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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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684 Holland America Vancouver Cruise Reviews
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mrgoetz
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
The cruise industry is trending towards larger ships, but the applause during the "Meet the Captain" session for the smaller size of HAL's venerable 1500-person Volendam shows that there's much to be said for this class of ship. ... Read more
Condor22
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Wechose this cruise for the ports and the schedule. turned out to be a lovely week with perfect weather. Captain was excellent at engaging the passengers and helping spot wildlife on shore, etc., to maximize the experience. With an ... Read more
mssully
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Cruise back to Alaska with friends. This trip was a much better experience than our 2006 August trip mainly due to the beautiful weather this time. Activities on board the ship are limited so we had a much better experience traveling with ... Read more
GoQueenBee
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I wanted a quieter, more mature cruise. It was a Seattle to Seattle cruise with a 2 day Denali Land Tour add on. We booked the Signature Suite which was quite nice. Lots of extra room, great bathroom with ... Read more
Dancefloor
Member Since 2017
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
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
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Dusty Rose69
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We were very pleased with our cruise. I did a lot of researching before we chose this trip, and we were very happy with our decision. We were a little concerned before leaving as Holland American emailed us to say embarkation would be ... Read more
CABandSLB
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
15 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Embarkation was smooth. Like others have said the ship was nicely appointed and decorated. Seemed clean and fairly well updated. Staterooms were adequate in size and offered ample storage space both for hanging and shelves/drawers. Our ... Read more
jjacob1515
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
My family and I attended the Holland America Cruise from July 22nd – July 29th on the Nieuw Amsterdam ship and let me say that is was amazing. The food, staff, rooms and views were wonderful. This review will be broken down by each ... Read more
suzannecruisecritic
Member Since 2016
1 review
32 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Our family had a wonderful time on our Alaskan cruise last week on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We are a family of four (kids are 11 and 13). This was our first time in Alaska and we were all blown away by the beautiful scenery and exciting ... Read more
Churtsunseeker
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of our wish to see the inside passage and Alaska. It had reasonably good reviews but we had seen that previous passengers had commented about the constant "sales pitch". Embarkation went well but ... Read more
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Becoming
Member Since 2008
1 review
626 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because HAL is reported as one of the best cruise lines for Alaska and I wanted to try a smaller ship. I looked for long port times and I heard that HAL always gets the best dock in town. I enjoyed Alaska and I ... Read more
bpiro
Member Since 2017
1 review
21 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
My wife and I, ages 38/40 are first time cruisers. When looking for cruises we didn't want a "party cruise" nor one that had a bunch of kids running around. We booked through Costco travel (which as a member you get great deals ... Read more
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happyglobetrotter
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
2,715 forum posts
8 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
Happicamper
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
We choose this cruise because of departure port, itinerary, bonus of getting us up to Denali and general age demographics. We're late 50's/early 60's and really have no interest in the mega cruise ship experience and shudder at the ... Read more
wordr
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We had cruised twice before on Holland America and thought it was a great cruise line. Unfortunately things have changed over the past several years. We took the inside passage to Alaska, then three nights in Denali. We booked a suite and ... Read more
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snwhoye
Member Since 2008
1 review
8 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Cruise was wonderful. Ate in Lido market all the time. Very friendly helpful staff. Room stewards were wonderful in cabin change. Ketchican duck boat was convient & very interesting. Microsoft seminars were very helpful. Take a ... Read more
ednabcr
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
This was our first time cruising so we have nothing to compare the Noordam to but we have no complaints. The ship seems well maintained, is a good size, and the services were fine. The crew was exceptional. Our children didn't particularly ... Read more
sarah_d
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it suited our dates sailing from Vancouver up to SE Alaska and it lasted 7 days and returned back in time to disembark and reach our family wedding later that Saturday afternoon. We had booked an inside ... Read more
LVMD
Member Since 2017
1 review
21 helpful votes
Our family has never tried going on a cruise before, but now that our kids are in their teens and are young adults, we decided to do this Alaska Inside Passage cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Also thought that cruising ... Read more
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Lorac8
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2017
We did the northern Vancouver to Seward cruise that included Glacier Bay and then a land tour to Denali. We went to Vancouver early and walked around some, took the train into town from our hotel by airport. Other family went on ... Read more
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Terri77terri
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
The Alaska cruise was at the end of our organised tour of Canada. Our tour guide was very upbeat about the Nieuw Amsterdam as it is a much newer vessel than she said was usually found on the Alaska run-old rattlers she called them, so ... Read more
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
PatfromPa
Member Since 2007
1 review
120 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Really enjoyed my first cruise onHAL Was on a cruise land tour through Discover Alaska and they are affiliated with HAL. The ship was very nice and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and the ports of call. alaska was on my bucket list soI ... Read more
fsdj1097
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
1,208 forum post
9 helpful votes
We returned to Alaska for another Inside Passage cruise aboard another DAM ship! This time was our first cruise aboard a Signature Class vessel. We were spoiled rotten by our wonderful cabin stewards Gede and Rae. In spite of servicing ... Read more
Globetrotterj
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was my third Holland America cruise though it has been a number of years since I last sailed HA. I am an experienced cruiser having sailed with several other lines and ships over the past 30 years. I chose this cruise for a quick ... Read more
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