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Holland America Line

Phone: (206) 281-3535 Fax: (800) 628-4855 View Additional Phone Numbers 300 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119 View Additional Email Addresses http://www.hollandamerica.com


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This company offers cruises and tours.


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Factors that lowered the rating for Holland America Line include:

  • Failure to respond to 1 complaint(s) filed against business
  • 3 complaint(s) filed against business that were not resolved

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  • Length of time business has been operating
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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

46 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 22 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 5
Billing/Collection Issues 5
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 1
Problems with Product/Service 35
Total Closed Complaints 46

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

3 Customer Reviews on Holland America Line
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 3
Total Customer Reviews 3

Additional Information

BBB file opened: January 01, 1970 Business started: 01/01/1873 Business started locally: 01/01/1873
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Washington Secretary of State Corporations Division
801 Capitol Way S, Olympia WA 98504
http://www.secstate.wa.gov/corps
Phone Number: (360) 725-0377
corps@sos.wa.gov

Type of Entity

Corporation

Business Management
Mr. Stein Kruse, President and CEO
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Stein Kruse, President and CEO
Business Category

Travel Agencies & Bureaus Cruises Tours - Wholesale

Alternate Business Names
Holland America Holland America Line Inc

Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Summary

Holland America Line has received 0 out of 5 stars based on 0 Customer Reviews and a BBB Rating of B.

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    300 Elliott Ave W

    Seattle, WA 98119 (206) 281-3535 (800) 599-8256

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Complaint Detail(s)

2/2/2016 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: We paid for a Verandah room on the Eurodam, 7 day Western Caribbean cruise Jan 3-10, 2016. The information/pictures on line shows a verandah large enough for 2 chairs and a small table and it is covered. We were "upgraded" as they call it to a room with only a tiny veranda, only enough room for 2 people to stand, and not covered. We asked on the boat to be moved to a room with a verandah as advertised but they said the boat was full. I think it is false advertising to show a large veranda and then give us something very different (smaller and unable to use as picture shows) and call it an upgrade. I called them when we got back and they were only willing to give ship credit ($100) per person on another cruise. I would much prefer a refund as I am not sure I would sail with them again because of this. We did speak with other people on the boat who said the same thing happened and they were not pleased.

Desired Settlement: I would like the $200 as a refund. I would also like them to be clear about what they are advertising and not show one picture and then switch it with something else and call it an upgrade when it is clearly a downgrade. We planned to sit out on the verandah and enjoy the scenery. The "upgrade" made it impossible to do. It is false advertising and misleading. I assume they could not sell these type rooms because nobody wanted them and that is why we were moved into one.

Business Response:

This is the response provided to these guests:

"Regarding your dissatisfaction with your assigned stateroom, we note that your booking was made under our guarantee program. Through this option, guests choose to book at a low rate with the stipulation that they may be assigned a stateroom in the category reserved, or upgraded to a higher category. Guarantee staterooms are assigned through an automated system, and may include wheelchair accessible cabins or spa suites and staterooms if available. Our system is unable to honor special requests when assigning staterooms under the guarantee program, and we suggest that guests who have specific wishes or needs pertaining to their accommodations should select a suitable stateroom from the ship’s deck plan and confirm it at the time of initial booking, with “no upgrade” noted.

                                                                                   

Verandah spa suites are listed on the deck plan as part of the verandah category and are actually the 2nd highest category of Verandah staterooms that we offer. In terms of location, they are the highest staterooms on board. Aside from their location, guests in these rooms are offered spa amenities such as Yoga Mats, IPod Docking Stations, and easy access to the Greenhouse & Salon. And while they do not provide a full verandah, they do include the “Juliet” balcony and are considered an upgrade as noted in our guarantee program."

As the Guarantee Program worked as intended, the credit provided was to acknowledge this guests disappointment.

Consumer Response:


Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because:

Your calling this and Upgrade is a subjective term. An Upgrade that takes away a usable verandah should not be considered an Upgrade. If you call it a verandah room, it should actually have a usable veranda. What good is a credit if I don't want to sail on your ships because you use deceptive advertising practices.

Sincerely,

**** *********

1/28/2016 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: We went on a 7 day cruise in November on the Eurodam. We went to the spa twice while on the ship. Both times I ended up purchasing expensive herbal remedies. One of them cost $586.50 and requires that I soak in a bathtub with the herbal bath synergy for six months. I do not take tub baths. I am elderly and have a bad knee and hip. I had an extreme difficult time getting out of the bath tub. My husband tried to assist me. First off my health has not improved at all, in fact the doctor says I am worse. My husband went into the hospital for emergency surgery on January 12. He is still in the hospital because he developed Pulmonary Embolism and cellulitis. So, I have not been able to soak in the Herbal Bath since he went into the hospital, plus it was not improving my health. I went one time to get a massage at the spa. I was not told that I would also have to buy Instant Refreshing Gel and Musclease Active Body with that expensive massage. Those gels totaled $119.00. They have also been a waste of money as I did not feel any better using them. The doctor said it would be 6-8 weeks at least before my husband will be able to do strenuous activity. I admit that I am obese and helping me out of the bathtub would be considered strenuous activity.

Desired Settlement: I demand a refund of $705.50 on my credit card immediately.

Business Response:

January 22, 2016

RE: Case 1-**********

       Booking: ******

Dear Ms. *******,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your ms Eurodam sailing.

I’m sorry you were disappointed with the Greenhouse Spa & Salon products you purchased. Steiner Management Services is the company that manages the salons and spas on board all Holland America Line, so they can address your concerns directly. I’ve forwarded your issue with the spa to them and I’ve also listed below their contact information in case you’d like to reach them.

The Onboard Spa by Steiner

Attn: Shelle M***** - Customer Service Representative

Steiner Management Services

*** * ***** *******

Coral Gables, FL 33146

Email: *******@steinerleisure.com

Phone: 305 358 9002 ext ****.

Toll-free: 855-848-3059

Website: www.timetospa.com

Thank you again for contacting our office with your concerns, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Nicole T****

Special Advisor

Office of the President

Consumer Response:
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because:  The charge is on my credit card statement as Eurodam, Seattle, Washington.  I have received a message from the spa and they expect me to send the products back at my expense.  I do not feel it is fair to go to more expense for a product that does not work.  Also, I have used some of the product.  How else would I know that the product does not work.  Also, my husband is in the hospital with two deadly diseases right now.  I spend every day at the hospital with him.  I do not know if he will ever get well and come homl.   If by a miracle he does get well enough to come home I will be staying at home taking care of him up to a year.  I do not know how I am going to be able to get groceries and medications much less go mail something.  They are expecting me to take time that is needed to spend and care for him to go mail something.

Sincerely,

******** *******

Business Response:

January 27, 2016

Ms. ******** *******

**** ** ***** ****

Ocala, FL 34476-9330

Email: ********@bellsouth.net

RE: Case 1-**********

       Booking: ******

Dear Ms. *******,

Thank you for your reply. We are very sorry to hear about your husband. Please know we are thinking of you both during this time.

Steiner Management is the best company to contact with these further concerns you have. We would recommend you following up with them directly to let them know of your situation. Again, here is their contact information for your convenience. We have forwarded your response to them and we are confident that they will be able to assist you with how to proceed from here.

The Onboard Spa by Steiner

Attn: Shelle M***** - Customer Service Representative

Steiner Management Services

*** * ***** *******

Coral Gables, FL 33146

Email:*******@steinerleisure.com

Phone: 305 358 9002 ext ****.

Toll-free: 855-848-3059

Website: www.timetospa.com

Kind regards,

Nicole T****

Special Advisor

Office of the President

1/12/2016 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: This is a complaint against Holland America Cruise Line targets disabled in wheelchair for harassment. My son's diagnosis are DYSTONIA and TARDIVE DYSKINESIA and we pay expensive fair for 17-day cruise. The cruise line's transportation, security, administrative, and front desk staffs keep losing my son's wheelchair on offshore excursion. Then deny a temporary substitute wheelchair insist upon charging for rental, "LURE" us to the opposite direction of the dining room and tell us there is "NO DINNER" for us because we are late from offshore excursion, when it is the cruise line's fault causing the delay in bringing us back to the cruise ship. The administrative staffs call the security to "DETENT US LYING THAT WE ATTACK THE STAFFS!" We are disabled in a wheelchair and a slim-woman at 125 pounds paying expensive 17-day cruise, and on board are hundreds of Holland America Cruise Line's staffs, and in a cruise ship in the middle of ocean. How do we attack them????????????????

Desired Settlement: We ask for refund $2,560 for such horrible services and treatments by Holland America Cruise Line. But the cruise line responds that it is justified of their actions because my son's wheelchair is located and returned within 2 1/2 hours after they lost it. They also deny they lost my son's wheelchair multiple times for the purpose of harassment. My son is clearly in pain throughout the ordeals but it does not bother these Holland America Cruise Line staffs because harassments continue on.

Business Response:

January 4, 2016

Ms. ********* *****

RE: Case *-**********

       Booking: ******

Dear Ms. *****,

Thank you for contacting the Better Business Bureau regarding your ms Veendam sailing last year.

We were very concerned to learn that you remain unsatisfied with our previous response to your complaint about the handling of your son’s wheelchair and interactions with our staff. As you have been previously advised, Holland America Line affords equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or moral, sensory, or physical disability. We regret that you feel your experience was otherwise, and assure you your experience has been documented for the reference of all relevant management. However, after thoroughly reviewing your issues, we remain unable to accommodate your request for a refund of your cruise. We are committed to guest satisfaction, and we truly hope that our decision in this matter will not cloud your impression of Holland America Line.

Thank you again for contacting our office with your concerns, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Connor N****

Special Advisor

Office of the President

1/7/2016 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: In September 2015 I took the Fall Colors cruise from New York City to Quebec City. September 26th I left our stateroom to have breakfast. Upon returning our room had been made up. I went to retrieve my IPad, which he had left on top of the sofa bed. It was not where there. After searching the stateroom, we spoke to the stateroom attendant. He assisted in helping us search our room. When we pulled the sofa bed we discovered the IPad. It had fallen off the bed. Its cover had been punctured and screen shattered when the sofa bed was made up. The attendant apologized for what happened suggesting I complete a report at the customer service desk. I filed a report and was told to follow this up with a submission of claim for damages following the cruise. I submitted this report to HAL’s Customer Claims on October 9th. On October 23rd, I contacted HAL to insure the claim had been started and spoke with agent who found the claim document, but acknowledged that it had not been put into the system. She promised to activate it that day and said it would take a month to six weeks. December 10th I contacted HAL and spoke with a ***** M*******. Mr. M******* could not locate the claim and suggested I resubmit it. After searching however, he managed to locate the document, but noted again that a claim was not started. He apologized for this, said he would fast track it, and get back to me by the middle of the following week. December 17th I called Mr. M******* who was waiting for a report. Within 30 minutes, I received an email from Mr. M******* saying that HAL had denied my claim on the grounds that their cruise contract states that damage to electronic devices is not covered by their policy. During a follow-up call with Mr. M******* on December 18th, I requested, and Mr. M******* promised, to document the handling of the claim and the decision made and forward the information to Ms. Diane B*****, HAL’s Claim Manager. No follow-up from HAL has been received.

Desired Settlement: I am frustrated and disappointed with Holland America Lines, and its corporate parent, Carnival Cruise Lines. Their lack of organization and response in dealing with this matter as well as their commitment to customer care and service is disgraceful. They have shown both negligence and disrespect in their management of this situation. The damage caused to the IPad resulted from the negligence of a Holland America employee, not myself. Holland America should accept financial responsibility for damage their employees cause and compensate customers fairly. I feel I have received the run around and basically been ignored by Holland America for three months. Replacement of all or majority portion of the costs would be satisfactory. Another hollow excuse or apology would not be acceptable. Replacement cost is a significant expense. The IPad was only two years old. The cost to replace the device is $770.00 CAD and the IPad case $80.00 CAD

Business Response:

Hello *****,

I worked with Mr. ******* directly as mentioned and thank you for the opportunity to respond.

After my original discussion with Mr. ******* the claim was opened and I did explain the delay was caused by staffing changes within the company and I did expedite his process from there. Once reviewed with the ship and the cruise contract we did find that it is the guest is responsible for any electronics brought on board and we are not liable for any damage done to said electronic items. Our employees would not search the bed before making up the room as the expectation that the guest is keeping any items that can be harmed in a safe place for this process to be completed. Therefore, we did deny his request for compensation and would not claim liability for his damaged IPad that was negligently left on the bed. For these reasons we will also continue to deny his request. 

 

Consumer Response:


Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because:

Sincerely,

***** *******

 

*****,

Thank you for your quick action of my complaint ID ********.  I do not know whether it was Mr. M******* or Ms. B***** who responded to you, so I am not aware if the issue was sufficiently addressed by Ms. B*****.

Either way I am not satisfied with HAL’s explanation or their interpretation of their cruise contract.  I have been a traveller for over 40 years.  I have stayed in many hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, resorts and staterooms during this period. 

In my travels there have been several incidents where I have been at fault for damage to my own personal possessions: a dropped camera, a damaged lens, damage to the contents of my suitcase when items have cracked or spilled, etc.  I always assume full responsibility for these incidents.

I challenge HAL’s contention that I negligently left my IPad on the bed.  It has always been my experience that room attendants take care and responsibility for personal guest items that may obstruct their tidying or cleanup of a guest room.  Good staff are trained by management and expected by management to do this. Management in turn takes responsibility in incidents where this does not happen.

The one other occasion where a similar incident occurred to me was during my stay at a small inn in Vienna, Austria seven years ago.  A set of fine crystal I had purchased was knocked off the desk by the attendant cleaning the room cracking two of the glasses.  The management accepted full responsibility for the accident and reimbursed me for a new set at a cost of several hundred euros.

I have two eye witnesses that can attest to the fact that my IPad was left, undamaged, on my bed the morning of September 26th and had sustained damage upon our return.

At this point, I would like to know that my complaint has been received and responded to directly by Ms. B*****.

***** *******

12/25/2015 Advertising/Sales Issues
11/18/2015 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: Booked cruise with Holland America to Scandanavia decorating from Copenhagen on July 19th, 2015. Travel arrangements made by Holland America left us stranded in Germany while our cruise ship departed in Copenhagen. Made many calls to Holland America's emergency center from airports while we traveled for 2 additional days trying to reach and board the ship. We were promised full reimbursement but, 4 months later, we are still trying to obtain reimbursement for calls made by airport pay phones to the Holland America Emergency Center. The cruise cost us over $14,000. and they refuse to reimburse $61.86 which was charged to my American Express credit card. They continually urge us to use this as a credit for future (not booked) cruises which would require us to spend thousands of dollars to obtain credit for $61.86. Although they acknowledge that the credit card billing statement forwarded to them listed their emergency line number, they denied all costs because the forwarded statement had a charge for one call in the amount of $13.96 which they thought was "blurry" in transmission to them even though they acknowledged they could read but refused to pay the remaining &47.90. They also wanted statements from the credit card company as to why the date recorded for the charge was posted after we boarded the ship (please keep in mind that they have had no choice but to acknowledge that the phone number listed was to their own emergency contact enter. I suggested the confirm the dates of my calls with the emergency contact center since they recorded all calls we made I order to keep track of our progress towards making it to the ship.

Desired Settlement: I want full reimbursement for the cost of the phone calls I made to the Holland America emergency contact number while stranded in airports since the error in travel was made by Holland America.

Business Response:

RE: Case ************
       Booking: ******

       Guests: *******

Dear *******

Thank you for contacting us again regarding your clients’ ms Eurodam sailing departing July 19, 2015. It is always troubling when a guest has a disappointing experience, and we will endeavor to incorporate this feedback into our planning and procedures. After again reviewing your clients’ concerns, we would like to offer a refund for the additional phone charges billed late to their credit card, and we hope this response will reflect our commitment to provide the most dependable service possible.

After reviewing your clients’ concerns, we would like to extend an additional refund to them in the amount of $61.86 total. This refund will be posted to the card used on board and should be complete in approximately 2 weeks.

Thank you again for reaching out to our department, and please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Lisa K***

Special Advisor

Office of the President

Consumer Response:
Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********* and find that this resolution is satisfactory to me.

Sincerely,

***** *******

11/14/2015 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: According to *** collections. Holland Lines America gave *** wrong collection information resulting in my (not the debtors) credit receiving a false collection report therefore disrupting my credit. So far Holland points the finger at *** and *** points the finger at Holland ***************** This was copied and pasted from *** response to BBB On 10/22/2015, we received notification of a consumer dispute filed through Equifax. The consumer maintained the subject collection account appearing on his credit file was in error. Upon receipt of this notification, *** opened an investigation. The investigation revealed the debtor of record was ****** ***** Jr. and negative data was appearing on the credit file for ****** ***** Sr. *** reported negative data based on the name and address provided by our client, and made no error in reporting that information. It appears the CRA mistakenly placed the information on the incorrect credit file. *** is merely a data-furnisher; *** does not control how or when CRA's process the information submitted. On 10/22/2015, *** entered a request for deletion of any and all negative data previously reported. However, as previously stated, the CRA must actually correct the record; *** can only make the request. *** considers this matter concluded. ********************* Acyually *** opened investigation once Holland notified *** ! The person whose this credit is affected does not consider this matter concluded! Furthermore a recorded communication with *** representative (Mr. ********** the actual debtors name and payment confirmation and plans were discussed with me... which is Illegal !

Desired Settlement: All in all, if your considering Holland and if it happens they are at fault, you might think again. I have several hours on the phone with Holland this far trying to clear this and I have never cruised with Holland. And if you are Holland Lines America, Why would you deal with this collection agency particularly when they blamed Holland AND Credit reporting Agency. while not taking on any responsibility themselves. I have learned that there is a process to be followed by collections agencies, laws to be followed and tools which they can use to prevent this sort of mishap and apparently *** is either not equipped or trained to do so.

Business Response:

November 5, 2015

 

Mr. ****** ***** **** Sr.

**** ************

Jacksonville, FL 32211

Email: *********@hotmail.com

RE: Case ************

       BBB Case: ********

 

Dear Mr. **** Sr.,

 

This email is to serve as a follow up regarding the communication we received from the Better Business Bureau.

 

You expressed your concerns regarding a matter with your credit report and upon you researching the situation you learned this was from *** Collections for a Mr. ****** ***** Jr. Additionally, we sincerely regret the challenges you experienced with *** Collections. Please let this letter serve as confirmation that the collection was not intended for you, Mr. ***** Sr., and also the name provided to *** collections was not Mr. ***** Sr.

 

We regret any undue stress this has caused, and we hope this information is helpful.

 

Warm regards,
Ms. Sydney L*****

Senior Advisor

Office of the President

 

cc: Better Business Bureau

 

9/29/2015 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: My sister has a medical condition that makes her unable to eat gluten. Holland America assured us that they could feed her safely. They served her food that contained gluten 4 of the 27 meals that she ate during the cruise. That's 19% of the time. Even though she ordered her food in advance and ate in the designated dining room, they could not get it right. When were able to speak with the the dining manager, he had the nerve to blame her for their mistakes. During 2 days, we couldn't use our balcony. The ship maintenance staff was doing non emergency maintenance above our balcony on the exterior of the ship. This maintenance involved chipping rusty dirty debris that was flying onto our balcony. I repeatedly asked for the work to stop. All the staff would do was apologize, but not do anything to stop the problem. Lastly, during 2 other days our room was filled with noxious fumes from either paint or varnish. The air in our room was not breathable. I got a major migraine from this and also repeatedly asked for the problem to be fixed. Once again, we received apologies but the painting/varnishing continued. I understand that problems can occur at any time, but it is the way in which the ship staff did not respond to these issues that is the real problem here. In fact the ship maintenance did not stop until our family on land in the USA called the 800 phone number and demanded that it stop. We shouldn't have to go to these extreme measures to use eat safe food, use our balcony and breathe safe air. I can't believe this is how they treat their guests. These problems greatly affected our enjoyment of the trip. I am asking for a refund of $4300. $19% of my sister's fare because they could have ruined her trip by feeding her unsafe food ($679), the difference between a room with a balcony and a room without for 2 days ($1585) and 2 days refund for having a room that was unsafe due to the fumes in the air ($2042). We do not want a future cruise credit.

Desired Settlement: A refund of $4300. We did not receive what we paid for. The problems we experienced were completely Holland America's fault. They showed a complete lack of interest in resolving the issues during the trip and a complete lack of willingness to fairly compensate us. I tried to resolve the problem with Holland America directly, but they are not willing to give us anything other than a future cruise credit. They have basically written me off at this point. I don't understand how they can expect someone to trust them again when they cannot, at a bare minimum, consistently provide safe meals during the trip.

Business Response:

Hello colleagues,

Attached please see our response.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Adrian A*******
Guest Relations
Holland America Line

 

 

RE: Case 1-**********

       Booking: ******

Dear Ms. *******,

 

We have received your follow-up communication regarding your ms Veendam cruise. We truly regret that our previous correspondence has not met with your approval, as it was certainly not our intent to cause further frustration.

 

Furthermore, we can appreciate that you feel we did not provide adequate compensation. Please know the Future Cruise Credit was offered in good faith. Moreover, we understand that you would have rather be compensated monetarily. When offering compensation for guests who experience a vacation that was less than perfect, Holland America Line offers compensation in the form of a discount, credit, upgrade, or other shipboard amenity on a future sailing with us. This is offered so they may come back and experience the level of service and excellence our guests have come to expect and deserve. While we are truly sorry that you are not satisfied with our offer, we are not in a position to offer alternate compensation in this matter. However improbable a future cruise with Holland America Line may seem to you at this time, we wish to reiterate that our offer will be available to you should you decide to utilize it.

We are committed to providing the most dependable service possible and we sincerely hope that you and Ms. ******** ******* will decide to include Holland America Line in your future travel plans. Once again, we thank you for contacting our office.

 

Best regards,

COPY

 

Christine F*****

Senior Advisor

Office of the President

 

Consumer Response:  
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because: we cannot trust Holland America to provide safe food, a safe sleeping environment due to toxic fumes, or provide the balcony that we paid for. Chiefly among these problems is the safe food. Consuming gluten makes my sister violently ill. How would you feel if you were continually served food on a ship where there is no alternative source of food that can make you seriously ill and ruin your entire vacation?  We work hard to earn our vacation days and don't feel Holland America has proved that it would be a good use of our time to spend another vacation with you.  I can see from the other complaints received by Holland America on the Better Business Bureau website that you do refund money to dissatisfied customers.  In fact, I read from your customer service department response that the maximum allowable refund is 70% of the base fare. I didn't ask for 70%.  What I ask for is a cash refund instead of a future cruise credit.  I think the problems we experienced more than merit a refund of school me kind.  I request an explanation as to why you think these 3 serious problems do not merit a refund of any kind.  

Sincerely,

********* *******

Business Response:



September 25, 2015





Ms. ********* *******

* ******** **

West Chester, PA 19382-5550

 

RE: Case************

       Booking: ******





BBB Reference: ********

 

Dear Ms. *******,

 

We have received your follow-up communication regarding your
ms Veendam
cruise. We truly regret that our previous correspondence has not met with your
approval, as it was certainly not our intent to cause further frustration.

 

Please know that we will be happy to make an exception; in
lieu of our offer of Future Cruise Credit in the amount of $1000.00 per person
we have requested a refund in the same amount. This will be posted to Mr.
*******’s card ending in **** and should be completed within two weeks.

 

While it is always difficult for us to hear about the
disappointments our travelers may encounter on our sailings, the Guest
Relations Department was created to listen to our guests’ comments, both
positive and negative, so that our company may continue to grow with guest
satisfaction in mind. We do hope that this final attempt to resolve your issues
will meet with your approval, and we hope that you will continue to include
Holland America Line in your travel plans.

 

Best regards,





 

 

Christine F*****

Senior Advisor

Office of the President

Consumer Response:  
Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and find that this resolution is satisfactory to me.

Sincerely,

********* *******

9/26/2015 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: We were in staterooms 8058 and 8060 and we had two different stewards for each stateroom. Upon arriving into our staterooms, I noticed that there were white stains on the carpet near the bed and alerted them of the stains. Furthermore, the bathroom counter had scratches all over it and looked as if it was supposed to be in the bathroom of a dive-bar. The tiles on the floor were moldy and disgusting, the shower curtains had mold on them, and the toilet seat had looked like it had been broken off and put back together. I noticed that between the two staterooms, there were two different stewards. Housekeeping was inconsistent. Some days, one stateroom would be missing items while the other one was double stocked. I was not too thrilled on the inconsistency of the housekeeping. Furthermore, I thought food was available all day every day, but it turns out that if you missed the meal, you missed it and were left hungry. I found that staff members would not go out of their way to do anything to make the customer happy. The first day when we docked in Haines, I had purchased a coffee onboard and was enjoying myself until we docked and could get off the ship. The security guard Melinda had advised that I was not able to bring things off the boat, but could bring them back on. I questioned her and requested an explanation. Her response was “if you weren’t stupid and would have read on manual in the stateroom then you would know that you aren’t aloud to bring food or drinks off the boat.” . I immediately went and reported Melinda to the front office clerk Jeoffrey who told me that someone from the managerial staff would contact me. Throughout the entire duration on the ship, no one contacted me about anything. I find it completely pathetic to have employees that are incompetent and calling their customers "stupid."

Desired Settlement: I am requesting that I get a legitimate response to my complaint. I have tried reaching out via e-mail and by certified mail (item number: ********************; signed for by J. S*********) to the address of the business on file. However, I have received no response by the business from the first point of contact on July 15. Please see below my complaint and what I originally sent by e-mail and via certified mail.

Business Response:

Dear BBB,

Attached please find a copy of the response we sent on August 3, 2015. It was addressed to the leader of their travel group, who sent the original correspondence with the same issues. We gave the ********* the same compensation as everyone else in their group.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Adrian A*******
Guest Relations
Holland America Line

RE: Case ************

       Bookings: ********************

       Bookings: ********************

       Bookings: ********************

       Bookings: ******

 

Dear Mrs. *******,

 

Thank you for the phone call regarding your ms Oosterdam sailing on June 28, 2015.

 

First and foremost, we apologize that you did not experience our best, and we regret that you felt we came up short in our delivery. We acknowledge your input and we truly appreciate that you have taken the time to share your thoughts and observations for us, to name a few: the on board maintenance, plumbing issues you faced, and the food quality. Everything we have learned in 140 plus years, such as our five-star dining and impeccable ships are some of the reasons Holland America Line has been ranked as one of the highest-rated premium cruise lines. Our goal is to ensure that all guests completely enjoy their time with us, and on behalf of Holland America Line, we are very sorry that we let you down.

 

Feedback is important to us and is definitely considered in the ongoing evaluation of our service and product. And most importantly, our company thrives on constructive comments such as yours. This way, we are able to maintain our high standards. Yet, instead of trying to respond to each of your concerns one-by-one, let me assure you that all appropriate senior management has been made aware for their review, consideration in future planning, and corrective action as necessary.

 

However improbable a future cruise with Holland America Line may seem to you at this time, we would like to offer you a gesture of goodwill for your disappointment. As such, we would like to extend Future Cruise Credits to you in the amount of $250.00 per person for each person in the aforementioned bookings. These credits may be applied to the cruise fare only of a new Holland America Line cruise or Land+Sea Journey booking, and are combinable with other applicable credits. While the credits must be applied to a new booking by one-year from the date of this correspondence, your cruise does not need to depart within this year’s time. Although you may choose any stateroom category, this offer is dependent upon availability and cannot be transferred or refunded. These credits may not be used for deposits, taxes, Cancellation Protection, Home City Air, or other optional programs. For your convenience, they are associated with your Mariner numbers and will automatically be credited toward the base fare of your next Holland America Line cruise reservation. We kindly ask that this special offer be verified at time of confirmation to ensure your booking is properly noted.

 

Additionally, as discussed during our telephone call today, though outside our normal procedures, we can review any request for this credit to be moved to one of our sister cruise lines.

 

Thank you again for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. We assure you that we appreciate your comments, and hope that you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Debra C******

Special Advisor

Office of the President

 

Consumer Response:  
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because: I never received this response to my personal e-mail or through regular US Mail. Furthermore, this does not bring up the fact that I was called "stupid" by one of the employees as referenced. The letter that was attached to this correspondence has their own complaints. I expect my response to be addressed to me and to bring up all of my concerns. 

Sincerely,

**** ********

Business Response:

Hello colleagues,

Attached please find our response.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Adrian A*******
Guest Relations
Holland America Line

 

 

RE: Case ************

       Booking: ******

Dear Mr. ********,

 

Thank you for the email following up on your ms Oosterdam sailing on June 28, 2015. We truly appreciate you taking the time to relay your feedback and would like to offer our sincere apologies for the disappointment you have detailed.

 

It is always troubling when a guest has a less than satisfactory experience, and we will endeavor to incorporate your feedback into our planning and procedures. We understand that you experienced a difficult interaction with a member of the Security staff on board. Our primary staff focus is courteous, respectful, efficient service at all times. Guests are the heart of our business, and we sincerely apologize that your encounter was contrary to our goal of consistent excellence. We deeply regret that your overall enjoyment of the voyage was clouded by this situation. In light of your correspondence, we have registered all of your complaints against this sailing. We have also forwarded a copy of your correspondence to the appropriate senior management for their information and corrective action where necessary.

 

After again reviewing your concerns, we would like to offer a token of our apologies for the problems you encountered, and we hope this response will reflect our commitment to provide the most dependable service possible.

 

In an effort to show our concern we would like to extend additional Future Cruise Credits to you in the amount of $300.00 total. These credits may be applied to the cruise fare only of a new Holland America Line cruise or Land+Sea Journey booking, and are combinable with other applicable credits. While the credits must be applied to a new booking by September 17, 2016, your cruise does not need to depart within this year’s time. Although you may choose any stateroom category, this offer is dependent upon availability and cannot be transferred or refunded. These credits may not be used for deposits, taxes, Cancellation Protection, Home City Air, or other optional programs. For your convenience, they are built in association with your Mariner numbers and will automatically be credited toward your cruise fare. We kindly ask that this special offer be verified at time of confirmation to ensure your booking is properly noted.

 

Thank you again for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. Again, please accept our apologies and assurances that staff will redouble their efforts to meet our goal of consistent excellence in all areas of your cruise experience. Beyond our sincere apologies and commitment to improve, we hope to earn your trust and confidence to sail with Holland America Line again so we may have another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Adrian A*******

Special Advisor

Office of the President

 

9/24/2015 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: August 11. 2015 I was is in Fairbanks Alaska. I was staying at a hotel. I was asked to place two suitcases in the hallway for early pickup. The suitcases had all new clothes worth about $500 -$1000.The suitcases were brand new. We were celebrating our 25 anniversary. This was the first cruising experience for both of us. The trip it self was about $8000. We were excited about the trip. And guess what? That was the last time we saw the luggage. While on the ship Holland washed our clothes that we had in our small carry on luggage and gave us $200 for clothes. The black dress pants were $155. Definitely not enough money to get enough clothes to last us for 7days. Now a month later, we have no suitcases, no happy anniversary and no good memories of the trip. Last week. Holland America offered us $100 each for the lost luggage.

Desired Settlement: Refund

Business Response:



September 22, 2015                                       





*** * *** ***** *****

 

RE: Case ************


       Booking: ******





Dear Mr. & Ms. *****,

 

Thank you for the correspondence regarding your ms Zaandam Land+Sea Journey on August
11, 2015.

 

We truly regret that your luggage went missing during your
voyage. We have contacted our Property Claims department as they handle any
issue concerning lost luggage. Their response is included below.

 

“We are sorry that we were unable to locate your missing
luggage. It was searched for diligently for the duration of your sailing, and
the three weeks after. It is unfortunate that our efforts were unsuccessful. As
such, we have already requested a refund check in the amount of $200.00 to go
to your home address on file. This check represents our maximum limit of
liability, per the Cruise Contract under which you sailed.”

 

We have found that some Homeowners or Travel Insurance
policies will often include coverage of personal property while traveling away
from home. We encourage you to contact your insurance provider to see if they
are able to assist you in filing a claim for the remainder of the cost.

 

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. We
appreciate you choosing Holland America Line and would be delighted at another
opportunity to welcome you both back on board so that we may create the wholly
positive experience we know our sailings can offer.

 

Best regards,





 

 

Jennifer
L***

Special
Advisor

Office of the President

Consumer Response:  
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because: I want a total refund. It was my 25 anniversary. I bought 2 new suitcases which were both over $100. I bought new clothes which were worth between $500 - $1000. I gave the cruise line a list of clothes which were in the suitcases - a man suit, new dress shoes a gold clip for the tie and many other new clothes. I had two formal dresses and three pair of dress shoes and many other new clothes to last me during the trip. I am also stressed about the lack of responses to this terrible situation. All the  emails which were not answered. My travel agent who still can't get her questions answer about the trip and the meal plan. It is now the end of September and it still goes on. The $200 overs nothing in my eyes and why should my insurance company cover this mistake. I put my luggage out side that morning and some one from Alaska picked it up. They stold it or it was misplaced.  I AND MANY OF MY FRIENDS WOULD THINK TWICE TO SAIL WITH YOU. I WANT A REFUND BECAUSE THE TRIP WAS RUINED FOR BOTH US AND WE WILL NEVER GET THAT SPECIAL TRIP BACK AGAIN.Thank you. 

Sincerely,

****** *****

9/12/2015 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: I had bruises, cuts, hits via a recent 7-day travel from Seattle to Alaska (round trip) via Amsterdam vessel due to the aging ship facility. The physical hazards were apparent to the general public on the ship. Accident one: On day 1 (July 2015) of my travel, many heavy wooden foldable chairs on deck 3 public area were displayed for travelers to sit on or lie down. The chairs were old. I saw two people lie down already. I sat in too, and looked for my sunglasses (not lie down yet). 30 sec later, with a loud 'bam', the chair folded on me like a sandwich with heavy wood hit my head. My arms bruised and bled. The ship staff director heard the loud bam, rushed out his office, and took me to their medical office. But the medical staff were rude. One staff told me to wait 45 min for a passenger doctor. I was hurt and needed to lie down. Instead of coming to my stateroom to check, the medical staff later accused me of refusing to see the physician. On day 2, I was very sick with nausea, dizziness. I was not able to walk. I had to ask the serviceman who happened to knock on my door to send a doctor to me. One of the two nurse staff showed up in my room (later told she acted as the cruise physician of the day). She measured my blood pressure (unusually high) and gave a pill to control dizziness with additional US$80 charge for calling in the medical staff. The most irritating thing is that she said Your sickness has nothing to do with yesterdays accident. I have not seen any medical person so confident to rule out the symptom that occurred within 24 hours of a head hitting accident, stating no connection to the accident the day before. Even the ER physician in a Chicago area hospital who ran a CT scan to check my possible injury (after I was off the ship) told me that an OK CT scan does not guarantee no future concussion. With my medical insurance covering more than $ 1K of check-up, I still have to pay the co-pay of $125 and with a worry of possible concussion. Accident two: On another day of the 7, the shower head with its holder (originally nailed on the wall) accidently dropped on my face while taking a shower. It is unthinkable, if this type of accidents happen to older folks. I responded to Holland American line survey with my concern, I receive no apology, no reply or no comment from the company so far. During the travel, I talked to the ship consultant who was recruiting passengers for future trips. He showed no sympathy and explained that the ship is aging. One recommendation from the consultant is put into writing.

Desired Settlement: I like to see Holland American line update their facility including replacing all dysfunctional chairs and showers to avoid future accidents. The hazards are dangerous to general public. My understanding is that the cruise line is not required to meet any standards by US. No agency inspects if their facility is safe to general public.

8/6/2015 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: I booked a cruise with Holland America. We paid Holland America everything that was agreed to in
that contract.

However, at the end of the cruise Holland America added $336 to our credit card
(****) for what they call "hotel service charges." I have refused to pay that amount because
it was not agreed to in the original contract. Please look at the enclosed contract. You will see
that there is nothing in that contract that allows
Holland America to add "hotel service charges."

Holland America cannot accept the terms of the contract and then unilaterally change the terms of
that contract by adding hotel service charges. We accepted the contract, in part, because there
were no gratuities or other
service fees.

Holland America does allow us the option of reducing the "hotel service charges" at the end of the
voyage if their service ''fails to meet our expectations." Holland America's service on that voyage
did fail to meet our expectations. We are therefore exercising that option and are reducing the
service charges from $336 to zero.

Please instruct Holland America to issue a credit of $336 to our credit card and also require them
to disclose in all of their quotations "hotel service fees" or any other mandatory charges.

Business Response:

Good Morning. Please see response sent to Mr. ***** on May 27.

 

 

RE: Case 1-**********

       Booking: ******

Dear Mr. & Mrs. *****,

 

Thank you for the email regarding your ms Ryndam sailing on February 15, 2015. We are grateful that you have given us this opportunity to review your concerns and to express our regret for the disappointment you encountered.

 

We are sorry for any discontent related to our Hotel Service Charge policy and understand that you believe you did not “agree to it” Please note that this aspect of your cruise experience is noted several times during your online check-in process prior to sailing. Our form asks you to initial that you understand this policy and that it is in place for all guests. While we sailed for many years under a “Tipping Not Required” guideline, we realized that the vast majority of our guests wished to recognize the exceptional service provided by our crew. Our shipboard employees work very hard to make sure that every aspect of a cruise meets our standards, from those who serve guests directly, such as dining room wait staff and stateroom stewards, to support staff whom guests may never meet, such as galley and laundry staff. To allow these efforts to be easily recognized and rewarded by our guests, a daily Hotel Service Charge is automatically added to each person’s onboard account. If our service exceeds or fails to meet expectations, the amount can be adjusted at the end of the cruise. A 15% bar service charge is added to all beverage purchases. This policy is common throughout the cruise industry and is clearly detailed in our brochures and on our website under “Shipboard Life”; nonetheless, we regret any displeasure with this facet of the cruise experience.

 

Per your request, we have attached a copy of your final Onboard Summary.

 

Thank you once more for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. Mariners like you are the core of our business and the reason we continue sailing, and we hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the very near future.

 

Best regards,

 

Nancy K

Special Advisor

Office of the President

Consumer Response: Dear Ms *****:


Thank you for your letter of July 6, 2015 in which you forwarded a May 27, 2015 letter from Holland
America­
case 1-**********, booking ******. You asked for my response to the Holland America letter.


HOLLAND AMERICA BREACED MY CONTRACT BY ADDING HOTEL SERVICE CHARGES
I booked a cruise with Holland America and paid everything that was agreed to in that contract.
The cruise document states "includes all port charges and service fees." I have paid all service
fees stated in the cruise document and will not pay additional hotel service charges unilaterally
added by Holland America.

HOLLAND AMERICA BREACED MY CONTRACT BY REFUSING TO REDUCE HOTEL SERVICE CHARGES Holland America
states that I can reduce "hotel service charges" at the end of the voyage if their service
"fails to meet our expectations." Holland America's service on that voyage did not meet my
expectations. I explained to Holland America why their service did not meet my expectations and
requested Holland America to reduce their service charges from $336 to zero. Holland America has
not honored my request and has not explained their reason for their refusal.

HOLLAND AMERICA BREACHED OUR CONTRACT BY THEIR CHECK IN PROCEDURES
I attempted to complete Holland America's pre boarding check in procedure but could not do so
until I checked the box that said I read and agreed to their policies. Holland America did not
allow me the option of stating that I read their policy but objected to their policy on hotel
service charges. If Holland America had allowed me this option I certainly would have done so.

Business Response: Here is the response from Holland America Line:

 

July 27, 2015





Better Business Bureau of Washington

Mr. & Mrs.***** *****

**** ********** **

Toledo, OH 43617-1353

 

RE: Case 1-********** 

       Booking: ******

      Better Business
Bureau Complaint #********





Dear Mr. & Mrs.*****,

 

This is in response to your latest communication to the
Better Business Bureau regarding your ms Ryndam
cruise. We deeply regret your continuing dissatisfaction with your experience,
and with our previous response. Once again, we sincerely apologize for the
disappointment you encountered on this sailing.

 

We understand that you remain unhappy with the information
you have received from Holland America Line concerning our Hotel Service Charge
policy. As we noted in our original communication, we have instituted this
policy because the vast majority of our guests wished to recognize the
exceptional service provided by our crew. If our service exceeds or fails to
meet expectations, the amount can be adjusted at the end of the cruise by
visiting the Front Office and completing the required form. A 15% bar service
charge is added to all beverage purchases. This policy is clearly detailed in
our brochures and on our website under “Shipboard Life”; and we regret that you
felt that this was not made known to you prior to sailing. Unfortunately, as
these funds have already been distributed to our hard-working staff, we are not
in a position to offer you a refund in this instance. However, we trust that
this information is useful for future travel planning purposes.

 

It is always of concern when a guest has a less than
satisfactory experience, and we will endeavor to incorporate your feedback into
our planning and procedures. However, after thoroughly reviewing your issues,
we are not in a position to offer compensation. We are committed to guest
satisfaction, and we truly hope that our decision in this matter will not cloud
your impression of Holland America Line.

 

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We
assure you that we appreciate your feedback on how we may continue to improve,
and hope you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience
we know our sailings can offer.





Best regards,





 

 

Nancy
K***

Special
Advisor

Office of the President

 


8/6/2015 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: I was on a cruise with Holland America: Confirmation #******, departing Seattle 6/21/2015. While on the cruise I signed up for their wi-fi access through my cell phone, signing up for the .75 per minute access plan. I accessed the wi-fi three times while on the ship, following the instructions to enter logout in the browser bar when finished. Connection was spotty at times and it was difficult to determine if the logout was successful, but I also turned off my wi-fi each time as an extra precaution. I used the wi-fi on each of the three occasions for an average of 5 minutes each time (6/21, 6/22, 6/25). I was appropriately billed on 6/22 for $2.25. However, I was billed for 60 minutes on 6/21 ($29.25) and 6/25 ($32.25). When I complained front desk management looked up my records and said they could see I did not use the internet or wi-fi for more than 5 minutes, but that I was billed for 60 minutes because I did not logout. 60 minutes is when the wi-fi limit finally expires, which is obviously a great money making scheme for Holland America, especially given that the wi-fi connection is so spotty it isn't easy to determine if you were logged out when using your cell phone for access.

Desired Settlement: I used 15 minutes @.75 per minute for a total of $11.25. I was billed a total of $63.75 and refunded $30.00. I am seeing a credit card (or cash) refund for the remaining unused time charged to my credit card, for $22.50. I do NOT wish to receive credit for a future cruise. I expect my credit card to be refunded for $22.50. I also expect that there is a better process in place for ensuring passengers are not over-charged for wi-fi access they do not used; I strongly suggest the logout be automatic when wi-fi isn't being actively used at 15 minutes (vs. 60 minutes).

Business Response:

 

August 6, 2015

Ms. **** ******

**** ***** ***

Austin, TX 78757-3206

Email: *************@gmail.com

 

RE: Case ************

       Booking: ******

Dear Ms. ******,

 

Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention following your voyage on the ms Amsterdam.

 

We deeply regret your continuing displeasure with the billing of the wireless internet on board. After reviewing your account, our records show that there were three successful transactions on June 21st, 22nd, and 25th, for the following amounts of time: 39 minutes, 3 minutes, and 43 minutes. Whenever our guests encounter difficulties with any issue we encourage them to consult with the staff on board. We have reviewed the refund issued on board to your account, and are disappointed that you found this gesture insufficient. While we are not in a position to issue any further refund, we assure you that we will present your experience to all appropriate management for their reference.

 

We thank you for your correspondence, and also for choosing Holland America Line. Though we are sorry this response could not be more positive, we do hope you consider us for future trips.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Connor N****

Special Advisor

Office of the President

 

Consumer Response:  
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because:  I am still being charged for wifi time I did not use.  You should have the wifi automatic logout time shortened to prevent this issue happening to other passengers.  I have already received the refund of $22.50 from my credit card company by filing this dispute with them, so it is no longer about the money, but it is about your unethical practices.  The shipboard manager stated when he looked into the account that he could see I was actively using the wifi but had not logged out.

Sincerely,

**** ******

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Complaint: Our names are *** **** and ******* ****. We booked two Holland America Line Alaska cruise tickets via ******* in April (which cost us $1,739.54 USD, booking number is ******). And we asked Holland America Line customer service for visa issues on May 4th, 2015 (i.e. Do we need the Canadian visa to board the ship?). The customer service told us that we did not need the Canadian visa because though the ship stopped at a Canada Port for several hours, passengers would not go off the ship and would not enter Canada custom. When we tried to board the cruise on May 16th. We were denied to board because we did not have the Canadian visa. It turned out that Holland America Line customer service gave us wrong pieces of information, and it misled us not to apply for the Canadian visa and failed to board. So we believe that Holland America Line should be responsible for our loss. Please help us to investigate the 9 minutes call, which started at 11:51 a.m. on May 4th 2015 (I called from ************ to ************). In this call, we received wrong information from Holland America Line customer service, which played an important role in causing us to be denied to board the cruise. On May 18th and 22nd, we contacted Holland America Line for compensation. Though Holland America Line representative held the voice record for this call, she refused to release it. Moreover, she tried to shift their responsibility by forging the content of this call when arguing with us. The name of the representative who told lies all the time is DEBRA C******. (The representative said, " My manager had listened to this call. He told me that in this call the customer service told you to apply for the Canadian visa. ")but the content she said was a fake. She forged the content because she did not want to refund the money to us. The cruise service we purchased from Holland America Line is not materialised because of their mistakes!!! Besides, Debra C****** and her manager perjured.

Desired Settlement: Please refund us the full amount. (1739 USD).

Business Response:

June 12, 2015



Mr. ******* ****

**** ******* ** *** **

El Cerrito, CA 94530-2339

 
RE: Case************

       Booking: ******


Dear Mr. ****,

 
This is in response to your latest communication regarding
your ms
Westerdam cruise. We deeply regret your continuing dissatisfaction
with your experience, and with our previous response. Once again, we sincerely
apologize for the disappointment you encountered on this sailing.

 

Once again, we are very sorry that you were denied boarding
on this cruise because you lacked the proper documentation. However, most
documentation requirements are established by the governments of the various
countries we visit, and we are not able to waive these requirements for our
guests. As noted in our brochures and on our website under Essential
Documentation, travelers are responsible for understanding and satisfying all
requirements concerning passports, visas, and immunizations. Because Holland
America Line is not able to publish all up-to-date regulations related to each
traveler’s specific situation, we consistently recommend verifying all
documentation requirements with official organizations prior to sailing. Again,
we sincerely regret any difficulty you experienced related to lack of
documentation.

 

We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you aboard in the
future.

 

Best regards,


 

Debra
C******

Special
Advisor
Office of the President

 



Consumer Response:

 
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because:

Holland America Line did not response directly to our situation. I will continue appealing until I get a satisfied response. 

What makes us unsatisfied is that Holland America Line authorized official customer service gave us wrong information. The denial of our boarding was completely caused by the Holland America Line CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! Who said 'You won't need a  Canadian Visa since you won't get off the cruise in Canada. ' Another thing that makes us more unsatisfied is that Debra C****** (Holland America Line representative) told lies because she did not want to refund to us. 

Shouldn't customer service team be responsible for our loss? (And Debra, I am wondering if you can reply to this message and say again what you have said to us over the phone. Something like 'My manager listened to your calls. And he said that the customer service told your guys clearly that you should apply for Canadian visa'. ) Can you reply to us and say it here again? if you feel so certain that this information is a fact instead of a perjury. 

Shouldn't that guy who gave us wrong information compensates for our loss? Shouldn't Holland America Line investigate this issue deeper to make sure that that guy won't give wrong information to other customers again? And shouldn't some truthful, honest, judicial Holland America Line representatives stand out and prevent both Debra C****** and her manager from perjuring? 

In a word, if the one who looks at this letter is Debra, you can certainly reply to this letter again. But before that, please ask your manager to listen to the records of our phone calls again ( I listed in my first bbb complaint, for your convenience, from ********** to **********, from 11:51PDT, 9 minutes call). And answer my question, what did Holland America customer service tell us? Did the guy tell us to apply for a Canadian visa or did the guy say that we did not even need it? If you are still certain the guy say that we should apply for a Canadian visa (you were so confident about this point when we were talking on the phone. You said you believed in your manager. ), you can indicate it in your reply. (But a warm reminder, we know that it's not true. We are working on retrieving this call from *** as a proof in case we have to take legal steps to further solve this issue.) If you and your manager listen to the records carefully and finally get the truth, which is that the guy told us we did not need Canadian visa, you can certainly indicate this elegant truth in your reply. I consulted my lawyer *****, she said that if the customer service gave us wrong information which caused the denial of our boarding, the cruise company will have to take responsibility. 

*** ****

Business Response:



July 30, 2015





Miss *** ****

**** ********* ** *** ***

Berkeley, CA 94704-1450

 

RE: Case ************  

       Booking: ******

 

BBB reference: #********





Dear Miss ****,

 

We have received your follow-up communication with the
Better Business Bureau regarding your cancelled ms Westerdam
cruise.

 

Please know that the telephone conversation between Mr. ****
and our Reservation Agent was listened to and while at the beginning he did say
he thought you could remain on the ship without a Canadian visa, he did advise
you that you needed to independently verify whether or not you needed a
Canadian visa.

 

It addition, as written on page 2 of your booking
confirmation:

2. Each
country has its own entry requirements, and guests are personally responsible
to have the necessary documents when boarding. Holland America Line highly
recommends that all guests carry a passport that is valid for at least six
months beyond the completion date of your travel, proof of required
immunizations & visa(s) and proof of eligibility to enter Canada (for
applicable itineraries). Guests traveling on any Yukon Land+Sea Journey which
includes a flight between Dawson City, Yukon, Canada and Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
are required to have a valid passport in order to clear immigration and customs
for entry at the airport.

 

However, as a one-time exception, we would like to extend Future Cruise
Credits to you and Mr. **** in the amount of $649.00 per person, to show our
concern for your experience. Please know this amount represents the base cruise
fare paid for this booking. These credits may be applied to the cruise fare
only of a new Holland America Line cruise or Land+Sea Journey booking, and are
combinable with other applicable credits. While the credits must be applied to
a new booking by July 29, 2016, your cruise does not need to depart within this
year’s time. Although you may choose any stateroom category, this offer is
dependent upon availability and cannot be transferred or refunded. 
These credits may not be used for deposits, taxes, Cancellation
Protection, Home City Air, or other optional programs. For your convenience,
they are built in association with your Mariner numbers and will automatically
be credited toward your cruise fare. We kindly ask that this special offer be
verified at time of confirmation to ensure your booking is properly noted.

 

It is always troubling when a guest has a less than
satisfactory experience, and we hope this response will reflect our commitment
to provide the most dependable service possible.

 

Thank you again for giving us this opportunity to address
your concerns. We sincerely hope to be given the opportunity to welcome you
aboard again very soon under happier circumstances.





Best regards,


 
 
  
 Christine F*****

Senior Advisor

Office of the President

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Complaint: I booked a cruise on Holland America Line, ms Massdam from Boston to Montreal for 5/23/15. After I boarded the ship, a letter informing me of a norovirus outbreak on the recent cruises was left in my states room, giving me the option of leaving the ship with a full refund which I did. I informed Holland America Line that I spent $480.00 on transportation to and from NY to Boston, as well as a plane flight from Montreal back to NY where I live. They are unwilling to refund any of these costs, even though if I had been aware of the problem even 24 hrs ahead of time, I would have incurred less than half of these costs. Prior to sailing, they called my home, sent me emails to upgrade my cabin but never sent an email making me aware of this health risk on the ship. I find this business practice deceptive, negligent and unacceptable.

Desired Settlement: Compensation for the costs of Holland America Line's business practice not to disclose a health risk on their cruise ship until after boarding the ship causing me to incur a large fee in travel costs in order to take the option of disembarking to prevent exposure to a highly contagious virus.

Business Response:

 June 5, 2015


Dr. ***** ********
** ***** **
Scarsdale, NY 10583-5743

RE: Case 1-**********
       Booking: ******


Dear Dr. ********,

Thank you for contacting the Better Business Bureau regarding your ms Maasdam sailing departing May 23, 2015. We deeply regret your continued dissatisfaction with your concerns, and hope this communication is better received.

As we have discussed, and as you were advised by the captain, due to the higher than expected number of cases of gastrointestinal illness among guests, caused by norovirus, we offered to reimburse you in full for your cruise fare if you chose not to sail. Alternately, we had also offered to reschedule your sailing for another date. At no time did any of our crew advise you that we would reimburse you for travel expenses incurred in returning home, and this was also explicitly explained to you in the terminal by a member of our onboard Guest Relations staff. 

For this specific sailing, the embarkation was delayed to allow for specialized cleaning and sanitizing procedures developed with the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, due to the higher than expected number of cases of gastrointestinal illness, we aggressively took precautions on board to limit the spread of the illness as this generally runs its course over 24-48 hours. We understand your primary reason for cancelling was your concern of returning from your cruise ill, and we regret that you felt the measures we took were insufficient enough for you to continue with your vacation.

We are aware that you are seeking reimbursement for your travel expenses. As this is considered a personal disembarkation, all expenses incurred are your responsibility. While we have issued a 100% refund of all amounts paid to Holland America Line, we are not in a position to offer any compensation or reimbursement for your travel expenses.

We are committed to providing the most dependable service possible and we sincerely hope that you will decide to include Holland America Line in your future travel plans. Once again, we thank you for contacting our office.

Best regards,

Consumer Response:  
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because: It does not address the issue of failure to disclose the norovirus outbreak prior to my boarding the ship, leaving me to incur a large travel expense to take the option of not exposing myself to illness.  Holland America Line is not taking responsibility for their action that leaves passengers to take a health vs. financial risk.  Holland America Line had ample time and opportunity to make me aware of the problem but choose not to.  I consider this an unacceptable business practice. 

Sincerely,

***** ********

Business Response:



June 16, 2015





Ms. ***** ********

** ***** **

Scarsdale, NY 10583-5743

 

RE: Case 1-**********

       Booking: ******

 

Ref: ********





Dear Ms. ********,

 

We have received your follow-up communication regarding your
cancelled ms
Maasdam cruise. Once again, we are concerned that you remain
dissatisfied with our previous correspondence. Please be assured that we truly
value your feedback, and thank you for the time you have taken to provide
additional thoughts regarding your recent sailing.

 

Once again, we deeply regret that you were not satisfied
with Holland America Line’s response. Unfortunately, aside from providing you
with a 100% refund for the cost of your sailing, we are unable to offer any
additional compensation for the cost of your travel to and from the ship.

 

Staying aware of our guests’ wishes and comments is a top
priority for our President, Orlando A******, and for each of us working to
provide the best of cruising and onboard service. The Guest
Relations Department was established so that we may respond
to our guests’ concerns and issues on behalf of the company and Mr. A******.
Your concerns are taken very seriously and have been forwarded to the
appropriate management.

 

We sincerely apologize that you have been unsatisfied with
our responses to your concerns, and we are sorry that this final response could
not be more favorable. We will continue to improve and grow with our guests’
satisfaction in mind.

 

Best regards,























Christine
F*****

Senior
Advisor

Office of the President

Consumer Response:  
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because: Holland America Line has not addressed the issue of failure to disclose a potential health risk at a time prior to my boarding the ship.  This practice is reckless and deceitful.  They had ample opportunity to provide me with this information but did not.  As a result of this business practice, I incurred almost $500.00 in traveling expenses. 

Sincerely,

***** ********

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Complaint: I booked a cruise on the "Oosterdam" from Seward to Vancouver departing 14 June 2015. I booked this cruise online on 1st November 2014. The promotional package offered when I made the booking was "Exporer4" "Fares are based on Promo RH". This package offered "Free Signature Beverage Package", "Free Pinnacle Grill Dinner", and "Suite Offer" of one complimentary Canaletto dinner and $150 US onboard spending credit per person. This was the online offer at the time that induced me to enter into a contract with Holland America. I was considering other cruises but thought at that time that this offer would be the best one for us.This is our first time on a cruise and sadly it will be our last as my husband does not have long to live. To that end we have stretched our resources to make the trip a special one and it goes without saying that therefore every dollar is important to us and the package that was offered is extremely important.The problem is that when we boarded the "Oosterdam" two days ago we were advised that our promotional package had expired i.e. apparently it expired on 31st October 2014 and we booked the next day on 1st November yet it was still on the internet site at the time the booking was made with no warning that it had expired.If Holland America are slow in removing expired offers from the internet that customers are relying on when they make a booking then it should not be the customer that suffers the consequences and Holland America should be gracious enough to honour their representations.

Desired Settlement: I would like Holland America to provide us with the represented Explore4 package that was still online at the time the booking was made. We should not have the added stress of fighting for what we are entitled to at this time in our life because someone at Holland America did not update the internet site in a more timely fashion.

Business Response: June 16, 2015





Ms. **** ********

Email* *****************@gmail.com

 

RE: Case************


       Booking: ******

 

Ref. ********





Dear Ms. ********,

 

Thank you for the email to Mr. Stein K**** regarding
your ms
Oosterdam
sailing on June
14, 2015.
Please also know that Mr. K**** has shared your correspondence with our new
President, Mr. Orlando A******. After reviewing your comments Mr. K**** has
asked me to respond on their behalf and express our apologies for the
disappointment you experienced.

 

We
have done a little research and saw that you actually had 2 other bookings booked
thorough 2 different Travel Agencies for this same sailing. Booking ****** was
made by **** ********* and booking ****** was made by ********** ********. Both
were made on October 30, 2014 and both had the Explore4 promotion on them. They
also  had a different Mariner number for
you.

 

When
you made this booking on November 1, 2014, a new Mariner number was generated
and the Explore4 promotion had already expired; however, having said that, we
should have moved the promotion over to your new booking. As such, we have sent
an email to the ms Oosterdam and
asked them to honor this promotion for the remainder of your sailing. We
sincerely apologize for the frustration this has caused you.

 

Thank you again for
taking the time to provide Mr. K**** with your feedback and we do hope that you
and Mr. ****** are having a great time on board.

 

Best regards,























Christine
F*****

Senior
Advisor

Office of the President

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Complaint: On February 21 my wife and I left on a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to San Diego thru the Panama Canal. Due to engine problems with the ship two of our six port destinations were cancelled. Although 1/3 of our trip was cancelled no refund was offered.

Desired Settlement: Holland America should stand behind their product and offer a partial refund when services are not delivered as agreed.

Business Response:  

March 24, 2015





Mr. & Mrs.****** ******

*** *********** **

Lansdale, PA 19446-5658

Email: *********@gmail.com

 

RE: Case ************

       Booking: ********* **** ********





Dear Mr. & Mrs.******,

 

This is in response to an email sent to the Better Business
Bureau regarding your ms
*******
sailing on February
21, 2015.
We are grateful that you have given us
this opportunity to review your concerns and to express our regret for the
disappointment you encountered.

 

Holland America Line understands the disappointment of our
guests in missing a planned port of call. Revising an itinerary is a difficult
decision that factors in multiple elements. Unfortunately, situations at times
arise which make it necessary to cancel, advance, or postpone a scheduled port
call. The well-being and enjoyment of our guests and crew remains our primary
focus on every sailing. In this case, under the circumstances and after
thorough review, the Captain and senior management came to the conclusion that
the revision was required. Permission to make calls at the various ports is
obtained months in advance, and the timing of the entire itinerary must be
taken into consideration. Consequently, it is not possible to simply change the
order of the port calls at the last minute. Furthermore, we are not able to
hold “backup” berths at various alternate ports, as this would deny those ports
the opportunity to schedule visits from other cruise ships. We assure you that
decisions regarding itinerary revisions are never made lightly, and we
sincerely apologize for any dissatisfaction.

 

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you
that each guest on this cruise was issued a Future Cruise Credit equal to 20%
of their cruise fare (only) for use on a future sailing. We have confirmed that
Future Cruise Credits of $769.80 per person were issued to your Mariner Numbers
******* * ********* *** ***** * ********** and are valid on any sailing booked
prior March 4, 2016. These credits are to be used for the cruise fare only and
cannot be applied to taxes, supplemental hotel packages or air transportation.
When booking your next sailing us, kindly confirm that this has been added to
your reservation.

 

Again, please accept our apologies and assurances that staff
will redouble their efforts to meet our goal of consistent excellence in all
areas of your cruise experience. Beyond our sincere apologies and commitment to
improve, we hope to earn your trust and confidence to sail with Holland America
Line again so we may have another opportunity to create the positive experience
we know our sailings can offer.

 

Best regards,





 

 

***** ****

Special
Advisor

Office of the President

 

Consumer Response:  
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because: I did not receie that which I paid for.  A discount on a future cruise for that not delivered on this one is like buying any defective product and being refused a credit but getting a credit on a repeate purchase in the future.  NONSENSE!!

Sincerely,

****** ******

Consumer Response:  
Complaint: ********

I am rejecting this response because: As I explained, receiving a credit on a future cruise for a deffective prior cruise seems a bit absurd.  I noted that that is like buying a defective coffie maker, returning it to the store and being told I can have another one at half off!  Under the assumption that Holland America can not or will not correct the prior situation I would be satisfied with the 50% credit applied to a future cruise IF I could use it on a cruise booked thru the end of 2016, not 2015 and applied to Holland America or any of its sister lines. 
Thank you

Sincerely,

****** ******

Business Response:



To whom it may concern,

 

Please be advised that we have contacted Mr. ****** and have
advised him that senior management has reviewed the feedback from our guests
and has made the decision to increase our offer of a 20% per person Future
Cruise Credit of the base fare to 50% Future Cruise Credit per person.
 Guest will also be sent a letter.

 

We have attached a copy for your reference.

 

********* ******

Senior Advisor

Office of the President

***SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS REDACTED BY BBB***

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Complaint: On January 4, 2015, Dr. ***** *********, my wife and I embarked on the “RYNDAM.” Sadly, our first cruise with Holland America Line became a total nightmare! WHY? • Due to aggressive Corporate strategy in cutting operating costs, there was permeation of poor maintenance and upkeep. Several hundred passengers including ourselves contacted a fungus, called mold! It must have grown in the ship’s ventilation system. Also, lower hallways and cabins were so stuffy that the RYDAM’S crew were plugging up ventilation motors to purify the air. The air was foul. The heavy mold caused extensive and continuous COUGHING!? Similarly, most passengers suffered throughout the duration of the cruise. As of February 21, 2015, Dr. ********* became almost free of the fungus. I am still trying to recover, I am almost there! • The RYNDAM’s medical personnel and the general crew were piling on by attempting to misguide passengers that they suffered from a flu (the flu is usually associated with fever cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, headaches, and/or body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.) None of these symptoms were present with us and most other passengers. The ship’s medical staff members, were selling cough tablets for $8 and an expectorant for $18 or at other times $14. They even advised us to see the doctor for $95. They were advising everyone to take an Expectorant to treat the flu, instead of allergies. • Coughing was the constant symptom for those passengers affected. The cough tenacity could have brought forth heart attacks to seniors. I developed chest pains from the non-stop coughing. • Also, those of us who contacted the allergies became pariahs throughout the cruise. Be it the dining room, the pool, the theater, the clubs, we were avoided, as though we had….. the plague. • On the 13th day of the cruise, there was a clear gas smell on various parts of the RYNDAM. This was brought to the attention of Guest Services and other parts of the Ship’s crew members. Disregard was the result. On the 15th day and on the way to Tampa, a thunderous explosion occurred, passed midnight, causing some panic. We understood that an engine exploded and replaced upon return to Tampa. The gas smell and the engine explosion may or may not have been associated. • The temperatures throughout the WYNDAM were inconsistently low and high. This was a clear evidence of neglect from repairing or replacing thermostats. This was testified to by various crew members. The impact was that the mold aggravated our cough. WE were unable to sleep. One night I slept 2 ½ hours; A total wreck! • The Lido’s quality, variety and taste of food were below industry standards. In fact, leftover food served one day was reprocessed to the point that some pork, chicken and sirloin steaks developed food born bacteria. The deserts were pathetic in quality, quantity and variety. The desert area was extremely limited. • Same with sugar free deserts and ice cream. • Rotterdam’s lower dining area had insufficient lighting. One needed a flash light to see the food. We never had a steady table. We had to wait for long periods to be seated. Open seating caused disorganization. Also, food portions, from salads to appetizers were puny. • Cocktail pricing was inconsistent. A simple glass of wine (actually a half a glass served) was billed at $11+. • The RYNDAM promoted the on board shows as “Singers and Dancers.” In fact all of the Ship’s own dancers were NOT singing. Instead, they were only lip-syncing. • The Gym had a very early closing-9 PM. When dinner and shows are continuous, there is not enough time to go to the gym by 9 PM. Some of the gym equipment were inoperative. • The Web site for pre-registration is very Unfriendly. Not, only we failed and had our travel agent pre-register for us, but it required TWO credit cards in order to complete pre-registration. This opens dangers for hacking by criminals. Also, duplicate billing could occur. • NO refrigerator was provided in the room but for an extra fee they would provide. The consequence was that we had to place our medication with Guest Services. Often the lines to get the medication caused us long delays. You folks are nickel diming us! • THE ROTTERDAM DINING. Most crew meant well. But, service was slow and some of the food was spoiled, from a previous day. Portions were a “joke.” Yes, food savings can result in good profits. Some waiters complained that they had to serve too many tables. This is indicative of understaffing. (Labor cost savings?)

Desired Settlement: Although Holland America wrote to us and apologized repeatedly, they offered as settlement mediocre discounts on future cruise, which we will NEVER take-ABSOLUTELY NOT! We have been experienced cruise passengers with HOLLAND AMERICA parent Co; ********. CONCLUSIONS • The mold in the vent system of the WYNDAM originated with negligence. • The neglect of the negligence became a willful act! Is this how Holland America cuts costs? Call it cost savings, or profiteering, we suffered BIG time for the duration of the THREE week cruise and an additional month. Medications taken: 1) Zicam. We were misled that we had the flu. 2) Allegra –Allergy and 3) ASTEPRO 0.15%. • Corporate savings which turn to Corporate profits at the detriment of its bread and butter; the customer, become counterproductive and unethical! • (Ethics is a terrible concept!) Please extend us NO apologies. The horrendous suffrage will not be alleviated with excuses. With deep regrets, Your victims; hundreds of passengers and ***** *********, and *** *****

Business Response:

Dear Better Business Bureau,

Please see attached correspondence that was sent to Mr. ***** and Mrs. ********* on March 18th, 2015 addressing their concerns as well as presenting an offer for them to make use of on a future sailing.

Kind regards,

Brian R****
Special Advisor
Office of the President

Mr. *** ***** and Mrs. ***** *********

**** ****** ****** **

Florissant, MO 63031-1062

 

RE: Case ************

       Booking: ******

Dear Mr. ***** and Mrs. *********,

 

Thank you for your letter addressed to Mr. Orlando A****** regarding your ms Ryndam sailing departing January 4, 2015. After reviewing your comments Mr. A****** has asked me to respond on his behalf and express our apologies for the disappointment you experienced.

 

Because of your correspondence we went directly to the ship as well as the Manager of our Fleet Medical Department with your concerns. While we may not be able to answer every complaint, we will do our best.

 

From the ship’s side we would like to advise you of the following information regarding some of your concerns:

 

The Front Office staff said you were there almost every other day and were always having some fun and lively conversations with our crew on board and that you were never complaining. It was mentioned that Mrs. ********* had a cold and had thought about disembarking in Tampa on January 18th.

 

In regard to mold, we have been advised that the Front Office was contacted about some mildew in your stateroom and consequently a deep cleaning was done. Other than that, there has not been any sort of mold issue on board.

 

If there was a noticeable gas odor, it was because of the change in direction of the ship. In addition, the ship has a good air conditioning system and we also have additional service officers from the home office on board to monitor it.

 

We are also very sorry to hear that you experienced difficulty in receiving meals that adhered to your dietary needs, and that you were not satisfied with the culinary items that were available to you. Special dietary requests are quite common and we endeavor to fulfill these requests in a variety of ways, such as providing gluten-free options and offering an alternate vegetarian menu. Many dietary requests can be addressed through our Ship Services Department 90 days prior to sailing, and once aboard we ask that our Dining

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room Manager is notified of all special dietary needs 24 hours in advance so that selections off the next day’s menu may be chosen in advance, to be prepared according to the details that are communicated. Unfortunately, this was not done and was not noted in your booking. Our Food and Beverage staff is willing and able to accommodate your needs and we deeply regret if your requests were not honored. Once again, we offer our sincere apologies for the difficulties you encountered on board.

 

In addition, our food menus are followed. The ship does not have sugar free deserts, only non-sugar added and as for variety, there are at least 6 different selections for lunch and dinner, excluding fruit. Also, if your food portions were so small, our guests are welcome to order as many plates as they wish. Lastly, on this subject, leftover food is discarded at the end of every day and never reused.

 

Entertainment: All the Cast shows are sung in person. They do not lip sync and they sing in English, Dutch, and Spanish.

 

Per our policy, the gym opens at 6 am and is open 15 hours a day. It is not open 24/7.

 

Also, at least 95% or more of our guests pre-register and there is no need to register more than one credit card if you are sharing it, as all private information is encrypted.

 

On regard to not having a refrigerator, they are only available for free in a Neptune Suite as stated in our brochures as well on our website. All other guests must either pay a $2.00 a day charge or they are welcome to have us store medication for free as a gesture of goodwill.

 

From our Fleet Medical Department: It is the flu season and per the CDC (Center for Disease Control), it is a bad one. In addition, there was an increase of acute respiratory illness (cold without fever) and your symptoms are consistent with the flu.

 

In light of your correspondence, we have registered all of your complaints against this sailing. Mr. A****** has also forwarded a copy of your correspondence to the Sr. Vice President of Marine Hotel Operations and other appropriate senior management for their information and corrective action where necessary.

 

As a gesture of goodwill, we would like to offer you Onboard Credit in the amount of $150.00 per person in an effort to show our concern for your experience. While the credit must be applied to a new booking by March 18, 2017, your cruise does not need to depart within this timeframe. This credit is built in association with your Mariner numbers and will automatically be applied to your onboard account upon booking your next Holland America Line cruise. We encourage you or your travel professional to verify this special offer at time of confirmation to ensure your booking is properly noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, we would like to extend to you a stateroom upgrade from starting Interior to starting Ocean View, subject to availability and excluding Suites and Verandah categories, on a future sailing of 14 days or less with Holland America Line. This special upgrade offer is valid for 3 years from the date of this communication, and can be combined with any other applicable discounts, including upgrade promotions. Upon confirmation of your next Holland America Line cruise, please forward this original letter to the Guest Relations Department or call us at************** and we will make every effort to provide you with the best possible upgrade.

 

Again, please accept our apologies and assurances that staff will redouble their efforts to meet our goal of consistent excellence in all areas of your cruise experience. Beyond our sincere apologies and commitment to improve, we hope to earn your trust and confidence to sail with Holland America Line again so we may have another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer.

 

Best regards,

COPY

 

Christine F*****

Senior Advisor

Office of the President

 

 

Consumer Response:

 
Complaint: ********

We am rejecting this response because:

Sincerely,

*** *****

The response was in a highly editorialized and NO content manner. They offered numerous apologies and excuses.

We suffered a great deal of pain, as many, MANY more passengers from MOLD permeating the ship.

We are still suffering and seeing medical doctors.

 

The author of the response had even the stupidity of playing a Charlatan, i.e., Medical doctor without a license. She stated that we, Dr. ********* and myself suffered from a flue! Fact of the matter, the ship nurses gave us and we bought independently in one of the ships' stops flue medications to NO avail.

They did offer us some minor promotions which were more humiliating than of substance!

 

We deeply appreciate you, and the BBN fpr going the length to help us get our dignity and show the world that this shippibg Co, at least on this cruise was a disaster and that they place profits above passenger protection.

 

*** ***** and ***** H. *********, PhD.

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Complaint: o whom it may concern, My wife and I were on a cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam that left Fort Lauderdale on December 28th and circled the Caribbean for 7 days. On New Year's Eve, very important pain medication was stolen from our cabin by a member of the crew. The crew obviously knew that most people would be out for awhile that evening. According to the security chief, *****, no one else (other than a crew member) would have access to our room while we were out. We filed a report with security as soon as we detected the theft. They did not respond immediately but many hours later. My wife had to go to the ships doctor and wait while I frantically hoped she would be able to get some pain meds and meet me for our excursion. This did not happen. I had to go on the excursion to Chechen Itza alone. This is not a place we get a chance to see more than usually once in our lives and now she probably will never see it. The ship's doctor said that they would try to fill the prescription in Mexico but to no success. We tried to get the prescription filled ourselves in Key West but tried 3 shops and no one would fill it. We later found out that the ship's doctor either did not have a DEA number or just forgot to put it on the paper and that was why we were getting the run around. To compound the issue, my wife needed to get costly therapies done while on the ship without her pain medicine. We spent much more than we had planned on this trip due to this travesty. When we docked at Fort Lauderdale, we filed a police report with the port authority documenting the incident. We believe that we are due a second chance at this cruise. The $98 credit issued by the cruise ship hardly covers the pain and anguish that my wife had to endure and the loss of a once in a lifetime experience like Chechen Itza. We have contacted the cruise line several times but they do not seem to care about keeping our business.

Desired Settlement: We would like a refund for the cruise and for the therapies that were needed while aboard the ship. We are open to negotiating.

Business Response:

February 9, 2015


*** * **** ******
**** ******* *** **
Chesterfield, VA 23832-4016
Email: *********@gmail.com
 
RE: Case 1-**********
       Booking: ******


Dear *** * **** ******,
 
Thank you for the email regarding your ms Nieuw Amsterdam sailing on December 28, 2014. We truly appreciate you taking the time to relay your feedback and would like to offer our sincere apologies for the disappointment you have detailed.
 
We are sorry to hear that Mrs. **************** prescription medication was missing on New Year’s Eve, and are especially concerned that you both feel that the medication was taken by one of our onboard staff members. We make every effort to locate missing items and to reunite the owner with their lost property whenever possible. We note that the ship’s Security Officer performed a search and the incident was documented. While we are unable to say with any certainty why the medication could not be located, we empathize with you both regarding your disappointment and for any difficulties experienced afterwards. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to honor your specific request for a free cruise or for any other form of compensate, but we will contact you if the missing property is found.
 
Thank you once more for contacting our office and bringing this matter to our attention. Mariners like you are the core of our business and the reason we continue sailing, and we hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the very near future.
 
Best regards,


COPY 
 
****** *******
Special Advisor
Office of the President

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Complaint: 1st part #Holland America Line promoted a 45 port cruise (priced according to 45 ports). We have missed three ports Alofi, Raratonga and Geraldton. Requesting a refund of $1333.33 for these three ports missed.2nd part # Due to health issues (I am experiencing abnormal excessive high heart beats) my cruise will be cut short. I visited the onboard Doctor on Feb 26 2015. Arrived with extremely high abnormal heart beating, I must visit my primary doctor for treatment. I am requesting a refund of the unused portion of the cruise totaling $10,000.00TOTAL REFUND $11,333.33

Desired Settlement: Requesting a refund in the amount of $11,333.33 to be deposited to my credit cardor a shipboard credit for my spouse of said amount

Business Response: March 19, 2015



*** ********** ******
**** ****** ** ** *** **** ***
San Ysidro, CA 92173-3071

Email: ************@gmail.com
 

RE: Case 1-**********
      Booking: ******

Dear Ms. ******,

Thank you for the email regarding your ms Amsterdam sailing on January 5, 2015. We are grateful that you have given us this opportunity to review your concerns. 

Holland America Line understands the disappointment of our guests in missing a planned port of call. Revising an itinerary is a difficult
decision that factors in multiple elements. Unfortunately, situations at times arise which make it necessary to cancel, advance, or postpone a scheduled port
call. The well-being and enjoyment of our guests and crew remains our primary focus on every sailing. In this case, under the circumstances and after
thorough review, the Captain and senior management came to the conclusion that the revisions were required. Permission to make calls at the various ports is
obtained months in advance, and the timing of the entire itinerary must be taken into consideration. Consequently, it is not possible to simply change the
order of the port calls at the last minute. We assure you that decisions regarding itinerary revisions are never made lightly, and we sincerely apologize for any
dissatisfaction.

We are sorry to learn of the circumstances surrounding your decision to disembark early from your cruise. While we are sympathetic to your
situation, we do note that various travel protection policies are available to cover travelers in such situations. Many of our guests purchase such coverage
every time they sail and we are unable to offer a cruise fare refund or credit for a future cruise to those who did not select our cruise protection. If you
acquired travel protection through an outside source we encourage you to follow up with them. Again, we are sorry to disappoint you in this matter but hope
this helps to clarify our policy regarding trip interruption.

Thank you again for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention.


Best regards,


***** *******
Special Advisor
Office of the President

 



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Complaint: We travelled on the Eurodam Sep 14-24 2014. Booking ID ******* During our trip we verified our account statement - once mid-trip and once at the end - everything was perfect. Four days after our return we noticed that the final charge on our visa was $60 more than the statement we received on departure. Yet we never received an updated statement to explain the additional charge. The correspondence: Oct 1 - first email to guest relations to inquire as to the additional $60 charge - no response Oct 19 - second email asking for an explanation Oct 24 - response from *********** ***** "Special Advisor, Office of the President" saying that they think we took a yoga mat with us on departure from the ship. Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Oct 25 - I responded back confirming that we did not steal a yoga mat. I itemized where we saw the mats on arrival to our cabin, where we put them during our trip, and the fact we returned them to the same place before we left the cabin on departure. I asked that they please reverse the $60 charge immediately. - no response Nov. 9 - I emailed AGAIN to ask for resolution of the claim and $60 reversal. To date (November 23) - no response. $60 charge has not been reversed on my visa. I am furious that they took such liberties to add an additional charge without sending us a revised statement by mail or email to explain the charge - instead pushing us to take action for clarification/change. And I am even MORE furious that they won't even respond to me at this point.

Desired Settlement: I would like the $60 reversed off my credit card. And an explanation as to why they do not send their guests revised statements when the final charge does not match the statement given to the guest upon departure.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/11/25) */ COPY OF SECOND RESPONSE SENT TO GUEST November 14, 2014 Mrs. ***** ********* RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear **** *********, This is in response to your latest communication regarding your ms Eurodam cruise. We deeply regret your continuing dissatisfaction with your experience, and with our previous response. Once again, we sincerely apologize for the disappointment you encountered on this sailing. We understand that you state you did not remove this item from the ship, and we are very sorry if you were charged in error. Consequently, we will be happy to credit your charge card in the amount of USD $60.00. Again, we sincerely apologize for this oversight, and we thank you for contacting us. Thank you for bringing these items to our attention. We assure you that we appreciate your feedback on how we may continue to improve, and hope you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, COPY *********** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President COPY OF FIRST RESPONSE TO GUEST BELOW October 23, 2014 **** ***** ********* RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear **** *********, Thank you for the email regarding your ms Eurodam sailing on September 14, 2014. From time to time a guest may inadvertently pack an item from their stateroom, such as a hair dryer or bath robe, and take it home with them. When this is done, our Housekeeping staff will report the missing item and a replacement fee will be charged to the guest's credit card. Our records indicate this charge is related to a Yoga Mat that was missing from your stateroom. If you inadvertently packed this item and would like to return it to us, we would be happy to reverse this charge. Please ship the item in question to the address listed below, and we will credit your charge card in the amount of $60.00 once we confirm receipt: Holland America Line Attn: Guest Relations *** ******* ****** **** Seattle, WA 98119 However, if this item is not in your possession and you feel you were charged in error, please let us know. Thank you again for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. We assure you that we appreciate your comments, and hope that you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, COPY *********** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (3000, 8, 2014/12/05) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) I received an email from *** 24 hours after my BBB claim was accepted. Oddly, the email arrived November 25 but the enclosed letter was BACK-DATED to November 14, 2014. They apologized yet again for the inconvenience, and promised to reverse the $60 charge on my credit card. It is now December 5. I have yet to receive my $60 credit. I therefore must reject the response from ***. At this point I continue to be stunned by the sheer lack of professionalism from this organization. I can't help wondering how many other passengers have endured a similar situation and simply given up. Can you please follow up with them to try to find some way to get my $60 back? Quite honestly I now wish I had requested compensation in addition to my $60 reverse charge. I have lost track of how many hours I have wasted in this process! Thank you! Final Business Response /* (4000, 10, 2014/12/09) */ December 9, 2014 Better Business Bureau Attn: ***** ******** ** *** **** DuPont, WA 98327-1000 Email: **********@thebbb.org RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Guest Name: ***** ********* BBB Case: XXXXXXXX Dear *****, We appreciate the follow up response regarding *** *********'s concerns on her recent Holland America Line sailing. We regret that due to a clerical error our previous response was sent to *** ********* on Tuesday November 25, 2014 at 7:12 AM PST, yet our email incorrectly stated the date as November 14, 2014. While our reply to *** ********* was sent out before our request to follow up with the Better Business Bureau was received, we do wish to apologize for her further frustration with our resolution process. In reply to *** *********'s latest complaint provided through the Better Business Bureau, we had requested that our refunds department expedite the processing of her refund and are pleased to note that the refund has been processed back to *** *********'s Credit Card as of December 5, 2014. We once again apologize for any additional dismay *** ********* feels and appreciate the opportunity to work with you once more. *****, please let us know if we can assist in any other way. Best regards, *********** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President Final Consumer Response /* (2000, 12, 2014/12/13) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.) I can confirm that I finally received the credit on my visa. Thank you BBB for facilitating this.

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Complaint: To Whom it May Concern, This complaint is in reference to my diamond earrings that were stolen by the housekeeping staff on the ms Volendam cruise ship on the September 4, 2013 sailing - Booking: ****** - Holland America Case # X-XXXXXXXXXX. On September 4, 2013 I sailed on the ms Volendam cruise ship to Alaska. Upon my return to Vancouver I exited the ship and immediately realized that I had forgot my earrings on the bedside table in the room I was staying (I had taken them off the night before). I asked the personnel to provide me an escort to return to the room to retrieve these earrings, although this was refused to me. I was then advised that the earrings were no longer there. Holland America Line has previously stated their position is that they are not responsible for "lost" items. However, these items were not lost, the only conclusion that can be reached based on the facts is that they were stolen by the staff aboard the ship. Additionally, my ability to retrieve the earrings where I had left them was denied to me.

Desired Settlement: I am seeking compensation in the amount $458.08 CAD. I have receipts for my original purchase of these earrings as well as a certificate of purchase which I can email, or upload to the complaint file once received. Thank you kindly in advance for your consideration.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 7, 2014/11/20) */ November 20, 2014 Ms. ****** ****** Email: ************@gmail.com RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** ******, This email is in response to the recent communication we received regarding your ms Volendam sailing on September 4, 2013. We are truly sorry to learn that you were disappointed with our previous correspondences. It was certainly not our intention to cause additional frustration. While it is always difficult for us to hear about the disappointments our travelers may encounter on our sailings, the Guest Relations Department was created to listen to our guests' comments, both positive and negative, so that our company may continue to grow with guest satisfaction in mind. Therefore, we regret to learn of your continued disappointment that the ship was unable to locate the diamond earrings you left on board when you disembarked. As we conveyed at that time, thorough searches were performed by onboard staff in an attempt to location your missing property. Unfortunately, we were unable to reunite you with your missing earrings, and we empathize with you regarding your loss. While we understand that you have requested to be compensated for your missing earrings, we must reiterate that per our Cruise Contract, Holland America Line assumes no responsibility for any loss of personal items such as jewelry. These items should not be left lying about the ship or your stateroom, nor should they be left unattended on other vessels. Consequently, we are not in a position to honor your specific request. Once again, we have found that some Homeowners or Travel Insurance policies often include coverage of personal property while traveling away from home. We encourage you to contact your insurance provider to see if they are able to assist you. While we regret that this final response could not be more favorable, we do hope that you will continue to include Holland America Line in your travel plans. Best regards, ****** ******* Special Advisor Office of the President Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (3000, 9, 2014/11/24) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) Holland America denied me the ability to return to the ship with an escort and retrieve the earrings where I had left them. One of the staff members stole the earrings. Now the company is hiding behind their pseudo-policy and a contract that I never signed in writing, nor which covers the scope of theft by their staff. Imagine visiting a friends house, saying goodbye, walking outside to the car, then remembering you left something on a table, turning right back around and saying "Oh I left my possession on your table, may I retrieve it?" Then having your friend forcibly deny you entry and tell you that your item simply is no longer there. This company and the staff are absolutely disgraceful. Final Business Response /* (4000, 11, 2014/11/25) */ November 25, 2014 Ms. ****** ****** ** **** *** * ********** ** *** *** Canada Email: ************@gmail.com RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** ******, Thank you, once more, for your recent communication regarding your ms Volendam sailing on September 4, 2013. Once again, we deeply regret that you were not satisfied with Holland America Line's response. Staying aware of our guests' wishes and comments is a top priority for our CEO, ***** *****, and for each of us working to provide the best of cruising and onboard service. One more, the Guest Relations Department was established so that we may respond to our guests' concerns and issues on behalf of the company and *** *****. Your disappointment with the ship not being able to locate your missing earrings compounded by the policy which prevents disembarked guests from re-boarding the ship have been taken very seriously and also forwarded to the appropriate management for their information and benefit. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer compensation for any items which are left on board. We sincerely apologize that you have been unsatisfied with our responses to your concerns, and we are very sorry that this final response could not be more favorable. We will continue to improve and grow with our guests' satisfaction in mind. Best regards, ****** ******* Special Advisor Office of the President

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Complaint: My husband and I cruised with Holland America on the Eurodam starting on 3/16/14. On the morning of the 3/18/14 my husband started to get sick with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and very painful stomach cramping. We went to the infirmary on board and they told him there was really not much they could do for him except give him anti-diarrhea medicine and told him to drink plenty of fluids and to eat the meal on the room service menu recommended for sea sickness. They told him that he would be quarantined in the room and to call the infirmary back for further instructions the next day. I was not quarantined but did stay in the room with my husband not wanting to spend my honeymoon alone. He called the infirmary the next morning and let them know that he had recently had diarrhea and so they told him that he couldn't leave the room until he went 24 hours without having an episode of diarrhea. We ended up missing a day at sea and our day in Jamaica. Later that night he was able to leave the room. He no longer had diarrhea but was still having severe stomach cramping and a fever and was severely dehydrated. He was still in pain for our excursions in Grand Cayman and Key West but figured that if the infirmary told him there was nothing else they do that there was no reason to go back. After Key West on 3/22/14 my husband was in such severe pain that I forced him to go back to the infirmary. They saw that he was severely dehydrated and put him on IV fluids, ran blood test and gave him antibiotics and medicine for the pain. He finally started to feel better but by this time we were ending our cruise. I thought that it was odd because they didn't think to do any of this the first time we went so that he could actually enjoy the cruise, they waited until he complained a second time and they finally took him seriously. We paid over $500 in medical fees and had follow-up medical expenses when we got home. When we got home we called their customer service line which is only open for a limited time during the day and had very long hold times. It took us about 3 attempts to finally get through to someone. Once we finally got through we filed our complaint and asked that we get a refund for the cruise and our medical expenses because my husband got sick on the ship. They said that they would get back to us with a resolution. They never did, we had to waste more of our time calling them back and following up. They apologized and said that they were waiting on a response from the doctor and that's why they weren't getting back to us. I accepted their apology and asked from that point forward for them to keep us posted and they once again didn't follow through. They finally sent a letter in the mail with their resolution. They offered us each a $250.00 credit towards another cruise. We spent over $3000 for the cruise fare and the medical expenses. The credit they offered wouldn't even cover half of a cruise for the two of us and I don't want to spend anymore money with Holland America and risk having just as bad of an experience. We are thoroughly disgusted with Holland America and how they handled the situation. We want our money back so we can actually have a real honeymoon. We want to put this situation behind us but we haven't been able to because we do not feel like we were treated fairly throughout this ordeal.

Desired Settlement: We would like a full refund of our cruise fare and medical expenses.

Business Response: October 24, 2014

BBB CASE#: ********
Booking: ******
Guests: *****

Dear Better Business Bureau,

This in response to Mr. & Ms. *****'s communication regarding their ms Eurodam sailing. We deeply regret the *****s' continuing displeasure with their experience and their dissatisfaction with our previous response. While we understand that Mr. & Ms. ***** have requested a full refund of their cruise fare and medical expenses, we are unfortunately unable to honor their request as the treatment provided was appropriate. As they are aware, we did provide the *****s each with a Future Cruise Credit in the amount of $250.00 per person which will be available to them should they decide to utilize it. Once again, we sincerely apologize for their disappointment and hope that despite this, we may welcome them back on board so that we may have another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer.

Kind regards,



Brian R****
Special Advisor
Office of the President

Consumer Response: (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
This response is not acceptable. My husband was not properly treated by your medical team, he should have been given the antibiotics the first time we came to the infirmary. We paid over $3000 for everything and could not enjoy it one bit because my husband got sick on YOUR ship and was not given proper medical treatment so that he could feel better. We never want to cruise with Holland America again. Giving us a credit that isn't enough to pay for an entire cruise is just a ploy to get more money from us. We want a refund and we don't think that this is an unreasonable request.

Business Response: October 29, 2014

Ms. ******** *****
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BBB # ********

RE: Case ************
Booking: ******

Dear Ms. *****,

This is in response to your latest communication regarding your ms Eurodam cruise. We deeply regret your continuing dissatisfaction with your experience, and with our previous response. Once again, we sincerely apologize for the disappointment you and Mr. ***** encountered on this sailing.

Once again, please know our Medical Department did a thorough review and investigation of what transpired and we can assure you that a great deal of time and thoughtful consideration was expended before determining the appropriate course of action. Our Medical Director has evaluated Mr. *****'s physical assessment on board ship, treatment, and the selected medications. It is his belief that the medical care provided was appropriate for the presenting symptoms and our Medical Department fully stands by this. Our Medical Department has determined that treatment was in fact appropriate and unfortunately the full medical charges incurred will stand.

Please know, as a gesture of goodwill, our offer of Future Cruise Credits has been extended for one year and will now expire on June 18, 2016. However improbable a future cruise with Holland America Line may seem to you at this time, we wish to reiterate that our offer will be available to you should you decide to utilize it.

We are committed to providing the most dependable service possible and we sincerely hope that you will decide to include Holland America Line in your future travel plans. Once again, we thank you for contacting our office.

Best regards,


Christine F*****
Senior Advisor
Office of the President

Consumer Response: (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
We are not trying to be difficult and we understand that in your medical team's opinion they treated us appropriately but we disagree. Our honeymoon was ruined because my husband caught something on the ship and he did not get the appropriate treatment to make him feel better from the start. The real issue is that he got sick on your ship and our honeymoon was ruined as a result. We paid for the cruise monthly for over a year. Three thousand dollars is a lot of money to spend to be quarantined on a ship. We just want to feel like we weren't completely ripped off. We want our money back, we don't think that we are being unreasonable or unfair by asking for that. Please be fair and give us the refund that we deserve.

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Complaint: On August 30,2014 we sailed with Holland America to Alaska in the Neptune Suite. This suite was badly damaged. The damage was extensive: patio door badly scratched-chip out of sink vanity-shower and bathtub tiles had to be regrouted-shower hot water value broken. We had the concierge come to the room. We both took pictures of the door. Then she went into the bathroom taking pictures. She told us this damage had to be fixed-the workmen would be there shortly to fix the door-we could not be there while they were working. **** is in a wheelchair. Workmen were in the suite around four hours fixing the door. When they left, we were told they would be back Sunday around 8am to grout the shower tile and fix the vanity. We left- came back around 11:30am-just finishing up-we were told no water usage for the areas needed to dry. And, HE would be back Monday around 8am to grout the bathtub area. We asked him to do it now and he refused. Monday 8am he came-we left-Return around 1pm-just finishing up-again not to use the water-Tuesday we could take a shower. Tuesday night at 10:30pm **** went to take a shower and NO hot water. The concierge and the plumber came. He stayed until almost midnight and could not fix it. Leaving he said he would be back around 8am to fix it. He came-we left-he fixed it. We had no showers until Wednesday night(4 days) nor did we had the full used of the suite for five days. Late Friday night a letter was put in the mail basket with a $1,000.00 refund for our inconvenience. This was found Saturday morning. We CALLED-they couldn't talk with us because of debarking-Got home week later-talked with Holland America-told them of our dissatisfaction-tried to work with them-they don't feel we were THAT inconvenienced. We had only TWO days(out of seven) without workmen in the suite. We feel we were extremely cooperative. As far as Holland America is concerned, they are done with us. This suite should never been put back in service. They had to have known the damage!!!

Desired Settlement: DesiredSettlementID: Refund We paid $5,367.60 for this trip. We would like to get a full refund.It was not Holland America fault that this suite was damaged but it was also not our fault. They should have told us about this damage. This suite should never have been in service. We asked for another room-told they were all full--this is not what we paid for and it is just not right for Holland America to treat people this way. No, we do not want another cruise with Holland America.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/10/01) */ September 23, 2014 *** and **** *** ******** XXXXX * ***** ** *** *** ******* ** XXXXX-XXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Case ID: XXXXXXXX Dear *** and **** ********, Thank you for taking the time to fill in your Guest Satisfaction Surveys regarding your ms Westerdam sailing which departed on August 30, 2014. It is disheartening to learn of your disappointment with this recent cruise. Our goal is for all guests to enjoy their time with us and return home looking forward to the next time they sail with us; we are sorry this was not your experience. Your comments regarding the condition of your stateroom, the difficulty with the hot water in the shower, and your disappointment in the service provided on board have been forwarded to appropriate management for information and review. While providing accessible shore excursions for our guests in Alaska places us in compliance with ADA regulations, we do regret your disappointment in the number available. In reviewing the information received from the ship in conjunction with your surveys, we believe the compensation you received on board was fair and equitable. Nonetheless, as an additional gesture of goodwill and our apologies for your dissatisfaction we would like to extend to you Future Cruise Credits in the amount of $500.00 total ($250.00 per person). These credits may be applied to the cruise fare only of a new Holland America Line cruise or Land+Sea Journey booking, and are combinable with other applicable credits. While the credits must be applied to a new booking by September 23, 2015, your cruise does not need to depart within this year's time. Although you may choose any stateroom category, this offer is dependent upon availability and cannot be transferred or refunded. These credits may not be used for deposits, taxes, Cancellation Protection, Home City Air, or other optional programs. For your convenience, they are built in association with your Mariner numbers and will automatically be credited toward your cruise fare. We kindly ask that this special offer be verified at time of confirmation to ensure your booking is properly noted. Please be advised that you do have the right to pursue Department of Transportation or Department of Justice action related to your accessibility complaint if you feel we have not resolved your issues appropriately. *** and **** ********, please be assured that we will redouble our efforts to meet our goal of consistent excellence for every guest. We thank you again for taking the time to provide us with your detailed comments, and hope you will give us another opportunity to welcome you on board again in the near future. Kind regards, COPY ***** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (3000, 7, 2014/10/01) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) We do not accept Holland America response. We feel this problem needs to be resolved by refunding our money. Holland America took our money not something else in place of money. Therefore we do not believe we should have to settle for a cruise instead of money. We paid for this cruise in good faith. We were inconvenienced 5 out of 7 days. That is way over half the cruise. Because I am in a wheelchair and need my rest time, we wanted a large comfortable room. This is why the room was so important to us. This is why we were in the Neptune Suite. Not to have the full use of this room for 5 days did make it difficult. This damage was not Holland America's fault. It was NOT our fault either. We feel we were more than fair with Holland America by asking for only half the price of the cruise refunded. We do not want another cruise. We want our money refunded. We asked to be moved to another room. They said no they didn't have another room. Yet on the Wednesday(the fifth day), we were told they could had made arrangement for us to showered in another room. Did they have another room or not another room??? How would any of them like going without a shower for 4 days??? How would Holland America's CEO like to spend a week vacation in a room that he could not fully enjoy for 5 out of 7 days????Would he like to pay for that room???? We tried to be fair-we only asked for a refund of half the cost-Holland America would not even talk with us about our request. In fact Holland America said we were not that inconvenienced. They also make it appears that we were dissatisfied with the service on board and the shore excursion. That is simply NOT TRUE. In fact we named two young men in the survey for their service to us. As for the shore excursions, we were very happy with it. I simply suggested it would be nice if more excursions could be added for wheelchair accessibility. We can not believe the cruise line that is suppose to be the BEST IN THE BUSINESS is treating us in this way. We truly hope Holland America will reconsider their position and make this RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! **** Final Business Response /* (4000, 9, 2014/10/07) */ October 7, 2014 *** *** ******** XXXXX * ***** ** *** *** ******* ** XXXXX-XXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** BBB Case # XXXXXXXX Dear *** ********, We have received your follow-up communication regarding your ms Westerdam cruise. Once again, we are concerned that you remain dissatisfied, both with your cruise experience and with our previous correspondence. Please be assured that we truly value your feedback, and thank you for the time you have taken to provide additional thoughts regarding your recent sailing. We are very sorry that our previous offer to you did not meet your expectations. Please be assured that your concerns were reviewed thoroughly before this offer was made. We take various factors into account when addressing guest concerns and determining an appropriate gesture, such as the nature and severity of the issues encountered as well as the cruise fare paid. Our offer to you was not meant to place a value on your experience, it was simply provided as a gesture of our sincere regret for the difficulties you faced. Once again, we want to extend our sincere apologies for any resulting disappointment. After reviewing your concerns and in lieu of our offer of Future Cruise Credits, we have requested a partial refund in the amount of $749.50 per person ($1499.00 total). Please know this amount and the $1000.00 you received on board represents 70% of the base fare paid for 5 days of your sailing. This is also the maximum compensation allowed by our company policy. This will be posted to your card on file and should be completed within two weeks. Thank you again for giving us this opportunity to address your concerns. We sincerely hope to be given the opportunity to welcome you and **** ******** aboard again very soon. Best regards, ********* ****** Senior Advisor Office of the President Final Consumer Response /* (2000, 11, 2014/10/08) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.) Yes we will accept this additional amount of $1499.00. Thank you

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Complaint: I was booked on a cruise to Bermuda for May 2015. I had to cancel due to medical reasons. Holland America kept over $500 to cancel the cruise. They would have been out no money seeing the cruise was only booked for a few days and so far in advance. I think that was wrong of them. What a way to kick you when you're down. It was bad enough I had a medical issue and had to cancel...but to rip me off over $500! I will NOT be choosing Holland America in the future.

Desired Settlement: I want my money back.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/09/08) */ Thank you for contacting us via social media regarding your cancelled ms ******* sailing on May 30, 2015. First and foremost, we are sorry to hear that you could not join this sailing as planned. We regret that you needed to cancel your cruise and empathize with you regarding the circumstances that led to this decision. It is always a relief to learn that a cancelling guest had the foresight to protect their cruise investment through the purchase of our Cancellation Protection Plan. Regarding your request that we refund the amount paid for the Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP), please know this is a fixed element of the booking established at time of purchase and is generally not refundable. We offer this important protection to our guests at a low rate to help them avoid financial loss in case of an unexpected cancellation or trip interruption. However, because your booking was cancelled outside of other cancellation fees, we would be happy to refund the CPP cost to you as a one-time exception. This will be refunded to the credit card on file and should be complete within 2-3 weeks. Thank you for choosing Holland America Line. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the near future. Best regards, ****** ******* Special Advisor Office of the President Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (2000, 7, 2014/09/10) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.) I am very happy with the response from Holland America. I didn't expect a refund so I was really pleased to see that they are refunding the money. They handled this very professionally and seemed to really care how I felt. They went above and beyond to resolve this and I would not hesitate to use Holland America in the future or recommend them to someone else.I have deleted my post from Facebook. Thank you.

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Complaint: Wi-if service unacceptable. Charged for service that was almost completely unavailable.Voyage EUXXXXXX Eurodam 8/15-8/27/2014Stateroom 6060VISA Transaction numbers:XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Desired Settlement: DesiredSettlementID: Refund Remove charges from bill. Refund to credit card. Ending in ****

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/08/28) */ August 28, 2014 *** **** ********* ** *** **** ***** ** XXXXX-XXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** BBB Case # XXXXXXXX Dear *** *********, We received your complaint from the Better Business Bureau regarding your ms Eurodam sailing departing August 15, 2014. We are grateful that you have given us this opportunity to review your concerns and to express our regret for the disappointment you encountered. We are sorry to learn of your disappointment with the Internet services on board. We endeavor to detail this shipboard feature in our literature, online, and on board, so that guests may choose whether or not to agree to the terms and conditions. The Internet is accessible from workstations at the Explorations Café, or from a personal laptop that can access "hot spots" found throughout the ship. Electronic communications connect through a satellite-based system, and reception and transmission may be slow or intermittent due to various factors, including available bandwidth, ship location, local interference, weather conditions, surrounding terrain, and satellite availability. There are related tariffs and charges for onboard Internet service, and packages are available. We have made significant commitments to improving onboard Internet service and now provide bandwidth comparable to our competitors on a per-guest basis. However, we continue to focus on additional technologies that will lead to increased bandwidth access and even better service. We truly regret your dissatisfaction with this aspect of your cruise experience, and we thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention. In addition, as you purchased 2 Internet Packages, if the first one for $175.00 was not working you could have requested a refund for $100.00 for the 2nd one while you were on board. We are quite sure this could have been easily resolved during your sailing. Nevertheless, we have requested a refund in the amount of $275.00 to be posted to the card on file and should be completed within two weeks. Thank you once more for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. Mariners like you and ******* are the core of our business and the reason we continue sailing, and we hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the very near future. Best regards, ********* ****** Senior Advisor Office of the President Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (2000, 7, 2014/08/28) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.)

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Complaint: I am a recent college graduate who booked a cruise trip with Holland America Line. Here are several issues regarding the service I booked. First of all, I think the cancellation policy is misleading when advertised on the website. Based on the information and wording on Holland America's website, I gained the understanding that the cancellation policy is for the people who are not sure if they will be able to make it to the trip or are uncertain about their interests in the trip. This understanding directly came from the description the company gives in the advertisement on the website. As for my situation, I was positive that I would like to join the cruise and will be able to make it. I also booked connection flights and hotels for the nights before and after the cruise near the harbor. I was not thinking that I would need the cancellation policy because I was very certain about the trip. I really tried to make thorough plans for this trip. Secondly, after the trip is booked; the company provided insufficient and wrong information for obtaining Canadian visa to get on the trip. They provide minimum information when realized that I am a minority and keeps repeating their disclaimer and they do not have the responsibility to provide information or help. I have called over dozen times about it and still obtained the wrong information. At the very beginning, I was told that I only need passport and address information. I was still not sure so I called the company to confirm. I was directed to the visa webpage that your company have on the website. I couldn't get any clear information from there. Thus I called in the customer help again. One of the agents told me to get on a visa website that the company cooperate with and said they would take care of the issue. She couldn't comment. So I went on that website. After I followed the instructions on that site, it says that they can't provide me with visa assistance as opposed to what the agent told me. I would have to call the Canadian Consulate myself after another phone call with the company. I called the number they provided. It was a voice message from the Canadian Consulate which says they cannot answer any questions regarding visas and they can only assist with Canadian citizens regarding their passport issues. So I called the company for help again because I didn't know what to do. Then I was given a number of Canadian Official Travel Assistance Agent. I called that number and the first officer there don't even speak good English. I did not understand his Frenchy English and called back. Then, a lady told me that since I were to be in Canada for less than 48 hours I can apply for a transit visa online. So I went online again, and on the Canadian Consulate website, I couldn't find information about this type of visa. So I called again and was told that I can obtain that visa in Buffalo New York at their Consulate. I went to Buffalo to on my own cost. The worst thing is, when we get there, we found out their office was closed just at the end of last year!!! I contacted the Official Agent again and was given a number of the New York State General Consulate in New York City. I called again and was again told by a voice message that they cannot comment on visa or immigration questions. I thought since I am already in New York state, I will just to to NYC's Consulate Office and find out what is the matter. It was a Monday when I got there. I saw people sitting on the floor in front of the door of the visa center. I am not sure if I need to do the same thing. I was told by the Official Agent that Transit visa is different from Temporary Visa. So I asked the guard there and he told me I can only get Temporary Visa for Transit purpose and the office only opens on Wednesday mornings. He told me to file an application online first. I didn't what I was told and went to the office on Wednesday again. Please also keep in mind that, I paid all the hotels, travelling fees including communication fees at my own expenses. Also, in the meantime I was doing all that, I have been keeping Holland America updated with my progress and asking for their advice. I was recommended and considering moving my trip to a later date or different destination if I weren't able to get my visa eventually. Several of the agents confirmed this option with me after talking to their supervisors. So I was at the consulate again on Wednesday. The even worst part is that they can't locate my application from online. In that case, I was not able to get the transit visa in time. They directed my case to the tech department to location my application and ask me to wait and maybe go back on Friday. However, they never called me back. Then I talked to your company again, I was told then that I probably would want to move the trip to another date. I agreed and the lady asked me to call her back when I have in mind which destiny I would like to go instead of Alaska. I did some research and decided would like to go to Bermuda instead in 2015. So I called Holland America again to try to tell them my plan. I was then told that the substitute trip should take off within 75 days or something of the original departure date. Apparently all the trips that take off within 75 days passes Canada! Thirdly, the company is very poor at responding after an issue has occurred. I called and emailed the customer relations multiple times by only got replied once by email. The information in reply email is irrelevant to my case. I am even wondering if they just send the same reply email to a lot of customers who have issues. I have friends who are not minority that went on trips with Holland America. According to them the courtesy from the company and service are definitely at a different level. I cannot say anything about this because this isn't anything tangible that one can receive.

Desired Settlement: I personally paid everything including commuting flight tickets, hotels rooms, transportation from Pennsylvania (where I live) to Seattle, Buffalo and NYC and including all the communication fees because I really was hoping that I can resolve the situation. Now I am seeking for a full refund for the $1849.42; in addition, the reimbursement of half of the extra expenses that occurred $400 due to the issue.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/06/20) */ Our initial response to this guest was sent on May 23, 2014 and is as follows: Thank you for the phone call regarding your cancelled ms Westerdam sailing on May 17, 2014. First and foremost, we are sorry to hear that you could not join this sailing as planned due to lack of proper visa documentation. We regret that you needed to cancel your cruise and empathize with you regarding the circumstances that led to this decision. We are also sorry that you found yourself in this difficult position without adequate cancellation protection. Although your situation is very unfortunate, our cancellation policies are clearly detailed in our brochures and online, and must apply to everyone equally in order to maintain the integrity of our company and the cancellation protection plans we offer. As stated in our brochures and online under Essential Documentation, you are responsible for gaining and adhering to requirements concerning passports and their period of validity, and for securing any necessary visas and immunizations. Because Holland America Line is neither a governmental agency nor able to publish all up-to-date identification or immigration data related to each traveler's specific situation, the information given is strictly advisory and is subject to change. We consistently recommend verifying all passport, visa, and immunization details with official organizations prior to sailing. Again, we sincerely regret the difficulty you experienced. Although we are truly sorry for the circumstances involved in your cancellation, we are not able to offer a refund or credit toward another cruise. And while we realize this decision will be disappointing to you, we are certain you can understand that we cannot make an exception for every guest who cancels, and it would put us in a very compromising position to make exceptions for some travelers, but not for others. We sincerely wish we did not have to disappoint you in this matter. Again, we empathize with you regarding your cancellation, and wish that our response could be more positive. We truly regret any negative impressions our cancellation policy may leave, and we do hope to be given another opportunity to serve you under happier circumstances. The rebuttal response being sent on June 20, 2014 is as follows: This is in response to your latest communication regarding your cancelled ms Westerdam cruise. We deeply regret your continuing dissatisfaction with our previous response. Once again, we sincerely apologize for the disappointment and frustration regarding our cancellation policy. First and foremost, congratulations on your recent college graduation. As stated in our previous response to you, our cancellation policy is clearly noted in all of our literature and the cancellation structure is noted on your booking confirmation. We regret that you understood cancellation protection to mean: "in case you may decide to cancel". Just like with any other type of insurance; cancellation protection is meant to protect your travel investment if for any reason, you must cancel. As in the case of having insurance for your car; you don't expect to be in an accident, but insurance is there to help recover expenses if you are. We encourage all of our guests to have coverage in the event the unexpected happens. In addition, as previously stated, it is not the responsibility of a Holland America reservations agent to provide all up to date information on passport and visa requirements. Our agents provide the avenues to obtain the information but since we deal with thousands of passengers on a daily basis, traveling in and out of foreign ports, we expect those individual guests to be accountable for obtaining the proper documentation. Once again, we are not in a position to offer a refund or credit for a matter that is clearly noted to all of our guests equally, However, after again reviewing your concerns, we would like to offer a token of our apologies for the problems you encountered, and we hope this response will reflect our commitment to provide the most dependable service possible. We would like to extend to you a special stateroom upgrade, subject to availability, on a future sailing of 10 days or less with Holland America Line. This special upgrade offer is valid for 3 years from the date of this communication, and can be combined with any other applicable discounts, including upgrade promotions. Since stateroom accommodations vary by ship, the specific upgrade offered is dependent upon the class of ship booked, and will be determined by the Guest Relations Department. Upon confirmation of your next Holland America Line cruise, please call X-XXX-XXX-XXXX or forward this original letter to the Guest Relations Department and we will make every effort to provide you with the best possible upgrade. We have also passed along a copy of this response to the Better Business Bureau complaint that you have filed against us. We assure you that we appreciate your feedback on how we may continue to improve, and hope you will sail with Holland America in the near future. We do regret that *** ** has misunderstood what travel protection is for and that our cancellation structure is clearly noted on her booking confirmation. We also apologize that she did not meet her own Visa requirements. Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (3000, 7, 2014/06/26) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) Thank you for the reply. I respectfully do not agree with your response. I would like to make it clear that I agreed to cancel this trip based on the understanding that my trip can and will be moved to a later date and different destination. I have talked to at least three different agents about moving the trip. All of them told me that after talking to their supervisor, my trip can be moved to a future time and different destination. None of them mentioned a word about the effective time of the alternative trip. It is not until I decided to cancel the trip and change to a future time and different destination that your company changed your sayings. I was never told that the alternative trip should take off certain days within the initial take off date until I started to seek a full refund. It is not only that my misunderstanding for the cancellation that cause today's situation. You guys are leaving behind important information and terms and trying to mislead the customers so that you can avoid providing services for them after you took the money. After I am told the wrong information and led down to the wrong path, you guys made it as if it's not your responsibility at all. This is absolutely wrong. I would like to insist to have my full payment to be refunded because I am misled when purchasing the service and after the purchase. I would change my decision on this trip if I wasn't misguided.

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Complaint: LOCAL TIME: *** pm LOCATION: ** *** ** *** ****** CRUISE: ****** ** ****** (7 DAY) 6/12/14 To Whom It May Concern: We decided to go to dinner at the Rotterdam tonight. The food and service had been excellent the entire week. When arriving at the lower level of the Rotterdam, the host greeted us. The host's name was ********** Our group consisted of 3 people: my wife, my wife's best friend, and me. My wife's best friend was wearing basically a suit without a coat or a tie. ********* told us that his outfit was barely allowable. My wife was wearing a cheap sweater, a leather skirt, and some sandals. Overall, her outfit looked "casual" and not "formal" like the dress code implied. ********* said that her dress code was perfectly fine. I was wearing a black short-sleeved polo shirt, a pair of jeans, and some sandals. I understand that my outfit was not in accordance with the night's dress code, but what I don't understand is why ********* was ok with my wife's casual dress code and not my own. He told me that I had to go upstairs to change. I know it is his job to enforce the dress code, but he came across as very rude when delivering the message. He used rather stern facial expression and gestures rather than polite ones. ********* did not even apologize for the inconvenience. He just told me that my dress code was not okay with him and that he was already being lenient. Up till this point in the cruise, Holland America has more than exceeded our service expectations. Everyone on the ship has been so polite, respectful, and accommodating. We are very surprised that someone with such harsh mannerisms is employed by Holland America. ********* is the only rude crewmember that we have encountered during this great cruise. Someone needs to do something about him because he is really ruining the reputation of Holland America Line. I feel bad for writing this letter, but I feel it is important to help Holland America Line be the best business that it can be. Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy letter. Sincerely, ***** *******

Desired Settlement: 1. A check for $10 for very poor service 2. A letter of apology written by ********* that is signed by the President of Holland America Line and ********* addressed to our home address: XX-XXXX ******* ****** *** ****** ** XXXXX

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/06/16) */ June 16, 2014 *** ***** ******* XX-XXXX ******* ** *** ****** ** XXXXX-XXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** *******, Thank you for the email regarding your ms Veendam sailing departing June 7, 2014. It was upsetting to learn that you experienced a difficult interaction with a member of the dining room staff on board. Our primary staff focus is courteous, respectful, efficient service at all times. Guests are the heart of our business, and we sincerely apologize that your encounter was contrary to our goal of consistent excellence. We deeply regret that your overall enjoyment of the voyage was clouded by this situation. Please know that your comments will be provided to the appropriate management for their information and review. Once again, you have our heartfelt apologies. In your complaint, you requested a $10.00 check and a letter from the dining room staff member. While we are unable to accommodate these requests, we can offer you a $50 Onboard Credit in an effort to show our concern for your experience. While the credit must be applied to a new booking by June 16, 2016, your cruise does not need to depart within this timeframe. This credit is built in association with your Mariner number and will automatically be applied to your onboard account upon booking your next Holland America Line cruise. We encourage you or your travel professional to verify this special offer at time of confirmation to ensure your booking is properly noted. *** *******, thank you once more for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. Mariners like you are the core of our business and the reason we continue sailing, and we hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the very near future. Best regards, ****** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (3000, 7, 2014/06/18) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) We do not feel that we should have to spend more money in order to receive accommodations for poor service.

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Complaint: Booked and fully paid cruise from Ft Lauderdale to Rio (return) from 07 Feb 2014 to 28 March XXXXX. I, ******** became ill and was hospitalized. There after, I underwent six weeks of therapy. No way could we travel. Medical note was sent to company. All that was promised was "best possible effort for an upgrade on a future cruise." I would either want my money back (preferably) or want a definite answer to an upgrade as I would like to visit South America. Any help you could give would be deeply appreciated. THANK YOU!!

Desired Settlement: Settlement sought...(1) Either full refund or (2)a definite upgrade on next trip to South America.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/05/05) */ May 5, 2014 Better Business Bureau On behalf of: *** ******* ******** ****** ****** ** RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** **** *** ********, We have received your complaint to the Better Business Bureau regarding your cancelled ms Maasdam cruise. Once again, we are sorry that you had to cancel this cruise and found yourself in this position without adequate cancellation protection. Although we regret the circumstances of your cancellation, we are unfortunately not able to offer you a credit or refund as per our cruise contract. Once again, we highly recommend travel protection to all of our guests to protect their vacation investment. While we are sorry to disappoint you, as stated in our previous correspondence, as a gesture of goodwill we would like to provide you with a special upgrade on a future sailing with us to help make up for some of the monies lost. This offer is subject to availability and excludes suite accommodations, and is combinable with other applicable discounts and upgrade offers. Upon confirmation of your next Holland America Line cruise, please forward this original letter to the Guest Relations Department and we will make every effort to provide you with the best possible upgrade. We are not in a position to guarantee any sort of upgrade as this offer of goodwill is based on space availability and is being given solely as a kind gesture. While we regret that this final response could not be more favorable, we do hope that you will continue to include Holland America Line in your travel plans. Best regards, ******* ******* Special Advisor Office of the President Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (2000, 7, 2014/05/06) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.) The cruise line is sticking to the same response and not budging. I will see if the cruise line will provide an upgrade. If it fail then I will re-open my complaint. Thank you.

4/17/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: WE PAID $7474.84 FOR cruiseMDXRCD OIN JANUARY 5,-FEWB 2,2014 FOR AN INTERIOR ROOM with******* travel handling our reservation the price decreased several hundred dollars just prior to the departure date and we asked them to call Holland America for a refund . All HA offered ****** for us was a 4 category room upgrade which we accepted in lieu of a price reduction refund. The room 1083 was plagued with thunderous noise outbursts day and night causing us no restfull sleep and a Migraine medicine replacement cost of $800.We requested a 50% cruise cost return to no avail due to our 12 hrs a day in our room for 26 days.The $800 was credited to our acct and $250 each for a future cruise credit . We will be forced to sue for $3737.42 less the $500 in future cruise credits given if $3237.42 is not credited to our CC or given out in future cruise credits to us. On board guest relationds manager confirmed we had a very good case to persue. Holland America will also be responsible for the loss of enjoyment these iphone recorded thunderous noises under our bed floor as well nas pain and suffering my wife endured caused from the violent crew heard noise. Lesser request from us in a second onboard letter went un replied to so now our final offer reverts to our above initial onboard letter of a 50% refund.No human being should ever be offered a 4 category upgrade which caused so much recoverable 28 day pain and suffering to guests.

Desired Settlement: see above

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/04/02) */ response 1: February 11, 2014 *************************************************************** RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: MDXRCD Dear ***********, Thank you for the email regarding your ms Oosterdam sailing departing January 5, 2014. We truly appreciate your feedback; knowing your personal experience is important to us and we deeply regret the disappointment and frustration you encountered. You have expressed concern regarding promotional fares that were offered for your sailing and we would like to explain how these price differences occur. Given the high, fixed cost of operation, we price our product according to near 100% occupancy. This allows us to keep our published fares as low as possible, which makes them an attractive vacation alternative. We offer an outstanding product at an extremely competitive price. However, some sailings, for a variety of reasons, fail to achieve full capacity. When this occurs, Holland America Line, as well as other cruise lines, offers special promotional fares. These fares may vary due to several factors, such as stateroom category or the guest's state of residence, as well as whether or not the agency used to book the cruise has a special group rate. There are also situations where a specific travel agency may offer their own discount in addition to that offered by Holland America Line. Regrettably, we cannot make these special offers retroactive to all bookings. The offers apply only to unsold space, as these promotions are merely an attempt to fill the ship. We can assure you that the best discount available at the time of reservation was provided. However, our Reservations Department did give you an upgrade as an exception when your rates dropped. Again, we are sincerely sorry for your dissatisfaction, and we hope that this information will be helpful in future trip planning. We were very sorry that you were displeased with your stateroom on board as a result of noise. The concerns that you have expressed are not particularly common on our vessels; however, we empathize and understand the resulting discomfort. We encourage our guests to discuss such issues with the Front Office staff on board, and we regret if they were unable to provide a suitable solution. Again, we sincerely apologize for your dissatisfaction in this matter. As compensation for the difficulties you experienced, you have asked for a 50% refund of your cruise and air fares. As I am sure you are aware, the cruise fare you paid covers several facets of your sailing, ***************************************** such as your stateroom, dining, port visits, access to public areas and activities on board the ship, films and stage shows, as well as a host of other shipboard amenities and services. As such, while we sincerely regret the difficulties you faced, we are unable to honor your specific request, and are very sorry to disappoint you in this matter. In addition to the $800.00 onboard credit already received, we would like to extend Future Cruise Credits to you in the amount of $500.00 total ($250.00 per person). These credits may be applied to the cruise fare only of a new Holland America Line cruise or land + sea journey booking, and are combinable with other applicable credits. While the credits must be applied to a new booking by February 28, 2015 your cruise does not need to depart within this year's time. Although you may choose any stateroom category, this offer is dependent upon availability and cannot be transferred or refunded. These credits may not be used as for deposits, taxes, Cancellation Protection, Home City Air, or other optional programs. For your convenience, they are built in association with your Mariner numbers and will automatically be credited toward your cruise fare. We kindly ask that this special offer be verified at time of confirmation to ensure your booking is properly noted. As an additional expression of our concern, we would like to extend to you a stateroom upgrade from starting Interior to starting Ocean View, subject to availability and excluding Suites and Verandah categories, on a future sailing of 28 days or less with Holland America Line. This special upgrade offer is valid for 3 years from the date of this communication, and can be combined with any other applicable discounts, including upgrade promotions. Upon confirmation of your next Holland America Line cruise, please forward this original letter to the Guest Relations Department or call us at X-XXX-XXX-XXXX and we will make every effort to provide you with the best possible upgrade. Thank you once more for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. Mariners like you are the core of our business and the reason we continue sailing, and we hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the very near future. Best regards, **************** Special Advisor Office of the President Response 2: March 12, 2014 ********************************************************************** RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: MDXRCD Dear ******************* This is in response to your latest communication regarding your ms Oosterdam cruise. We deeply regret your continuing dissatisfaction with your experience, and with our previous response. Once again, we sincerely apologize for the disappointment you encountered on this sailing. It is always of concern when a guest has a less than satisfactory experience, and we will endeavor to incorporate your feedback into our planning and procedures. However, after thoroughly reviewing your issues, we are not in a position to alter the gestures that were previously offered and must respectfully decline your request for Future Cruise Credits in the amount of $1,000.00 per person (with no expiration date). We are committed to guest satisfaction, and we truly hope that our decision in this matter will not cloud your impression of Holland America Line. Thank you for bringing these items to our attention. We assure you that we appreciate your feedback on how we may continue to improve, and hope you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, *********** Special Advisor Office of the President

11/26/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: Paid for a cruise and added transfer from airport to ship. Had to cancel the cruise due to back surgery and paid 50% penalty $1499 -- which was okay per the agreement. HA charged an additional 50% on the $79 transfer from the airport to the cruise terminal, which I do not believe was part of the contract. Received a letter from ********* ******* Senior Adviser, Office of the President saying the transfer was part of the base fare.....which I challenge. It is an add on.

Desired Settlement: Clarification 'in writing" that transfers are part of the base fare of a cruise contract to verify their assessment of an additional fee of $39 fee is valid and provide the specific contract language that enables their arbitrary right.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/11/14) */ November 14, 2013 *** ******** ***** *** *********** ****** ** Satellite Beach, FL 32937-4713 BBB Case # XXXXXXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** *****, This is in response to your most recent communication regarding your cancelled ms Rotterdam cruise. We deeply regret your continuing displeasure. It truly concerns us that your experience with us, and our previous correspondence, were not wholly satisfactory. We are very sorry for your dissatisfaction with our cancellation policy. Although your situation is extremely unfortunate, our cancellation policies are clearly detailed in our brochures and online, and must apply to everyone equally in order to maintain the integrity of these plans. Please know that when a guest cancels within the cancellation phase, cancellation fees pertain to all funds on the booking except government taxes and fees which are always refunded. Therefore, while we truly regret the circumstances involved in your cancellation, we are not in the position to offer a refund or credit toward another cruise. We hope that you may understand the basis for our decision, and we sincerely wish we did not have to disappoint you in this matter. Thank you for bringing these items to our attention. We assure you that we appreciate your feedback on how we may continue to improve, and hope you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, ********* ****** Senior Advisor Office of the President Final Consumer Response /* (4200, 11, 2013/11/25) */ Response received. Not accepted but after reading the very fine print they appear to have a basis to levy a 50 pct penalty on a bus transfer. Will let everyone know HA punishes people who plan ahead and will never use their services again.....for a $39 penalty that really added no cost. ** ***** Final Business Response /* (4000, 9, 2013/11/19) */ November 19, 2013 *** ******** ***** *** *********** ****** ** Satellite Beach, FL 32937-4713 BBB Case # XXXXXXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** *****, We have received your follow-up communication regarding your cancelled ms Rotterdam cruise. Once again, we are concerned that you remain dissatisfied, both with our previous correspondence. Once again, we deeply regret that you were not satisfied with Holland America Line's response. Staying aware of our guests' wishes and comments is a top priority for our CEO, ***** *****, and for each of us working to provide the best of cruising and onboard service. The Guest Relations Department was established so that we may respond to our guests' concerns and issues on behalf of the company and *** *****. We sincerely apologize that you have been unsatisfied with our responses to your concerns, and we are sorry that this final response could not be more favorable. We will continue to improve and grow with our guests' satisfaction in mind. Thank you again for giving us this opportunity to address your concerns. We certainly hope that if you choose not to cruise with us in the future, that no matter what cruise line you choose to sail, you experience safe and enjoyable vacations at sea. Thank you again for taking the time to provide us with your valuable comments. Best regards, ********* ****** Senior Advisor Office of the President

11/19/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: At the end of May, my husband and I sailed on the ms Amsterdam with Holland America. We started the trip that week with a $320 promo credit to our account. Once on the trip, we asked at the guest services desk if we needed to use up the $320 all during the trip, or what would happen if there was a leftover amount at the end. The guest services rep told us that if any amount was leftover at the end of the trip, it would be refunded to our credit card. The last morning before we departed the ship, we had $97.00 remaining on our account and decided to purchase a book for $14.99, then leave the remaining amount to be refunded to us. After purchasing the book, we stopped by the guest services desk to ask about the status of our account. The guest services rep said that $97.00 had already been refunded to our credit card, so the $14.99 would just be charged separately. The next month when our credit card statement came, the $14.99 charge was on the card, but the $97.00 credit was missing. I called Holland America guest relations to ask about it and left a phone message for them to call me back within 24 hours. I never received a call back. Therefore I emailed Holland America guest relations on June 25th to inquire about our credit. The only response I received was an auto-response message that I would hear back from Holland America soon. On July 25th, I had not yet heard back from Holland America guest relations, so I sent another email inquiring about the credit. I again never received an email other than the auto-response. I called Holland America guest relations again 2.5 weeks later and left another voicemail message. On August 14th, **** ******* from guest relations called me back. After looking through the details of our account, she told me that because we had a promotional credit, it was non-refundable and therefore any balance was forfeited at the end of the trip. After discussing it with her further, she said that she would credit back our $14.99 charge for the book and then offer us $100 credit toward a future cruise. I was not satisfied with this outcome, since we were clearly told more than once during our cruise that the amount left on the account would be refunded to our credit card. A few days letter we received a letter from Holland America stating the details of the future onboard credit and that it would expire on August 13, 2015. Although we appreciate that Holland America is making some effort to help us in this way, we don't have plans for a cruise again that soon in the future. We would like to ask that Holland America follow through with the promise that was given to us more than once on board the ship, by refunding the full $97.00. Our booking number was *******

Desired Settlement: A full refund of $97.00, rather than just $14.99.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 24, 2013/09/25) */ September 25, 2013 **** ********* **** **** ***** ** Davenport, IA 52806-4317 RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear **** ****, Thank you for the phone call regarding your ms Amsterdam sailing departing May 24, 2013. We are grateful that you have given us this opportunity to review your concerns and to express our regret for the disappointment you encountered. We truly regret any misinformation provided regarding the use of promotional credit, and are unable to offer any monetary refund for promotional credit not used. However, we are able to provide a refund for $14.99 for the purchase of the Towel Book. This refund will be posted to the card on file ending in ***** and should be complete in approximately 2 weeks. As a gesture of goodwill, we would like to offer you Onboard Credit in the amount of $100.00 total, in an effort to show our concern over this matter. This credit will be built in association with your Mariner number, and will expire on August 13, 2015. The credit will automatically be applied to your onboard account upon booking your next Holland America Line cruise. We kindly ask that you or your travel professional verify this special offer at time of confirmation to ensure that your booking is properly noted. For your convenience, please find included here a copy of your Onboard Account assessed on your recent sailing. Thank you again for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. We assure you that we appreciate your comments, and hope that you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, **** ******* Special Advisor Office of the President Final Consumer Response /* (3000, 33, 2013/11/01) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) Thank you for your response. However, this one year extension of the onboard credit is not feasible for our family at this time nor is it acceptable. We have asked for an onboard credit of $100 with no expiration date or a check for $100. This money belongs to us and we either want it back in a check or with no expiration on the onboard credit to use at our leisure. These are the only acceptable solutions. Thank you, ****** and ********* **** Final Business Response /* (1000, 31, 2013/10/22) */ **** ********* **** **** ***** ** Davenport, IA 52806-4317 RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear **** ****, This correspondence is regarding your ms Amsterdam sailing departing May 24, 2013. As per your request sent to the Better Business Bureau, as a one-time exception, we would be happy to extend the expiration date for your Onboard Credit previously offered for $100.00, to August 13, 2016. Again, please accept our apologies and assurances that staff will redouble their efforts to meet our goal of consistent excellence in all areas of your cruise experience. Beyond our sincere apologies and commitment to improve, we hope to earn your trust and confidence to sail with Holland America Line again so we may have another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, **** ******* Special Advisor Office of the President

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Complaint: RE: ******* We have contacted Holland American regarding a trip we purchased through them and have not received satisfactory results. We had no air conditioning on our trip to the Panama along with many other customers who were on the back end of the Zuierdam during 10/18 to 10/28. We also had a broken lounge chair and television that took 3 days to replace and mold around our tub. They offered us a $600 voucher to use during the next year. We would like the price of the difference between an inside cabin (that had air) and our outside cabin (with a deck) that did not. We had a fan. We did not pay for a Cadillac to receive a Ford.

Desired Settlement: $1225 the difference between a cabin on the inside with air and our cabin with a deck on the outside without air.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 6, 2013/11/04) */ This is an additional response sent to guest. We would have been more than happy to address this guests rebuttal but have not heard directly from them. Thank you. November 4, 2013 *** ***** **** XXXXX ******** ** Farmington Hills, MI 48334-4623 Email: ******@oaklandcc.edu CC: BBB: **********@bbb-email.org RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** ****, This is in response to your most recent communication regarding your ms Zuiderdam cruise. We deeply regret your continuing displeasure. It truly concerns us that your experience with us, and our previous correspondence, were not wholly satisfactory. Once again, we sincerely apologize for the disappointments and inconveniences you encountered on this sailing. It is always troubling when a guest has a less than satisfactory experience, and we will endeavor to incorporate your feedback into our planning and procedures. After again reviewing your concerns, we would like to offer a token of our apologies for the problems you encountered, and we hope this response will reflect our commitment to provide the most dependable service possible. As compensation for the difficulties you experienced, you have asked for a credit equal to the difference in the amount of an inside stateroom to an outside stateroom. As I am sure you are aware, the cruise fare you paid covers several facets of your sailing, such as your stateroom, dining, port visits, access to public areas and activities on board the ship, films and stage shows, as well as a host of other shipboard amenities and services. Therefore, while we sincerely regret the difficulties you faced, we are unable to honor your specific request, and are very sorry to disappoint you in this matter. However, in reviewing your concerns and as an additional gesture of our sincere apologies, we would like to extend Future Cruise Credits to you in the amount of $300.00 USD total ($150.00 USD per person) in an effort to show our concern for your experience. These amounts combined equal 25% of the base fare paid for this sailing. The value of these credits may be applied to the cruise fare only of a new cruise or cruisetour reservation with Holland America Line, and they are combinable with any other applicable credit. While the credits are valid for one year, please note that they need only to be applied to the new booking by November 4, 2014; your cruise does not need to depart within this year's time. Although you may choose any stateroom category, this offer is dependent upon space availability and cannot be transferred, refunded, or used as a deposit. These credits may not be used for onboard expenses, pre- and post-cruise packages, shore excursions, taxes, Hotel Service Charges, Cancellation Protection Plans, Home City Air, or other optional programs or services. For your convenience, these credits are built in association with your Mariner numbers, so they will automatically be credited toward your cruise fare. We kindly ask that you or your travel professional verify this special offer at time of confirmation to ensure that your booking is properly noted. Thank you for bringing these items to our attention. We assure you that we appreciate your feedback on how we may continue to improve, and hope you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, ******* ******* Special Advisor Office of the President Final Consumer Response /* (2000, 21, 2013/11/12) */ We will accept your offer of $900 total on a future cruise credit, booking no later than November 5, 2015, 2-category stateroom upgradeand 20 days or fewer. Please respond letting us know this is your final offer. Thank you **** and ***** PS Let's hope the future cruise is better. Final Business Response /* (4000, 18, 2013/11/11) */ November 11, 2013 *** *********** **** XXXXX ******** ** Farmington Hills, MI 48334-4623 BBB #XXXXXXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear ***** **** ****, We received your most recent communication sent November 8, 2013. We acknowledge your feedback and we truly appreciate that you have taken the time to clarify your thoughts and experience for us. Comments are important to us and are definitely considered in the ongoing evaluation of our service. Because we take your input very seriously, we have made all appropriate senior management aware for their information and benefit. However improbable a future cruise with Holland America Line may seem to you at this time, we wish to reiterate that your Future Cruise Credit in the amount of $900 total and a two-category stateroom upgrade, subject to availability, will be available to you should you decide to utilize them. We will, however, extend our offer of an upgrade to be available for a sailing of 20 days or fewer per your request. Once more, we thank you for contacting us and we do hope you give us the opportunity to serve you in the future. Best regards, ********* ****** Senior Advisor Office of the President

9/19/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: I was a passenger on the 12 night Mediterranean Cruise departing from Venice into Barcelona on the Ms Niew Amsterdam from July 14 until the 26th. My family had eagerly anticipated this voyage. I shared a cabin with my 8 year old daughter while my parents stayed in the cabin next door. My daughter turned 8 in May and her biggest dream was to travel to Europe. My father is succesfully battling cancer at 71 and we wanted to celebrate both of them. We were having a very nice family vacation until one morning when we visited the Medical Center on board. My Mom was physically assaulted and humiliated by one of the Medical Officers by the name of *************. The worse part of this for us is that she did this in front of my daughter. My child is traumatized and is now even having concerns about her own safety as she is getting ready to attend a new school this Fall. She saw a stranger attack her Grandma and then saw no consequences being imposed on the perpetrator. I need my child to know that nobody has the right to treat anybody in such a way and then gets to continue on as if nothing happened. I am shocked and angered that Holland America can hire employees that obviously have anger issues and allow them to deal with your customers. *** ****** shoved and verbally threatened by Mother because we had asked the Doctor on board for help with our insurance forms. *** ****** attacked my Mother as I was a patient. She was taking my blood pressure at the time of the attack with my daughter sitting next to me. I immediately took the band off and stated that I did not want her to touch me. I walked over to another lady who was the Supervisor and informed her of what had just happened. She told me that *** ****** must be having a bad day. I could not believe her response. Were we supposed to fear for our well being and safety on board not knowing which other employee was having a bad day and how and when they would take it out on one of us passengers? The Supervisor of the Medical Center also offered to finish my medical care so that I would not have to deal with *** ******* Once we left the Medical Center, we headed straight to the customer service center and reported the incident. We asked to speak to the Hotel Director. A very courteous gentleman took the report and offered to schedule a meeting for us. That evening *** ****** had apparently phoned my Mom's cabin to apologize for the "misunderstanding". I am not sure how physical assault is construed as a misunderstanding. My Mom and I also received a voice message from the Supervisor at the Medical Center letting us know that the incident had been reported to corporate, per our request. A day later we received confirmation for our meeting with the Hotel Director. My Mom and I met with *** ****** ***** and *** **** ******* We recreated the events for them step by step. Then they brought in *** ****** and her supervisor. *** ****** denied ever touching my Mom and only admitted to maybe being out of tone. None of the employees of Holland America offered us any kind of compensation or assistance for ruining our vacation and for the damage done to my Mother and daughter. I e-mailed Guest Services on August 15th to request a refund. I never heard from them until this morning after I had to request a case status on their facebook page. They are offering us an upgrade on a future cruise after I stated clearly that we will never ever travel with Holland America again.

Desired Settlement: Full refund

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/09/16) */ RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ******* ****** Dear *** ******* ********* This is in response to your most recent communication regarding your ms Nieuw Amsterdam cruise. We deeply regret your continuing displeasure. It truly concerns us that your experience with us, and our previous correspondence, were not wholly satisfactory. Once again, we sincerely apologize for the disappointments and inconveniences you encountered on this sailing. It is always troubling when a guest has a less than satisfactory experience, and we will endeavor to incorporate your feedback into our planning and procedures. We also wish to note that we have shared your concerns with the appropriate members of management including the Vice President of Marine Hotel Operations and the Director of Fleet Medical Operations. After again reviewing your concerns, we would like to offer an additional token of our apologies for the problems you encountered, and we hope this response will reflect our commitment to provide the most dependable service possible. As a continued gesture of goodwill, we would like to extend a refund to you in the amount of $354.60 total for all medical costs incurred during your sailing. This refund will be posted to the card on file ending in **** and should be complete in approximately 2 weeks. Thank you for once more bringing these items to our attention. We assure you that we appreciate your feedback on how we may continue to improve, and hope you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, Final Consumer Response /* (4200, 11, 2013/09/17) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) Holland America is acting like nothing "major" happened. Well my Mom was shoved by an infuriated employee while my 8 year old watch in desbelief and terror. You can't offer any more and we can't offer to go away and let this slide. I wonder if you think that because my Mother is a foreigner you can treat her this way? If it was an American passenger you would probably not dare to ask them to accept your apologies and your $300. Final Business Response /* (4000, 9, 2013/09/17) */ September 17, 2013 *** ******* ******* ******** XXXXX ** **** ** Plantation, FL 33323-2007 RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** BBB Case: XXXXXXXX Dear Ms. ******* ********* We have received your follow-up communication regarding your ms Nieuw Amsterdam cruise. Once again, we are concerned that you remain dissatisfied, both with your cruise experience and with our previous correspondence. Please be assured that we truly value your feedback, and thank you for the time you have taken to provide additional thoughts regarding your recent sailing. We are very sorry that our previous offer to you did not meet your expectations. Please be assured that your concerns were reviewed thoroughly before this offer was made. We take various factors into account when addressing guest concerns and determining an appropriate gesture, such as the nature and severity of the issues encountered as well as the cruise fare paid. Our offer to you was not meant to place a value on your experience, it was simply provided as a gesture of our sincere regret for the difficulties you faced. Although we are unable to offer anything additional in this situation, once again, we want to extend our sincere apologies for any resulting disappointment. However improbable a future cruise with Holland America Line may seem to you at this time, we wish to reiterate that our offer will be available to you should you decide to utilize it. While it is always difficult for us to hear about the disappointments our travelers may encounter on our sailings, the Guest Relations Department was created to listen to our guests' comments, both positive and negative, so that our company may continue to grow with guest satisfaction in mind. While we regret that this final response could not be more favorable, we do hope that you will continue to include Holland America Line in your travel plans. Thank you again for giving us this opportunity to address your concerns. We sincerely hope to be given the opportunity to welcome you aboard again very soon under happier circumstances. Best regards, ********* ****** Senior Advisor Office of the President

9/3/2013 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: While on a cruise we paid $200 toward a future cruise to receive a $400 credit in the next 4 yrs. We had to choose a specific cruise & did however we never did any additional confirmation. We did received a confirmation # in April 2012 and the very next communication was on 7/29/13 saying our "final payment" was delinquent. I called them the very next day & spoke w/ ****. He confirmed the communication & informed me that we were beyond the cancellation period & that we would forfeit our deposit if we wanted to cancel. I emailed the guest relations dept & now we were getting calls each day saying we were delinquent after not hearing anything from them for 15 months. In the past, you were absolutely overwhelmed with communications about excursions, meal times, passport info, etc. and being past due was the first we heard back from AH. Seems like very poor PR and the fact that initially we were supposed to have 4 years to use our "credit". Even after contacting them for some discussion, all we received was an opportunity to cancel & lose our deposit to end the collection calls.

Desired Settlement: We would like to have the opportunity to keep our $200/$400 ship credit and use it in the promised 4 year window we were promise when we paid it.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/08/20) */ ***copy*** August 14, 2013 *** ********* ****** ** *** XXXXX Hilo, HI 96721-6001 RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** ******* Thank you for the email regarding your cancelled ms Nieuw Amsterdam sailing departing October 6, 2013. We truly regret your discontent with our cancellation policy in regard to Future Cruise Deposits. As you know, FCDs allow you to reserve a future cruise while on board a Holland America Line sailing and pay a reduced deposit. If you cancel your sailing before the booking enters the cancellation phase, your deposit can be applied to another sailing. However, as with all deposits, cancellation fees will apply once the booking is within the cancellation period as noted on the booking confirmation. This policy is noted on the FCD confirmation letter that was given to you on board and in our brochures, where it states that bookings cancelled within the first cancellation phase incur a fee equal to the amount of the deposit requirement. An email notification was also sent to you when the booking was created. We regret that we are unable to send reminders out to guests who have future cruises booked. We are very sorry that you needed to cancel your booking, but we are unable to waive our policy and reinstate your Future Cruise Deposit. Although we are unable to reinstate your Future Cruise Deposit, as a gesture of goodwill and in continuation of your continued patronage, we would like to offer you and *** ****** Onboard Credit in the amount of $100.00 per person in an effort to show our concern for your experience. This credit will be built in association with your Mariner number, and will expire on August 14, 2015. The credit will automatically be applied to your onboard account upon booking your next Holland America Line cruise. We kindly ask that you or your travel professional verify this special offer at time of confirmation to ensure that your booking is properly noted. Thank you once more for contacting our office and bringing your issues to our attention. Mariners like you are the core of our business and the reason we continue sailing, and we hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the very near future. Best regards, **** **** Special Advisor Office of the Preside

8/19/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: I booked a cruise to Tahiti for my husband and I. Leaving on 4/6/2013. ****** ******** was the personal cruise consultant. She insisted I had to pay 50% down, which was $3500. I never received a confirmation on the cruise in which I called her 3 times to ask her where the confirmation was. Also she told me I did not have to buy insurance for the cruise until I made my last payment in January, 2013. I canceled the cruise on December 27th 2012 having to do with the fiscal cliff situation, I own a tax preparation business and the IRS was not prepared for tax season 2013. The situation would put our business back a month. The booking number which I did not receive until February 8, 2013 is ******* which was referred to as the booking confirmation. This has been a nightmare and Holland America has not stood behind. We have sailed with Holland America twice before however I believe this situation was handled shabbily. I have quite a few letters and e-mails sent to Holland America to no avail. I believe Holland American had apple time to book our room by April 2013. I would appreciate any help you can give me.***** ******** Product_Or_Service: CURISE

Desired Settlement: DesiredSettlementID: Refund I would appreciate a refund of my money or full credit toward a future cruise.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/08/05) */ August 5, 2013 **** ***** ******** *** ******** ** Ione, CA 95640-5415 BBB case: XXXXXXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear **** ********, We are in receipt of your latest correspondence in regard to your past cruise cancellation. All your communication has been taken very seriously and we appreciate that you have taken the time to further clarify your situation for us in writing. Although we are truly sorry for the circumstances involved in your cancellation of this booking, we are not able to offer a refund or credit toward another cruise. And while we realize this decision will be disappointing to you, we are certain you can understand that we cannot make exceptions for some guests but not others. We sincerely wish we did not have to disappoint you in this matter but we must stand firm and cannot alter or add any form of refund or compensation except for a goodwill gesture of a stateroom upgrade. In fairness to those guests who chose to purchase our cancellation coverage, we are not allowed to make exceptions on this issue. In addition, on September 26, 2012, the date this booking was made, a booking confirmation was sent to your email address (**********@AOL.COM) stating when cancellation fees begin and what the cancellation fees would be. We regret you did not see this. We can't emphasize how truly sorry we are for each and every guest that calls in and has to cancel their cruise with Holland America Line. We wish that every cruise booking had some form of trip interruption/cancellation coverage applied to protect from cruise loss. We are also sorry for your continuing disappointment in our decision not to award any financial compensation. Your issue has been taken very seriously and reviewed with the same consistency per all other requests by guests wanting cash/credit compensation without purchase of one of our coverage plans. Thank you once more for contacting our office with your further inquiry. The patronage of our guests is of great value to us; however, we understand that our offerings may not suit every person's expectations. We hope you will take advantage of our stateroom upgrade offer and return to cruise with us under much better circumstances. Best regards, ********* ****** Special Advisor Office of the President

8/7/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: In February 2013, we purchased a 35 day Circle Hawaii cruise with Holland America Line to sail April 6, 2013 and scheduled to return May 11, 2013. On April 13, 2013 while on a paid excursion purchased through the cruiseline I experienced health issues and was rushed by ambulance to the closest hospital in Hilo, Hawaii. After experiencing five hours of testing and observation, the hospital doctors were satisfied that I was physically capable of returning to the ship and resuming the remainder of my cruise (28 days). While in Hilo Hospital, the ship left for Maui, Hawaii. Having no communication with the ship, a liason company assured us that we would be able to reboard in Maui and informed the ship's medical staff of my condition and therefore made arrangement for evening accomodations and flight the next morning to Maui,Hawaii which was the next port. On arriving in Maui, Hawaii, I was contacted by phone by *** *********** the ship's doctor, who informed me that I would not be allowed to reboard the ship due to his concerns for my continuing care. I assured him that I was feeling fine, had no other symptoms or ill effects and wanted to continue the cruise. I was told in no uncertain terms, that he was the final word on the subject. My wife, ***** ******, was also refused reboarding. Feeling fully capable of resuming our cruise, *** ********** denied us the remaining 28 days of our cruise. We were left stranded on the pier with only a liason company for assistance to help find a hotel and flight to return home to Texas. We feel we paid more than $9,000.00 for services that were not rendered.

Desired Settlement: Compensation for services not rendered. Pro-rate compensation of approximately $7,200.00 for the denied 28 days remaining on the cruise for both ***** and ***** ******. Compensate for the additional expense of the flight from Hilo, Hawaii to Maui, Hawaii. Compensate for the taxi, the hotel, meals in Maui, Hawaii and the flight home to Texas. The additional expense totals approximately $2,000.00. We have been in communication with Holland America Line and there has been no indication of compensation in any manner.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/05/28) */ April 26, 2013 *** & **** ***** ****** **** ******** ** Fort Worth, TX 76126-9592 RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** & **** ******, Thank you for the phone call and follow up letter regarding your cancelled ms Westerdam sailing on April 6, 2013. We are truly sorry for the disappointment you have expressed in our doctor on board and the decision regarding rejoining this sailing. It is of serious concern to us that you do not believe that the decision to not allow you to re-embark after your medical emergency was handled to your satisfaction. Upon further communication with our corporate medical department as well as notes from the attending doctor on board, it was decided that due to your symptom pattern, no definitive work up other than a non-contrast CT scan of your head and the fact that the sailing would be continuing to a part of the world without decent medical care for an additional length of time, the doctor made the only decision that was right in this situation. Our onboard staff and corporate departments endeavor to safeguard the well-being of our guests at all times. This includes assessment of an individual's health condition, response to each guest's needs and personal circumstances, and oversight of the procedures involved any time that a disembark is necessary. In addition, *** ********** noted that he spoke with you in great length regarding the potential risks if this episode of unknown origin were to happen again and complete medical care was not available. We are disheartened to hear that you feel that other guests may potentially be at risk since you feel our facilities on board may not be adequate enough to care for people with medical urgencies since the doctor did not want to take the chance with you. Keep in mind that our medical staff on board is highly trained and our medical facility has the ability to care for guests in an urgent situation. Our facility is not a major medical center and continuous care and major diagnostics are obviously not available while on board. Our quality of care and our ability to care are different than the level of continued care that we could offer. Knowing that you were already dealing with an unknown medical issue it would be irresponsible for our doctor to allow you back on board for the remainder of days still ahead and the ability to find major care if things were to become catastrophic. As a doctor, trained to care for our guests on board in time of need, he indeed has the power to make final decisions on the well-being of our guests, our staff and other passengers as well. *** ************* actions are justified based on the information given and the lack of information still needed. Again, we empathize with you regarding your medical disembarkation, and wish that our response could be more positive. For future travels, we strongly encourage you to protect your investment with some type of travel protection. We truly regret any negative impressions this situation may leave, and we do hope to be given another opportunity to serve you under happier circumstances. Best regards, ******* ******* Special Advisor Office of the President Final Consumer Response /* (4200, 17, 2013/07/24) */ Better Business Bureau 1000 Station Drive Ste 222 DuPont, WA 98327 RE: Case #********: Holland America Line This letter is in response to the letter received from the Better Business Bureau dated July 18, 2013 and received July 21, 2013. This is in regard to two complaints filed against Holland America Line. The first regarding ***** ******. The second regarding ****** *******. She wants a separate claim filed. Holland America Line continues to combine both complaints into one. ***** ******** complaint should be handled separately. She was not ill and should have been given the opportunity to continue her cruise and was denied that option. She is filing for over $4000.00 compensation and satisfaction for the remaining 28 days of her cruise. This complaint has not been addressed by Holland America Line. In your correspondence you have failed to address this issue regarding ***** ******. Another issue is Holland America Line continues to avoid addressing the laison company, ******, which informed us that they advised the ship's doctor to let us re-board in Maui, Hiwaii. Through Holland America Line's negligence to inform us in a timely manner of a re-boarding issue, we incurred hotel expense, meal expense,taxi expense and flight expense that would have been avoided. Holland America Line persists in claiming that this is their policy and we have a few policy issues that we live by: One being to treat everyone in a fair manner. We are not being unreasonable in wanting to be treated fairly. ***** ****** continues to not be satisfied with the response from Holland America Line regarding the issue of her being denied the remaining 28 days of her cruise. This issue has not been addressed in any correspondence received other than lumping it with the complaint regarding ***** ******. A satisfactory answer has not been received. Please address this issue. Regards, ***** ****** ***** ****** Final Business Response /* (4000, 15, 2013/07/17) */ July 15, 2013 *** and **** ***** ****** **** ******** ** Fort Worth, TX 76126-9592 RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** BBB Case: XXXXXXXX Dear *** and **** ******, We appreciate your follow-up email addressed to *** ***** ***** regarding your 35 day ms Westerdam sailing departing April 6, 2013. *** ***** has reviewed your correspondence, and has asked us to address your concerns on his behalf. We truly regret that you remain dissatisfied with your cruise experience, and with our previous responses. While it is always difficult for us to hear about the disappointments our travelers may encounter on our sailings, the Guest Relations Department was created to listen to our guests' comments, both positive and negative, so that our company may continue to grow with guest satisfaction in mind. As stated in our previous correspondence, the doctor on board came to the conclusion that it was in your best interest to deny you embarkation due to your medical condition and that if something significant occurred, our Medical Center on board would not be able to handle it due to our limited resources. However, we do recommend that you file a claim for trip interruption with your travel insurance provider. As such, the total cost of your booking was in the amount of $4131.37 per person ($118.04 per person per day per diem rate). Our records show you disembarked the ship on April 13, 2013. While it is always difficult for us to hear about the disappointments our travelers may encounter on our sailings, the Guest Relations Department was created to listen to our guests' comments, both positive and negative, so that our company may continue to grow with guest satisfaction in mind. While we regret that this final response could not be more favorable, we do hope that you will continue to include Holland America Line in your travel plans. Best regards, ********* ****** Special Advisor Office of the President

8/6/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: I turn to the Better Business Bureau at the recommendation of AARP. Please consider my circumstance. My wife **** and I are recently retired after a long hard-working career as a public school principal and legal secretary. Clearly, we are not poor but we are certainly not wealthy by any definition. In January, 2013, I made reservations for Holland America's 16 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Rome departing on March 22. On Monday, March 18, we were told that **** was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. The past two months have been filled with numerous doctors' appointments and many procedures including a PET scan, a brain scan, an echocardiogram and the installation of a port for chemotherapy. Most important, **** just completed her third cycle of treatment. We have confidence in her care at the University of California, Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Clearly, it was impossible for us to go on this vacation at this time, as advised by the medical staff. After numerous contacts with Holland America, I am told that they are "sorry that we (Rita and I) found ourselves in this difficult position without adequate cancellation protection." As a result, my request for a refund or credit toward a future cruise was denied. The Holland America staff further explained that they cannot make an exception for every guest who cancels. Therefore, corporate policy is to deny all regardless of circumstances. In fact, Holland America considers their position as "maintaining integrity." Holland America had an opportunity to demonstrate compassion to woman diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer three days before her cruise. However, Holland America took the faceless stance that we had a chance to purchase cancellation insurance and we didn't. A corporation with understanding and compassion would seize the chance for making an exception for a woman experiencing such a diagnosis. Holland America is not such an organization. Although I understand Holland America's rationale about being consistent with their cancellation policy, consistency alone is not integrity. Integrity is not simple compliance to a rule. For financial reasons, Holland America created the policy no cancellations without insurance. Simply sticking to that rule in all circumstances doesn't equate to integrity. Real integrity involves a deep commitment to doing the right thing. Frankly, I don't know anyone who would argue denying a refund or credit to a woman diagnosed with Stage Four Metastatic Breast Cancer is the right thing to do. Yes, it's consistent and compliant. However, under no circumstance does it demonstrate integrity - doing the right thing. I turn to you for help. Sincerely, **** ******* 1

Desired Settlement: We ask that Holland America provide a refund or credit for the $2,300 paid for the cruise and hotel.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/06/17) */ April 9, 2013 Dear *** *******, Thank you for the email regarding your cancelled ms Noordam sailing on March 22, 2013. First and foremost, we are sorry to hear that you could not join this sailing as planned. We regret that you needed to cancel your cruise and empathize with you regarding the circumstances that led to this decision. We are also sorry that you found yourself in this difficult position without adequate cancellation protection. Although your situation is very unfortunate, our cancellation policies are clearly detailed in our brochures and online, and must apply to everyone equally in order to maintain the integrity of our company and the cancellation protection plans we offer. Many of our guests purchase our cancellation protection to safeguard against unforeseen difficulties every time they sail, and offering the benefits of this coverage to guests who do not purchase it would be unfair to those guests who do. Although we are truly sorry for the circumstances involved in your cancellation, we are not able to offer a refund or credit toward another cruise. And while we realize this decision will be disappointing to you, we are certain you can understand that we cannot make an exception for every guest who cancels, and it would put us in a very compromising position to make exceptions for some travelers, but not for others. We sincerely wish we did not have to disappoint you in this matter. For future travels, we strongly encourage you to protect your investment with some type of travel protection. While a variety of such plans are offered throughout the industry, we feel that our plans offer the best protection. Our Cancellation Protection Plans allow travelers to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure under the Standard Plan (CPP), and up to departure with the Platinum Plan (CPPP). Many other plans only allow cancellation for certain covered reasons, leaving travelers without adequate coverage in many circumstances. And unlike some other plans, our plans also cover pre-existing conditions without exclusions or time limits. Nonetheless, if purchase of our cancellation protection is declined, we strongly recommend that you purchase such coverage through your travel agent or an insurance broker. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with a Future Cruise Credit or monetary compensation. However, as a gesture of goodwill, we would like to offer you an upgrade on a future sailing with Holland America Line in an attempt to make up for some of the monies lost. This offer is subject to availability and excludes suite accommodations, and is combinable with other applicable discounts and upgrade offers. Upon confirmation of your next Holland America Line cruise, please forward this original letter to the Guest Relations Department and we will make every effort to provide you with the best possible upgrade. We trust that you will understand that this is a very extraordinary gesture and while it does not recover all your monies, we hope it will in some measure reflect our commitment to you. Again, we empathize with you regarding your cancellation, and wish that our response could be more positive. Mariners like you are the core of our business and the reason we continue sailing, and we truly regret any negative impressions our cancellation policy may leave. We hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the very near future under happier circumstances. Best regards, *********** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President April 12, 2013 Dear *** *******, We have received your follow-up communication regarding your cancelled ms Noordam cruise. Once again, we are sorry that you had to cancel this cruise and found yourselves in this position without adequate cancellation protection. Although we regret the circumstances of your cancellation, we are unfortunately not able to offer you a credit or refund. While we are sorry to disappoint you, as stated in our previous correspondence, as a gesture of goodwill we would like to provide you with a special upgrade on a future sailing with us to help make up for some of the monies lost. This offer is subject to availability and excludes suite accommodations, and is combinable with other applicable discounts and upgrade offers. Upon confirmation of your next Holland America Line cruise, please forward this original letter to the Guest Relations Department and we will make every effort to provide you with the best possible upgrade. While we regret that this final response could not be more favorable, we do hope that you will continue to include Holland America Line in your travel plans. Best regards, *********** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President May 17, 2013 Dear *** *******, We received your most recent communication addressed to *** ***** ***** regarding your ms Noordam cruise reservation. *** ***** has reviewed your communication and asked me to respond. Once more, we were very sorry to read about **** *******'s medical condition. We hope she is in good spirits and in strong health. We regret your continued disappointment and the dissatisfaction elicited by our responses. Also, we acknowledge your additional feedback and we truly appreciate that you have taken the time to provide us with your thoughts. As mentioned previously, we must be consistent with our cancellation policies. As you are aware, we offer our own travel protection plan. Should our guests decline our coverage or this is not available, we recommend that travel protection or travel insurance is purchased through an insurance broker. Additionally, we must maintain the integrity of our travel protection plan and we are unable to administer this program on a variable basis and enforce our policies with one traveler, but not with another, without losing all credibility of this program and our company. Again, we are very sorry to learn of the circumstances explained to us; therefore it is with a heavy heart that we advise you that we are unable to provide any monetary compensation. However, we wish to reiterate that the special upgrade offer from *** *********** ***** will be available to you should you decide to utilize it. Thank you for contacting our office, and also, we thank you for choosing Holland America Line. Though we are sorry this response could not be more positive, we do hope to be given the opportunity to serve you in the future. Warm regards, *** ****** ****** Senior Advisor Office of the President Final Consumer Response /* (4200, 11, 2013/07/09) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) Once again, I'm disappointed in Holland America's position. Holland America had many opportunities to demonstrate compassion to a woman diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer three days before her trip. Instead, they shamefully remain consistent with their cancellation policy. The Better Business Bureau asked if there was a middle ground. I requested a refund and searched for a compromise - first seeking a credit and later asking for a donation to the American Cancer Society. Holland America has offered no middle ground saying their original offer of an upgrade on a future cruise was its only position. Furthermore, Holland America's Office of the President demonstrates their ignorance of Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer by writing, "We hope she is in good spirits and in strong health." While my wife is fighting for her life, fighting to slow the growth and spread of cancer, Holland America thinks this terrible Stage 4 disease just goes away. Holland America believes their consistent denial of a refund after such a horrific diagnosis three days before the cruise is integrity. Their stance is corporate compliance. Integrity implies doing the right thing. The right thing for **** is for Holland America to offer a refund. However, the offer of a future credit would be acceptable. In fact, I pray each day that ****'s cancer might stabilize in such a way that she might take such a cruise. My middle ground compromise is for Holland America to support the American Cancer Society with a contribution. I ask Holland America to do the right thing. Final Business Response /* (4000, 9, 2013/07/03) */ April 9, 2013 *** **** ******* **** *** ******** Riverside, CA 92506-3658 RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** *******, Thank you for the email regarding your cancelled ms Noordam sailing on March 22, 2013. First and foremost, we are sorry to hear that you could not join this sailing as planned. We regret that you needed to cancel your cruise and empathize with you regarding the circumstances that led to this decision. We are also sorry that you found yourself in this difficult position without adequate cancellation protection. Although your situation is very unfortunate, our cancellation policies are clearly detailed in our brochures and online, and must apply to everyone equally in order to maintain the integrity of our company and the cancellation protection plans we offer. Many of our guests purchase our cancellation protection to safeguard against unforeseen difficulties every time they sail, and offering the benefits of this coverage to guests who do not purchase it would be unfair to those guests who do. Although we are truly sorry for the circumstances involved in your cancellation, we are not able to offer a refund or credit toward another cruise. And while we realize this decision will be disappointing to you, we are certain you can understand that we cannot make an exception for every guest who cancels, and it would put us in a very compromising position to make exceptions for some travelers, but not for others. We sincerely wish we did not have to disappoint you in this matter. For future travels, we strongly encourage you to protect your investment with some type of travel protection. While a variety of such plans are offered throughout the industry, we feel that our plans offer the best protection. Our Cancellation Protection Plans allow travelers to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure under the Standard Plan (CPP), and up to departure with the Platinum Plan (CPPP). Many other plans only allow cancellation for certain covered reasons, leaving travelers without adequate coverage in many circumstances. And unlike some other plans, our plans also cover pre-existing conditions without exclusions or time limits. Nonetheless, if purchase of our cancellation protection is declined, we strongly recommend that you purchase such coverage through your travel agent or an insurance broker. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with a Future Cruise Credit or monetary compensation. However, as a gesture of goodwill, we would like to offer you an upgrade on a future sailing with Holland America Line in an attempt to make up for some of the monies lost. This offer is subject to availability and excludes suite accommodations, and is combinable with other applicable discounts and upgrade offers. Upon confirmation of your next Holland America Line cruise, please forward this original letter to the Guest Relations Department and we will make every effort to provide you with the best possible upgrade. We trust that you will understand that this is a very extraordinary gesture and while it does not recover all your monies, we hope it will in some measure reflect our commitment to you. Again, we empathize with you regarding your cancellation, and wish that our response could be more positive. Mariners like you are the core of our business and the reason we continue sailing, and we truly regret any negative impressions our cancellation policy may leave. We hope we will have another opportunity to welcome you on board in the very near future under happier circumstances. Best regards, *********** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President April 12, 2013 *** **** ******* **** *** ******** Riverside, CA 92506-3658 Email: ***********@att.net RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Dear *** *******, We have received your follow-up communication regarding your cancelled ms Noordam cruise. Once again, we are sorry that you had to cancel this cruise and found yourselves in this position without adequate cancellation protection. Although we regret the circumstances of your cancellation, we are unfortunately not able to offer you a credit or refund. While we are sorry to disappoint you, as stated in our previous correspondence, as a gesture of goodwill we would like to provide you with a special upgrade on a future sailing with us to help make up for some of the monies lost. This offer is subject to availability and excludes suite accommodations, and is combinable with other applicable discounts and upgrade offers. Upon confirmation of your next Holland America Line cruise, please forward this original letter to the Guest Relations Department and we will make every effort to provide you with the best possible upgrade. While we regret that this final response could not be more favorable, we do hope that you will continue to include Holland America Line in your travel plans. Best regards, *********** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President May 17, 2013 *** **** ******* **** *** Vallarta Riverside, CA 92506-3658 RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: ****** Parties: *******, **** & **** Dear *** *******, We received your most recent communication addressed to *** ***** ***** regarding your ms Noordam cruise reservation. *** ***** has reviewed your communication and asked me to respond. Once more, we were very sorry to read about Mrs. *******'s medical condition. We hope she is in good spirits and in strong health. We regret your continued disappointment and the dissatisfaction elicited by our responses. Also, we acknowledge your additional feedback and we truly appreciate that you have taken the time to provide us with your thoughts. As mentioned previously, we must be consistent with our cancellation policies. As you are aware, we offer our own travel protection plan. Should our guests decline our coverage or this is not available, we recommend that travel protection or travel insurance is purchased through an insurance broker. Additionally, we must maintain the integrity of our travel protection plan and we are unable to administer this program on a variable basis and enforce our policies with one traveler, but not with another, without losing all credibility of this program and our company. Again, we are very sorry to learn of the circumstances explained to us; therefore it is with a heavy heart that we advise you that we are unable to provide any monetary compensation. However, we wish to reiterate that the special upgrade offer from *** *********** ***** will be available to you should you decide to utilize it. Thank you for contacting our office, and also, we thank you for choosing Holland America Line. Though we are sorry this response could not be more positive, we do hope to be given the opportunity to serve you in the future. Warm regards, *** ****** ****** Senior Advisor Office of the President

7/30/2013 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: After seeing on the HAL website the summer sale promotion (an online promotion running roughly in May-June/2013, with a blue banner showing "$100 onboard credit" next to the ship and itinerary we picked), we contacted a HAL booking agent on the phone to book a cruise (whose name was Blake) on 5/5/13 and made the full payment via the phone as well. Our booking number was ******* and our cruise was on Statendam from 6/23/13-6/30/13 from Seward to Vancouver; our stateroom is **** During the booking with the HAL representative, My husband and I specifically checked with this booking agent regarding the onboard credit advertised on the website, as we did not know in what form we should expect this credit. He confirmed we would "receive $100 onboard credit" and said "You will get it when you're on the ship." This summer promotion is the sole reason why we picked HAL over competing cruise lines, and formed the basis of our acceptance of the contract to pay the full cruise price. We would not have chosen HAL's Statendam if this promotion (fare and onboard credit as reflected on the website) could not go through. Based on the oral representation of this HAL booking agent, I made the full payment for our cruise; since we were first time cruisers and had never booked with HAL (or any other cruises) before, we did not know anything about how we should receive the onboard credit, and only assumed it would appear automatically when we started our trip, based on the oral representation of the HAL booking agent. Unknown to me, while my booking should have reflected this credit based on this agent's promise, it didn't -- in our booking, while other areas were filled out by the booking agent, the "onboard credit" part was left in blank (not a number was entered; not even "0"). During the cruise, we learned from other passengers we should have expected the onboard credit in the form of a certificate. This is already contradicting what the booking agent had told us ("you will only get it on the ship.") So we became suspicious and inquired the front desk, who informed us there was no such onboard credit information entered -- as promised by the booking agent -- into our account. Therefore, we did not have the onboard credit as orally promised and confirmed by the booking agent, resulting in a loss of financial value and enjoyment of the trip on our part. By the way, the customer service on the cruise was entirely disappointing and incompetent. We were suggested to contact the head office of HAL "after our trip" when we had no such use of the credit! After my cruise, I contacted a HAL customer relations person (******) and oh man he was rude. According to "******," we cannot "substantiate" our claim for onboard credit because it was not entered as part of our booking (but isn't this the problem to begin with?). Then he basically suggested we were lying about our conversation with the booking agent regarding this credit, and even after he apparently conceded it could be a mistake on the part of the booking agent, he blamed us (!) for not putting the credit "in black and white" into our booking (isn't this the job of the agent? since when can we enter our own booking?) Finally, "******" intimidated us, using abusive language (telling us to "shut up"), into accepting his "big favor" of some future credit for a future HAL cruise (which I would not book with HAL anyways so it is of no value to me); also condescendingly, he said this credit would not show up in my account, so there was basically nothing for me to verify the existence of this "future" credit (and not to mention the irony to begin with: ****** had repeatedly accused us of not having any "documentation" to "substantiate" our claim for the credit). when I asked ****** about a refund to my credit card, he said I was never entitled to this onboard credit because our cruise was a sale and should just hang up, and he refused to honor my request to transfer my call to another, more civilized customer relations agent. This particular "******" customer relations person's handling of this case was beyond poor; it was appalling and outrageous. The rude insults after insults had pushed me to my limits. The misrepresentation during the booking was unfortunate, the unsatisfactory handling during my cruise significantly discounted the pleasure of my trip (I was told to deal with the head quater "on my own" while I was in the middle of the seas having no phone connection to anywhere), and the post-cruise insults were particularly enraging and unbearable. I would not want to give a cent of the Hotel Service Charges if we are not given our entitled onboard credit in cash value (and we don't want the "future" credit for a non-existing cruise I am never inclined, intended, or planned to set my foot on!) .

Desired Settlement: I am seeking a refund of the promised onboard credit of $100 to my credit card, which represents the lost cash value due to HAL's unfulfilled oral agreement during the sale (also false advertising and false representation during sale) and failure to enter truthfully the information according to the oral agreement in the booking that formed the basis of our payment and acceptance of the contract. If HAL is unwilling to settle by refunding us the $100 onboard credit to our credit card, we would file further complaints with BBB and seek a refund of our hotel service charges ($161) for providing substandard services before, during, and after the trip, mishandling my booking, rude and degrading customer services, and largely disappointing trip experience.

Business Response: Business' Initial Response /* (1000, 7, 2013/07/16) */ July 16, 2013 Ms. ****** **** *** E 5th St Apt *** Tucson, AZ XXXXX-XXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: GKWR7J Dear Ms. ****, The Better Business Bureau has forwarded to us your correspondence regarding your ms Statendam sailing departing June 23, 2013. We are grateful for this opportunity to review your concerns again and to express our regret for the frustration and disappointment you have experienced. First, it is disheartening to learn of your acute displeasure concerning your recent communication with and service from staff in our Guest Relations Department, and we are truly sorry for the unhappiness caused by your phone conversation with Mr. ****** Our primary focus at Holland America Line is courteous, respectful, efficient service and assistance at all times. Corporate staff certainly understands that our guests are the heart of our business, and again, we sincerely apologize that this was not your impression. We are also concerned about your continuing unhappiness that you did not receive Onboard Credit you felt you were entitled to on this sailing. The promotion you saw offering Onboard Credit was an incentive designed to encourage guests to book higher category cabins at higher rates, and was applicable to specific cabin categories only: It was not applicable to the cabin category that you selected. As you know, you made your reservation under a promotion that enabled you to book at an exceptionally low rate. In his phone conversation with you, Mr. ***** explained that because of the extremely low fare you received under the ''Flash'' promotion on your reservation, no other promotion - including Onboard Credit - was compatible. In fact, the computer would not have allowed any other promotion to be applied. Again, we are truly sorry for any misunderstanding in this matter. As a gesture of his concern for your unhappiness, Mr. ***** offered you Onboard Credit in the amount of $100.00 total for use on a future cruise. This credit has been built in association with your Mariner number, and will expire on July 1, 2015. The credit will be applied to your onboard account upon booking your next Holland America Line cruise. Please note that because this offer is a goodwill gesture from the Guest Relations Department and not a company promotion to increase bookings, it is compatible with all other promotions. We only ask that you or your travel professional verify this special offer with our Reservation Agent at the time of booking, to ensure that your reservation is properly noted. We assure you once more that we appreciate your comments, and hope that you will give us another opportunity to create the positive experience we know our sailings can offer. Best regards, ******** ***** Special Advisor Office of the President

5/22/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: At "Eurodam" the whole management team is adamant about using hand-sanitizer. Up to the point of pure harassment of its own passengers! I was chased by one of the Signature Shop's employee while on the way to the Captain's champagne toast that was taken place in the theater a couple of days ago on May 11th. I was literally harassed and the girl just would not stop insisting of using soap even she was told that I am allergic to it. She replied to that: "You must!" The front office was notified but nothing was addressed. No apologies either!  HAL must review their policy in regards of "policing" people with soap, and respect the wishes of those who do not want to participate in "hand-sanitizing" madness! Last time I checked, using "hand sanitizer"  was not a mandatory requirement for sailing HAL, but employee insisted that it is a mandatory for all guests! I was under impression that she was about to spray me with soap of Purel she had in her hands. There were other male passengers ******* by who were not harassed by anyone - only me!  I could not sleep that night and even two days later I am shaken up and afraid to go through deck 3, where the signature shops are located. Due to the stress I have developed a migraine, and could not even go for dinner last night due to a headache. I asked the Front Desk to involve a security team and review the tape of an incident, but my request was denied. When I inquire to see the Manager of Guest Relations - I was denied. I was told by the front desk clerk that I can speak only to her and no one else, that she would relate my complaint to the appropriate department. Late in the evening of May 12, (the incident took place on May 11th) I received a call that A manager of Signature Shops was notified. A day pass ** - and still no apologies, I feel ignored and forgotten!  ******** ********** 

Desired Settlement: Refund of money for the cruise.

Business Response: Business' Initial Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/05/15) */ RE: Complaint Case: XXXXXXXX Ref: XX-XXXXXX-XXXXXXXX-X-XXX Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking GRXQ7M Dear Ms. **********, Thank you for the email regarding your ms Eurodam sailing on April 29, 2013. We truly appreciate the valuable feedback you have provided us. First and foremost, we are sorry for the disappointment you experienced. While onboard, our staff does their utmost to try to reduce the spreading of various illnesses that can occur such as "Norovirus," also termed NoV. We take very seriously the responsibility to do our utmost to limit its transmission in the close quarters of a vessel. Consequently, our protocol includes several steps: at the pier we screen for related symptoms; during the cruise, any guest who shows symptoms is required to remain isolated as directed by the Medical Staff; and throughout the voyage, we attempt to educate and support excellent personal hygiene among guests, staff, and crew. Along with encouraging the use of hand sanitizers installed around the ship, this multiple-tiered approach is usually sufficient to prevent or slow the spread of NoV. However we do wish to note that it is not mandatory to use hand sanitizers while onboard. On the rare occasions when these are not sufficient, a ship then proceeds to a different protocol, with increased surveillance and disinfectant procedures developed with the assistance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We hope that this information helps to explain our policy and precautions regarding NoV. We do also wish to note that as has been stated to you by our staff, your particular circumstance was well noted and that your feedback and concerns are being addressed accordingly and that our staff are still working to try to resolve the situation with you. Be advised that we have once more registered your notation of the situation and have advised the appropriate senior management for their information and correctional action where deemed necessary. Again, please accept our apologies and assurances that staff will redouble their efforts to meet our goal of consistent excellence in all areas of your cruise experience. Best regards, ***************** Special Advisor Office of the President Consumer's Final Response /* (2000, 11, 2013/05/22) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.) Business' Final Response /* (1000, 9, 2013/05/17) */ RE: Complaint Case: XXXXXXXX Ref: XX-XXXXXX-XXXXXXXX-X-XXXX Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking GRXQ7M Dear representative of the Better Business Bureau, We wish to note that as the guest is still on board until May 21, 2013, we have once more forwarded these concerns to our front office staff on the ms Eurodam to work directly with the guest towards a resolution. Best regards, ***************** Special Advisor Office of the President

5/13/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details
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Complaint: We purchased directly from Holland America (HA) a cruise. We paid for travel insurance as recommended by their sales person. The sales person assured us that in the event we could not travel we would be reimbursed 90% of our cruise cost. The cruise cost total was $18,111.18. We received a reimbursement in the amount of $14,038.20; difference of $4,072.98. Travel insurance amount was $1,778.00 and taxes were $735.18; difference of $1,559.80. This is the amount that HA refuses to refund to us. They call it a HA benefit to its customers. I call it a penalty. Holland America never during that original conversation to purchase a cruise mentioned that we would receive only a partial refund on the cruise cost. I argue with them that it is their responsibility to clearly tell a customer the true cost of cancellation. In this particular case they did not.

Desired Settlement: We are requesting a refund in the amount of $1,559.80. Original booking cost: $18,111.18. Travel insurance: $1,778.00. Taxes: $735.18. We received a refund from Holland America: $14,773.38. A difference of $1,559.80 (clearly all profit for HA)

Business Response: Business' Initial Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/04/19) */ April 19, 2013 Mr. ***** ****** 505 Lohse Ct Lincoln, CA XXXXX-XXXX RE: Case X-XXXXXXXXXX Booking: GJGW9C Dear Mr. ******, Thank you for your continued correspondence regarding your ms Westerdam sailing departing March 17, 2013. It is always of concern when a guest has a less than satisfactory experience, and we will endeavor to incorporate your feedback into our planning and procedures. However, after thoroughly reviewing your issues, we are not in a position to offer compensation. Although you did incur cancellation fees, including the cost of our CPPP, we are glad that we were able to refund a large portion of your payment (over $14,700.00) because you had the insight to protect your cruise investment. Every day, we receive calls into our Guest Relations office of heartbreaking stories of cruises being forced to cancel without any cancellation protection coverage and denial of any refund due to policy restrictions and fairness to those that do purchase the coverage. Although your situation is extremely unfortunate, our cancellation policies are clearly detailed in each of our brochures, and must apply to everyone equally. We get numerous requests, such as yours, to make an exception to our policy and give out a full refund. However, to honor them all or in part would be to negate the purpose of offering this type of coverage. Therefore, while we truly regret the circumstances involved in your cancellation, we are not in the position to offer a full refund or credit toward another cruise. We hope that you may understand the reason for our decision, and we are very sorry to have to disappoint you in this matter. We are committed to guest satisfaction, and we truly hope that our decision in this matter will not cloud your impression of Holland America Line. We thank you again for contacting our office. Best regards, *********** Special Advisor Office of the President Consumer's Final Response /* (3000, 12, 2013/04/25) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) Ms Haigh of Holland America (HA) refuses to acknowledge that the HA agent made the mistake in this transaction. We've been big spenders with HA and are in shock that they are willing to ignore that and the facts in this case. They are at fault and we are the ones being punished. We refuse to be railroaded by a big corporation who has no sense of ethics or business morals. If it was our error it would have been dropped in a heartbeat, but it was and is HA's agent that led us to believe that we were covered. If we were to ever to buy this type of coverage we would know the specifics. We were not given the specifics only a sales pitch. Sincerely, ***** & ***** ****** Business' Final Response /* (1000, 14, 2013/04/26) */ Good afternoon, It is always of concern when a guest has a less than satisfactory experience, whether in the booking process, during sailing, or in any dealings with Holland America Line. While we understand Mr. ******'s point of view and agree that mistakes can be made on both the giving and receiving side of information, we are unable to provide any further refunds in this matter. Again, the information is clearly stated online and in our printed materials. We are committed to guest satisfaction, and we truly hope that our decision in this matter will not cloud your impression of Holland America Line. Best Regards, *********** Special Advisor Office of the President

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