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513 Holland America Romantic Cruise Reviews
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felixnola
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
4 forum posts
6 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
momauler
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
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
2 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
6 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
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
46 forum posts
6 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
4 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
Dasbeak
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
54 forum posts
2 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
lilliewhite
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
23 forum posts
8 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
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riverdale60
Member Since 2010
1 review
75 forum posts
10 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
JackieLee
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
I chose this cruise because we had never been to Alaska before and my husband had never been on a cruise. After careful research we decided on the Amsterdam as it is a smaller ship and can maneuver some of the tight canals and get closer ... Read more
extex1
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
My husband contacted our cruise specialist, and they set the whole thing up. Dennis had previously researched the HAL website, and knew what he wanted before booking. We had an aft-Neptune suite. Em and disembarkation were as expected. ... Read more
david_honig
Member Since 2010
1 review
14 helpful votes
There are several things to like about the Oosterdam - the decor is fantastic, I really enjoyed the co-branding with America's Test Kitchen. Their on-board enterainment system (free) had a better collection of movies that I have on with ... Read more
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1022sam
Member Since 2017
1 review
The Rotterdam is an older ship and does show some wear especially in the bathtubs and the décor in some of the areas. However, once you experience the friendly and helpful staff, the great food and the awesome atmosphere you quickly ... Read more
Dude68
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
31 forum posts
3 helpful votes
WE loved the 30 day itinerary on this cruise , both the Mediterranean and the Baltic . Ship is very nice, smaller by today's standards but delightful. Older but still a great ship . Holland America staff was fantastic this was ... Read more
gojoanne1
Member Since 2007
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Ship was smaller than the usual but I knew that beforehand. Also a little older but still we were happy with it. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10, great views from it, but to walk across the deck from one end to another you had to go ... Read more
vanman1010
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
19 helpful votes
This was our 8th cruise and our second with HAL. We had sailed to Alaska with Royal Caribbean three years ago for 14 days. Since we live in Vancouver, we love the cruises that depart from and return to Vancouver. All the staff on the ... Read more
carolpardun
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Our 14-day crossing was step 1 of our Epic Anniversary trip. My husband has only been on one cruise before and it did not go well, so I was concerned about whether he would like this one, but I'm happy to report that he enjoyed is--and ... Read more
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Nikkat
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
They are extremely organized. The entertainment on the boat especially at night are professionally executed. The entire crew, including the captain, walk around the ship and greet people asking how they are doing. Embarking and ... Read more
ufgatormom
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
I have always wanted to see Glacier Bay, Alaska. I chose the Eurodam because out of all the options, it was the best price and a last minute decision. I also read the reviews and they were overall pretty good. I read the complaints so did ... Read more
Rabarro
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
208 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We chose the Kongingsdam last year when we were in Rotterdam, on the Rotterdam and saw the new Ship leave for the first time. It seemed bigger than we might want but smaller than the mega cruiseliners. So we booked on board at the future ... Read more
Ahaa2
Member Since 2017
1 review
34 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the extensive ports and only one day at sea, which we needed on a 14 day cruise. The food and dinning venue choices were excellent. We also did the unlimited laundry and pressing well worth the money to pack ... Read more
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StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
22 reviews
1,781 forum post
23 helpful votes
Veendam cruise 4-21-17 15 nights FLL – Montreal. Long and detailed. Skip to the conclusion if you only want the summary. Getting to Florida to day before the cruise proved to be full of adventure. Our Southwest flight left the ... Read more
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