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194 Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews

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holiday hopes

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote



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

teacherman avatar


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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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

hm+jdmcruisers avatar


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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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

brted avatar


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

KarlS avatar


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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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

drostep avatar


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

bevdas avatar


1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

An outstanding destination cruise, great itinerary (not for little kids)

We chose this cruise for the itinerary- leaving from the Santiago area (port of San Antonio) and cruising around Cape Horn to the Falkland Islands, ending in Buenos Aires. Originally we had booked a similar cruise ...
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Sail Date March 2019

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1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Memorable Trip

We selected this cruise because of the itinerary: South America (from Chile to Argentina), with sailing around Cape Horn and then along the Antarctic Peninsula. The itinerary did not disappoint us. Except for being ...
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Sail Date January 2019

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Arun Jain

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Exceeding expectations

We were keen to visit Antarctica but did not cherish the idea of being tossed around in the Drake passage aboard a small vessel. We therefore chose HAL Zaandam although it did mean no setting foot on Antarctica. ...
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Sail Date January 2019

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1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

I Love Penguins

The cruise exceeded my expectations in every way. The high point was the 4 days in the Antarctic. I will never forget the joy of watching an iceberg float by with penguins on it - with one every once in a while ...
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Sail Date December 2018

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1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Amazing chilean fjords

My first ever cruise - wanted to visit as many South American countries as possible. 14 hour flight from London direct to Santiago (spent 3 days there beforehand which was amazing). Cabin on Dolphin deck very ...
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Sail Date October 2018

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17 Reviews Written

151 Helpful Votes

We were bound from Valparaiso, round the Horn!

INTRO This is a long report, because the voyage around Cape Horn includes so many different ports, environments, scenery and weather that it is impossible to describe it in just a few paragraphs: there is just ...
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Sail Date November 2018

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10 Reviews Written

42 Helpful Votes

Fantastic itinerary at the bottom of the world

My wife and I are recently retired and have long wanted to cruise an "around the horn" itinerary. This Holland America cruise fit the bill the perfectly. Overall, an outstanding cruise, a decent value and a great ...
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Sail Date November 2018

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9 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

A Great Cruise

We had cruised to Alaska before but were unable to maximise our experience because of health issues towards the end of the experience. Having cruised HAL in 2017 after a break of about 10 years cruising with one of ...
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Sail Date August 2018

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2 Reviews Written

Awesome For A Virgin Cruiser

Couldn’t ask for a better first time cruise! Ship is beautiful (a couple of issues from being right out of dry dock, though) and each and every crew member was helpful, friendly and willing to go above and ...
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Sail Date March 2018

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late bloomer

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Great ship for cruising

We have been on the Zaandam for the 14 day Alaska Explorer. I really like the size of the ship with 1400 passengers. The food was good overall. Not really a fan of cafeteria style service in the buffet but it does ...
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Sail Date July 2018

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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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24 Reviews Written

84 Helpful Votes

Great Alaskan Explorer Cruise 2018

Great Alaskan Explorer Cruise June 4 – 18, 2018 ~~~Embarkation Day~~~ Embarkation Day started early for me on June 4, 2018, rising at 4 am for my SuperShuttle pickup at 4:45 am. I was collected right on ...
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Sail Date June 2018

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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

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1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Amazing Alaskan Cruise

We chose this cruise after narrowing down the date range and what we wanted to do. I was happy to sail with Holland America again. I had a great experience with them many years ago. We were looking for a cruise ...
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Sail Date September 2017

MariH avatar


1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great trip!

Seeing Alaska was on our bucket list and the Zaandam fit our schedule and budget. We loved everything: the ports, size of the ship, nice size of stateroom, good food, wonderful staff. They also offered $20 laundry ...
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Sail Date August 2017

Zaandam Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Value For Money4.03.7
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