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 Holland America Cruise Line

Launched in the 1870s when the original Rotterdam made its inaugural trans-Atlantic crossing from Rotterdam to New York, the Holland America Line as it is known today is one of the oldest companies in the passenger shipping business. A major player in Alaska through its subsidiary Westours, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation in 1989. Up to now, the company has offered its premium cruises on mid-sized ships, but as part of an ambitious newbuilding program five new 84,000 gt superliners will enter service with Holland America until 2006.

 Recent Holland America Reviews

  • Sarah Partridge  Eurodam  Caribbean

    I have cruised on Amsterdam, Noordam and Eurodam, and have Westerdam coming up. Every Holland America ship has their own unique character (some are obviously newly remodeled/newer than others).... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • Zuideveld  Zuiderdam  Exploring the Mediterranean

    The cruise was most enjoyable & fun. Stateroom was great, plenty of wardrobe space, didn't have to live out of suitcase. Staff so experience, knowledgeable & so eager to assist if there was any... read more

  • Donald Brenneise  Zaandam  Cruisetour

    Our cruise/land tour to Alaska was wonderful--we thoroughly enjoyed it. It proved not to be a super relaxing, cruise, though. While cruising, we booked excursions in Ketchikan, Juneau, and... read more

  • Jack Gallagher  Eurodam  Baltic

    Holland America assigned me a cabin directly below a bar-entertainment venue. The music & noise carried directly and loudly into my room--as if there were high amplifiers above and little or no... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Barry M  Ryndam  Iceland and Norway

    Unmitigated Disaster - followed by food poisoning and escalating Noro Virus that eventually ended our trip early, resulted in cancelled ports and on island destinations/tours. It gets worse -... read more

  • Mike  Zaandam  Alaska inside passage south

    Planned a wonderful land sea adventure in Alaska for our 25th wedding anniversary. The land portion was very nice, but the sea was the worst cruise I have ever been on. If you want something to... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • karen  Amsterdam  Alaska

    I have been on six cruises, and this by far one of the best. From the embarkation, to the ship, food, shows , staff, everything was spectular. You could tell everyone that worked on the ship was... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • Maureen Potter  Oosterdam  Sail Alaska inside passage and on to Danali

    We had a wonderful time cruising to Alaska, so many wonderful sights to see, great weather, lots of wildlife. The cruise would have been perfect except for smokers. We paid extra for a larger room... read more

    6 users found this review helpful.
  • blimeylimey  Zaandam  Alaska

    Chose because of itinerary - ship in poor shape. Service appalling - food selection poor and line ups horrible. Rooms shabby - needs a good overhaul - bathroom was in very poor shape. The... read more

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • Garry Ashby  Prinsendam  Iberian and Gallic Explorer

    As usual, our cruise experience was great. The staff of the Prinsendam are among the best we have ever encountered. The food in the main dining room was interesting, well prepared, elegantly... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Phil  Eurodam  Transatlantic

    This was a good cruise, principally due to the excellent tours we had worked up, and the nice people we shared them with. HAL is HAL - stolid, Dutch, unimaginative, but efficient, careful and... read more

  • Terrie F  Volendam  Asia

    Over all is was fine with a friendly staff. Being on deck 7 we had access to the Neptune Lounge, and John C was a great Concierge and always so friendly and helpful. Same as the... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • iowa cruiser  Zaandam  Cape Horn eastbound

    Zaandam Cape Horn Eastbound Nov.-Dec. 2014 I LOVED this cruise. The Chilean coast is like Alaska on steroids, and the ports of call are easy to enjoy on one's own. This is... read more

    14 users found this review helpful.
  • Joseph  Oosterdam  Ms Oosterdam

    This cruise was a terrible experience, we were publically humiliated and asked to leave the vista dining room for breast feeding our 6 month year old because breast feeding is supposedly against... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • Janet  Zaandam  Chilean fjords

    The ship is tired. The staff were sullen and many did not understand English, the drinking water was putrid, therefore there was vomiting and diahrea on the ship for the whole 36-37day Chilean... read more

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • Lexi  Zuiderdam  Inside Passage Alaska

    Overall a wonderful experience. Cabin staff and crew were amazing, friendly and helpful and always ready for a laugh or a chat. Food, particularly the Vista Dining Room was delicious.... read more

    11 users found this review helpful.
  • Carole Kemps  Prinsendam  Baltic

    On whole this was an ok cruise. The ports were interesting especially Finland and St. Petersburg. The Prinsendam was in the poorest shape of any ship we have been on. The cabin furniture is very... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • Kitty  Veendam  Caribbean

    I wish I had seen Sherrill Alexander's review prior to our Holland America cruise to the Caribbean this year. We had the exact same experience with Holland America's Veendam. Ship was delayed in... read more

    12 users found this review helpful.
  • Jenny McCutcheon  Veendam  Boston to Quebec City

    Never again will my husband and I cruise with Holland America. My husband had 6 kidney stone attacks while on this ship. I had a horrible experience trying to get help to get him off the ship to... read more

    6 users found this review helpful.
  • Botsford  Oosterdam  southern route

    Prior to sailing my husband called Holland American at their 800 number and spoke with a C/S/R, regarding our upcoming trip to Alaska aboard the Oosterdam. The rep. told his that we were... read more

    17 users found this review helpful.
  • James  Noordam  Departing Barcelona

    After arriving in Barcelona and getting ready for an 11 night cruise, we are off to a very rough start. Food was fair. Seems to be bland and unseasoned so as to not affect the stomachs of... read more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • Bob M  Statendam  Vancouver - Seward

    This was our 7th cruise but first with HAL. Many operational issues from reservations not knowing things about the ship and cabins to on board customer service that was poor to say the... read more

    15 users found this review helpful.
  • Sue  Noordam  Western Mediterranean

    I took an 11-day (5/18-5/29) cruise on Noordam of Holland America that was scheduled to stop at Tunis, Tunisia, the only port I hadn't been. It was at sea on 5/20. I left my... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Phillip STIRTON  Volendam  singapore to singapre

    The cruise commenced and ended in Singapore and was overall very enjoyable even given the illness issue. The ship itself is probably showing its age somewhat which is more apparent if you have... read more

    14 users found this review helpful.
  • Philip Haggerty  Statendam  South America

    An interesting and somewhat unique itinerary on a dated, but well run ship. The high ratio of sea days to port days was an aspect we liked. Average food for a cruise line. The Pinnacle... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.

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