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Holland America Line Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Ship
Panama Canal & Central America
Departure Port

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201

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107

Average

77

Poor

40

Terrible

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451 Holland America Line Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews


Kruisysue8 avatar

Kruisysue8

1 Review Written

Good ship—except...

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We wanted a cruise where we didn’t have airfare to contend with. We can drive from Phoenix to San Diego, leave our car in a hotel that stores it for free, and take the free shuttle from the Best Western Yacht ...
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Sail Date January 2020


Les2 avatar

Les2

3 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Boring Cruise Ship

Embarkation went fine . The ship was clean and fresh. Our cabin was comfortable. Our cabin attendants were great. They got you anything you wanted or needed. We opted for anytime dining and were usually ...
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Sail Date February 2020


The Producer avatar

The Producer

1 Review Written

Great Food, Service, and Staff - Low Energy Activities

My wife and I just completed a 17-day cruise on February 22 on the Oosterdam from Fort Lauderdale (February 5) to San Diego. The food and service were great. The ship was clean and crisp. The staff was always ...
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Sail Date February 2020


Gail MG avatar

Gail MG

6 Reviews Written

28 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal Transit Complete with Panama Buns

The Oosterdam is one of the older Holland America ships but is attractive, well maintained, and comfortable and has probably the best service, certainly the friendliest service, of any of the Holland America ships ...
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Sail Date February 2020


ElEl avatar

ElEl

8 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses

We sailed on the Holland-America Oosterdam’s 18-day Panama Canal cruise (January 15-February 5, 2020) from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. My wife and I are in our 70’s, and we are four-star HAL Mariners. We ...
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Sail Date January 2020


Bulldog1970 avatar

Bulldog1970

3 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Panama Canal

We chose this cruise because the Canal had been on our bucket list for a long time. We have sailed on Eurodam almost ten years ago and had some really good memories of that time. We stayed in Deerfield Beach the ...
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Sail Date January 2020


seawife2 avatar

seawife2

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Not our cup of tea

This is our 7th cruise.We had a signature suite. Other cruises have been 14 day transatlantic on Celeberity, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. This ranks last on our ratings. Pros: Crew all very friendly, pleasant, ...
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Sail Date January 2020


JoeFixes avatar

JoeFixes

2 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

What I expected...still they could have done more.

My wife and I (both 53) were asked to join our friends on the Eurodam 11 day cruise to the Panama Canal. Having cruised several times before on Disney, RCCL & NCL we were eager to experience HAL. I was aware that ...
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Sail Date January 2020


Zanne208 avatar

Zanne208

1 Review Written

Zip Lining & Private Oasis at this Age!

My sister is a 4 time mariner and after the loss of her husband of 56 years asked me to join her for a cruise that she and my brother-in-law had wanted to take during Thanksgiving. I did! I am 58 and had such a ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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cruiseenthusiastic2

8 Reviews Written

30 Helpful Votes

Met my expectations!

I consider myself a veteran cruiser and, having done my research, thought it was time to try my first HAL cruise for my 'bucket list" Panama Canal trip. It definitely met my expectations and more. This was ...
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Sail Date December 2019


Hayley88 avatar

Hayley88

1 Review Written

15 day Panama Canal Cruise

We’ve sailed in HAL and I find they have excellent service. This was no different. I really loved the itinerary (Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the Bahamas) and they had great ...
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Sail Date November 2019


LandisKL avatar

LandisKL

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Well, so so

We chose the cruise for it's destination, the Panama Canal and for it's embarkation port, Ft. Lauderdale. The ship was fine, the stateroom was excellent and the service staff was wonderful. We did NOT feel the same ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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scottborland

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Good cruise itinerary, terrific staff, clean comfortable ship.

Very clean, well appointed ship. Dining @Lido and Dining Room was usually top rate. Lots of variety, well presented, variety of options through the cruise. Staff, without exception, were terrific for the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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turbotravelers

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Good itinerary but ship is disappointing

Panama Canal 10 night partial voyage. The Holland America Zuiderdam has some serious air conditioning problems. Understandable that when you’re walking through the hallways, it can be a little warm with the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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SeniorTraveller023

3 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Lovely Ship, Educational Experience

Embarkation in Vancouver was fast and smooth. I was told it might be different the next day when four ships would be in port, rather than just this one. The vaguely Art Deco décor of the ship's public areas ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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pwtubbs

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Great Food & Service, Otherwise Merely Average

Traversing the Panama Canal had always been a "bucket list" for my husband and me ages 67 and 72, respectively); being veteran HAL cruisers, we chose the NIEUW AMSTERDAM 21-day Panama Canal Cruise, 28 September to ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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Elsa Shores

3 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Disappointment from prior Nieuw Amsterdam cruises

Stateroom Attendant service was outstanding.. Quality of Lincoln Center Stage musicians and recitals were world class. Panama Canal presentations and speaker were excellent. The actual transit was normal : 8 ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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clfarnham

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal - my retirement cruise

I chose this cruise because it the most interesting, historical cruise to celebrate my retirement! Loved every minute of it. We are big fans of Holland America, especially the Nieuw Amsterdam ship. Embarkation ...
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Sail Date March 2019


majda89 avatar

majda89

1 Review Written

What a wonderful time!

Nine of us traveled together to cruise the Panama Canal. Our group consisted of three married couples and three single ladies ranging in age from 50 on up. Despite different interests among the members of the ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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TravelerinRenton

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Some Good & Bad

We chose this cruise because we live in the Seattle area and love not having to deal with air travel at the conclusion, also because my husband can only walk with a walker. We were familiar with all the ports (only ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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ltsjdad55

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Could have been better

My wife and I had been planning this cruise for several years to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary as well as her completing her PhD. We had booked an ocean view cabin on Deck #1. We did not find out until ...
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Sail Date January 2019


Forester Gump avatar

Forester Gump

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great cruise

We do an annual late winter cruise every year. We've traveled mainly on HAL, and have been pleased with the smaller ships and good service. This year we did the full transit of the Panama Canal, leaving from San ...
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Sail Date March 2019


Rocklin Cruiser avatar

Rocklin Cruiser

5 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Awesome cruise through the Panama Canal

Panama Canal was on the bucket list, so we pulled the trigger. The price on the Volendam from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco was to good to pass up. This was a 17 day cruise in April so there were kids on board ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Rvod56

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Ready to book again.

Our trip consisted of a group of 8, all arriving from different destinations across Canada. We had a house rented in Fort Lauderdale for 3 days before the cruise, a lovely home within walking distance to the ...
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Sail Date March 2019


richardsymms avatar

richardsymms

1 Review Written

Great crew and service with cheap and poor quality food.

We chose this cruise because it started in Ft. Lauderdale and ended 21 days later in Seattle plus we got a very large stateroom #8140 w a wrap-around deck on the stern. The first day for embarkation we felt the ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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