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Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Alaska

Holland America Line
Zaandam
Alaska
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

14

Very Good

12

Average

2

Poor

2

Terrible

1

Cruise type

Family Cruises

32

Senior Cruises

18

Romantic Cruises

14

First-Time Cruisers

14

Cruises for the Disabled

5

32 Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Alaska


Scooter Weibels avatar

Scooter Weibels

3 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Great Alaskan vacation

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This was the longest cruise I have been on. Tha Zaandam is a smaller ship but everything seemed to be well maintained. The itinerary was great saw some smaller ports most people never see. The crew were all friendly ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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tempedesert

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Wonderful cruise

Wanted a 2 week cruise to get out of the heat and this one had stops at places we haven't been to before. Like the smaller ship and getting an elevator was easy with no waiting. The crew and food were very good. ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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S0uths1der

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable cruise on a vessel in need of a facelift

Having sailed with HAL many times in the past, it was a no-brainer to pick the 14-day cruise on the ms Zaandam. This was my 4th cruise to Alaska, yet the itinerary included no less than 4 ports/sites that I had not ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Keikihula

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Loved it!

I booked this cruise through a local travel agent. All the connections went smoothly to and from the ship. Our staterooms were cozy and cleaned daily by friendly staff. There were many places to eat onboard and the ...
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Sail Date May 2018


Struddy avatar

Struddy

1 Review Written

Holland America is third rate at best

I chose this cruise because it offered a visit to the Denali Wilderness Park. It also visited Skagway and Fairbanks, both places I had not visited. My first mistake was booking through a secondary seller. My ...
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Sail Date August 2017


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judy33445

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

HELL ON THE WATER

My sister and I booked our cruse thru the cruse agent. We asked for a quiet cabin away from any ice machines, elevator, area with music etc. A quiet area. The first night we heard banging, and what sounded like ...
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Sail Date August 2017


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Lorac8

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Alaska Zaandam

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. ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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mpersons

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Very good experience with exception for Westmark Anchhorage

This was our first time on HAL and to Alaska. I have been on two other cruises with Carnival and Royal Carribean. Overall it was a very good experience. The rooms were bigger than I expected and very clean. The ...
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Sail Date September 2016


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jig789

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Not great but I would try cruising again

This was my first cruise. All in all it went well. The positives: cabin very clean, ship very clean, staff extremely attentive (except the front desk people who were not always helpful). Negatives: in my cabin you ...
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Sail Date August 2016


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Gr8trips

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

Sights to Behold

We did the land and sea trip, landing first in Fairbanks AK. The arrival to Fairbanks Airport was seamless and staff were waiting for us with envelopes in hand. Communication was excellent and we proceeded by coach ...
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Sail Date August 2016


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Danoh2016Alaska

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Alaska Sea & Land Journey

This was my first cruise and the experience was wonderful. We had chosen HAL on the recommendation of a friend. The other 5 in my group had all done at least one cruise before, so I was the lone "rookie". A bit ...
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Sail Date July 2016


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hulagirl1951

3 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Cruise Alaska for wildlife and glaciers and history!

We chose this cruise because of the free cruise for 3rd and 4th passengers and excellent price for the cruise/land package. This is an older ship but well maintained and our only complaint was a smelly hallway on ...
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Sail Date July 2016


ironhead48 avatar

ironhead48

5 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Good, But...

we traveled with our daughter and 3 granddaughters. we had 2 oceanview cabins next to each other. It was on the main deck. they were very good cabins and location.we thought the food at the Lido deck was very good, ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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Willysmom2

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Ship was rundown, food was average, and service was OK.

This ship should be taken out of service for a maajor overhaul. Bathroom tiles were mildew stained. Vinyl on restaurant booths were torn Dining tables had cracks in Formica that collected dirt. Line cooks ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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KTA1961

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

What an Amazing Trip!

Overall, this was an excellent trip. Of course, we enjoyed some uncommonly phenomenal weather, so that set the tone for most of the trip. The pre-cruise hotel stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver was the ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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Dolly Tompkins

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

The Problems and Plusses

About 20 years ago we took a Holland America cruise to Alaska on the Noordam with my parents, and an Uncle and Aunt. We all had very positive memories of that experience. This time we took the same trip with 2 of ...
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Sail Date August 2014


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suznjune

1 Review Written

Not Bad!

We were on a Land/Sea tour that went to the Yukon and Denali so only spent 3 nights on the ship. I was initially unhappy with the cabin location, but it ended up being OK. It was a long walk from elevators to the ...
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Sail Date July 2014


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Daisyloo

12 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

Loved Alaska, loved the Zaandam

We were a group of three, 2 daughters and their mother. This was my 8th cruise, my mother's second and my sister's first. None of us had ever been to Alaska before. We stayed one night pre-cruise at the Pan Pacific ...
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Sail Date July 2014


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Psycopuppy

2 Reviews Written

1st time cruiser

Getting underway on a ship was a much more enjoying experience than the last time. Having spent 6 years in the Navy and 4 of those on a ship, I understand tight quarters, limited food and boredom. Exterior: ...
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Sail Date July 2013


boomerone avatar

boomerone

23 Reviews Written

55 Helpful Votes

Nothing wrong with Zaandam!

First, I am not a Holland America "homer". I've now sailed with them 3 times but my allegience is with Princess thanks to the great amenities we've earned over 22 sailings. I wish CCL would allow Captain's Circle ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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williamsk

6 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Eagles and Bears Oh My!

Background Information: My husband, two year old daughter, and I booked this cruise for three reasons 1) Visited glacier bay, a must, 2)Round trip out of Seattle (yes there are more scenic venues, but cost was a ...
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Sail Date May 2010


tollergirl avatar

tollergirl

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Zaandam...dam good for the money...

We were prepared for things to go south, rather than north considering that we had such a diverse group going on this cruise. 2 very active seniors both quite hard of hearing and both very opinionated were with ...
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Sail Date May 2010


songbert avatar

songbert

2 Reviews Written

First Cruise To Alaska - Certainly Not My Last!

Seattle: We flew in late the night before, so there was no time to spend in the city, something I would definitely change next time. Lots to do. Embarkation: We arrived early (10:15) on the HAL transfer bus, ...
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Sail Date August 2009


DougMacP avatar

DougMacP

10 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

More Hits than misses

This is my 23rd cruise, (crossings not included) and my 4th on HAL. I've done a variety of cruise lines from Carnival to Crystal, the most recent being a Panama Canal trip on the Celebrity Mercury in January. ...
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Sail Date August 2009


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Nutbunch

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Zaandam Alaska - An amazingly great cruise

We were a family of 6. My husband, me two kids and husband's parents. Cabin:Our cabin was the lowest level and far stern. There was noise from the thrusters whenever we docked, or pulled away from dock. This didn't ...
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Sail Date July 2009


Zaandam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.53.8
Dining4.03.8
Entertainment3.53.5
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Family3.52.7
Enrichment3.53.6
Service4.04.3
Value For Money4.03.7
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