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Holland America Line Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
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Panama Canal & Central America
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451 Holland America Line Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews


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dgh1

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

HOT ROOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We wanted to do the Panama Canal so chose this cruise. The ship cannot handle the hot weather, the AC when finally repaired (5 days no AC at all in rooms) was still not enough to cool the rooms!!!!!!!!!! Dinning ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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realestateprof

3 Reviews Written

69 Helpful Votes

Often exceeded expectations, all too often disappointed

My wife and I were on Holland America's Niew Amsterdam for its 18-day cruise through the Panama Canal, departing San Diego October 3, 2018 and arriving in Ft. Lauderdale on the 21st. Though we had many good-to-great ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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portsimportant

4 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Lovely Canal Trip

This cruise represented a couple of firsts for us; it was the first time we had booked air and transfers with the cruise line, and the first time we had a verandah stateroom, both of those proved to be nice ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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comanche girl

3 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

I didn't know I could do 10 days

This was a bucket list trip for my husband but I was worried that we could be happy on a ship for ten days. We had also never sailed Holland America so for a treat we booked a signature suite. The ship had just ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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jetlady51

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Aging Queen

Panama Canal was on our bucket list, so we were really looking forward to this cruise. It's our third cruise with Holland America and the other two were perfect. Sadly, this was not the case for this cruise. I ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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staceybisco

3 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Great Family Vacation

Simply put we loved everything about our cruise! The entertainment was top notch. The singers and dancers on board were fabulous we went to all 3 nights of their shows, we enjoyed the dueling pianos, Island Magic ...
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Sail Date December 2017


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proffurey

5 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

My last visit to the Panama Canal was 2004.

I chose this cruise to reconnect with one of the world's major sights and to see the new locks which were not there in 2004 when I last visited. I also have never been to Cartagena, Colombia and heard nice things ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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Trixieng

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Problems abound on ship straight out of dry dock, good ports

Spouse wanted to transit Panama Canal and this cruise was the right time, ports and price. However we found out Zaandam was coming out of dry dock for this cruise from Cruise Critic, not HAL. It was not ready. Our ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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transafe

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Rusty old lady

We were advised that Holland America was the only way to cruise. This is a smaller ship which was just what we wanted and the Panama Canal had been on our bucket list for some time. We extended our cruise up to ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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carolbparksville

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

20 DAY CRUISE FORT LAUDERDALE TO VICTORIA, B.C.

We always cruise with HAL as our experience has always been very good. The Nieuw Amsterdam is well appointed, tastefully decorated with plenty of public rooms. We especially enjoyed the Explorers Lounge on deck 11, ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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jenniferchatt4

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Nieuw Amsterdam - April Panama Canal Cruise

Holland America 17 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale through Panama Canal on to San Diego checked off all the boxes. As usual food was good to great, housekeeping and dining staff friendly, accommodating and truly ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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1oklahoma1

9 Reviews Written

33 Helpful Votes

Don't let reviews fool you about Zuiderdam

We chose this cruise because we knew the Panama Canal is not something that many people get to see. We weren't disappointed in the cruise. She may have a few scratches here and there, but the ship is in great ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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CATandSQUID

4 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Great time through the big ditch

We took this cruise for a chance to see the Panama Canal and all it's greatness. We arrived late at night the day before our cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn. We checked in online so our room keys were ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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mthfish

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great cruise

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary that included the Panama Canal and Cartagena. We were not disappointed. Embarkation was a breeze. We landed at FLL around 1:00 and were enjoying a light lunch by 2:00. ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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cruzn single

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Awesome Panama Canal Cruise

This has been on my bucket list. Planned a Panama Canal raise 5 years ago, but was unable to do this because of serious family illness. After the death of my husband I decided that it was imperative to do a ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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cruiserkima

2 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Perfect Panama Canal Cruise

We just returned from an absolutely amazing cruise of the Panama Canal. Before we left, I confess I was apprehensive because of some of the reviews I’d read that said the boat was old, that the itinerary wasn’t ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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Warysailor

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

First cruise on a large ship

My only cruise experience was with Renaissance back in the 90s and I hated it. Decided to try again, and my sister and husband are 4 star mariner and loves HAL, so we went along. Also decided to go with the Neptune ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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mpkent2002

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Awesome trip with family

We chose the cruise because of the itinerary (through the Panama Canal) and the fact we love HAL and prefer the smaller ships.We had done the Canal once before in 1996. We had the signature suite 8094, which was ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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Sirdar

5 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Zuiderdam Southern Caribbean and Panama Canal

A few random observations about our rent cruise. Embarkation: Process was slowed by some kind of drill aboard ship. the waiting area at Ft. Lauderdale was therefore jammed and seats hard to find when DW and I ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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jaxgang

6 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

A whupping for the Westerdram!

WE decided to spare Captain Mark Rowden’s blushes. The gallant Yorkshire-born skipper of the Holland America Line’s Westerdam had probably had enough after his vessel was apparently, as the late Frankie ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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retiretwo

3 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

16 days of happiness!

This was our 3rd Winter in a row to sail the Oosterdam for our COLD weather get away. We weren't disappointed. Having never sailed from San Diego, we didn't know what to expect. We stayed the night before at ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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Pickaway Cruiser

2 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

An Excellent Vacation on the Zuiderdam!

We had done a HAL Southern Caribbean cruise a number of years ago, and enjoyed it; we wanted to go someplace warm and when I saw that Cartagena was on our itinerary, we decided to book. I had really not wanted ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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DanelloL

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

A Cousin's Reunion Cruise

I was fortunate enough to cruise many times with my late husband but never got the opportunity to cruise to the Panama Canal. After much discussion, my cousin from Sarasota and my cousins from New Jersey decided on ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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PADDY V

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

ROUGH VOYAGE

My wife and i had the panama canal cruise on our bucket list for sometime, so decided to finally take the plunge along with 2 other couples. The ship showed signs of its age, even though we were told it had recently ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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hlhop080149

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great time was had by all!

Three couples chose this cruise because it went to the Panama Canal. I have never been on Holland and didn't know much about them, (found out later they are part of the Carnival/Princess lines of which I am NOT a ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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