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Santiago (Valparaiso) Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
Destination
Santiago (Valparaiso)

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41 Santiago (Valparaiso) Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews


the welsh traveller avatar

the welsh traveller

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

This ship is getting very tired

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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


jasonbat avatar

jasonbat

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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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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bubnew

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Antarctica is AWESOME!!!!!

I always wanted to see the Antarctic and Holland & America was the only cruiseliner that touches the top of this amazing continent, mind you they only operate 3 cruises a year so book it quick!! We started off ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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sailingdutchy

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Nice relaxing cruise with lots of sea days

Just to be away from the cold time in Ontario to return home not until spring arrives. We had not been to Peru, and Equador yet which were very nice . We really liked the size of the ship which has a great crew . ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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mellowrose

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

22 Day Inca Discoery

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and it was our first time on HAL. We had sailed Celebrity and Norwegian before. The Guarantee room landed us in 2500 which was actually a handicap room with a spacious ...
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Sail Date April 2017


Richard2013 avatar

Richard2013

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great South America Cruise

We wanted to explore South America and did. We explored ports we never even heard of in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. The ports were small but very interesting and exciting. Holland ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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BestareCelebrityCruises

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Need for more entertainment.

We chose mainly due to ports of call. Usually we go Celebrity. Comparing Celebrity: younger average age (I read that Hal was trying to get their average age lower), more entertainment (Celebrity has a great ...
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Sail Date April 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

58 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


gphb avatar

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

9 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


TN Fem avatar

TN Fem

3 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Overall a great trip

We chose this cruise to see penguins. We have 3 penguin loving boys and we like to take a big trip at Christmas rather than give them toys they don't need. We had 2 adjoining Ocean View rooms on Deck 2. Our ...
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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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Susan054

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly surprised

The ship for being fairly small had excellent food, lamb, lobster and two fantastic surprise meals by the pool that were awesome! German food and BBQ of every type meat and desserts too. The high teas were good too ...
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Sail Date November 2016


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Stahl

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Waiters very nice and prompt, Reception unable to change very noisy cabin 6141

The inland passage of southern Chile fiords with glaciers and to visit relatives in Buenos Aires was our need. One glacier off the many we could see - because of the big ship we missed many others. Cabin ...
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Sail Date November 2016


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Colligeur

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

A Great Cruise

This is a fantastic destination for people that like nature and nice scenery. The ship was perfect. The staff was nice and competent. The only thing that was not great was the restaurants. This was our second cruise ...
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Sail Date November 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


ghough avatar

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


Btimmer avatar

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


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alhamn

6 Reviews Written

26 Helpful Votes

We were lucky with the weather. Very lucky.

Started in Valparaiso. This is my second HAL-cruise. First on Eurodam, over Greenland. Was surprised liking the much older Zaandam better. Not only because the cabin and balcony, was a bit larger here. Most public ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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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