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281 Holland America Transatlantic Cruise Reviews
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petite rose
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
4 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This cruise has been in my bucket list for a while and did not disappoint in the ports of call. If I had to choose a favorite it would be Iceland but all the stops were well worth the visit. The weather for that time of year and latitude ... Read more
Florida Frog
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
66 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We just returned from a wonderful cruise on the Holland America Line (HAL), MS Rotterdam. We had the most wonderful time and visited the most exciting places. The weather was as expected for the area we covered: Bergen, Shetland Islands, ... Read more
CharlieOnTheWaves
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
HAL is a cruise line with some problems as far as I can tell from the experience on this cruise. The itineraries are unique and that's a plus (This one covered Iceland, Shetland islands, Greenland and Canada) The ship's size is smaller and ... Read more
kahtrav
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
1,126 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We often, but not exclusively, cruise with Holland America. We chose this specific cruise because we enjoy the Prinsendam and we wanted to connect a trans-Atlantic with northern Europe. Ultimately we sailed three segments, the TA, then the ... Read more
bcamnb
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
147 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary, price and length. The transatlantic part was great - full of activities, excellent entertainment, and solo time if you so desired. We had a cabin with a window but it was smaller than the ... Read more
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Firehawk110
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This is our 3rd Transatlantic cruise in a row. Each cruise had completely different itineraries and we both love the sea days and on crossings there are plenty of sea days to relax as you see fit. My wife and I enjoy the guest speakers ... Read more
LocoLoco1
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
887 forum posts
6 helpful votes
4-stars, not 5. I'd need Oceania or Crystal to get a 5 outa me. We LOVE Transatlantic cruises. For the $Value$ seekers, this may be a true bargain...maybe. Zip,zip with Holland-America on boarding and departures. Baltics Ports were ... Read more
bdfred
Member Since 2015
1 review
98 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The TA crossing followed by the Baltic ports and then the Fjords and Highlands. 41 days and very port intensive. Embarkation/Debarkation went extremely smooth. The cabin attendants were excellent, ... Read more
Daytona_MAc
Member Since 2009
1 review
63 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We've sailed on the Zuiderdam previously, in 2009, and enjoyed ourselves. The ship was showing her age on this cruise, I must say. The staff we dealt with were very good, the food was good, and most ... Read more
patandjohn@mindspring.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
This was our first cruise on a Holland America ship and we found it to be the nicest we have yet experienced. We have sailed on NCL and Celebrity in the past. We combined two separate cruises to get a 29 day total. The first was a 17 ... Read more
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JForbes-Murphy
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
25 helpful votes
We absolutely hated this cruise!! This was our fourth cruise with Holland America and our last! The good parts of the cruise were our room stewards were quite nice and did a good job; our servers in the dinning room were also quite nice ... Read more
menea
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
50 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Chose the transatlantic to relax and recharge- unlike many of the people on this cruise I am not retired and work very hard each year to go on a long cruise. We chose the Zuiderdam because we are three star mariners and have sailed it ... Read more
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Golfeline
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
53 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Although we are much younger than the average person on the ship, we did enjoy it. The ship itself needs to be upgraded i.e. TVs, stateroom furniture, WiFi, Unfortunately, some of the needed work of chipping rust on deck happened ... Read more
Dodienuts
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose HAL as we has never cruised with them before. We thought we would try a different cruise line as we have only ever cruised with Princess. A big mistake! What a disappointment! The zuiderdam is in the worst condition that we have ... Read more
rboggia
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
We are retired and have been on many cruises over the years (over 20+), many of which were on Holland America. This cruise was one of the best we have ever taken. We have been very disappointed with some of the other Holland America ships ... Read more
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MercedCA
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
30 forum posts
26 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our 40th cruise, spread across all the major cruise lines. Our cruise had very good points along with really disappointing ones too! First to the good ones; room stewards, dining room waiters, BB King Blues Club, Lincoln ... Read more
ris_scot
Member Since 2012
1 review
53 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We choose this cruise as the dates suited us and we enjoy the long sea days. We were not disappointed. The changes made to the ship since last year were in the main an improvement. The layout of the Gallery Bar and the Casino worked so ... Read more
NuGrad67
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose the cruise since it was the first, non-luxury cruise to leave for Europe. We had plans that were fixed on us arriving before a scheduled event. My husband had arrived in the U.S. on the Holland America Rijndam in 1956, from ... Read more
EVNKEEL
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This was our third transatlantic crossing with Holland America and our favorite (the others were April 2014 on the Noordam Lauderdale/Barcelona and Oct 2014 on the Nieu Amsterdam Barcelona/Lauderdale). This was a short-notice ... Read more
2LoveBikes
Member Since 2016
4 reviews
65 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because the perks that went along with it were very good. We also took a transatlantic last year and enjoyed it, so we were game for another one. We specifically wanted to end up in Rome as we had never been there ... Read more
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MargaretNC
Member Since 2015
6 reviews
2 helpful votes
We chose this transatlantic repositioning cruise for its value. We don't mind being at sea for 8 days before landing at a port. This cruise stopped in Funchal, Portugal; Malaga, Spain; and Cartegna, Spain and finally terminated in ... Read more
jakob71
Member Since 2009
11 reviews
12 helpful votes
We are a married couple, who has sailed on many Transatlantic cruises previously, but this was our first cruise with HAL. Pre-cruise: We stayed the night before at Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Airport South. A good hotel with ... Read more
TakesNotes
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Many of us were surprised to find that this was a big band cruise with the "Harry James Orchestra" playing nightly. Those who like big bands were in their glory with the 12 instrumental musicians, a bandleader and a female ... Read more
elmar59
Member Since 2008
1 review
59 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We chose this cruise new. it was RT from Ft. Lauderdale and had many sea days.We usually cruise Seaboard and I must admit ,I was very apprehensive about Prinsenda. A friend had cautioned me against booking a smaller cain(no hot water,leaks ... Read more
ucanown2
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
We chose this trip for the ports which were great. Stayed in Rome 4 days before embarkation, and enjoyed that very much. Weather could have been better, rough seas that time of year. The ship was so, so, the cabin which we had upgraded to ... Read more
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