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Seattle Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
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55 Seattle Holland America Line Zaandam Cruise Reviews


Educ8rkids avatar

Educ8rkids

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Upgraded Cabin Not Worth It

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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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jimgilliland

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

The views were great but the cabin was much smaller than described; food horrible

we choose this cruse as an upgrade to the other lines available. paid more but got way less than expected. the rooms were much smaller than described the full size tub was anything but and the ADA equipment that I ...
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Sail Date August 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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Bouff

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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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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FollowingCs

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Holland America did not live up to reputation

I have taken been cruising since 1975 and have been on many different lines, but this was my first time on Holland America and was really looking forward to taking a "step up". The itinerary was wonderful and we ...
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Sail Date July 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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tempedesert

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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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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Linda Wilkinson

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Likely will not choose to cruise again...

This was my first cruise ever and I've wanted to go to Alaska for 17 years. I chose this cruise because it went to destinations other cruise lines did not cover. I had friends that told me I would love cruising. ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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CdMAgFox

24 Reviews Written

85 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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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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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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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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Keikihula

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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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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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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liketraveling

6 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

First 14 day cruise out of Seattle for the Alaska Season

I cruise withy my elderly father. We originally wanted to do the May 21 - Jun 4 14 day cruise on the Zaandam but I have two nephews graduating from High School on May 31st, so we opted for the May 7 -21. We took ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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joymc84

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

A fun and well-priced vacation -- if you can be flexible!

First, about us. South Alabama residents, D and I are 35 and 26. He is a contractor and I am a newspaper reporter. We don't have children -- yet -- and this cruise was one of the things to do on our "bucket list" ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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clickchick

1 Review Written

HAL missed the boat

I was determined to try a Holland America ship after our cruise to Alaska last year on Princess. Princess has always treated us very well, but when we docked in Victoria next to HAL's Amsterdam, the ship just looked ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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UTRugrats3

2 Reviews Written

Incline testing and weight gain (the ship)

We decided to take a quick 1 night cruise to Vancouver BC as part of an anniversary celebration. After checking with the HAL office in Seattle, we found we could board early, eat lunch and then relax on board before ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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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