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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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528 Holland America Romantic Cruise Reviews
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Dancefloor
Member Since 2017
3 reviews
We were looking for a last minute deal either to or from our home port of Vancouver and this came up. We had never cruised Holland America before and thought that this would be a good chance to try it out. Unfortunately, the week before we ... Read more
Telejoke
Member Since 2017
1 review
23 forum posts
9 helpful votes
CABIN 10019 -- Small balcony (room for two angled chairs and a miniature cocktail table). Room itself was very small, but there was plenty of storage space for two people, including two spacious drawers under the bed we didn't even need to ... Read more
bhagyesh
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We had the signature suite Deck 6 Sailed 24 July -4th August Pros The staff dining staff were exceptional, they went over and above to please you. The drinks staff were polite but you got the feeling they were there to push sales. ... Read more
Karenallover
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
23 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We escaped the heat of Florida for the cool Alaskan glaciers and it was wonderful to be on the ms Amsterdam! Overall, yes, the ship is showing her age a bit but I loved how she "flowed" with well-designed public spaces. The ... Read more
coolhandluke
Member Since 2010
1 review
21 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Wanted to make our first trip to Alaska special, without the long interior trip to Denali. Decided that the round trip from Seattle to Anchorage was the perfect combination of ports and days at sea. The trip exceeded our expectations. ... Read more
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happyglobetrotter
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
2,711 forum posts
7 helpful votes
The ship needs a little sprucing but is due for dry dock this fall. The service and the meals were excellent as usual. The ship is lovely, newer and well planned. We loved the cruise. The last 2 weeks, the rain and fog had been present ... Read more
socalhiker
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and first time in Alaska, and both were amazing! The land tour was the first part of the trip, and the highlights of that tour were spending a day in Denali (recommend hiking the Savage Alpine Trail) and the ... Read more
HawkSaddle7
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Picked this trip for Itinerary and HA reputation. We have cruised many times and this by far was one of the more expensive and least favorite. Fortunately Alaska is beautiful so the HA did not affect that. Sea days and lack of ... Read more
cruisingcrazy
Member Since 2005
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2017
over all this was best Holland Cruise ever, took this for our anniversary and we were not disappointed. only negative thing we could say - dont go to salmon bake if you dont like squirrels and crows walking on tables next to you and your ... Read more
felixnola
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
4 forum posts
30 helpful votes
I'll start with the positive and end with the negatives... First, I've sailed on numerous cruises with a variety of cruise lines. I like the size and look of the Zaandam. The ship was clean and well-appointed. The entertainment ... Read more
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CryNoMo
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
19 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
I chose this cruise because it was the only one that went to Quebec City and Montreal. It exceeded my expectations with regard to service, food, and especially entertainment. Shows were varied and exceptional. I would recommend this cruise ... Read more
HALexpert72817
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed June 2017
This is my third time on this exact same boat, and my grand kinds seem to enjoy it tremendously. This year one of my granddaughters is thirteen, and was in the teen program, The loft. She had the absolute time of her life and has made ... Read more
momauler
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Most items associated with our cruise were wonderful. Our state room (verandah) was very nice and our room steward was great. The views were incredible and overall experience was good. There were however several concerning items. Our ... Read more
Nickiem25
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Beautiful cruise through Alaska and Glacier Bay. I couldn't find one staff member that wasn't cheery, helpful and amazing at each turn. Always greeting you with a good morning, afternoon or evening when passing any staff member. ... Read more
Malagee
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
My husband and I did a 7 days Alaskan cruise in May 2017. The weather in Alaska was fantastic for the most part. It rained only 3 days one was on port day. Rest of the days were sunny and warm except when out to sea which was cool. We ... Read more
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KarlS
Member Since 2002
7 reviews
371 forum posts
8 helpful votes
June 15-24, 2017 (For context: my wife and I are both in our late 60s. This was our 24th cruise since our honeymoon in 1977. We’ve ocean cruised on Eastern Seaboard Line (1), Holland America Line (aka “HAL”) (4), Royal ... Read more
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princeton12321
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
58 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I was bracing for the worst-- this board is not very kind to the Veendam. We have previously cruised down to Bermuda on the Summit which we enjoyed, but we found this format to be much better. We found the ship to be delightful and the ... Read more
Profesora1
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Great ports of call but many days lost to illness. I have cruised eight previous times and this is the first time I have ever been sick. That being said---MANY guests were very ill on this cruise. My cabin attendant did an excellent job ... Read more
Lucy_Daisy
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
We had never sailed with Holland America before this trip and it is safe to say that we won't be sailing with Holland America in the near future. It started well - check-in was smooth and efficient - all staff involved were friendly and ... Read more
Dasbeak
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
55 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had HAL take care of us airport to airport...no hassle. Stayed at the Langham in Boston two days prior to the cruise. Loved it, so much to do within walking distance. Loved the Veendam. We had a forward cabin and the walk to the ... Read more
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lilliewhite
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
23 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Joined this cruise at the end of a 10 day land tour of Canada (Toronto to Vancouver), frankly underwhelmed by the on board experience; Cabin (large outside - no verandah) was fine, Main dining was good, Gala nights less than ... Read more
danusz
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
This was our first time sailing Holland America. We found the crew on the Amsterdam willingness to meet and exceed our expectations was a true differentiator. They were first rate in every way and were a leg up compared to the other lines ... Read more
riverdale60
Member Since 2010
1 review
76 forum posts
11 helpful votes
The perfect cruise of 7 days between Boston and Bermuda. We were on the East Coast visiting relatives. We have cruised over 3 times, mainly with Celebrity. The Veendam sailed out of Boston and back so it was good schedule and we ... Read more
ND Tour
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We picked a deal from Claire Newell's Travel Best Bets. Excellent service and direction from the customer service department. This was our first cruise. We took the Sea Bus from North Vancouver, a very easy walk to the terminal. Loading ... Read more
realisticus1
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
This was the third cruise on our holiday from Sydney Australia. Our first cruise and second cruises on our holiday were on Celebrity Solstice to Hawaii firstly then from Hawaii to Vancouver. We have been on Solstice many times including ... Read more
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