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Holland America Line Zaandam Senior Cruises Cruise Reviews

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27 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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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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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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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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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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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


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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


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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


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mellowrose

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

22 Day Inca Discoery

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and it was our first time on HAL. We had sailed Celebrity and Norwegian before. The Guarantee room landed us in 2500 which was actually a handicap room with a spacious ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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Richard2013

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great South America Cruise

We wanted to explore South America and did. We explored ports we never even heard of in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. The ports were small but very interesting and exciting. Holland ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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dejadestin

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

South America March 7-21 2017

I wanted to go to South America and wanted to see Penquins. The cruise was extraordinary. Even though we missed one port due to weather I still got to see the penquins in Falkland Islands.It was awesome. I visited 4 ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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TexasDavid7

6 Reviews Written

36 Helpful Votes

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

This was a "Bucket List" cruise for me and an "I'm along for the ride" cruise for my DW. We are 3 Star Cruisers with HAL. We had spectacular views and also appalling views of poverty. Embarkation: The ship is a ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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calderon.cindy

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Summer Cruising in South America, transportation at the end of the trip

Winter in in the northern hemisphere is summer in the southern hemisphere, best season to cruise towards the south end of America. In the desire to explore the glacier landscape we decided on this cruise that ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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Susan054

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly surprised

The ship for being fairly small had excellent food, lamb, lobster and two fantastic surprise meals by the pool that were awesome! German food and BBQ of every type meat and desserts too. The high teas were good too ...
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Sail Date November 2016


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alhamn

6 Reviews Written

26 Helpful Votes

We were lucky with the weather. Very lucky.

Started in Valparaiso. This is my second HAL-cruise. First on Eurodam, over Greenland. Was surprised liking the much older Zaandam better. Not only because the cabin and balcony, was a bit larger here. Most public ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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jorgemb

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great Cruise-Especially the Sea version

My wife and did the 11 day cruise including Denali. This was our first HA cruise and we were very pleased. The highlight of the trip was Glacier Bay. The low light was the day we spent at sea. I had a great ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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BC-er

6 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Fabulous Weather, Super friendly staff, food ok

The cruise was a last minute decision and we were excited about it. We had been to Alaska twice before but this took us to two places we had not explored. The food in the lido deck buffet wasn't very good. By the ...
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Sail Date June 2013


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mistletoe

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Good but a bit of a disappointment

I should preface this review by saying that even a bad cruise isn't totally bad. On the other hand, I haven't done a Carnival Cruise in a while (ha). 4 out of my last 5 cruises have been on Holland America but ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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Bucky63

28 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable relaxation

Embarkation: We boarded the Zaandam in San Diego. Boarding was fast and efficient. We arrived at the pier around noon and were in our cabin by 12:30. The staff both on shore and on board were very helpful. ...
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Sail Date January 2013


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Nutriosotoo

2 Reviews Written

Disappointed with Zaandam

were disappointed with our recent Zaandam cruise. Are now 3 star mariners and will sail with HAL again.There were quite a few issues on the Zaandam that added up to our disappointment. The big view windows in ...
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Sail Date April 2011


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rogaz

1 Review Written

Cruise Companies and Passenger Concerns

First let me state that most of my complaints about this cruise are not so much about the Zaandam and its crew as indictments of the cruise industry as a whole. Let's start with the feedback form, passed out ...
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Sail Date November 2010


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frndlyfmrflyr

1 Review Written

Good and Bad

First, I understand HawaiiLeo's frustrations. We also had a cabin a/c problem (did not work at all) and found the bathroom needed cleaning (mold/mildew on the floor, worn out shower mat, dirty shower curtain, toilet ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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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