review
7 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Wanted a quiet peaceful TA. People onboard were mostly seasoned travelers, as with most trans Atlantics. Food and service were above expectations. The new culinary arts center is great. I highly recommend you dine there. Activities ... Read more
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