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140 Holland America Hawaii Cruise Reviews
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Lukeslady
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
fraucindy
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 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
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
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
4 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
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ingridshaus
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
Floridastorm
Member Since 2011
1 review
381 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Let me give you a little of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good: Staff, Ship, Cabin, Entertainment, Ports (for the most part), Food (for the most part). Spent two days in Honolulu instead of one due to cancellation of the ... Read more
Santa Fe Connie
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
102 forum posts
Planned this cruise to travel with friends, who at the last moment had to cancel due to illness. I met very nice people to hang out with, but had to spend more time than planned indoors because of big swells (12-16 feet) and winds that ... Read more
49erteacher
Member Since 2016
1 review
33 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The Rock and Roll Cruise Major crew members Mark Rowden – Captain Sarah Koster-Claxton – Cruise Director Christina - Culinary Director Jake - Show Host I have taken one cruise on Holland America back in ... Read more
Kay&Mike
Member Since 2001
1 review
272 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The service was pretty good but no one went above the basics. The food was definitely a disappointment! The menu sounded great but what we were served did not reflect what was written! That applied to the appetizers, meat (chicken was ... Read more
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schnutz
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
24 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I booked this cruise because we got a great deal on the fare. We booked an inside guaranteed room which Holland America chooses, which turned out to be an extra large stateroom in the rear cent er of the main deck, the lowest ... Read more
summerinitaly
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
45 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We enjoyed this 18 day cruise to Hawaii and back, the longest cruise we've taken. There were five sea days in each direction, a great time to relax and explore the ship. Our veranda cabin was spacious with plenty of storage and a good ... Read more
diconn
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise due to the number of sea days as well as it left from Vancouver, BC. Having been on several other HAL cruises I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the food in the main dining room, didn't seem quite up to par ... Read more
bruce lee
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
105 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and didn't have to fly anywhere, we also love the 5 sea days each way. Embarkation took a very long time - our luggage got to our room before we did. Disembaraktion was very easy. I ... Read more
BobbiSox
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
3 helpful votes
Nineteen years ago, we honeymooned on the 'old' Westerdam, so we chose this ship, the 'new' Westerdam, for our anniversary celebration. Embark was pretty quick and easy, and along with the HAL transfer (from airport to cruise terminal) ... Read more
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veemandy
Member Since 2017
1 review
Like uncrowded, mid-sized, cruise ships that visually, look like classic 'Ocean Liners'...not amusement parks. Don't wish to spend my vacation lining up with 4000 other passengers for dinner or shows....on some of the huge cruise ... Read more
avenir
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My husband chose this cruise as a gift for my birthday. I had previously enjoyed travel on the Holland America Line ships and others had good things to say about HAL. It was his first ocean cruise. There was plenty to do. We really ... Read more
hillcrest
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
1 forum post
5 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
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
597 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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just judi
Member Since 2014
1 review
43 forum posts
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
88 forum posts
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
ElEl
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
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
8 reviews
248 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
7 reviews
480 forum posts
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
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