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February 2020 - 21 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer/Wayfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Koningsdam

Great HAL Cruise As Always!!!

HAL came through again with excellent service, food, music & excursions. We are looking forward to our next cruise. We love the Pinnacle Class ships & look forword to sailing on the Ryndam.

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Nieuw Statendam

April 2019 - 21 Night Azores Normandy & Norwegian Fjords (Ft. Lauderdale To Amsterdam) Cruise on Nieuw Statendam

Great cruise on a wonderful new ship.

Holland America did not disappoint. Great food, service & entertainment.

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December 2018 - 10 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Zuiderdam

Always Special

Exceptional service, food, music & excursions. Eka, Swampu & Ronald provided that exceptional service in the dining room.

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Nieuw Amsterdam

September 2018 - 22 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (Vancouver To Ft. Lauderdale) Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

From North To South Through The Panama Canal

We have only sailed on Holland America & will continue as long as we can find new destinations on their newer ships. They excel in service, music, quality of food & the excursions they offer.

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April 2018 - 12 Night Mediterranean Tapestry (Barcelona To Venice) Cruise on Oosterdam

Great ports with only two days of cruising

Great stops on the cruise to a wide variety of places with wonderful local food & beverages. Holland America provides a great experience.

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April 2017 - 28 Night Azores Normandy & Baltic Adventure (Ft. Lauderdale To Copenhagen) Cruise on Zuiderdam

Enjoyable Cruising.

The crossing was very relaxing and it was smooth sailing. Some very intresting ports.

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Nieuw Amsterdam

October 2015 - 14 Night Gems Of Spain & Mediterranean Discovery (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

Our First Cruise

This was our first cruise & we were hooked. We love everything about Holland America.

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Cruise tips

Grand Turk Island

We had a wonderful tour of the island with another couple in a van. The driver was Moses a retired police officer who was very informative. We would highly recommend him.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

We went snorkeling at the Divi Flamingo. Unbelievable fish, probably the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. After going back to the ship to change we went to the Brewery to drink some excellent Dutch beer.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

We went on a HAL excursion which took us to both the French & Dutch side of the island. It was very interesting & it was a small bus which is much nicer than the big buses. We had several stops to take pictures & to have a light lunch. A great way to see the island.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Four of us had a great tour on an open-air van driven by Elvis (yes Elvis). He took us around the island & to the highest point for some great pictures. This was one of several picturing taking stops. He also provided a lot of information about the island

Bridgetown, Barbados

Went on another HAL excursion around the island & stopped at two Rum distilleries - Mount Gay & Foursquare. Mount Gay had better rum & more tastings.

Fort-De-France, Martinique

I went snorkeling here. There were far fewer fish than in Bonaire. However, on the first stop we were able to enter the entrance to a cave which was full of bats. The ocean floor was much different than Bonaire which made it very interesting. On the second stop I was able to follow a sea turtle for about 10 minutes. The turtle did not seem to be afraid of snorkelers.

Willemstad, Curacao

After crossing the Queen Emma pontoon bridge we took in the sites around town. We then went to the Renaissance Hotel to have drinks & lunch at their sand beach & infinity pool on the second floor of the hotel - a must see!!!

Basseterre, St. Kitts

HAL was not allowed to dock here because of the virus. They tried Antigua as an alternate, but again the ship was not allowed to dock. Consequently, we had another sea day.

Oranjestad, Aruba

We have been here before so we took in some of the local sites & then had some Balashi beer & lunch at the 3 Brothers BBQ - very appetizing.

Castries, St. Lucia

Our last HAL excursion. This was a 30-45 minute drive to the rain forest where we viewed it from an aerial tram. This was memorable.



There is a lot of useful information on the Navigator.

Oslo, Norway

Took the Hop On, Hop Off bus. Another very interesting town.

Flaam, Norway

Took the train up & down the mountain. Great views & picture taking opportunties. The ship seems to dock right in town & the train station is about 100 yards away. Great meal & beer at the local microbrewery.

Cruise Sognefjord

It was a rainy day so we just took a short walk. No need for a bus or shuttle, everything is near the ship.

Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam

The later you have dinner the more relaxed things are.

Cherbourg, France

Went on a bus excursion - Normandy Flavors. Stopped at the Capelle Cider House & tasted Calvados.

Palermo, Sicily

Carriage ride around town with Joseph our driver who seemed to know everyone. Enjoyed gelato & locally made wine.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The ship was unable to dock in Monte Carlo. We were tendered to Villefrance. A really cool little town. We had beer & lunch with the locals.

Olbia, Sardinia

We took a tender to get ashore & walked around the area. Nice seafood lunch & wine.

Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful city with great restaurants. Viewed the city by Hop On, Hop Off bus & walking.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

Once off the ship we met Marco & he took us sightseeing in his van. There were 5 of us & Marco was very informative & made sure to get us back to the ship on time. The highlight was seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Naples, Italy

We used the Hop On, Hop Off bus to see the sites. What a beautiful city.

Gibraltar (U.K.)

The best tour we went on. Six of us viewed the island by van driven by a local resident who we met once ashore. Going to the top of "The Rock" & inside of it was the highlight of the tour.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Met a local ashore who drove 6 of us into & around Rome in a van with stops at key locations. Pizza & wine for lunch.

Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam

If you need to see the ship's doctor it is not inexpensive. However, you can submit the bill to your insurance company when you return home.

Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany

Went on a tour to Wismer & walked around the town which went back to the 1200's. Viewed building damage still remaing from WWII. The tour also included a stop at a local brewery where we sampled 3 different beers. The brewmaster also explained his brewing process. After the tour we walked around Warnemunde. A beautiful seaport with interesting shops adjacent to where the ship docked. Before we returned to the ship we had beer & hotdogs. This was a mistake because when we returned to the ship the Lido Deck around the pool area was offering German food & beer & we were too full to partake,

Helsinki, Finland

This was a boat & bus tour. The people were friendly as in all of the countries we visited. The only negative thing was that the stay in Finland was very short.

Stockholm, Sweden

Hop On, Hop Off Bus tour. WE also walked around a bit & had lunch at Kunggallen. THe food was very good & the waitress refused a tip in Euros or dollars. She stated unlike the United States they are well paid & thanked us for the offer.WE also walked through a food mall that was just amazing. We were in Stockholm for two days & on the second day we took a canal tour, walked around a park & went to the ABBA museum.

Tallinn, Estonia

Took the Hop On, Off Bus at the pier & we also walked around town. The old city was very unique with beautiful buildings & interesting shops. We had lunch at the Beer House Brewery. A flight of beer had 8 samples which were 6-8 ounces. We ordered a large pretzel which was made to order, latkes & bratwurst. Would love to go back to Tallinn for several days.

Kiel, Germany

We had booked a tour, but didn't go because we weren't feeling well. By noon we were good to go & walked into Kiel following the "Blue Line" on the sidewalk from the port to town. We were able to connect to the internet at Starbucks. Note: We didn't make a purchase, just sat at their outdoor area.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The shuttle to town was 10 Euros each. This was a COSTCO Tour & we had a very difficult time finding the starting point for the bus tour. However, the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour was well worth it. After the tour we walked into a very small establishment, Monten, for something to eat. The owner, Jasper, informed us that he did not serve food, but encouraged us to stay & have a local beer. All of the patrons were very friendly.

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

The ship spent two days here & we had an 8 hour tour each day. There was a different guide each day, they were very informative & spoke perfect English. The weather was sunny & cold which did nothing to take away from this fantastic two days. This was a Holland America tour which was on the expensive side, but was well worth it.



If you take the better insurance offered for your cruise & you are unable to go on a Holland America tour because of health issues no matter how minor you will receive a refund.



This really applies to all ships. If you are flying home from Europe plan to fly the day after docking. Removes a lot of stress & provides some time in the disembarkation port. Also there is no need to rush off of the ship & there is time to have breakfast in the dining room.

Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium

Took the Holland America tour. A very beautiful, historical city. There was too little time explore, shop & eat on our own. The guide over explained everything. This is the beer capitol of the world. Another place we hope to see again this year.

Cherbourg, France

It was a rainy & cold day. We didn't see much, but had a nice sandwich & glass of wine where locals eat. Hopefully we will be going back this year & will have better weather.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Another COSTCO tour. Our tickets indicated that the tour started at 12:00 noon, but when we found the tour office they informed us that there was no 12:00 noon tour. The tour office did provide us with Hop On, Hop Off Tickets for a bus & canal tour. Very interesting city & tour. We had lunch in the Red Light District at Mata Hari with a variety of local foods.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Very nice tour of the island booked through COSTCO. There were only 8 people on the tour which is much better than being ona big bus. The guide was very informative. COSTCO tours are less expensive than Holland America tours. The only problem is that you need to locate the starting point for their tours which is not always easy. With Holland America tours, it is always clear where there tours start. Usually at the pier where the ship is docked.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Took the shuttle to town & entered the castle area/Old Town which was surrounded by a wall. A very unique experience. We booked a tour of the area by van with two other couples. The guide, Zorin, was very friendly & made the tour very intresting. He would stop at different locations & take our pictures with our cellphones. We went through an area where the Game of Thrones is filmed which also looked down upon the city. We were quite high up. This tour & tour guide were a real find. However, we ate at a restaurant which advertised that it took credit cards, but when we went to pay they said the machine was broken. For a very basic lunch they would take $81.00 U.S. or $74.00 in Kona. We paid in Kona after I found a money exchange which are everywhere. By the way, they do not except Euros & there is a charge for public restrooms (about $2.00 per person).

Barcelona, Spain

The Sagreda Familia is a must see. Be sure to go to the top of one of the open towers. Before you return to the ship have lunch where the locales eat. We did not book this through Holland America. We purchased our tickets online about two months before the cruise. The church is a short cab ride from the port.

Taormina, Sicily

We saw the sights on a "CityBySee" bus. If I had it to do over again I would have taken the Hop On, Hop Off bus because there was a lot of waiting for our bus as several Hop On, Hop Off buses went by. The tour took us on very narrow roads to the highest point in the area with spectacular views.

Kotor, Montenegro

Took a tender to shore. The ship was in port only 4 or 5 hours. Took a Hop On, Hop Off bus. Very nice tour of the area. Took a short walk around the walled in area.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Since we had been to Rome previously, we took the shuttle to Civitavecchia. We attended mass in a very old church & had lunch with the locals. The owner of the restaurant waited on us & treated us like family.

Marseille (Provence), France

We took a shuttle bus to the center of town & rode the Hop On, Hop Off bus. Although in France, we had an Italian meal for lunch.

Naples, Italy

This was a Holland America tour to Pompei, Sorrento & Capri. Tour was by bus & high speed boat. The tour guide made the excursion special & each location was very different & had something interesting to offer. Would highly recomend.

Venice, Italy

This is where we disembarked & stayed in Mestre for several days. We took a boat tour of the Venice area the first afternoon which stopped at several small slands. We spent the next day walking around Venice & had a gondola ride. The next day we spent in Mestre & ate at a restaurant (IL Pelco) where our server was also the chef & co-owner. On the last day we flew from Verona on Norwegian Air back to Florida.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

We had to take a tender from the ship to the port. We took our own walking tour which may be too many steps for some people. There were beautiful gardens & spectacular views of the city. Once again we had lunch where the locals dine.

Corfu, Greece

We took the Hop On, Hop Off bus which provided a good overview of the sights & history of the city. We ate lunch at a restaurant (Bellissimo) recommended by one of the tour people aboard ship. Lunch was a sampling of different greek foods.



There are several different newspapers (really newsletters such as the New York Times) printed each day. You can request to have one or more sent to your cabin each morning by notifying the front desk when you embark.

Huelva, Spain

It was a rainy day & we took a shuttle into town & back to the ship without getting off. The guide on the bus was very informative.

Barcelona, Spain

Took a cab to the Sagreda Familia. Fantastic church which we toured & went to the top of one of the towers. Rode an elevator up & had to walk down 400 steps. Lunch at a local restaurant. Sampled local beer & wine.

Cartagena, Spain

Very short stay & a 10 minute walk from the ship. Had breakfast at a local restaurant. Very nice waterfront area.

Malaga, Spain

Took a bus to town - $5.00 for a round trip. Walked around town - beautiful flowers & parks. Lunch at a local restaurant. Sampled local beer & wine.

Funchal, Madeira

Walked around town & had lunch at a local restaurant. Sampled local beer & wine.

Lisbon, Portugal

Went on a bus tour of Lisbon & Estoril. Lunch at a local restaurant. Sampled local beer & wine.



If you want to tour the Sagrada Familia which you shouldn't miss, buy your tickets online before several months prior to sailing. If you buy tickets at the church you may wait in line for several hours.

Oranjestad, Aruba

The ship docks in town so we just walked around since we had been there previously & had taken tours & went to the beach. Couldn't pass up the local beer since it was a hot day.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Free shuttle to tourist shops & cafes. Nice jade & silver jewelry. Local beer wasn't bad & there was free internet.

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

The water was too rough to use the tenders to go ashore. We were scheduled for a tour of the rain forest which we received a refund for.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

Vancouver is a very tourist friendly port. THe Hop On, Hop Off buses are a great way to see the city & learn its history. The Yaletown Section & the Gas Town Section had nice microbreweries.

Seattle, Washington

Very short stay in Seattle. Pike's Market was a must see, especially the fish throw. It was Sunday & we had breakfast a the market which was top shelf - one of us had a bagel & lox & the other one of us had a crab omlet. The driver of the shuttle bus to the market provided a brief history & tour of the city.

Huatulco, Mexico

Land & sea tour. The boat ride showcased beautiful beaches. The guide on the bus was very interesting as well as infomative.

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

Very short walk from the ship to the village. A real third world impoverished country. There was also internet available if you purchased food or a beverage. Couldn't pass up a local beer.

Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam

Elevators at the front & the back of the ship are less crowded than elevators in the middle of the ship.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

Best snorkeling in the world. Also a nice microbrewery that's about a year old a short distance from the ship.



Utilize the dining room for breakfast & lunch when possible.

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