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Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
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92

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524 Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews


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holiday hopes

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A BIG THANK-YOU TO HOLLAND AMERICA

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We were on the ill-fated cruise which we boarded in Buenos Aires on March 7th, before the Coronavirus pandemic really began, but because we knew of its existence, extra care was taken to ensure our safety. ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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Herbs Mom

8 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Top Notch small ship! Great Itinerary!!!

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary to the Antarctic. We flew down to Buenos Aires a day early so we could enjoy a little of the city before. Embarkation was fairly smooth - we arrived early and our ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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teacherman

23 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Almost a Perfect Journey

We had previously cancelled 2 cruises to South America, and I am glad that we did, because we found this one going to S America and Antarctica. We gained much information and ideas from those who had previously ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Qila

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Cruising is not our thing, but this part of the world is beautiful

We (Married couple in our 30's, no kids) choose this cruise because of the itinerary, because of Antarctica. Because we really wanted to see penguins in the region where they belong. And this was the only affordable ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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AKJonesy

8 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

Great itinerary and good ship

We've been on a number of cruises with HAL and sailed on 6 different ships. I wasn't too thrilled about being on Zaandam due to it's smaller size but understand that the larger ships don't go to Antarctica. ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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EZ Wash

4 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

Amazing Sights, not So Amazing Banging Noise

Chose this cruise on a whim, as we saw an advertisement from a consolidator, contacted our agent to see what she could do, and then jumped. It gave me bragging rights, whatever that means, to say I was on all seven ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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pathumphrys

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Welcome On Board, Now Pay More

This is by far the worst cruise line I have ever sailed with. It was like travelling on a free holiday where you have to go to a few lectures about time share apartments and be sold the whole story about buying ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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discusdoc

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great port and service; old ship

My wife loves cruises; this was our 4th cruise this year (Oceania, Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Holland America). We enjoyed this cruise the most— largely because of the destinations. The lake regions of Chile ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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RozEleanor

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

First and last time with Holland America

We chose this cruise because we wanted to get a first impression of South America and go round Cape Horn. It was also one of the few cruises that took in Rio de Janeiro too. What was good 1. The captain was ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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maxplaats

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

South America cruise

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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hm+jdmcruisers

7 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

South America Review

Having read fellow travellers reviews, I wanted to provide our opinion following our South America trip recently. Ship The Zaandam ship is on the small side by today’s standards (1400 passengers) but that ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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poinsettiaplate

5 Reviews Written

41 Helpful Votes

Trip Chosen for Panama Canal Transit

Having been on the Zaandam in January 2018 and been very impressed with the ship and its amenities, I chose this cruise for the chance to be on her again and to transit the Panama Canal again with stops in South ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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Brentb13

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

OK cruise with terrible ending

My wife and I chose this last minute cruise since she had never seen Canada. We are frequent cruisers of the Caribbean and thought this might be a nice change. The ship is fairly small and the clientele for this ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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ouiornet

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great Cruise, hard working staff

We booked quite late, so missed out on a verandah cabin, we had a cabin on the lower promenade deck with a window view. The room was fine, but you do need to fully unpack suitcases because there is not room to have ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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dailydelite

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Tired ship, mediocre food, boring entertainment

This was my third Holland America cruise. My two prior experiences were very good. Food in the main dining room in the past was good to excellent. On my past trips there was sufficient entertainment and on board ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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dsirotageller

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Fantastic food and service!

I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I really wanted to do the east coast of Canada. And the departure from Montreal was very appealing. The destinations did not disappoint. I was totally charmed by the ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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PismoPat

3 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Cost Cutting Evident In Restaurants

This was our second cruise with HAL. The first was through the Panama Canal and was memorable. This one was more memorable for the Cons than the Pros: Pros: We like the Neptune suites because they are ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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mrnbriscoe

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Exactly what I was expecting

I think this particular cruise is all about expectations. We read the reviews... older boat, older crowd, not the best entertainment, etc, etc. Because we already knew this going in, we had a wonderful time! We took ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Marilynfromohio

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Lovely ports of call

There were 2 couples sailing on this cruise (fifth we have done together), we chose it for the itinerary. The embarkation was flawless. We arrived at the cruise terminal and we finished all the paperwork and were ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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brted

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Great trip blessed by great weather

I was a little nervous after reading reviews here, but was very happy with the Zaandam. The ship is a little old, but is well kept and our group of 15 had very few problems. We had balcony rooms on the 6th and 7th ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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truetreasureusa

8 Reviews Written

84 Helpful Votes

Interesting details...don't miss.

Interesting ports and sights. Husband and Wife have cruised Holland America 3 times and other mid line ships 12 times. We are active early 70's. Chose window cabin over balcony due to past experience with the ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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ohiomary

4 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Relaxing, Enjoyable Cruise

We booked this cruise at the last minute (just a few weeks before sailing) since I realized our three college-age daughters would be available for the week before starting summer jobs. We had two ocean-view cabins, ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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kmackear

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Family Cruise

We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. Due to the weather ( which was awful) we were not able to stop in Sydney, Nova Scotia. I did enjoy Quebec and our private tour with Tours By Locals, Claude was our ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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KarlS

8 Reviews Written

60 Helpful Votes

Great Ship & Interesting Itinerary

My review is written from this perspective: During our forty-two married years together my wife and I have previously cruised twenty-four times. We’ve been on Holland America four times already, plus multiple ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Oaktownlady

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Beautiful area despite cold temperatures

Like the maritime provinces and wanted to see more. Embarkation was somewhat disorganized; we arrived in Boston on a redeye at 7:30 am but couldn't board until 11:00 am. Spent most of this time on folding ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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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