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Holland America Line Zaandam Family Cruises Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

29

Very Good

15

Average

7

Poor

5

Terrible

3

Cruise type

Senior Cruises

71

Family Cruises

61

Romantic Cruises

28

Repositioning Cruises

20

First-Time Cruisers

19

61 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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pathumphrys

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Welcome On Board, Now Pay More

This is by far the worst cruise line I have ever sailed with. It was like travelling on a free holiday where you have to go to a few lectures about time share apartments and be sold the whole story about buying ...
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Sail Date November 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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kmackear

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Family Cruise

We chose this cruise because of the ports of call. Due to the weather ( which was awful) we were not able to stop in Sydney, Nova Scotia. I did enjoy Quebec and our private tour with Tours By Locals, Claude was our ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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Crawleypal

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Experience on ship

This was a tailor made holiday to Brazil and ended with the cruise from Bueno Aries to Santiago. The facilities were fine. Food in buffet was excellant but in restaurant I was underwhelmed. Tendering was a ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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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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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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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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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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g.rome

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Three star cruise ship slipping toward a two stars.

I had not sailed this portion of coast north of Valpraiso. This trip from San Diego to Valpraiso was changed or diverted from Valprqiso to San Antonio two weeks before us all being willing to npay for decent food ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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Struddy

1 Review Written

Holland America is third rate at best

I chose this cruise because it offered a visit to the Denali Wilderness Park. It also visited Skagway and Fairbanks, both places I had not visited. My first mistake was booking through a secondary seller. My ...
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Sail Date August 2017


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judy33445

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

HELL ON THE WATER

My sister and I booked our cruse thru the cruse agent. We asked for a quiet cabin away from any ice machines, elevator, area with music etc. A quiet area. The first night we heard banging, and what sounded like ...
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Sail Date August 2017


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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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aatkinson

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Antarctica

We chose this cruise to sail through Antarctica. Having been on several HAL cruises we were not concerned with quality. We were convinced that the quality would be the same on this ship as it had been on our ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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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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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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mpersons

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Very good experience with exception for Westmark Anchhorage

This was our first time on HAL and to Alaska. I have been on two other cruises with Carnival and Royal Carribean. Overall it was a very good experience. The rooms were bigger than I expected and very clean. The ...
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Sail Date September 2016


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jig789

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Not great but I would try cruising again

This was my first cruise. All in all it went well. The positives: cabin very clean, ship very clean, staff extremely attentive (except the front desk people who were not always helpful). Negatives: in my cabin you ...
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Sail Date August 2016


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Gr8trips

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

Sights to Behold

We did the land and sea trip, landing first in Fairbanks AK. The arrival to Fairbanks Airport was seamless and staff were waiting for us with envelopes in hand. Communication was excellent and we proceeded by coach ...
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Sail Date August 2016


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Danoh2016Alaska

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Alaska Sea & Land Journey

This was my first cruise and the experience was wonderful. We had chosen HAL on the recommendation of a friend. The other 5 in my group had all done at least one cruise before, so I was the lone "rookie". A bit ...
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Sail Date July 2016


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hulagirl1951

3 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Cruise Alaska for wildlife and glaciers and history!

We chose this cruise because of the free cruise for 3rd and 4th passengers and excellent price for the cruise/land package. This is an older ship but well maintained and our only complaint was a smelly hallway on ...
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Sail Date July 2016


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ironhead48

5 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Good, But...

we traveled with our daughter and 3 granddaughters. we had 2 oceanview cabins next to each other. It was on the main deck. they were very good cabins and location.we thought the food at the Lido deck was very good, ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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Willysmom2

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Ship was rundown, food was average, and service was OK.

This ship should be taken out of service for a maajor overhaul. Bathroom tiles were mildew stained. Vinyl on restaurant booths were torn Dining tables had cracks in Formica that collected dirt. Line cooks ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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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


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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