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Holland America Line Zaandam Senior Cruises Cruise Reviews

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26 Holland America Line Zaandam Senior Cruises Cruise Reviews

Oaktownlady avatar


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

drostep avatar


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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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

sentrydriver avatar


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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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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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

big43rdkid avatar


7 Reviews Written

73 Helpful Votes

Perfect again

Having done the same cruise last January and finding it excellent and Antarctica amazing we decided to treat ourselves again but in the reverse direction. This was the Zaandam's first Antarctic cruise of the ...
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Sail Date December 2016

mountaindog avatar


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

Arnold1957 avatar


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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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 ...
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Sail Date May 2016

ghough avatar


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 ...
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Sail Date March 2016

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3 Reviews Written

36 Helpful Votes

Bucket List Cruise to Antarctica

For a number of years I've wanted to travel to Antarctica and have heard the warnings that access to this part of the world would be reduced if not eliminated to cruise ships of the HAL size. So I booked us on the ...
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Sail Date January 2016

cruisetennis avatar


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 ...
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Sail Date March 2016

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Deck Cargo

16 Reviews Written

107 Helpful Votes

32 Days on the Zaandam, from San Diego to Buenos Aires

32 days on the Zaandam from San Diego to Buenos Aires Overall the cruise was very enjoyable, even taking into account that 4 of the ports were cancelled, 1 due to unrepaired earthquake damage to the port and 3 ...
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Sail Date October 2015

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1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

Liked the Size of the Zaandam

We were on the Zaandam Sept 6 for 7 days. We then took a land tour for 4 nights in Denali. We drove to Seattle and spend the night heading to the air port the next day. Our HAL bus picked us up at the air ...
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Sail Date September 2015

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6 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Historic Cities and Scenic Wonders!

My husband and I are in our 60s….typical HAL cruisers on our 19th cruise, but WOW, this 21 day holiday cruise broke the sedate HAL mold, with an exciting international mix of passengers from young to old! We ...
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Sail Date December 2013

Ecuadan avatar


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. ...
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Sail Date November 2013

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1 Review Written

Smooth sailing

My wife and I were very impressed with our Alaska cruise and tour. Everything ran extremely smooth.We were met at the Seattle airport by a representive from Holland American. We were taken to the Hilton Hotel in ...
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Sail Date August 2012

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wayfaring girl

1 Review Written

Anniversay Cruise to Hawaii

After many years of travelling to exciting destinations to celebrate special occasions, we were challenged to come up with a really special trip to celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary. We have sailed on Holland ...
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Sail Date February 2013

HeinBloed avatar


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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1 Review Written

Oh that Zany Zaandam

Well, what a trip. Not sure that it's what a first cruise should have been, but I did have fun anyway. We arrived at the Vancouver airport from Phoenix on time and supposedly with plenty of time for the 5 PM ...
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Sail Date September 2011

dag144 avatar


13 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Thoroughly Enjoyable

This was cruise number 40 (22nd with Holland America)and my third time on the Zaandam. We live in Palm Springs and drove down to San Diego. It's about a 2 1/2 hour trip, but we like to get to the port the day before ...
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Sail Date January 2011

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1 Review Written

A truly enjoyable two weeks

A relative drove us to the port and our bags were collected. We entered the terminal, filled out a form, and waited for our number to be called before boarding. It took about one-half hour. We boarded the ship and ...
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Sail Date December 2010

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1 Review Written

San Diego to Hawaii

We enjoyed the Zaandam very much - it was the perfect size- about 1400 passengers I think. One of the real pluses of the 14 days was that every at-sea day (9 of them if you count getting to Ensenada in the evening ...
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Sail Date November 2010

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Crusing Bob

3 Reviews Written

Zaandam Hawaii 11-7-2010

For those of you wondering about the condition and joy of the Zaandam, I can report that my wife and I found everything exceptional. We did not look for little frays in carpet or light bulbs out, or windows not ...
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Sail Date November 2010

Zaandam Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Value For Money4.03.7
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