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Holland America Line Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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

Bob Sib avatar

Bob Sib

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

A cruise ship that should be on DRY DOCK; THE CRUISE FROM HELL


My wife and I thought Holland America was a step above and tried the Panama cruise. First the ship is in disrepair ie: broken windows, window seal deteriorated causing windows to fog in main dining room, burnt out ...
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Sail Date February 2019

ValGio avatar


2 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Cruisers BEWARE!

We chose this Panama Canal cruise because it traversed the "Old Gatun Locks" and were able to get an aft balcony cabin. Here is our honest review: REVIEW 10 Day Sunfarer Cruise Zuiderdam, Holland America ...
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Sail Date January 2018

JennyVega avatar


1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Vacation savings thrown away by this experience!

10 day Panama Canal cruise Good: - Housekeeping services. Cordial and kept the room clean and neat. Every time we came back to the room, the bed was made. Every evening they left a nice towel animal. - Ice ...
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Sail Date January 2018

lhandy avatar


1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Holland America Panama Canal Cruise - Disappointing...

We chose this cruise primarily based on timing and the beginning/end points. Less on the cruise line. Holland America met our needs for our criteria. In spite of all that we'd heard about HAL catering mostly to ...
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Sail Date January 2018

trikester avatar


1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Bad right from the start.

We wanted a Panama canal cruise and picked Holland because we wanted to try them. We have been on 7 cruises before this on other cruise lines. There must be something wrong with the stabilization system on that ...
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Sail Date November 2017

Jasmine 113 avatar

Jasmine 113

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Shore Excursions - a lie

We spent approximately 2100.00 $ for two to experience shore excursions. What was stated online was not what we received for most of our excursions. We felt lied to. By day 3 we complained and it fell on deaf ...
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Sail Date September 2017

Milliesman403 avatar


1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Recommend the Eurodam

Wanted to do the Panama Canal cruise for a long time. The staff on the Eurodam were excellent. Monika, a waitress that works usually in the Tamarind was just great and always with a beautiful smile. Vojo and Alex ...
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Sail Date April 2017

Julianpppppp avatar


1 Review Written

24 Helpful Votes

Holland America - apocalyptically poor.

Wanted to visit certain Central American countries listed and also travel through the Panama Canal. This cruise seemed to fit the bill. We have travelled extensively around the world but had not used HAL before. ...
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Sail Date April 2016

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Dean from Kent

1 Review Written

19 Helpful Votes

Most Disappointing Cruise in 25 Cruises

We picked this cruise because of the where was going and Holland's history of great service and great dining. This was my 25th cruise, and it rates as number 25. The dining in the main dining room was terrible. ...
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Sail Date April 2016

sgutierrez avatar


1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

No Service; Totally Dissatisfied!

The rating of this ship is generous according to reviews. Service was awful to non existing. Out of 14 nights in dining room my husband only had one night where his iced tea or water was refilled. Gone are the days ...
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Sail Date April 2015

dlseabright avatar


3 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

The ship needs a complete overhaul.

My friend and I sailed on this ship for the first time on October 18. I have been on 30 cruises and my friend on 25. This was the worst. Holland has such a good reputation but not for this ship. Embarcation & ...
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Sail Date October 2013

patyann70 avatar


1 Review Written


We have just returned from the 11 day cruise from the Panama Canal. We were up graded to deck six with the balcony. The ship it self needs to be put away for remodel. The way the rooms are set up there is no room ...
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Sail Date October 2013

PaulMCO avatar


12 Reviews Written

44 Helpful Votes

The Good - Bad - but MOSTLY UGLY

Summary: HAL has gone downhill from our last cruise with them of 2 years ago. Food is mediocre and service while friendly has definitely been impacted by staff cuts. Many items that were free in the past are now ...
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Sail Date March 2013

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Dr. Bichon

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Zuiderdam-First cruise after drydock

Our cruise was from December 10-21, however due to the continuous problems we encountered on-board, Holland America succumb to our request to depart the ship and fly us home on the 14th. One would ask how this could ...
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Sail Date December 2012

Wehwalt avatar


1 Review Written

So so voyage on luxury liner, if you like that sort of thing

I'm a destination cruiser without brand loyalty, so I don't go on board to recreate Titanic, I go for the ports. I stayed in San Diego a couple of days before the cruise. Embarkation: Not terribly difficult, ...
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Sail Date October 2011

botango avatar


8 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Zuiderdam Repo

I have done this repo cruise from Lauderdale to Vancouver several times over the last 10 years. Last one on HAL was 6 years ago. I was very disappointed with the cutbacks that have taken place over this time. For ...
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Sail Date April 2011

sightstohigh avatar


1 Review Written

Obviously I set my Sights too High

I traveled with a friend and co-worker. We made our reservations through a friend of a friend of hers. The travel agent could not tell us anything about our flight arrangements until three weeks or so before we were ...
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Sail Date April 2009

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cruising since the 80

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Should not have been out of dry dock

2nd time around exact same cruise 4 years apart, after the first we knew we loved the ship, the company the itinerary, planned the 2nd trip, picked the aft cabin on purpose to cruise the canal with a wonderful ...
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Sail Date November 2017

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