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Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews

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Zaandam
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139 Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews


Qila avatar

Qila

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Frankietrep

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Cruise spoilt by very poor entertainment

We recently travelled on the zaadam for three weeks although we enjoyed the cruise It was spoilt by the lack of entertainment at night, not much going on in the day either, no sail away parties, no fun around the ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Haligonex

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Nice ship and crew, poor port visits

Tried to put new adventure into the cruise life but the main reason was to sail Cspe Horn and see Ushuaua. And..... weather canceled so we went to some backwater ports of little interstate not history. Sad. Do ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Gr8tCruising

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

VERY GOOD CRUISE, Dining Room, not so good!!

We wanted to travel around Cape Horn, something I thought I would probably never get to do. Had been looking at various cruises with this itinerary for quite sometime and they seem to fill up quick or had a pretty ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Kala89

5 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Antarctica is a must-see!

We chose this cruise for the multiple stops in Chile and the 4 days in Antarctica. We had been around the horn on HAL 6 yrs. ago and regretted not including Antarctica at that time. We also missed the Falkland ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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solosport

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Antarctica and Falkland Islands saved this cruise

The trip to Antarctica and Patagonia is the main reason for taking this cruise plus I was told by a maritime lawyer long ago that his favorite places was Chile and South Africa so had to see for myself. Overall the ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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BritExile

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Customary HAL excellence on board, with good to dreadful for land activities

This was a long planned bucket list trip to see South America and especially Patagonia. The on-board service was absolutely excellent with HAL's customary exemplary service in the bar, restaurants and cabin, and ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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porsena

2 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Our best experience with HAL?

The Zaandam is our new favourite ship. Its smaller size means fewer decks and less crowding. Our cabin on deck 6 was one deck above the fixed-time dining room and most public areas, and just two decks below the ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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packercruising

8 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

14 Day Alaskan Cruise

2018 Alaska Cruise Log May 19 Saturday- We flew out of Green Bay to Seattle, with a layover in Minneapolis. No delays. We arrived in Seattle on schedule and so did our luggage. A quick call on the courtesy phone ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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Morningglory54

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

End of Season delight

We decided to try HAL as we are Carnival stockholders and usually cruise Princess -Platinum Capt Circle-We have been to Alaska once before and decided to try the smaller ship!! Great choice!! We loved it!! We ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Scooter Weibels

3 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Great Alaskan vacation

This was the longest cruise I have been on. Tha Zaandam is a smaller ship but everything seemed to be well maintained. The itinerary was great saw some smaller ports most people never see. The crew were all friendly ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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traveling chick

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Alaska. 2 weeks

We cruised with friends that asked us to join them. The service was excellent and the shore stops were great. The singers and dancers were wonderful but the rest of the entertainment was second rate. We reserved a ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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bruinlyn

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Beautiful weather & exquisite views

Two wk cruise that went further north where I haven’t been; Kodiak, Homer, Anchorage Hubbard Glacier and Sitka haven’t been since .1989. The water was like glass and weather couldn’t have been better. Only ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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S0uths1der

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable cruise on a vessel in need of a facelift

Having sailed with HAL many times in the past, it was a no-brainer to pick the 14-day cruise on the ms Zaandam. This was my 4th cruise to Alaska, yet the itinerary included no less than 4 ports/sites that I had not ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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JanDay

2 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

HAL provides stellar service and lovely venue

Great trip. 14 days soooo much better than the 7 due to ability to really settle in and be cozy. The 7 day was great, mind you, but this 14 day itinerary had so much more. We want to do it again. Service staff is ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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jfteacher79

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

14 Day Cruise to Alaska

Great itinerary...fantastic staff. The workers were fantastic, they worked so hard to please. It seemed to me, though, Holland America has cut back on the number of waiters and bus boys as we experienced long delays ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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jessemccoy11

1 Review Written

Service was very good.

We chose this cruise because of it's itinerary. Wasn't disappointed with what we saw. Weather wasn't the greatest but scenery still great. Service from all on the ship was very good. Crew was very friendly and we ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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felinefinex2

4 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Another great Holland America cruise!

We choose this itinerary because of all the different ports it hit and we weren't disappointed. We got up close and personal with a couple glaciers and that was exciting. The captain always pointed out if there ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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Cockneycruiser

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Brilliant itinerary, cleanliness a problem

We booked this cruise whilst onboard Volendam in Alaska in Oct 2016, from start to finish this cruise Itinerary was great, Antarctica was amazing and the captain did a fantastic job in making sure we got to see ...
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Sail Date January 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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