Holland America Venice Cruise Reviews

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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
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234 Holland America Venice Cruise Reviews
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DeeDeeJohn
Member Since 2017
1 review
We were on a 12 day Greek Island cruise that started in Venice and finished in Rome. We chose the Westerdam because of its ports and day trips. The ports were everything we hoped for. Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Olympia, Delos, Naples were ... Read more
Rose Noakes
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
My sister and I had sailed two years ago at Christmas on the Rotterdam and it was such a good experience, we decided on Holland America for our Greece, Italy trip and we were not disappointed. The cabin service was superb, the reception ... Read more
tonyinoc
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my first ever cruise so I do not have any reference to another ship. The ship to me was in great shape, everything was clean and new looking. The crew was fantastic always smiling and very helpful. they all seemed to remember ... Read more
je_gigote
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
As always, service from staff & crew on Holland America defines the excellence of the trip. Crew was always friendly and ready with a greeting, even when it was clear that they were busy, overworked, and dealing with a lot of stressful ... Read more
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
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Firstcruisegal1
Member Since 2015
1 review
27 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the quality of the food/service on Holland America. The itinerary was wonderful! We did not choose to do any of the ship excursions, but we did a lot of excursions with fellow travelers. ... Read more
SAWong
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
The Itinerary was just what we wanted. Holland America does a good job of highlighting the ports and their history and culture. The ship had just been renovated and I did love the new 'Music Walk' which was one deck with a duel piano ... Read more
cmpuyot
Member Since 2017
1 review
23 helpful votes
We were informed this voyage was the 2nd voyage for the ship since coming out of dry dock for restoration and refresh. While the company certainly did a brilliant job with the refit of the ship, they appear to have fallen far short of ... Read more
formerhusker71
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Have been on other HAL cruises but this was our first European cruise. Venice to Barcelona. Room Stewards were great. Room was prepared day and night while we were out. It was always immaculate. Had great service in the Dining Room ... Read more
dgreen5555
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I chose this cruise for my group of 10 (mostly family) due to the itinerary. Our ages range from 25 to 63. We found the 12 day Romance Cruise to be very exciting. It stopped at 10 ports in 12 days and visited 7 countries. We spent an extra ... Read more
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Dsatnick
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
This cruise offerred the portswe wanted and allowed us to spend a few days in Venice before the cruise. The ship offerred excelent food and wonderful entertainment. The cabin was ok except that they should have more drawer space. My only ... Read more
Waterfronteye
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Having sailed with cruise ships from Thomson, Costa, NCL, P&O and Cunard this is my take on our first cruise with Holland America on the Eurodam. Overview Although currently sailing in Europe the ship is tailored for the ... Read more
suejarm
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We were a party of five friends who booked this cruise specifically for the destinations of Istanbul and Ephesus in Turkey. When the unrest started in Istanbul H&A changed the itinerary for two nights in Athens which although ... Read more
felinefinex2
Member Since 2012
1 review
17 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
Love HAL, it is my favorite cruise line! This is my third or fourth time on this particular ship and have nothing bad to say about it except the crappy room location we got on a VA guarantee cabin. The french fries at the Dive In are the ... Read more
Keyser Soze
Member Since 2006
1 review
25 forum posts
5 helpful votes
A comprehensive review of OUR HAL EXPERIENCE on the 09/28/16 Oosterdam 12nt Mediterranean Dreams cruise follows. Summary: With the exception of the two very negative experiences, our overall HAL cruise experience was nothing out of the ... Read more
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twovictorians
Member Since 2009
1 review
40 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Food was ever better than previous HAL cruises and we have done many (almost 5 star). Service was excellent and as delightful as ever. I understand that sometimes the 'open dining tables had slower than usual service, but during the set ... Read more
VMax1700
Member Since 2010
1 review
1,160 forum post
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I was not going to write a review of this trip until I saw another review and wondered were we on the same ship! Oosterdam was in excellent condition after her recent refit. Our stateroom was in good condition and ready for us as soon ... Read more
janmader
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was my 12-13th cruise and we had heard that HAL was among the best -- we found them among the worst. Poor, absent, on the verge of unfriendly, service; room steward constantly complaining about being overworked. Truly awful, ... Read more
dailydelite
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This trip first attracted me because I was looking for a cruise that started in Venice and hopefully visited some ports in Greece such as Athens and the Greek Islands, This cruise filled the bill and was well priced. Overall, the ship ... Read more
DavidTineke
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We sailed with the Eurodam in April from Barcelona to Venice and enjoyed it very much, so much we considered to try and stay on board for another 12 days and do the return trip! We had a Neptune Suite (7063) which was wonderful. After ... Read more
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jaxw17
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
494 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was out 13th cruise but our first on HAL. There were some good points such as the cleanliness of the ship, the quality of service etc. Overall the food was good we just tried one speciality restaurant the Tamarind and it was good. We ... Read more
Nomad Leicester
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
No its not a spelling mistake, we were previously fans of Holland America (HAL) prior to our Eurodam cruise from Venice. Following the recent security scares in Turkey HAL decided it would substitute Istanbul and Ephesus with an extra day ... Read more
GATTONITES
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We choose the 24 day Mediterranean Magic that was just magic. The 2 cruises combined covered everything we planned to see. Weather was perfect late August early September. We choose a Verandah suite which was very clean and plenty big ... Read more
Wisconsin Travelers
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
259 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Venice to Barcelona on the Eurodam was our 20th cruise. Some cruises are better than others, but this was definitely one of the best. THE SHIP: We've been on other HAL ships, but not the Eurodam. Frankly, even though this ship was ... Read more
scm1848
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
297 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Holland America consistently delivers an awesome cruising experience. We usually ate in the main dining room, although we did have dinner in the Tamarind once, plus 2 suite guests brunches, and found all of the food to be top notch. ... Read more
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