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4 out of 5

Panama Canal Cruise by teddytoles

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We had a great time.  We enjoyed the canal and the islands.  We felt the food was not as good as times before.  The choices we limited and not cooked as well. The entertainment was limited to a few acts.  We probably won't travel on Holland America in the future due to a large number of elderly with scooters and walkers. I feel since I booked it through Delta the flight should have been a part of the package.

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5 out of 5

Classy ship, Excellent Crew by csmruss

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The itinerary of this cruise is just great, all of the ports were very interesting especially the Panama Canal stop.  The entire crew was helpful, courteous and polite to not just me but to other passengers as well.  Food was among the best I ever had on a cruise, tied Celebrity for #1 in taste and quality.  Cabin steward and his assistant were excellent. 

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5 out of 5

FIRST CLASS CRUISE! by mw352

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i WANT TO GIVE SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CABIN ATTENDANTS

(CABIN 8020).  THEY ARE BOTH GREAT AMBASSADORS

FOR HOLLAND AMERICA.   I SPECIFICALLY WROTE DOWN THEIR NAMES BUT

UNFORTUNATELY THEY GOT LOST SOMEWHERE ON MY RETURN

HOME.  ALSO THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE DAILY WINE TASTING

AND DINNER APPETIZERS .... THAT STAFF DID A GREAT JOB!

 

PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED ON FUTURE HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISES

BUT PREFERABLY OUT OF TAMPA.  OUR HOME IS CLOSER TO TAMPA

AND WE LIKE THAT ADDED CONVENIENCE OF NOT HAVING A LONG

DRIVE TO FORT LAUDERDALE.

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5 out of 5

Comfort Enjoy the tour by cy7279

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No noise overall the time with a beautiful classic music, good foods, excellent  services everywhere on board and even though , we' ve received some refund credit! So we are very satisfied  this cruise. This is our second time to join HAL, both time we fill good. We will recommend HAL to friends and we will focus to HAL for next tour!  Thanks to HAL!

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4 out of 5

Up the Canal Without a Paddle by candyarm1966

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The expectation of seeing the Panama Canal was not nearly as interesting as the information about the history and facts about the canal.  The Island Magic Steel Band was great and totally unexpected.

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4 out of 5

Excellent food and service, but the ship is a little tired by NaplesGirl

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Our cruise was filled with excellent dining experiences, delicious food, and superb service as we have come to expect from Holland America Lines.  

 

The Signature Suites are fantastic spacious rooms with lovely amenities.  A great value compared to the Neptune Suites, which are slightly larger, come with privileges of the Neptune Lounge, yet are significantly more expensive.  For a luxurious room at a lower price point, the Signature Suites are worth consideration. 

 

The Zuiderdam, however, is aging and looking a bit tired.  We understand it is scheduled for room renovations in the fall of 2017.  The private verandahs are showing rust and discoloration, and this is a bit of a disappointment.  See photos that I have attached which were taken of our verandah. 

 

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3 out of 5

Zuiderdam by dcasa40

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It was ok, not the best.  I had issues with the food, everything had seeds, nuts or mushrooms, onions, coconut. Esp the rolls they either had poppy, sesame, rye or something else on them, when asked for plain said have no more although the lido had plenty not the dining room. .  also lots of lamb and we don't eat lamb but the pool hambuger and hot dog & chicken place was very good. the pasta bar was ok too.

The ship is old and should go into drydock instead they bother passengers to come into cabin and maintain a/c and were on balcony scraping grinding and varnishing the railing.  Every day they had an area on ship closed off for maintenance. 

The shows were good and I liked the digital computer lab.

 

We definitely like royal Caribbean a whole lot better.  Probably won't sail on any of them anymore as my husband smokes and after Jan 4 no ship will have smoking on balcony except Costa and we don't care for them. He doesn't want to get dressed in the morning and go up to the pool bar to smoking area so we are done with cruising. Sad

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4 out of 5

1st time by hagsishere

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As a 1st time cruise it was great. We were looking to see if we could even go on a cruise w/out being seasick. We were also trying to get an impression of places for retirement possibilities, or places we might like to return to for longer visits.  We chose Holland mostly because of the smoking policy and the timeframe of the cruise worked for us. We didn't do any excursions other than where our feet could take us from the ports. I would do some things differently next time. There are plenty of other islands to check out and this still seems like the best value to see many places in 1 trip.Happy

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5 out of 5

great by hnugteren

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eating was one of the best things to do and the food was just out of this world.  I would recommend to others the same cruise. getting off and back on to the ship was a breeze. coming back on board with a cold drink and wet cloth was very nice and refreshing. was raining in Cartagena, we did not got off the ship, all tours were cancelled.

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4 out of 5

Review of our Holland America Cruise by cowens4673

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Very good time.  Great staff.   Excellent entertainment.  Creative and tasty food.  Really enjoyed the upgraded restaurant.  Wine packages were too expensive.

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5 out of 5

Great Cruise by tbwnewport

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Great accommodations. Friendly and professional crew and staff. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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3 out of 5

OK by belvaty

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my favorite part of cruse was going through the ditch.   the food was not as good as I thought it would be in fact I lost 10 lbs     the ship needed up dating ,there was rust  on our balconey, the upholstery was worn,the door separating our balconey from our neighbors was loose and raddled keeping us from getting good sleep,i came down with the flue/virus 2 days out went to see ships doctor who gave me antibiotics but the cost $250 approximately was excessive but I got better, the DVR did not work properly and the TV had limited channels,the room was very small but large balcony

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4 out of 5

Senior citizen friendly. by merimac39

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Our captain and crew stayed in touch with the passengers making us aware of anything and everything important for us to know.  Service and politeness of the staff and crew was very good and very much appreciated.

 

Loved the Exploration cafe Library, with wrap around windows for viewing and delicious drinks and treats, but also a wide range of books, puzzles, games and computers to be used.

 

Meals were delicious, and not overly fancy, comfort and ease was a huge part of the success of this voyage.

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5 out of 5

First ever cruise by normabarr

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Although I had no previous experience of a cruise I was delighted with the service, the entertainment and the overall friendliness of the staff.

My one recommendation is that there should be a more comprehensive guide on how to get about the ship, list of phone numbers to connect with the office, dining, spa etc.

It was nevertheless a wonderful relaxing and exhilarating 11 days from start to finish.

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4 out of 5

It was very nice, but some improvements would be great by jagfenn

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Costa Rico was very interesting.  The Banana Plantation was very interesting to learn about.  The Old Panama tour was interesting also.  

The food abroad ship was not the best and timing was really off schedule.  

But the wait, stateroom attendees, and dining room staff were very friendly and helpful as much as they could.  

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4 out of 5

a good holiday by Cruiser22555488

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cruise good in the main. Quebec old town is very interesting and the all day trip to the falls and the Cathedral was excellent .some of the other trips were not as good and expensive The itinerary on the whole was varied but some ports of call small and it was best to go on a trip in able to appreciate the area. We enjoyed Halifax in Nova scotia . Bar Harbour Maine US ,Gloucester and Rock Port in the US  .The ship was a good size for us as we do not enjoy the very large ships The food was varied and acceptable in both formal and casual dinning areas We had a Balcony room and this was spacious and there was a Bath with shower over The Balcony was a good size . We also enjoyed our short stay in New York at the end of our stay Happyon this trip  we had to go into port by tender on a number of occasions  This can not only be difficult for people with a Disability but it is also very time consuming both getting off and going back on the ship

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4 out of 5

Great trip to Northeast US and Canada by sritacco

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Crew good, ship good, food good, ports good. The only down side was that the foliage hadn't turned.  Too early and too dry.  Temperatures were warmer than normal throughout the cruise.  Book later if you want to see changing colors.  Otherwise everything was fine.  People at the ports were friendly and helpful.  Some ports had more to do than others unless you booked an excursion from the ship or on your own.

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5 out of 5

Viking Passage Far More Fun Than We Expected by shirleyandbobt

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Bright, Crisp, Sunny Weather in Norway, Iceland, Greenland & St John's, NFLD, Canada, but bring your warm sweaters and rain coats just in case. Our daytime temperatures ranged from 50 F/ 10 C to 73 F/ 23 C with one quite cold & windy day on the north coast of Iceland. The day-long scenic transit of Greenland's Prins Christian Sund (Prince Christian Sound) was an unexpected & spectacular experience, viewing icebergs, glaciers and mountain peaks reminiscent of the spires of Gaudi's Cathedral in Barcelona. The onboard commentary of an Icelandic professor and the ship's Dutch Location Manager made the viewing from the ship's bow (forecastle or foc'sle in Navy terminology), the Crow's Nest (Deck 10), Observation Deck, Veranda Staterooms and even the Sea View Pool Deck (Deck 9 Aft) made this "Inside Passage" transit even more memorable. The Cruise Director, an English lady from Newcastle, made timely and informative announcements on the ship's PA system and at the evening's Vista Lounge entertainment sessions. Even the Lifeboat Drill before sailing was fast and efficient. The Crew was friendly, the food was fabulous and the ports of call were spectacular.

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5 out of 5

three new countries by Cruiser49273222

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First time on Holland America.  We were blessed with perfect weather in Norway, Iceland and Greenland.  After the Visit to St. John's Newfoundland, the Captain wisely decided we needed to skip Halifax and skirt around Hurricane Hermine to get into New York a day early. Although it was a rough ride we had an extra day of touring NY. Always glad to be safe and back in the USA.

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5 out of 5

best scenery ever by mommalou

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The ship was wonderful full of things to do, trivia, cooking demos, computer classes and top notch entertainment.  The food was fabulous each meal got better. the ports of call were breathtaking. the cruise down prince christenson fijord was a beautifull adventure. We got to see the norther lights on 2 nights. The front desk called us to tell us they had appeared.. Great trip overall and great expierence.

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