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4.6 out of 5

Chilean Fjords Adventure by formerhusker

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Could not have asked for a better cruise experience.

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5 out of 5

A Symphony of surprises and delights... by paliuli7

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This voyage was a true banquet for the senses! It was beyond any reasonable expectations and offered surprises and delights for a lifetime never to be forgotten. Each crew member not only performed above and beyond but genuinely expressed appreciation for our presence on 'their ship'. Holland America is to be commended for offering this particular sailing opportunity.

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3.3 out of 5

Antartica wonderful, cruise OK by bkfitzgerald123

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Antarctica was wonderful, rest of cruise good, food OK to poor, service OK

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3.6 out of 5

Excellent Itinerary by rorybailey

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Great itinerary. Ship was something to be desired to say the least. But we were in it for destinations so took it with a grain of salt. Service was great. Made it out to Cape Horn- that doesn't always happen on this type of itinerary.

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4.4 out of 5

Excellent Glacier Viewing Cruise by bwozman

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Excellent Cruise on a smaller cruise ship. Excellent Itinerary. Right amount of Ports versus Cruise Days. Amazing sailing through Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel with all of its Glaciers. We had a GREAT time!

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4.8 out of 5

Great cruise, interesting mix of ports, overall very good value for money! by bzilg1

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Overall, very good iterinary, good choice of excursions, great staff and service. Overall, a great time and very good value for money.

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4.9 out of 5

My Alaskan Cruise and Land Adventure by pkshouse

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Me and my friends had a great time and really enjoyed it. The food was great, the service was fantastic. The side trips were really great. The land trip part was fantastic as well.

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4.4 out of 5

Great Alaskan cruise, must see Glacier Bay! by KellyAlaska

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Overall, we would do this cruise again in a heartbeat. One note: we had no rain the entire week, which probably allowed for a much greater experience. But we'd do it again, even with rain!

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Trip! by dyounggirl

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The package we booked included lots of amenities, so we had a wonderful time without worrying about any of the details.  Alaska is indeed the last frontier, and was interesting to visit.  It is sad, however, that the glaciers are receding. I was disappointed that Glacier Bay was not the winter wonderland I expected.  The ports we visited were quaint and interesting to explore.  We enjoyed the rafting experience to the eagle preserve on Haines, gold panning and a salmon bake on Juno, and a self-guided tour of Ketchikan.  The cruise through the Inside Passage was breathtakingly beautiful! Entertainment on the ship was top notch and varied.  Food was delicious!  Our veranda room was spacious and had lots of storage spaces.  The bed was oh so comfy!  The bathroom was worn and could use some freshening up.  Staff were attentive and friendly.  Would definitely recommend this ship and itinerary to others.

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4 out of 5

Good time with the trip by zzhao00333

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Our family of 5 had this trip last week and it was a great experience with this trip. The major good point are the food in the upper deck (Lido). We are vegetarians and tried the food in the dining room. The food in the dining room (5th deck) is OK but can be better, particularly when compared our experience with other cruise lines. The design of the ship, and the arrangement of the trip as well as the embarkation and disembarkation, are good. The shows are mediocre and the movies are old stuff. It can be better. But the shopping onboard is also good, better than expected. As always, the photos are ripoff. Overall, it is a good time.

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2 out of 5

HAL EXPERIENCE CONTINUES DOWNHILL SPIRAL by thomnh

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The entire staff was great as always. However, with each cruise activities have been either cut back or eliminated. None of the changes experienced have been positive. All seen as cost cutting measures. Most fellow travelers have voiced there similar displeasure. HAL status along cruise lines has dropped considerably and many seasoned travelers will look elsewhere.

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5 out of 5

21 Day South America and Antarctica by jequetta

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Seeing Antarctica and the Chilean fjords was amazing! The weather was great and the scenery is unbelievable. Perfect size ship for this cruise.

Be prepared for many days at sea. The ship offers lectures from naturalists and people who have actually lived in Antarctica.   

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5 out of 5

Jan 10 2017 passenger by brucetbennett

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Beautiful weather and ports.  Falkland was great site to see penguins. Three perfect days cruising Antarctica, saw whalea, dolpains, seals, ice and Icebergs.   They have four Antarctica experts aboard ship that gave great informational  briefs so we knew what we were seeing.  Drake passage a little rocky. Last three Chilean stops could have been better.  Overall, a once in a lifetime experiencr.

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4 out of 5

Ed & Gail Quinnan- Zaandam- S. America/Antarctica :Jan.10-31, 2017 by equinnan

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This was a magnificent cruise indeed. Great food and wonderful service as we have come to expect from HA. My favorite part was the Antarctic landing excursion and the beauty of the Chilean fiords. Argentinian Patagonia looked like hills east of San Diego.

 

As two star mariners and approaching three stars we had hoped to be offered a suite upgrade to a Neptune Suite and never were. We met people on the ship who were offered that upgrade with no Mariner status at all and for a few thousand dollars more...

 

The most disappointing (and annoying part) of the cruise was that our Vista stateroom, 7069 was directly below the Lido Deck smoking area. It was not the smoke that was the problem, but the constant scraping of the deck chairs literaly above our bed in the stateroom. We had a hard time sleeping in the morning and in the end wore ear plugs. The acoustics of the stateroom and the metal chairs on a steel deck were surprising loud. We asked the concierge several time to consider moving the area to the port side which had the same chair setup, but no one ever sat there- the smokers were always moving chairs except when sea conditions were bad. So the noise only stopped after midnight. We were disappointed that the staff did not address our concerns. We were placated with apologies, but no action...

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5 out of 5

Zaandam-Antarctica by johnlybarger

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Four beautiful days in Antarctica--sunny, mild, lots of ice! Penguins, penguins, and more. Saw glaciers, icebergs as big as the ship, Antarctic research stations, and penguins. Outstanding lectures and commentary by an Expeditions team who had worked with the National Science Foundation in Ant.  Whales on the way. Rounded Cape Horn. Falkland islands weather great, more penguins. Tours of Chile and Argentina ports were good. High winds did stop two of the water tours to see fauna. More penguins in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Nice visit to ranch in Buenos Aires. I would recommend this cruise to anyone interested in the southern region

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3 out of 5

Good but not great by Esmith42

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The ports of call were good.  Sailing was fine. Onboard activities were limited. Food was fine. Clearly the cruising business has changed in the last year or two. Entertainment time of 45 minutes appeared shorter than on other cruises. Entertainers were good.

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5 out of 5

Great Cruise by donhrdina

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My favorite excursions of the cruise was the Falkland Islands. The 4 wheel drive to see the King penguins were awesome. It was great to be able to get close to the penguins and I really felt I was in a special place. My next favorite excursion was see the amazing rapids /water falls and Valcano in Puerto Mont. But the rest of the sights were also pretty great. On the boat staff was very friendly and attentive. In the Lido buffet both management and staff definately focused on details and it showed. They had an interesting series of workshops during the trip, called Digital workshops, which were traing classes on varius windows topics. While I consider my self, pretty up to date, i always seemed to pick up something new. I had a really good trip and am greatful for all there efforts and would highly recommend this trip for consideration.

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5 out of 5

Best way to see Alaska by marysaxton

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Excellant service and the best view of Alaska. The land/sea tour is the only to really know and see Alaska. Seeing wildlife in Denali is a lifetime experience not to be missed.

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5 out of 5

First Time Cruisers by jpapuga

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The cruise was great! Food very good! The art auction is fun; we did not plan on buying any but did and it looks great at home. Wifi was terrible and expensive. I received a partial refund; thought I deserved a full refund but did not push it. If you should book a southbound cruise and plan to stay in Fairbanks or Denali before the cruise, remember, planes into Fairbanks generally arrive between 10.00 pm and 2.00 am, then you board a bus or train very early the next morning. Plan to stay in Fairbanks for a couple of extra nights, rent a car and explore a little. Might even have to do this one again. The Zaandam is a smaller ship; make is much nicer.

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3 out of 5

Review - Zaandam / Sep 11, 2016 / 7-Night Glacier Discovery Northbound (Vancouver to Seward) by lauralahman

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Glacier Bay was by far the highlight of the trip for me.  Since there are 2-days at sea, the on-board ship activities seemed redundant & could use some refresh.

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