Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Holland America Line
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08-22-2007, 05:18 PM
JC 49's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Utica, New York (Upstate)
Posts: 46
Default
We are going on Holland America for our first time on the Maasdam Oct 30,07 for a 10 day Carribean voyage. We are experience cruisers,(15), just wondering how Holland compares to other lines. Our favorite line at present is Princess,also been on Carnival, Cunard, MSC, American Hawaii and the old Italian Lines. Went on the MSC Lirica last Spring and loved it. Just wondering about some tips and thoughts. We like the smaller ships compared to the mega ships. Am looking foward to our cruise and hope for favorable,(or not),suggestions about Holland. Thanks, JC
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 08-22-2007, 07:47 PM
f-mattox's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Posts: 4,740
Default
Hello JC 49; we are long-time Princess loyalists who broke ranks and did a Baltic cruise in June on Veendam; not because of any dissatisfaction with Princess, but partly because of the itinerary and partly because we took my 91-year-old mother and wanted a smaller ship then Star Princess.

We were completely happy with Veendam, sister to Massdam. We heard the reports that HAL was for older cruisers, and my wife and I being in our mid-sixties, that was fine with us. But we also took our 24-year-old son; and all three generations had a great time; activities and entertainments for all ages.

We all agreed the food was a cut above Princess in taste, variety and presentation. The buffet was much better; not just the food, but the way it was organized. Even when it was busy it never felt "crowded".

The staff and crew was very friendly and efficient; even more so than Princess. And the ship was very nice, although not as elegant, and at times, not kept as clean as the Princess ships.

We in particular liked the size of the ship and the complete absence of crowding--even at debarkation, which can be hellish on some Princess ships.

One disadvantage of Veendam's size, and the one thing that might preclude us from sailing on her or another ship in her class, is the absence of balconies in any cabins other than suites. We love the mini-suites on Princess and the only thing comparable on Veendam is much more expensive. Having said that, we were completely happy with our oceanview on Veendam, considering it was a port-intensive and cool weather cruise like the Baltic.

So we were very pleased with HAL and will certainly consider them in our future cruise planning.

have a wonderful cruise.
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 08-23-2007, 02:47 PM
JC 49's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Utica, New York (Upstate)
Posts: 46
Default
Hi f-mattox,
Thanks for the info. We too are Princess fans, plus if you stay with the same line you can get more amenities. I'm surprised you didn't go with a Verandah Suite, on our cruise the difference isn't that much. Besides I learned in 1975 on the Achilles Lauro not to stay inside, my preference is if I don't have a balcony I'm not going, but we've stayed in ocean view cabins and been very happy.
We too are taking this cruise because of the itnerary,( some islands we have not been to), time of year, we like longer cruises 10+ days, and to try Holland. We have heard some really good reports about Holland and we are sooo glad to hear your report. We also like the size of the ship, last spring we went on the MSC Lirica and loved it, from what I see they are about the same size ships. Thanks again and will let you know about our trip.
JC
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 08-23-2007, 06:25 PM
f-mattox's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Posts: 4,740
Default
Hello again; the price structure must be different on your cruise because on ours the difference between the BB Verandah suite and the FF Oceanview we booked was about $1100.00 pp, more than we wanted to spend. I'm sold on balconies also, but I just didn't think we would get that much use out of it on this cruise--and as it turns out, I was right.
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 08-26-2007, 05:48 AM
JC 49's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Utica, New York (Upstate)
Posts: 46
Default
F-Mattox, I see your point, we would have taken the oceanview also. Thanks again for the info.
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 08-28-2007, 08:29 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 3
Default
i am taking my mother on her first cruise with holland america in october and she too lives in ilion!!!! i graduated in 1988!!
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-01-2007, 06:13 PM
JC 49's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Utica, New York (Upstate)
Posts: 46
Default
ketkel, Hi, thats great, are you on the same cruise????? I grad from Ilion in !967, am retired now and looking for work. I'm sure you will have a great time. We really like Princess Lines, from what we've heard Holland is better. We will see, been on 15 cruises before on a variety of ships, HAVEN'T HAD A BAD CRUISE YET!!!!!!!!! JC
 
Closed Thread

Tags
ff, maasdam

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Maasdam stevero25 Holland America Line 10 11-18-2007 06:00 PM
Maasdam 9/22 Karen Knowlton Holland America Line 3 08-21-2005 07:49 PM
maasdam normac Holland America Line 0 07-30-2005 03:02 PM
maasdam normac Holland America Line 0 07-24-2005 02:04 PM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:17 PM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2