• Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In

Holland America Line Zaandam Romantic Cruises Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

14

Very Good

6

Average

4

Poor

1

Terrible

3

Cruise type

Senior Cruises

71

Family Cruises

61

Romantic Cruises

28

Repositioning Cruises

20

First-Time Cruisers

19

28 Holland America Line Zaandam Romantic Cruises Cruise Reviews


friendswithdave avatar

friendswithdave

9 Reviews Written

48 Helpful Votes

Great Ship and Cruise, but...

|

This was a cruise my wife and I took from Vancouver to Seward. We took a five day Carnival cruise 3 weeks ago so I'll make some comparisons. In most ways, this cruise was superior to the Carnival cruise which ...
Read More

Sail Date August 2017


felixnola avatar

felixnola

2 Reviews Written

37 Helpful Votes

"Facilities Manager" should be FIRED ! And NoroVirus Aboard !

I'll start with the positive and end with the negatives... First, I've sailed on numerous cruises with a variety of cruise lines. I like the size and look of the Zaandam. The ship was clean and ...
Read More

Sail Date July 2017


Drive-LA avatar

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 ...
Read More

Sail Date December 2016


Stahl avatar

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 ...
Read More

Sail Date November 2016


Jacks Mom avatar

Jacks Mom

1 Review Written

Alaska land and sea

Scenery on land tour amazing. Not as impressed with other services. Was fantastic making friends on land that carried onto ship. Embarkation: we arrived around 3:30 after Kenai Fjords boat tour. No wait and ...
Read More

Sail Date June 2013


GustavSpeed avatar

GustavSpeed

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Good not great

We had taken another Holland America Cruise and it was great. This one, not so much: 1) Travel to Anchorage was problematic. We wanted to go 2 day2 before but the agent talked us into going the day before and ...
Read More

Sail Date August 2016


Teachers Travel avatar

Teachers Travel

3 Reviews Written

34 Helpful Votes

Ship, Weather, Ports Perfection...Happy Cruisers

My husband and I are seniors and sail with HAL or Royal Caribbean, over a dozen cruises. We live on Vancouver Island, a 6 hour journey to Vancouver, our embarkation port. I search previous review of the Zaandam ...
Read More

Sail Date May 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 ...
Read More

Sail Date March 2016


cruisetennis avatar

cruisetennis

1 Review Written

32 Helpful Votes

Zaandam and Excursion on Falkland Islands

My wife and I had a wonderful cruise on board Zaandam. The ship, despite being 16 years old, is still in very top condition. The cabin washroom is equipped well and looks quite modern. All common areas are well ...
Read More

Sail Date March 2016


Lalokau avatar

Lalokau

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

First Cruise on Zandaam - Alaskan Adventure

We did a land sea tour to Denali followed by the cruise through Glacier Bay to Vancouver stopping at various ports on the way. We booked all our tours through HAL. The embarkation was a breeze. Quick friendly and ...
Read More

Sail Date June 2015


da resort avatar

da resort

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

All Washed Out

Ship could use some big time updating. Bathrooms were ancient. Plumbing issue on first morning (early) caused flooding of cabin. Maintenance came and asked us to leave the room while they made repairs. Water ...
Read More

Sail Date June 2015


Scouty 58 avatar

Scouty 58

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Beautiful Alaska

First time we have sailed on HAL. We did the Denali land tour prior to cruising- it was a great experience. Stunning and beautiful scenery with lots of wildlife viewing. Embarkation was fast-less than 10 minutes. ...
Read More

Sail Date May 2015


sgutierrez avatar

sgutierrez

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

No Service; Totally Dissatisfied!

The rating of this ship is generous according to reviews. Service was awful to non existing. Out of 14 nights in dining room my husband only had one night where his iced tea or water was refilled. Gone are the days ...
Read More

Sail Date April 2015


Jules2307 avatar

Jules2307

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

South American Honeymoon Voyage

My husband and I honeymooned on the Zaandam over Thanksgiving. We knew that HAL is known as a cruise line for an older set but we were intrigued by the itinerary. We didn’t regret our choice for a moment. We had ...
Read More

Sail Date November 2014


YellowJacket84 avatar

YellowJacket84

1 Review Written

We had a great time, loved the staff; wouldn't cruise on this boat aga

My now wife and I did our honeymoon on the Zandaam and had an absolutely wonderful time! To start out with, we are both young. I turned 30 thirty two days before we got on this boat. When we got there, we noticed ...
Read More

Sail Date December 2014


Ecuadan avatar

Ecuadan

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

A rejuvenated ship.

After having read some of the reviews for the Zaandam, We embarked with some trepidation. I kept looking for the wear and tear that was so prevalent in the reviews. Two weeks of drydock certainly did the ship well. ...
Read More

Sail Date November 2013


kimthomason78 avatar

kimthomason78

1 Review Written

First time on Zaadam

My husband and I have cruised 8 times, three on Holland America. This was our first time on the Zaadam, a smaller ship than we are used to. First of all, I want to share a great tip that I got off of Pinterest. ...
Read More

Sail Date January 2013


SailorMom37 avatar

SailorMom37

3 Reviews Written

Two Weeks on the Zaandam

SO much to tell after two weeks! I'll try not to be ridiculously verbose... We sailed out of San Diego. This is a great port to cruise in and out of. The airport and the cruise terminal are so close together, ...
Read More

Sail Date January 2013


skelco11 avatar

skelco11

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Much Better Than Expected!

We booked this cruise with trepidation, as the reviews of the ship (and of Holland America in general) were, at best, mixed. But boy, were we pleasantly surprised! Having sailed 30+ times, we are not novices when ...
Read More

Sail Date July 2012


world-citizen avatar

world-citizen

1 Review Written

Beautiful Alaska

We are relatively-seasoned cruisers, having cruised eight times (three with HAL). We spent five days in Alaska prior to boarding; highlights included the stunning scenic rail journey from Anchorage to Seward as well ...
Read More

Sail Date May 2012


mmg233 avatar

mmg233

1 Review Written

Zaandam July 31, 2011

We began our vacation on July 24, 2011 with a 2 night pre tour to the Brooks Range. Upon our arrival in Fairbanks, we were a little disappointed to find there was no packet waiting for us with tour instructions. The ...
Read More

Sail Date July 2011


joymc84 avatar

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" ...
Read More

Sail Date September 2010


UTRugrats3 avatar

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 ...
Read More

Sail Date October 2010


Bluenose 47 avatar

Bluenose 47

20 Reviews Written

71 Helpful Votes

Hawaii the easy way

We took the Feb 15, 2010 Circle Hawaii cruise on Holland America's ship Zaandam. This is my 6th cruise on HAL, also 6 on Princess and 1 each on RCI, Oceania and Cunard. We had been on a Baltic cruise on the ...
Read More

Sail Date February 2010


cheechaku avatar

cheechaku

2 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Dam good cruise!

    My wife and I love to travel, but with kids in college it's tough to budget for luxury vacations. Cruises are a great solution.  We enjoyed gourmet meals, live entertainment, scenic vistas, deluxe ...
Read More

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
Never Miss a Deal!
Subscribe and Save
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click

Reviews of Zaandam Style Cruises

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.