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Holland America Line Zaandam Family Cruises Cruise Reviews

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29 Holland America Line Zaandam Family Cruises Cruise Reviews


EZ Wash avatar

EZ Wash

4 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

Amazing Sights, not So Amazing Banging Noise

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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


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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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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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Lorac8

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Alaska Zaandam

We did the northern Vancouver to Seward cruise that included Glacier Bay and then a land tour to Denali. We went to Vancouver early and walked around some, took the train into town from our hotel by airport. ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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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


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Arnold1957

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Valparaiso, Punta Arenas and Ushuaia

Previously to our cruise we visited Santiago. A nice city, not too big. We went to Santa Luccia Hill, La monneda Palace, to the market, San Cristobal with our driver Santos who did a very good job driving us ...
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Sail Date October 2012


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KTA1961

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

What an Amazing Trip!

Overall, this was an excellent trip. Of course, we enjoyed some uncommonly phenomenal weather, so that set the tone for most of the trip. The pre-cruise hotel stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver was the ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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Cruise or Bust!

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Spectacular!

As a 4-Star Mariner of the HAL company, I have had the opportunity to sail on many of the ships in this fleet and can honestly say that I was completely pleased with this ship and her company on the sailing from ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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Aussie Battler

4 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Perfect in every way!

I have just completed the Christmas / New Year 20 day South America and Antarctica cruise aboard the Zaandam with my wife and two daughters ages 10 and 14. What a trip!! Firstly on board the Zaandam:- Excellent, ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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suznjune

1 Review Written

Not Bad!

We were on a Land/Sea tour that went to the Yukon and Denali so only spent 3 nights on the ship. I was initially unhappy with the cabin location, but it ended up being OK. It was a long walk from elevators to the ...
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Sail Date July 2014


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Daisyloo

12 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

Loved Alaska, loved the Zaandam

We were a group of three, 2 daughters and their mother. This was my 8th cruise, my mother's second and my sister's first. None of us had ever been to Alaska before. We stayed one night pre-cruise at the Pan Pacific ...
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Sail Date July 2014


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boulders

7 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Fabulous Antarctic cruise with kids

South America/Antarctica - December 15- Jan. 9 on HAL’s Zaandam I just got back today from a fabulous cruise on the Zaandam. This truly was the trip of a lifetime. I got same great pictures of Antarctica. We ...
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Sail Date December 2013


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KDMAGS

1 Review Written

Panama2013

We sailed on the Zaandam in 2008, and the ship is showing its age. cushions in the show lounge are worn and uncomfortable. We picked this cruise for its value and length, plus we only had to fly one way. We were ...
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Sail Date September 2013


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Lulubelle45

4 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great little getaway if you are a senior citizen.

There were four of us traveling on this 4 day trip from Vancouver BC to San Diego aboard the Zaandam. Not really a reposition cruise, but more a filler for a longer cruise to Hawaii. I had read the reviews prior ...
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Sail Date October 2012


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HeinBloed

16 Reviews Written

18 Helpful Votes

Why only 90% good when 120% would be possible?

Background Information It was cruise no. 47. We went before on HAL's EURODAM and WESTERDAM and had some concerns. We made already the experience that you CAN make very good experiences with HAL but also few ...
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Sail Date March 2012


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EbayCruiser

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Aloha ... back from Paradise, Hawaii - October 2010

We have cruised on Holland America several times before, once on Disney, and once on Royal Caribbean. We booked this cruise over a year ago. We were traveling with my husband's brother and sister-in-law. We ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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boomerone

23 Reviews Written

55 Helpful Votes

Nothing wrong with Zaandam!

First, I am not a Holland America "homer". I've now sailed with them 3 times but my allegience is with Princess thanks to the great amenities we've earned over 22 sailings. I wish CCL would allow Captain's Circle ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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Sailin'Santa

2 Reviews Written

A Great Time on the Zaandam

I have been reading the reviews concerning this ship, and I want to put some of my comments down. This was the fourth cruise for my two sisters and me, and it was our second with HAL Our ages are 82, 78, and 66. ...
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Sail Date April 2010


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Iris5383

7 Reviews Written

28 Helpful Votes

Over The Rainbow To Paradise

BACKGROUND: This was the 8th cruise for my husband, Tom, and me (Laura). We started cruising in 2000 to celebrate our 25th anniversary, the "trip of a lifetime". The trip of a lifetime became the first of many. ...
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Sail Date November 2009


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Jeff Betz

12 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Let there be light!

We took a repositioning cruise on HAL Zaandam from Vancouver BC to San Diego in early October. This was our fourth time on HAL and our 23rd cruise overall. We flew from Ohio to Seattle the day prior to the ...
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Sail Date October 2009


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songbert

2 Reviews Written

First Cruise To Alaska - Certainly Not My Last!

Seattle: We flew in late the night before, so there was no time to spend in the city, something I would definitely change next time. Lots to do. Embarkation: We arrived early (10:15) on the HAL transfer bus, ...
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Sail Date August 2009


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DougMacP

10 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

More Hits than misses

This is my 23rd cruise, (crossings not included) and my 4th on HAL. I've done a variety of cruise lines from Carnival to Crystal, the most recent being a Panama Canal trip on the Celebrity Mercury in January. ...
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Sail Date August 2009


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Nutbunch

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Zaandam Alaska - An amazingly great cruise

We were a family of 6. My husband, me two kids and husband's parents. Cabin:Our cabin was the lowest level and far stern. There was noise from the thrusters whenever we docked, or pulled away from dock. This didn't ...
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Sail Date July 2009


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Inetcruiser

1 Review Written

Wish I Had Known

This was our first cruise, so many of you may know all this.  Despite reading reviews I didn't.  First, although internet access is available 24/7 (ex for sat issues), it was expensive: $.75/min pay as you go; ...
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Sail Date July 2009


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slewiss1

1 Review Written

Zaandam Alaska AHH!

We are a family of 3. Myself and DH (in our 40's) and our 16year old DS.Thanks to folks here on HAL board we planned our arrival to pier 91with Already There Town Cars for $60 (1 way) from seatac, same as ...
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Sail Date June 2009


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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