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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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869 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews
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rossjensmiles
Member Since 2017
1 review
We wanted a long holiday in Europe and the idea of only unpacking once is such a bonus as you get older, we are in our 60's. We stayed in Venice for 2 nights before departure and 2 nights in Barcelona at the end of the cruise, everything ... 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
happyglobetrotter
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
2,711 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We love the Canada New England cruise and we do it on a regular basis. The ports are easy yet interesting and it is a very relaxing cruise. We were on the May 20th cruise and we experienced a full ship. The staff was excellent as ... 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
Alandiben
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We really enjoyed this cruise the staff were very accommodating. The food is fantastic. We liked the fact that they still offer a a Gala night which include lobster tails, something other cruise lines have eliminated. Having been on more ... Read more
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BJzink
Member Since 2000
9 reviews
311 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Have never been to any of these countries, ports, or cities. What a opportunity to see as much as possible on one cruise! I chose HAL because I had cruised with them previously x 5. I had read some reviews that made me concerned that ... Read more
noone
Member Since 2011
1 review
26 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My husband and I wanted a nice relaxing cruise. We drove from our home in Northern BC to Vancouver so we could combine road trip sightseeing on the way o the cruise and back home. We booked midship as I am very prone to motion sickness. ... Read more
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1022sam
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
2freespirits
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
TRANSFERS Our flight left Toronto a little after 10:00, and we arrived in Boston (Logan) Airport around 11:30. The airport—ship—airport transfers (all booked through HAL) were well-co-ordinated and very fast. HAL ... Read more
macster285
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 forum posts
33 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
I can only extend my personal thoughts about each cruise I take. I have been on 26 cruises, 5 to Alaska and 4 on Holland. Overall, the passengers averaged about 75 yrs old with a third Australian, a third Canadian and the rest Asians ... Read more
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gojoanne1
Member Since 2007
1 review
4 forum posts
5 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
20 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
jpeter1936
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Our previous experience made us want to return for another Alaska cruise. Same ship, same cabin - almost the same experience. The only disappointment was that training sessions were limited. The time aboard was as good as we remember. We ... Read more
nattga
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
17 helpful votes
Having set sails with RCCL, NCL, and Celebrity, I tried not to set my standard too high because I know that HAL is going to be different and more traditional. After spending a week on Oosterdam, I can break it down and say things that I ... Read more
dtells
Member Since 2013
1 review
61 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Chose cruise because it was at the right time, and we didn't have to fly. The ship was lovely and comfortable, and the crew was friendland seemed very happy to be working there. I need gluten free/lactose-free food, and, as usual, this ... Read more
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carolpardun
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
4 forum posts
9 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
Mesalady537
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
I chose this cruise based on the itinerary which I thoroughly enjoyed. Shore excursions thru HAL were very educational with good tour guides with one exception. Food in both the dining room and Lido was very good. Did not have the ... Read more
TexasDavid7
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
136 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was a good itinerary starting in Ft. Lauderdale, going through the Panama Canal up the West Coast to Seattle w/an Alaska cruise included. HAL calls this a Collector's Voyage. The Amsterdam is smaller than most medium sized ships ... Read more
liketraveling
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
777 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a 24 day Cruise. The Cruise started in San Diego through the Panama Canal. There was a choice to disembark in Fort Lauderdale, New York or Boston. I cruised this with my elderly father who uses a rollator walker. We decided ... Read more
jackjeanr
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My wife and I did a similar cruise on the Zaandam from San Diego to Hawaii several years ago and wanted to try it from a different port, and to see what changes may have occurred to the ship and/or ports of call. The ship seems brighter ... Read more
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JPJPJP58
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We choose this cruise for the Panama Canal, which was an excellent experience. But the ship either needs three months in drydock for upgrades or to be target practice for the Holland Navy. The AC did not work in many staterooms. It ... Read more
heathman
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
37 forum posts
10 helpful votes
I booked this cruise in December as a gift to my husband who had, until now, never cruised. We wanted to try a short, 5-day, cruise to make sure he wouldn't become deathly ill from motion sickness and to just give him a taste for sailing. ... Read more
Kelly97229
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been on most of the other Holland America ships - and that, until this cruise, Holland America has been my favorite cruise line. It was an extremely disappointing cruise. The quality of ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
22 reviews
1,805 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
sailorgirl
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
655 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
A TransAtlantic offers us a lengthy cruise at a reasonable fare with lots of sea days to relax and/or take advantage of the amenities and activities of the ship. We've done several before and always had a good experience. Holland America ... Read more
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