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167 Holland America Hawaii Cruise Reviews
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jackjeanr
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My wife and I did a similar cruise on the Zaandam from San Diego to Hawaii several years ago and wanted to try it from a different port, and to see what changes may have occurred to the ship and/or ports of call. The ship seems brighter ... Read more
offwegoagain13
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had heard about the cruise from friends who did it a couple of years ago and it sounded great and they wanted to go again. We did. Overall it was a fantastic experience for us. It is a lot of days at sea but we managed to handle it. ... Read more
bunone
Member Since 2007
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
My wife and I have been cruising for 20 years, and this was our first sailing with Holland America. We have sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Oceania, enjoying 266 days at sea. After sailing on the Maasdam ... Read more
Stickwitch
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
12 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was my Number 1 bucket list trip. The itinerary was perfect but the ageing ship presented many plumbing issues, some cabins were flooded and a few unlucky passengers had to be moved several times. Bathroom flushing issues were taken ... Read more
JeanieCM
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We had only taken a 6 day cruise to the Bahamas previously, so felt we were really stepping out to do an 18 day cruise. First of all, we could not praise our room steward, Aziz, and his partner Dan enough. They were friendly, ... Read more
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kidpsyc
Member Since 2007
1 review
112 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We scheduled this cruise because it gave us six days on four islands (with an overnight in Honolulu) which seemed to balance out the sea days. It also included a night passing of Kilauea with the spectacular sight of lava entering the sea ... Read more
surebeatssailing
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
408 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We were interested in a warm weather cruise with plenty of sea days. Usually cruise with Celebrity But this was our 4th cruise on HAL The ship is a good size & tastefully decorated except for a couple of ghastly ornate benches near ... Read more
XFFDFire Capt
Member Since 2017
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
On March 4, 2017, my wife and I disembarked from an 18 Day round trip cruise from San Diego, CA. to Hawaii aboard the Holland America cruise ship ms Westerdam. First let me tell you what we liked about our journey, because I ... Read more
Txbkwm
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise due to destination and because we got a good deal price wise. Our cabin was tiny and ill arranged but guess that goes with the great price. Our senior room steward was Tutu and he was wonderful. Very efficient and ... Read more
kaygeed
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We were invited to join some friends on this cruise. Since my partner hates to fly and this left from our Hometown of San Diego-we decided to give it at try. We are 2 star Mariners and although we've been on many cruises but never one ... Read more
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navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
11,303 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Having long wanted to visit Hawaii, and disinclined to take any more flights than necessary, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to escape some of winter. Additionally, we have a Navy Seal grandson stationed at San Diego, so the two ... Read more
siants
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
While the Westerdam is not one of the newest ship of the fleet, it certainly is one of the friendliest! The staff and crew were unbelievably wonderful and made us feel like family. We chose this particular voyage because there were ... Read more
daktam
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We have enjoyed several Holland America cruises, and were our friends who had moved to San Diego invited us to join them. We looked forward to 11 sea days of relaxation and the possibility of playing bridge with other interested players, ... Read more
Caliope
Member Since 2011
1 review
143 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailing out of my home port was attractive and I'm now four star with HAL. The service, per usual, was outstanding, but some changes are worth noting. No more librarian is bad news and whoever is now responsible at the home office needs ... Read more
Transplanted Floater
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
21 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We've been sailing with HAL since 1978 and the food, service and entertainment were excellent. We did not sail on the 24 day collectors voyage but only the 17 day San Diego to Hawaii and back to San Diego leg. It was a wonderful vacation ... Read more
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McSweeney
Member Since 2013
1 review
20 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise at the last minute just to get away from our unseasonably cold weather. We couldn't believe how Holland America had changed since last fall. There were hardly any books in the library, and the ones that were ... Read more
lindastarr
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
From January 7-31, a friend and I spent 24 days aboard Holland America’s Westerdam on a Collectors Cruise to Mexico and Hawaii, followed, three land-days later, by a 15-day cruise through the Panama Canal aboard the Island Princess ... Read more
rmacleod141
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
My wife and I (a senior couple) chose a back-to-back on the Westerdam in January to Mexico and Hawaii to try to get away from the cold, wind, and rain of a Victoria January. We had sailed once before with the line, on the old ... Read more
jonnied
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed January 2017
Special occasion cruise for us. Handpicked our suite. We have sailed with HAL before to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Anticipated same stellar experience. Off to a great start when boarding process went smoothly. Absolutely wonderful staff ... Read more
Lukeslady
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 forum posts
24 helpful votes
We have done this cruise previously and found it to be all of the above things as stated. The only suggestion I would have, is it would be nice, and I would be agreeable to pay more if we could have more time at some of the ports. There ... Read more
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fraucindy
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
We had the most marvelous vacation from start to finish. We purchased a parking spot from the Westin Hotel across from the Amsterdam, and we literally walked across the street to board the ship. Embarkation was smooth and efficient, which ... Read more
Andee9988
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Beautiful San Diego,We arrived 1 day early, Dec 3rd, Watched the sunset at Sunset Cliffs.There was the evening Christmas Parade. The King's Inn, authentic Mexican food for dinner next door. Embarkation at 1.00pm was very fast and our ... Read more
IPB4IGO
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our second cruise out of San Diego, and embarkation went very well both times. Disembarkation went well, although it is a long walk to the street, where you have to go if you are using Uber rather than one of the taxis or ... Read more
Scared to Death
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
10 helpful votes
The 17 day cruise to Hawaii was wonderful. It was the first time my wife and I have ever cruised and we both loved it. The staff of the Amsterdam could not have been nicer, more helpful and just as friendly as could be. The food was ... Read more
ingridshaus
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Never again will I take a cruise that takes 5 days of cruising to get there only to have a few precious hours in wonderful ports of the lovely Hawaiian islands. The worst stop was in Kona, where I finally got off the ship at 9:30 only to ... Read more
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