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66 Holland America Spring Break Cruise Reviews
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LexiNick
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
The room was a good size, we had a window stateroom on deck 1 (room 1083) but almost every morning, for hours, there was pounding and an angle grinder being used. Not relaxing or able to sleep in on days we wanted to. Food was better than ... Read more
ATLCruiseCat
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
1 helpful vote
My husband and I picked up a last minute deal for spring break with our children. We loved the ship and all the activities, much of which included family time - playing games, swimming, shows, etc. The kids loved HAL and we enjoyed a ... Read more
Tomtom56
Member Since 2014
1 review
This was our first Holland America cruise and we picked it specifically to get an older, more sophisticated crowd to cruise with for the week. The timing of spring break brought many kids (250) onto a ship not accustomed to children at ... Read more
off280
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
Sailed March 2013
We booked an inside cabin and had the opportunity to upgrade, several weeks before the beginning of the cruise (for a fee). We chose to upgrade to an outside cabin on the Dolphin deck (1879). It was a wonderful cabin, large with a window ... Read more
hearsegirl
Member Since 2009
1 review
50 forum posts
Our extended family took a spring break cruise on the Eurodam March 30-April 6, 2013. The eight of us ranged in age from 28-66 years old and we all had a great time! Before the cruise, I was worried how our group would do on HAL. Out ... Read more
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evansofelmhurst
Member Since 2013
1 review
I can't say enough about how wonderful our trip was! Let me start with the ship. I found it to be the perfect size for us - not too big and not too small. I believe there was around 2,100 passengers with approximately 400 of them children. ... Read more
ldphotography
Member Since 2013
1 review
I try to sail on a HAL ship once every 2 years. I normally go to the Mexican Riviera in the winter to use their excellent thermal suite and work out equipment. I consider it my spa week to relax. This was my first time on the Zaandam. ... Read more
Shooshoo
Member Since 2005
7 reviews
553 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2013
My husband and I have cruised over 20 times on numerous ships. This was our second time on Holland America. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale two days early. We had never been to Ft. Lauderdale before and we just wanted to sightsee. We took ... Read more
travelintwo
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
First, I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to this website. I've been following Cruise Critic for years and have learned so much from other cruisers. About us--we're in our early 60's and this cruise was our 40th Anniversary ... Read more
jdvmd
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
13,211 forum posts
This is a review of the Holland America Westerdam. We sailed on a seven-night Southern Caribbean voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Aruba, and Curacao with three days at sea. Dates: April 1-8, 2012. We had received a ... Read more
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cka345
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
34 forum posts
Sailed March 2012
It wasn't supposed to be this way. We were supposed to be flying in to Puerto Rico. Then we were supposed to be on the Caribbean Princess for a Southern Caribbean cruise. Nine days prior to embarkation we got the emergency e mail ... Read more
skooter35
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
140 forum posts
After reading plenty of reviews before our first cruise, I am amazed that anyone would have one thing negative to say about HAL or the Eurodam. She is a fine vessel and we could not find one thing bad or negative to say. I am ready to ... Read more
newsangel1
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
We have been on six cruises, two with HAL. My husband and I chose HAL again, specifically for the Hydro Therapy Pool. We loved it on the Zuiderdam a few years ago. For this cruise we booked the Thermal Suite and Hydro Therapy for the ... Read more
Gall
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2011
We always wanted to go to the south pacific and this was an affordable cruise with Holland America an round trip from San Diego. We had a great time visiting all the ports and overall enjoyed the cruise. However, we will not be cruising ... Read more
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Family of 4 will travel
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed April 2011
Our first cruise was 7 years ago and now it seems that we are taking a cruise almost every year since this cruise on Holland America was cruise #8. Since we live in California, it's easy for us to board in Los Angeles or San Diego and ... Read more
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depilato
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
Sailed on Westerdam week of April 1st. Embarkation: Checked in at 2:30. Only 4 or 5 agents checking in guests. Had to wait in line a bit. Went smooth once we got to counter. Walked straight onto ship and into cabin. Nice size room with ... Read more
ilovecruisesmm
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
Sailed March 2011
This cruise was my third on the Maasdam and my fifth on Holland America Line with my family. As a two-star Mariner's Society member, Cruise Critic member and cruise veteran with ten (including this one) under my belt, I was hardly a ... Read more
Hildefam
Member Since 2008
1 review
12 forum posts
Just got back from the Oosterdam Mexican Riviera cruise... had a GREAT time... sad that it's over. Traveled with my mom (in her 60's) and my ten year old daughter. We were in an SY cabin. We have one other cruise under our belt... Alaska ... Read more
Hal San Diego
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
60 forum posts
The Oosterdam is still a great modern ship, but it is looking a bit shopworn is both the public areas and the cabins, mostly just minor cosmetic stuff, lots of nicks and dents, missing tiles and tattered furnishings that need to be ... Read more
Cornishpastyman1
Member Since 2010
1 review
2,196 forum posts
This was our fourth cruise with HAL and we loved it. The others have all been to hot-weather locations. On this one the weather was good on all the land days and ideal for sightseeing but it was too cold to use the swimming pool (other ... Read more
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flahagan
Member Since 2004
5 reviews
1,101 forum post
Embarkation at around 11:30 was somewhat long, but discovered that there was an accident on the escalator up to the boarding level and also the HAL check-in card machines were operating slowly. This may have caused the back-up we ... Read more
jmps
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
1,529 forum post
We flew from ORD to FLL on American and had a good flight. We stayed two nights at the Hyatt Pier 66 and found the hotel very nice. Service was good except for one night at the marina casual restaurant (Pelican Landing). We (and many ... Read more
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etohliver
Member Since 2010
1 review
20 forum posts
We were on the March 25 Spring Break cruise. We're a family of four, with two boys 11 and 9, and were excited to find an itinerary that fit us so well. We've sailed on NCL and Carnival in the past and have usually had to hunt out a quiet ... Read more
Petronillus
Member Since 2009
1 review
317 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2010
This was our second cruise on HAL and our first on a Vista-class ship. Both cruises lived up to HAL's stated mission of creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience, every time, and the two experiences make for complementary observations. ... Read more
exploretheworldnow
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
This was a very enjoyable cruise and much to our surprise and delight we came back with a definite feeling that HAL would be a contender for our future cruise dollars. That is until on our return we saw a magazine article about HAL and how ... Read more
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