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435 Holland America Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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zonacruiser25
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
373 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We selected the Maasdam Panama Canal cruise since the ship visited 12 ports over the 24 days. We were able to visit 8 ports we had never visited before. There was also no tendering at any port that was great and made the port experience ... Read more
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
liketraveling
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
764 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a 24 day Cruise. The Cruise started in San Diego through the Panama Canal. There was a choice to disembark in Fort Lauderdale, New York or Boston. I cruised this with my elderly father who uses a rollator walker. We decided ... Read more
ladybugsrule
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
25 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
JPJPJP58
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We choose this cruise for the Panama Canal, which was an excellent experience. But the ship either needs three months in drydock for upgrades or to be target practice for the Holland Navy. The AC did not work in many staterooms. It ... Read more
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kevingastreich
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
573 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
Callie28
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
13 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise because we love to end up at home, no travel day at the end. We had been on ship in January and you can view my rave review on this site. We loved the whole experience. It was an eye opener, all the changes in a ... Read more
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lmz2005
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We brought my parents on a Panama Canal Cruise to Celebrate their 60th Anniversary and ended up bringing their best friends who were celebrating their 61st Anniversary. Getting on the ship was pretty easy since we had the Marriott guys ... Read more
beadercat
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
We wanted to do the Panama Canal cruise from Ft Lauderdale to San Diego. We did the cruise before from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale in 2010. All different stops except 2. (Guatemala and Puerto Chiapas) Enjoyed all the ports and ... Read more
Phyllis Bailey
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This ship is so old that things are forever going wrong. The toilets throughout the ship did not work (fortunately not all at the same time). The ceiling in the buffet dining room needed to be mopped constantly or we would have been ... Read more
Beach Basket
Member Since 2005
1 review
14 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
After reading all of the negative reviews on Cruise Critic we were a little concerned about this ship. However, the date for the Panama Canal Cruis worked perfectly for us so we booked it. The ship is 21 years old and in reasonably good ... Read more
Jacaoljo
Member Since 2014
1 review
61 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2017
We wanted to see the Panama Canal and Central America countries. This cruise not disappoint. All except the tour in Costa Rica on a boat and a train. So disappointing . On the boat thought we'd see bunches of monkeys and other wild ... Read more
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Reefnut
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Embarkation was smooth and seamless HAL has everything well coordinated. Our balcony cabin was the same as all signature class ships but our Room stewards were great. Matter of fact as we have come to expect with HAL the entire crew was ... Read more
BioincJohn
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
The cruise was chosen because it went the whole length of the Panama Canal and we wished to visit the ports on the Pacific and in the Caribbean. To that end, we thoroughly enjoyed the climate, environment, people and places all very new ... Read more
Alberta Traveller
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
We chose MS Westerdam for our Panama trip, decidedly for the itinerary. The number and destination of ports compared to cruise duration was exactly what we wanted. All the stops were very interesting. We booked several shore excursions, ... Read more
Chartinger
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
For years we have discussed doing a Panama Canal trip, having visited most of the Caribbean islands on other cruises. This was a 10 day, which is on the outer limit of what my wife and I consider, especially with a lot of sea time. We ... Read more
bfgood2
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the interesting itinerary and the full transit of the Canal on a smaller ship. We were not disappointed - our 3rd HAL cruise. Food was very good, as usual, ship is spotless and beautiful and crew are outstanding. ... Read more
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txernurse
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise for the Panama Canal destination. Although the Zuiderdam is an older dated ship, it still provided that smaller mid-size ship that we love. We prefer to cruise on HAL due to the "older" crowd and less loud ... Read more
Ladyrdhd
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My boyfriend and I both wanted to experience Central America and go through the Panama Canal. For Christmas he surprised me with a cruise. He had experienced Holland America cruising before, and raved about it. This was my first time on ... Read more
Gigigigigigigigi
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
15 helpful votes
The itinerary and time of year. Very very old ship ! Cabin smelled upon entering eyes watered and sinuses hurt after 24 hours. It took a total of 3 days for them to look into the filter going into the cabin. It was almost black !! ... Read more
ekkc10753
Member Since 2009
1 review
267 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
As background, we are 3 star Mariners in our early 60's with no experience whatsoever with any other cruise line and we chose this cruise because of its itinerary: Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Colombia. It was also extremely last minute, ... Read more
Bob Jordan
Member Since 2017
1 review
22 helpful votes
We sailed the first leg of the 2017 World Cruise, disembarking in San Diego. Overall experience was pleasant, but we had to overlook inconsistent food, a musty smell in our stateroom, and a toilet that malfunctioned three times. The ship ... Read more
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