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120 Holland America Hawaii Cruise Reviews

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hillcrest
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Check in was slow, but due to our fellow passengers- elderly and infirm, more about them later. New HAL checkin of carry on wine was onerous, but brief. Once aboard had our first Mariner Lunch in Lido, which was fine, our cabin ready, ... Read more
mosey7
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We have cruised just about every cruise line including some 5* rated lines. This was our first trip on Holland America. I was so impressed with the real concern and service given. We had a problem with the air conditioning and they came ... Read more
lindaler
Member Since 2012
1 review
564 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were lucky to receive a good upgrade from an HH guarantee to a D category. Cabin 772 was on the fourth deck in the exact middle of the ship. We took a train and because of congestions on the tracks we were running about two hours ... Read more
just judi
Member Since 2014
1 review
41 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
When we arrived in San Diego there was no line so we thought it would be easy getting on-board. How wrong we were - 40 minutes! It seems our cabin was booked to two different parties. After we were assured it was all straightened out ... Read more
celebrating seniors
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
52 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As a faithfull cruiser on Holland America Line, I found the selection of food on this cruise was poor. You can always fall back upon the "staple" items on the left hand side of the menu, but they get a little boring after awhile! I wrote ... Read more

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ElEl
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We were on the Veendam’s 18-day cruise to Hawaii that sailed on January 20, 2015 from San Diego and returned there on February 7th. The trip included stops at Maui (Lahaina), Honolulu (an overnight), Kauai, Kona, and Hilo plus a ... Read more
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BJzink
Member Since 2000
7 reviews
242 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had done this itinerary a year ago on a different cruise line, and really enjoyed the number of sea days, so decided to repeat it on a Holland America ship. We live close enough to San Diego to be able to drive to the port easily, and ... Read more
bobby3334
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
409 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I am a dedicated Princess cruiser with about 12 cruises. However, due to chikengunya epedemic in Tahiti raging and not wanting to spend a good part of my cruise worrying about getting a mosquito bite I switched at the last moment to this ... Read more
tuolumne couple
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
98 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Ship: The ship is wonderful. The retrofit changed a few things, so i recommend you also try the Maasdam to get a feel for the smaller ships. The Atrium is wonderful and still all the decks and spaces are so wondrful. The artwork is ... Read more
shayne12
Member Since 2009
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
Just returned from this cruise,I do really like sea days but there just was not any thing to do during the day Cooking class MEH who ever goes home and makes this stuff,because of this there were no movie during the day.And when they did ... Read more

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Holy cruisers
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
First the good, The ship reflects the grandeur of the past glory days of cruising. Quality decor and comfortable surroundings gave us the initial good feeling that we would be enjoying the next 16 days sailing the pacific. Unfortunately, ... Read more
SchoolNurse25
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
I took this cruise to Hawaii because of the long days at see. I was in Cabin 6127 on the Veranda Deck. Great stateroom, cabin stewards very attentive. Loved spending time on my balcony - private sunbathing, private reading and late night ... Read more
kamfan
Member Since 2006
1 review
199 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
We embarked in Vancouver in a timely fashion. No problems, no surprises other than our bags had already arrived at our cabin and we were only slightly delayed in the boarding process. Very pleasant. After everything we had been told on ... Read more
Ranee1946
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
We had an unfortunate situation when a passenger fell down some stairs & was seriously injured. The captain was kind & caring enough to turn the ship around & head back towards SanDiego to meet with a US Coast Guard chopper to ... Read more
Alstromeria
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We were on the Veendam cruise to Hawaii from San Diego that returned on Feb. 8, 2014. This is our 14th cruise (mostly Holland America and Celebrity, plus 1 Crystal - also 2 Royal Caribbean and a few Princess from our earliest cruises). The ... Read more

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SandyfromCA
Member Since 2013
1 review
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was not fond of the overall menu choices in the dining room. Different, not as familiar as on other Holland cruises. On a 17-day voyage you might expect to have some repeats of dessert choices, but only once did I see creme ... Read more
sealion2
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
Stayed overnight at Wyndham Bayside both coming and going due to schedule issues with Air Canada. Nice hotel. You can see the boat in the harbor if you have the right room. It is just across the road. Luggage being left and sorted in the ... Read more
mistletoe
Member Since 2010
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I should preface this review by saying that even a bad cruise isn't totally bad. On the other hand, I haven't done a Carnival Cruise in a while (ha). 4 out of my last 5 cruises have been on Holland America but this Zaandam cruise was ... Read more
wayfaring girl
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2013
After many years of travelling to exciting destinations to celebrate special occasions, we were challenged to come up with a really special trip to celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary. We have sailed on Holland America many times, so ... Read more
Bucky63
Member Since 2006
20 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
Embarkation: We boarded the Zaandam in San Diego. Boarding was fast and efficient. We arrived at the pier around noon and were in our cabin by 12:30. The staff both on shore and on board were very helpful. Stateroom: We were in ... Read more

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SailorMom37
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
91 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2013
SO much to tell after two weeks! I'll try not to be ridiculously verbose... We sailed out of San Diego. This is a great port to cruise in and out of. The airport and the cruise terminal are so close together, and many hotels between ... Read more
vaugirard12
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of all the days at sea. Titled "Hawaii Circle Cruise" the emphasis is definitely on cruise rather than Hawaii. Though we enjoyed our time in the islands, we spent more time getting there (and back) than ... Read more
Cruising Montrealer
Member Since 2010
1 review
148 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2012
Took advantage of the opportunity to do the 4 repositioning (Vancouver to Victoria to San Diego)+ 14 days Hawai'i (from and to San Diego). Group of passengers on the 4 day cruise was very different from the usual HAL niche: several ... Read more
The Shadow
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
105 forum posts
1 helpful vote
From the time of boarding the Zaandam to leaving her, the staff of this ship found many ways to please us with great service and courtesy. For the first time ever we never went in the main dining room, which is really unusual as on most ... Read more
Sailump1
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As a first time cruiser, we booked months in advance and were very excited. We were cruising with four other experienced cruisers. The first impression upon boarding the ship was that everyone seemed to move very slow. It soon became ... Read more

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