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Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
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92 Holland America Line Zaandam 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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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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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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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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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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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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Catlover54

17 Reviews Written

216 Helpful Votes

LUXURY CRUISER TRIES OUT A VISTA VERANDA CABIN on ZAANDAM

OVERVIEW I usually cruise on luxury lines like Seabourn (SB), either solo or with DH, but a cruise I had booked got cancelled short notice. I was in cruise withdrawal and determined to use the time off I had ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Vinmar

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Just OK, the food not even OK

We book the cruise from Ft Lauderdale Fl to Montreal with stops in Boston, Bar Harbour, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, and Quebec City. The Ship is a smaller vessel the rooms are good and the stewards are ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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porkyandsheppy

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

First time cruising with Holland America . Not Impressed overall

I think I should start with what I did like. The new (i had not seen these before) hand wash system in place and the covers over the dining selection in the Lido dining room. Its a pity that guests do not adhere ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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P. D. Taylor

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

How can HAL much such a friendly ship such a poor cruise experience?

The ship was badly affected by what can only be described as the Holland America cost cutting strategy. This was evident everywhere on the ship and throughout the 34 day cruise. The main restaurant should be the ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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the welsh traveller

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

This ship is getting very tired

Wanted to passage the Panama Canal again - to see the new larger locks that were being built the last time we passed this way - Holland America was recommended to us - we were disappointed at the poor meals - not ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Crawleypal

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Experience on ship

This was a tailor made holiday to Brazil and ended with the cruise from Bueno Aries to Santiago. The facilities were fine. Food in buffet was excellant but in restaurant I was underwhelmed. Tendering was a ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Educ8rkids

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Upgraded Cabin Not Worth It

We cruise several times a year and this was my first time on Holland America. I was told this line catered to a decidedly older age group and was a quieter ship than say a Carnival cruise. We bid to upgrade from our ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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Big Sal

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Not as exciting as I expected.

Overall the first week' s weather was poor, rainy, misty and windy although the temperature was about what we expected ie cool, at times even cold. The ship was pleasant enough, with good food and cleanliness and ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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dave down under

3 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

The itinerary was great, the ship was boring, very little entertainment

The Grand Alaskan appealed to me as I had plenty of time and was in hurry to get home. The itinerary was brilliant, loved it, all the ports and glaciers. The ship is beautiful, food and service terrific, ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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bluegiraffe

5 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

"Rocky" cruise

This was our third Alaskan cruise, and definitely the most uneven experience. Pros: Smaller ship Great itinerary Excellent service in the Lido and from housekeeping staff Naturalist onboard ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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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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AnneFrank75

5 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Sick Ship

We chose this two week cruise as it was visiting some places we had not been to before. From Chile north through the Panama Canal to Florida. We like the ship and the size; not too large. So assume everything ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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realisticus1

7 Reviews Written

30 Helpful Votes

Antarctia best scenery of all time, Zaandam well, not quite up to standard!

Background and Hotel information We chose this cruise for various reasons, primarily to see Antarctia, a location that both my wife and I have always yearned to see, secondly, to experience the Chilean Fiords ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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HMCSBN

2 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Interesting Itinerary derailed by some bad weather

No penguins! Unfortunate weather caused some cancellations both Stanley and at least one glacier as well as our Penguin tour. We did get a very good close up view of one glacier. Fog and rain made visibility around ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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tloebl

2 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Mediocrity at its best

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Ports were fantastic and weather was great. Smooth seas at their best. The ship is a different story. Dining room service was extremely slow. One night we ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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Libre

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Vancouver to Valparaiso

Hadn't cruised since last fall and the So. American ports was something new and the e-mailed price was very good. Much of the HAL experience is excellent as always. Dining Room, Cabin Stewards and Bar staff do a ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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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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Doctormike11

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Good ship and staff with a few significant drawbacks

We took the 'Double Denali' cruise out of Vancouver. Boarding and orientation was very good. Bags arrived in a timely manner. Overall, the ship is in great shape with plenty of staff attending to multiple ...
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Sail Date July 2017


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skipperinseattle

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Mariner Punishment Cabin

We were excited to be boarding the Holland America Zaandam for our recent Alaska cruise Our assigned stateroom was a category H partially obstructed view cabin close to the outdoors on the lower promenade deck… ...
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Sail Date August 2017


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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