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Holland America Line Rio de Janeiro Cruise Reviews

Excursion - Bar Harbor. Acadia trails biking. 2.5 hour tour
Confederate bridge on PEI - full day excursion
Excursion - Baddeck on your own
Quebec City walk on your own
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South America Review

Review for Zaandam to South America

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hm+jdmcruisers
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Having read fellow travellers reviews, I wanted to provide our opinion following our South America trip recently. Ship The Zaandam ship is on the small side by today’s standards (1400 passengers) but that does mean you do get to know the staff and fellow cruisers. The ship was well maintained, clean and comfortable. We opted for an outside cabin, mid ships, on the main deck due to the ...
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Sail Date: November 2019


Concerned for our safety as fan shorts and fills cabin with smoke

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debgodsmark1
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Cruise selected based on the itinerary. We had 2 issues that we escalated to guest services and were made to feel they did not care at all. Our cabin was hot and after technician checked and temperature was 22.9 Celcius,. i was told by Guest Services, they could do nothing andthere were no other cabins to move. it was a blatant lie, I know this because due to flooding of several cabins later in ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


Our best experience with HAL?

Review for Zaandam to South America

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porsena
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

The Zaandam is our new favourite ship. Its smaller size means fewer decks and less crowding. Our cabin on deck 6 was one deck above the fixed-time dining room and most public areas, and just two decks below the lido. It is practical to use the stairs rather than the elevators. Less crowding meant that we did not have to show up at least half an hour early to sit together for performances in the ...
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Sail Date: November 2018

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


Fantastic itinerary at the bottom of the world

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sentrydriver
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

My wife and I are recently retired and have long wanted to cruise an "around the horn" itinerary. This Holland America cruise fit the bill the perfectly. Overall, an outstanding cruise, a decent value and a great itinerary. We departed from Rio de Janeiro. Our flight departed the east coast for Miami on Halloween. Many of the airport and airline employees were in costume and having a good ...
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Sail Date: November 2018

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom

Traveled with disabled person


South America

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666pfc
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

We chose this cruise specifically for the itinerary and what a wonderful itinerary it was helped by settled weather conditions for most of the passage. I had however reservations about the ship being a little dated and reserved ie the entertainment onboard was quite possibly the poorest we had ever been unfortunate enough to be subjected to. There was also unacceptable delays in the main dining ...
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Sail Date: November 2017


South American Adventure

Review for Zaandam to South America

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lakelodge
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Chose this cruise for the itinerary, not the line or the ship. After reading some negative reviews, we didn't have really high hopes, but the ship turned out to be pretty nice even with a few hiccups. We are a couple in our 60's and have cruised 26 times before on most of the major lines, this was the third time with Holland America. We brought our 11 year old granddaughter with us, and ...
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Sail Date: November 2017

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

Traveled with children


Mediocrity at its best

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tloebl
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Ports were fantastic and weather was great. Smooth seas at their best. The ship is a different story. Dining room service was extremely slow. One night we waited over 1 1/2 hours before being served and the excuse was "The kitchen is backed up" Hard to believe at 5:30 PM--open seating. Two meals at the Pinnacle Grill were fantastic. ...
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Sail Date: November 2017

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


Fabulous Antarctic cruise with kids

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boulders
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

South America/Antarctica - December 15- Jan. 9 on HAL’s Zaandam I just got back today from a fabulous cruise on the Zaandam. This truly was the trip of a lifetime. I got same great pictures of Antarctica. We avoided the deep freeze back at home and had almost 24 hours of daylight. We experienced some other cultures that we may never had experienced. We had wonderful tablemates and enjoyed dinner ...
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Sail Date: December 2013

Traveled with children


Great trip to Antarctica

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DGL
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

This is our 5th HAL cruise and as always a great experience. You sometimes wonder what kind of travelers cruise the world because some of the reviews from past seasons spoke of untrained staff, tired looking ship, poor food etc. This was NOT our experience. Staff was GREAT, helpful and polite even with difficult demanding passengers. The ship had been in dry dock in October so I will not comment ...
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Sail Date: December 2013


Historic Cities and Scenic Wonders!

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Loreto
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

My husband and I are in our 60s….typical HAL cruisers on our 19th cruise, but WOW, this 21 day holiday cruise broke the sedate HAL mold, with an exciting international mix of passengers from young to old! We enjoyed this vibrant group. We flew to Rio de Janeiro and back from Santiago on Delta with the expected winter weather delays, always tense, so make sure you have plenty of time before ...
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Sail Date: December 2013


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