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Holland America Line Zaandam Senior Cruises Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Zaandam
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

26

Very Good

27

Average

12

Poor

4

Terrible

2

Cruise type

Senior Cruises

71

Family Cruises

61

Romantic Cruises

28

Repositioning Cruises

20

First-Time Cruisers

19

71 Holland America Line Zaandam Senior Cruises Cruise Reviews


AKJonesy avatar

AKJonesy

8 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

Great itinerary and good ship

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We've been on a number of cruises with HAL and sailed on 6 different ships. I wasn't too thrilled about being on Zaandam due to it's smaller size but understand that the larger ships don't go to Antarctica. ...
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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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discusdoc

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Great port and service; old ship

My wife loves cruises; this was our 4th cruise this year (Oceania, Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Holland America). We enjoyed this cruise the most— largely because of the destinations. The lake regions of Chile ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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dailydelite

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Tired ship, mediocre food, boring entertainment

This was my third Holland America cruise. My two prior experiences were very good. Food in the main dining room in the past was good to excellent. On my past trips there was sufficient entertainment and on board ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Marilynfromohio

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Lovely ports of call

There were 2 couples sailing on this cruise (fifth we have done together), we chose it for the itinerary. The embarkation was flawless. We arrived at the cruise terminal and we finished all the paperwork and were ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Oaktownlady

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Beautiful area despite cold temperatures

Like the maritime provinces and wanted to see more. Embarkation was somewhat disorganized; we arrived in Boston on a redeye at 7:30 am but couldn't board until 11:00 am. Spent most of this time on folding ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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drostep

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

34 day South America, Inca and Panama Canal discovery cruise

I wanted to write this review because I saw a number of poor ratings for Holland America and since we had a good experience, I thought it would be fair to write a good one. This was our first cruise with HAL and we ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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the welsh traveller

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

This ship is getting very tired

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


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Haligonex

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Nice ship and crew, poor port visits

Tried to put new adventure into the cruise life but the main reason was to sail Cspe Horn and see Ushuaua. And..... weather canceled so we went to some backwater ports of little interstate not history. Sad. Do ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Kala89

5 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Antarctica is a must-see!

We chose this cruise for the multiple stops in Chile and the 4 days in Antarctica. We had been around the horn on HAL 6 yrs. ago and regretted not including Antarctica at that time. We also missed the Falkland ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Arun Jain

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Exceeding expectations

We were keen to visit Antarctica but did not cherish the idea of being tossed around in the Drake passage aboard a small vessel. We therefore chose HAL Zaandam although it did mean no setting foot on Antarctica. ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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BritExile

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Customary HAL excellence on board, with good to dreadful for land activities

This was a long planned bucket list trip to see South America and especially Patagonia. The on-board service was absolutely excellent with HAL's customary exemplary service in the bar, restaurants and cabin, and ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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sentrydriver

10 Reviews Written

42 Helpful Votes

Fantastic itinerary at the bottom of the world

My wife and I are recently retired and have long wanted to cruise an "around the horn" itinerary. This Holland America cruise fit the bill the perfectly. Overall, an outstanding cruise, a decent value and a great ...
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Sail Date November 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


late bloomer avatar

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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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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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


AnneFrank75 avatar

AnneFrank75

5 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Sick Ship

We chose this two week cruise as it was visiting some places we had not been to before. From Chile north through the Panama Canal to Florida. We like the ship and the size; not too large. So assume everything ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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Libre

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Vancouver to Valparaiso

Hadn't cruised since last fall and the So. American ports was something new and the e-mailed price was very good. Much of the HAL experience is excellent as always. Dining Room, Cabin Stewards and Bar staff do a ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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rabidtraveler

2 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Holland is living in the past in many ways

I liked this itinerary and that's why I chose this cruise. The crew was excellent, as usual, but the HAL ships are falling behind the marketplace. Last year I took six cruise lines in 12 months to check out the ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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cflat

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Across the equator to South America

We chose this ship because of the smaller size and weren’t disappointed. Superior service from all departments, everyone was so friendly. Great food! We took advantage of all the dining venues on offer and ...
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Sail Date September 2017


g.rome avatar

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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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


Late traveler avatar

Late traveler

6 Reviews Written

28 Helpful Votes

Really enjoyed the land/sea cruise that was very well organized by HAL

We had already done the inside passage but knew we wanted to do the Alaska land portion as well. We really lucked out with the weather - we may have felt differently about our experience if the weather had been ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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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