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Holland America Line Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Ship
Panama Canal & Central America
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

201

Very Good

107

Average

77

Poor

40

Terrible

18

Cruise type

77 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


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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


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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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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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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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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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ttcare

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Worst Entertainment I've Seen on a Cruise

Cruising through the Panama Canal was on the bucket list. HAL cruised all the way through which was the high point of the 14 day cruise. The ship was beautiful and the service overall was good, but the spa staff ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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mnoretsky

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Much desired itinerary at perfect time of year; wonderful staff

We have only sailed on Celebrity ships before; enough to rise to the elite level which also entitles us to several perks. So why sail on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam? We wanted to do the ocean to ocean ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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sunorclouds

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great itinerary, but uneven experience

We chose this particular Panama Canal cruise for the itinerary. The ship stopped in Aruba, Curacao and Costa Rica, in addition to traveling through the canal, which were all new ports for us. After reading ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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AnnieHawk

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Unbelievably friendly, smiling, helpful staff, all around. Best I've seen.

Ship is very pretty & clean. Lovely decor and artwork. Our cabin 5090 had plenty of storage, and a bathtub! Bring a bar of your own soap if you don't like the liquid soap dispenser on the shower wall. There were ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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vincentjean

3 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Dreary ship with air conditioning issues

We chose this cruise because my husband wanted to sail through the Panama Canal and we had experienced an amazing transPacific cruise on the Holland America Noordam in 2018. This was a type of journeyman cruise ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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deanshar

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

The ship that never left Alaska

First time for Panama Canal. Holland America received great reviews. The ship it self was like an ice box! When inquired we were told nothing could be done. Our cabin was never warm as was the rest of the ship. ...
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Sail Date December 2018


tmlane avatar

tmlane

4 Reviews Written

76 Helpful Votes

Gentrification of the Cruise Ship

There is a cruise vacation out there designed for sedentary people - the Zuiderdam to the Panama Canal. If you want to go, you should know that most of the good times will be experienced from a chair. No games on ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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dgh1

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

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

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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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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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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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


Barfly60 avatar

Barfly60

2 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Voyage of the Damned

Our first cruise ever was on the MS Zuiderdam from Jan 7, 2018 to Jan 17, 2018. It was an initiation for sure! The weather was not the greatest to start with and progressively worsened throughout the cruise. After ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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appleation

4 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Very quiet ship....

We chose this cruise because it would cover the Thanksgiving Holiday. We have already done a Panama Canal trip but had not gone all the way to the Pacific Side. Embarkation was a a surpprising "snap" The ship was ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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NMG56

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

As Other Review Asks: Has Holland America Lost Its Way?

Sailing through the Panama Canal was on my "bucket list" and the timing and intinerary on this sailing seemed to fit the bill. This was my 3rd cruise with Holland America (10th overall cruise) and I have to say I ...
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Sail Date April 2017


Callie28 avatar

Callie28

7 Reviews Written

44 Helpful Votes

Lots of changes

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, ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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Tadeusz

1 Review Written

25 Helpful Votes

Minor Annoyances Add Up

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 ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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Hillsy

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Beware HAL Onboard Pricing

First of all the ship itself was excellent if a little dated in places, food and choice was excellent. Ports of call, especially Cartagena and the Panama canal outstanding. My wife and i thought the ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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