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Holland America Line Zaandam Repositioning Cruises Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

7

Very Good

5

Average

5

Poor

2

Terrible

1

Cruise type

Senior Cruises

71

Family Cruises

61

Romantic Cruises

28

Repositioning Cruises

20

First-Time Cruisers

19

20 Holland America Line Zaandam Repositioning Cruises Cruise Reviews


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maxplaats

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

South America cruise

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Why? The Itenary A not so common one, long and much to see. Done out of Europe, by a German travel office: Berge und Meer Yes we know it's an old ship wich had the atmosphere of faded grandeur But ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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drostep

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

34 day South America, Inca and Panama Canal discovery cruise

I wanted to write this review because I saw a number of poor ratings for Holland America and since we had a good experience, I thought it would be fair to write a good one. This was our first cruise with HAL and we ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Trixieng

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Problems abound on ship straight out of dry dock, good ports

Spouse wanted to transit Panama Canal and this cruise was the right time, ports and price. However we found out Zaandam was coming out of dry dock for this cruise from Cruise Critic, not HAL. It was not ready. Our ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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rabidtraveler

2 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Holland is living in the past in many ways

I liked this itinerary and that's why I chose this cruise. The crew was excellent, as usual, but the HAL ships are falling behind the marketplace. Last year I took six cruise lines in 12 months to check out the ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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nymexico

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

South America ready or not

i needed a short dcruise to be able to go to a family wedding, this was the winner. i did the full 37 day cruise last year and didn't mind the 22 day shorter segment.i am a loyal mariner and find a lack of respect ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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cflat

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Across the equator to South America

We chose this ship because of the smaller size and weren’t disappointed. Superior service from all departments, everyone was so friendly. Great food! We took advantage of all the dining venues on offer and ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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siccar

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

April 26, 2017 Cruise To Hawaii

Been on this cruise three times before. Great if you like days at sea, as we do. The entire staff of the Zaandam, in every department, provided excellent service, with a few monitor hiccups during the cruise. ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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Richard2013

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great South America Cruise

We wanted to explore South America and did. We explored ports we never even heard of in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. The ports were small but very interesting and exciting. Holland ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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Caseyman

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Wonderful Experience of a Lifetime.

After having sailed the Mediterranean last year we wanted to explore a part of the world that would be oh so unique. With HAL doing away with the South Pacific cruises of the last 3 years we decided to book this ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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lgnelson13

1 Review Written

22 Helpful Votes

Zandaam - Horrible

We chose this cruise for a girls getaway because it was a short cruise and was fairly inexpensive. However, I would have gladly paid more if everything could have been improved. The food in the dining room was, on ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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florenceo

3 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great trip on the Zaandam!

The service was very good and the food was great! Some of the ports were not very nice but it was interesting to see other parts of the world. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The staff was ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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mkhall

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

HA is definitely loosing its first class rating. Sinking to Carnival's level

After returning from a Panama Canal on the Maasdam, sorting thru upcoming cruises the 32 day explore South America Passage and Inca Discovery was of great interest. Fortunately for future travelers, the Zaandam is ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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naomiafc

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Attention to detail is gone... Bad food - some very shoddy service

This is my 3rd Holland America cruise, the first two were also short - but both were great with good food and impeccable service. First I will say that my room steward was STILL amazing; Heri ! Room 3410. Without ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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sweetipie

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

58 Days of Perfection

This cruise was given to us from our Son as a Christmas gift. We loved every minute of the cruise and after many, many cruises had nothing but praise for the entire staff. We stayed in Buenos Aires at the Mine ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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lilybay

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

South America and Repositioning

I had wanted to do the South America cruise but was not willing to fly all that distance and back. I loved the length of the cruise and the experience of traversing the entire pacific coast form San Diego south and ...
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Sail Date October 2016


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jkmarbles

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

18 Day Inca Discovery tour was wonderful!

My friend & I have cruised on Holland America around 155 days. We found the Zaandam to be updated since our previous voyage on the ship. The rooms, services, meals and activities were all we expected. We ...
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Sail Date October 2015


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hi4fun

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

San Diego/Hawaii/Vancouver Repositioning Cruise

ZAANDAM San Diego, Hawaii, Vancouver Cabin category D Staff: Captain: Sybe de Boer Cruise Director: Michael Headla Arrived at the ship terminal at 12:15 am, even as there was lots of people, embarkation was a ...
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Sail Date April 2009


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oliverbc

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

The best cruise ever

Out of 7 cruises this was the absolute best. I am not sure why but partly  it was due to the friendliness of the passengers as well as the crew. We stayed in San Diego for a couple of days. Went to the zoo on the ...
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Sail Date April 2009


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Stupid name

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Fatal flaw stopping us doing long cruises

The Zaandam lived up to our four star mariner expectations clean, we'll run, great food, no sickness in 38 days, much better entertainment than in the past, the best staff in the world from captain to cabin boy. ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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mimi.pow

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Used to love HA....going downhill now!

Chose this cruise as part of our Uncommon Journeys trip and easy sailing out of San Diego. Like the small ship of 1400. Liked the entertainment brought onboard. Liked upgrade. However, meals were hit or miss! ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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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