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4.4

with grandchildren by gary66

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

I like the older style ships over the newer style. I like that I can go find a seat in the common area and be able to look down over side, and not have to walk outside to look down over the side.

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Nice cruise by guarotem

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Alaska

Nice ship. Not so much to do on the ship for young adults. They forgot my mom's birthday even after many requests....

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5.0

Absolutely Brilliant by worldtraveler1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: South America

This is my second time to Antarctica and it was an even better experience than my first time.  Sunny for 2 whole days, sea like glass.  The "expedition team" put on by HAL included a naturalizt who was related to one of Scott's deceased explorers from 1912, and three others associated with the National Science Foundation's Antarctic reserach.  At least 4 hours of lectures every sea day as well as organized bird watching every morning kept the mind active.  To those peple who complain that some of the port cities of Argetina, Chile and Uraguay are run down, I say "duh!"  They are port cities.  They are not St. Thomas.  And to those who spent the days in Antarctica sitting in the hot tub on the Lido deck or pigging out in the buffet, I have to ask why you wasted your money.

 

This cruise is for those who want to immerse themselves in the wilds of the Soth Atlantic and to travel in the footsteps of the explorers of 100 years ago.  I walked over 10 miles per day on deck, and took over 2000 pictures, mostly south of 60 degrees south.  There were some old fogeys, as on all cruises, but after 2300hrs in the Crow's Nest, there were probably 50 or so people in their 20s and 30s.

 

This is a cruise of a lifetime - the ship was immaculate, the serving staff attentive as always.  Do it.

 

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Zaandam a lovely ship by mhudak357

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Although I had an exceptional vacation, and would recommend the Zaandam for it's excellent voyage itinerary, more intimate size, tasteful cuisine and nicely appointed rooms and public areas; the cruise was not without faults.  Although as individuals I believe the 'international' staff tried to be professional, pleasant and accommodating, the (more than one incidence) language barrier made for less than expected experiences.  Some of the 'classes' were very poorly presented, either because presenters were ill prepared or could not articulate (why put a staff member in that position?)  It was also quite noticeable that if a mere question was asked concerning an off ship detail that was not Holland related, the staff suddenly had no knowledge to share. Word of wisdom, be sure to check your statement for errors the last night on the ship - the line at the service counter was quite long and sometimes 'vocal'.

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4.0

7 day Mexico Cruise by GTVCRUISER

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Mexico

This was my 5th cruise on the Zaandam and this cruise gave me 200 days with Holland America. We saw a lot of whales and dolphins in the Cabo San Lucas area

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Adventures in South America by tlwehagen

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: South America

I would recommend this cruise to people. However, I would provide a training course on how to survive it without getting frustrated.

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Incredible South American travel experience by emartin53

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This 33 day cruise was perfect. It was hard to return to reality where I actually had to make my bed, cook my food and do my laundry. I have so many wonderful memories and made some new friends. I would do it again and want to go on another long cruise in the near future.

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4.9

Holland always a great trip by joevike

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Holland does a great job overall the ship is super clean and the staff VERY much focused on the people on board

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3.9

Jumped ship in PC by we3peas

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Zaandam

Very easy to leave a day early as we were cleared in Bar Harbor. Walked off with luggage and in my car 6 minutes later. Home in 35 minutes. Best embarkation ever.

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4.4

Canada and New England Fall colors by Lonestar53

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

This was a repositioning cruise from Montreal to Ft Lauderdale. This was a great cruise for us. I enjoyed the 3 days at sea sailing down to Florida, it provides some relaxing time to unwind and enjoy the trip. I highly recommend Holland America, however, be aware that it is definitely an older crowd. There were only 3 children under the age of 13 and then the next youngest was probably in their late 20s traveling with family. I would guess the average age of all passengers was probably in their late 70s.

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OK, not the best cruise or service received of our 5 HAL Cruises since 2008 by TuneyGA

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Unhappy with service from Delta . Misleading naming since it is an independent travel agent. Also Booked accommodations were not as anticipated. Required additional expense to upgrade. Airport transfers were not included with flight bookings.

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4.3

Lots to do by PDCruiser

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

First cruise, liked it, didn't love it, didn't hate it. Had a good time with family/friends. Used wrist bands for nausea suppression, seemed to work well. Not much (almost no) autumn color -- luck of the draw. Weather cooler than most people seemed to have expected. Orange night was weak. Gala nights (2) seemed designed to increase photo sales. Enjoyed Acadia and Canada. Navigator app worked well enough (airplane mode, wifi on while on ship to access this app, app doesn't really provide anything when disembarked.)

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4.5

Great way to see eastern Canada by derryman

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam

This was a very good, relaxing and cost effective way to travel to the places that we visited.

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Fantastic!! 5 STAR across the board!! by scotwill

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

5 Star experience across the board!! Highly recommend to anyone who wants to visit the Northeast and Canada. Most of the cruisers with us were older and almost no kids. Food was fantastic, everything and everyone was just awesome!! Thank you Zaandam crew!

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early fall getaway by rabbitrunnfarm

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

we booked last minute (2 weeks prior to sailing) Had a great time. we drove to montreal-apx 625 miles from Wooster Ohio. We will cruise Holland America again. We liked the size of ship-like our 1st cruise in 1991. Been on a couple of mega ships-4000 pass.- we perfer the 1500 pass. size.

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3.8

Bad start by suej13

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Enjoyable except for first day. Never go on the Zaandam unless it has been completely overhauled. They had the same problem last year where people had to be bused

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More like a 6 night cruise by aconners63

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

I know emergencies happen, but it should have been handled differently. HAL did not care one bit about the passengers. There were many elderly and guests with special needs. No questions were asked. If you did not get on the school bus you were completely out of luck. No water - and 1 stop at a rest area after 2 hours. Many busses were there and the lines were long. This final impression of the cruise does not reflect well on HAL.

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4.5

Nice cruise if you want to relax. by gisforgoddess

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Very sleepy cruise. Lovely ship, good food however Main Dining Room service was very slow with long pauses between courses.

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4.6

Wonderful New England/Canadian trip by vhemphill

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Great cruise with ports. Staff was friendly but seemed fake by most. I guess that’s what to expect when they are on the ships for months. Missing family I’m sure and working long days

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Excellent cruise. Food delicious. Ports very nice. Side tours very good. by MMiller

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Zaandam / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Very happy with the cruise, Plenty of sitting area. O\Poo; ans hot tub nice.

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