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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

  • 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

    1 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

    2 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

    2 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

    1 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

  • GARRY ASHBY  Maasdam  Brazil

    We joined a 49 day cruise mid-way in Rio for its remaining 26 days. We experienced great food, an interesting itinerary, and outstanding service. We have been on more than a dozen HAL cruises and... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • david seydler  Westerdam  alaska

    the ship looked great and our neptune room was nice but our toilet would not flush and sewer gas could be smelled almost all the time.the first two days they kept working on it and pronounced it... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Robert  Nieuw Amsterdam  Western Caribbean

    Excellent cruise: Weather, ship, food, service all wonderful. Precruise stay in Ft. Lauderdale at the Hyatt, 17th st. location. Embarkation was easy, made it to our stateroom by 12:15, then had... read more

    12 users found this review helpful.
  • Rick  Nieuw Amsterdam  West Caribbean

    We had paid for 2 weeks of cruising, but left the ship after one week, forfeiting nearly $4000 rather than remaining on board for another week. We had previously cruised with Holland America &... read more

    15 users found this review helpful.
  • Konstantinos  Ryndam  Greek Isles

    HAL Ryndam: an excellent cruise. This is a too lengthy review of only a short (seven-day) cruise, but it reflects our enjoyment and satisfaction from it. It was a cruise in the... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • Susan Shane  Volendam  Alaskan Cruise

    This was our first cruise to Alaska which we boarded in Vancouver. It was awesome and fantastic. We were on the Volendam and I know that there last cruise on the Alaskan route is September 24th.... read more

    22 users found this review helpful.
  • Linda  Prinsendam  Celtic Adventure

    We are 4 star HAL cruisers. Was on Prinsendam from Singapore to Beijing and Beijing to Osaka. This was when HAL introduced her as a new ship! After our initial disappointment, we grew to love... read more

    8 users found this review helpful.
  • Mike  Westerdam  Caribbean

    Like many others have sald, Holland isn't a premium line like Celebrity any more, sort of a middle of the pack one. Bad customer support, as bought a watch on the cruise that had problems, and... read more

    6 users found this review helpful.
  • STEPHEN HORNBY  Volendam  Alaska

    All in all not an experience we would want to repeat. Mediocre food. Very nice cabin. Kept very clean by the young Balinese staff Did not care for the entertainment.... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Rachel  Oosterdam  Alaska

    This cruise is definitely more for older people...the quality in the rooms was poor- granted it is 10 years old..there is nothing Dutch about it....it's a shame all the Dutch traditions are... read more

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • John Henry  Amsterdam  Alaska

    This was a 3 day cruise from Vancouver to Skagway and 12 day land tour thru Alaska. Everything was okay except for the train trip from Denali to Anchorage. It was on the McKinley Explorer train... read more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • PHILLIP STIRTON  Oosterdam  sydney to seattle

    A thoroughly enjoyable voyage with excellent service and amenities. overall very good. MS OOSTERDAM 13 APRIL 2013 23 DAY VOYAGE FROM SYDNEY VIA... read more

    17 users found this review helpful.
  • David   Nieuw Amsterdam  Barcelona to Venice

    I tend to like smaller ships but the Nieuw Amsterdam (2000+ passengers) was well organized and comfortable. The ship is relatively new and beautiful, and the service is very good. Overall... read more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • David   Nieuw Amsterdam  Barcelona to Venice

    I tend to like smaller ships but the Nieuw Amsterdam (2000+ passengers) was well organized and comfortable. The ship is relatively new and beautiful, and the service is very good. Overall... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • David   Nieuw Amsterdam  Barcelona to Venice

    I tend to like smaller ships but the Nieuw Amsterdam (2000+ passengers) was well organized and comfortable. The ship is relatively new and beautiful, and the service is very good. Overall... read more

  • David   Nieuw Amsterdam  Barcelona to Venice

    I tend to like smaller ships but the Nieuw Amsterdam (2000+ passengers) was well organized and comfortable. The ship is relatively new and beautiful, and the service is very good. Overall... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • Marcella Caselton  Westerdam  inside passage

    This was my first cruise experience. I have always wanted to go to Alaska since I was a child so decided to do that first time on a cruise to be able to see a lot of the landscape. Overall the... read more

    8 users found this review helpful.
  • Faye Paul  Statendam  Panama Canal

    The Canal is the real point of this 2 week itinerary. It is one day but well worth the wait to see one of the wonders of the world. Ship had been updated so was looking very nice. It is a... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Helen Sladek  Veendam  South America

    My experience on this ship was very good. My reason for writing my comments is on the shore excursions offered by Holland America on this ship. All of the excursion were grossly over priced and not... read more

    13 users found this review helpful.
  • Maureen Norgate  Westerdam  Caribbean

    Summarizing our holiday I would say we had a good time but will not use HAL again. In our opinion not up to five star prices. Would suit families who like cruising and on a limited budget. I... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
 

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