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161 Holland America Hawaii Cruise Reviews
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Kay&Mike
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
287 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
schnutz
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
26 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
9 reviews
63 forum posts
4 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
12 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
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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
veemandy
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
4 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
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lindaler
Member Since 2012
1 review
597 forum posts
2 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
2 reviews
46 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
98 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
284 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
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bobby3334
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
587 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
tuolumne couple
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
136 forum posts
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
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
Holy cruisers
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 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
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
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kamfan
Member Since 2006
1 review
199 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
3 helpful votes
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
SandyfromCA
Member Since 2013
1 review
27 forum posts
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
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
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