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Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews

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194 Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews


Lorac8 avatar

Lorac8

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Alaska Zaandam

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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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Late traveler

6 Reviews Written

28 Helpful Votes

Really enjoyed the land/sea cruise that was very well organized by HAL

We had already done the inside passage but knew we wanted to do the Alaska land portion as well. We really lucked out with the weather - we may have felt differently about our experience if the weather had been ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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Travelling Learners

1 Review Written

78 Helpful Votes

"cannot believe the complaints"

I have never written a review related to my vacations, Be it cruises, or stays at hotels, etc. I have read reviews though, and found that in most cases they never represent experiences as accurately as they most ...
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Sail Date March 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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CruiseNatFan

1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes

Scenic South America around Cape Horn - we loved it !

We prefer cruises that highlight nature. Even though the weather did not cooperate at times, the glaciers, mountains, penguins and natural beauty were outstanding. We chose to board the ship immediately upon arrival ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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GypsySonnetGirl

2 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

A Magical Experience

This trip was on our bucket list. We wanted to see Patagonia, Chile, and of course, Antarctica. It was a wonderful experience and we would not trade it for the world. We would highly recommend this cruise to anyone ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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Bridget31

8 Reviews Written

59 Helpful Votes

Return to Antarctica

When we sailed away from Antarctica in January 2010, aboard a Princess ship, it was with sadness that we would not be returning. However, while searching for a Canaries cruise in 2015, we came across a South America ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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Perera

1 Review Written

40 Helpful Votes

Beyond Belief

My wife and I flew from Sydney to Santiago. Our flights aboard Latam were excellent. We have travelled with them during our past two visits to South America. This is a good airline with a fixed menu per ...
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Sail Date January 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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gphb

1 Review Written

17 Helpful Votes

Met and Exceeded All Expectations!

The ms Zaandam is a wonderful ship for this route. It is comfortable with all the elements of what we had hoped for from Holland America, with outstanding food and service, elegant architecture, a true wrap around ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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Drive-LA

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

S P E C T A C U L A R

From Santiago Chile to Cape Horn, then across to Antarctica for a cruise of the coastal waters for 4 days, then the Falkland Islands, Madryn Argentina, Montevideo Uruguay and then finally Buenos Aires Argentina. Was ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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big43rdkid

7 Reviews Written

73 Helpful Votes

Perfect again

Having done the same cruise last January and finding it excellent and Antarctica amazing we decided to treat ourselves again but in the reverse direction. This was the Zaandam's first Antarctic cruise of the ...
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Sail Date December 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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mountaindog

4 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Excellent Experience and Tours in South America-Buenos Aires

Excellent service. All activities inside the ship where excellent also the food. I went with my family and we joined friends from the cruise to do a tour. We did part of the tour with the cruiseship line in the ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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Douglev

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

What a great ship and staff

We have done European river cruises but have been nervous about a big "ship'. Our fear was long lines, small cabins, children running all over the place, etc. But to see Alaska, we did not have much of a choice. The ...
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Sail Date August 2016


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Arnold1957

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Valparaiso, Punta Arenas and Ushuaia

Previously to our cruise we visited Santiago. A nice city, not too big. We went to Santa Luccia Hill, La monneda Palace, to the market, San Cristobal with our driver Santos who did a very good job driving us ...
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Sail Date October 2012


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Jacks Mom

1 Review Written

Alaska land and sea

Scenery on land tour amazing. Not as impressed with other services. Was fantastic making friends on land that carried onto ship. Embarkation: we arrived around 3:30 after Kenai Fjords boat tour. No wait and ...
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Sail Date June 2013


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Don Omaha

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

An Alaskan Adventure

We were looking for a land -cruise tour of Alaska and considered several lines. HA had the dates, stops and price we wanted. We took the D1 package with a view cabin. The cabin was adequate and the bed was ...
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Sail Date July 2016


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heybrah

1 Review Written

34 Helpful Votes

Expected disappointment with Zaandam -- but was pleasantly surprised. Great one.

To be honest, I was very skeptical about cruising on Zaandam based upon past reviews. I heard that the ship was "old and tired". In contrast, we were very pleasantly surprised about the service we got from HA and ...
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Sail Date June 2016


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Teachers Travel

3 Reviews Written

34 Helpful Votes

Ship, Weather, Ports Perfection...Happy Cruisers

My husband and I are seniors and sail with HAL or Royal Caribbean, over a dozen cruises. We live on Vancouver Island, a 6 hour journey to Vancouver, our embarkation port. I search previous review of the Zaandam ...
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Sail Date May 2016


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illbcnu

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Loved the cruise and ports.

We have sailed before with Holland America and enjoyed previous cruises. They were our first choice for a cruise to Alaska. Used their shuttle service from the airport to the port and had excellent device from ...
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Sail Date May 2016


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St Pete Cruiser

6 Reviews Written

48 Helpful Votes

Zaandam's Delightful "Reposition" Cruise

This was the last cruise of the season from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, and then continued on to San Diego for me and to Vancouver for many others. If you go to the community pages for Holland America and search ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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ghough

3 Reviews Written

38 Helpful Votes

Lofty Expectations Exceeded

We flew overnight from Miami to Santiago, arriving 8:30 a.m. We had an interesting 3-hour Turis (Pauline and driver Juan) led tour of Santiago. A very thorough introduction to the historical and cultural highlights ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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Btimmer

3 Reviews Written

36 Helpful Votes

Bucket List Cruise to Antarctica

For a number of years I've wanted to travel to Antarctica and have heard the warnings that access to this part of the world would be reduced if not eliminated to cruise ships of the HAL size. So I booked us on the ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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momilani

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

HAL MS Zaandam to South America and Antarctic; the cruise of a lifetime!!

I am just beginning to put together the scrapbook for our holiday trip aboard HAL’s ms Zaandam around the tip of South American and on to the Antarctic Peninsula, and it dawned on me that I never got around to ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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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