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120 Holland America Hawaii Cruise Reviews

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332266
Member Since 2009
1 review
We have sailed to Hawaii on the Zaandam before. We were thrilled to see Michael Headla was still the cruise director and Kainoa DelaCruz was still on as the explorations expert. These two gentlemen are fantastic ambassadors for HAL. They ... Read more
Appygirl
Member Since 2010
1 review
539 forum posts
Just returned from a 16 day round trip Vancouver -- Hawaiian Islands on the Zaandam, September 23 to October 9, 2012. The cruisers -- my 82 year old father (walks short distances but we have a travel, folding wheelchair), my husband, ... Read more
black hat
Member Since 2012
1 review
Sailed September 2012
Just finished a 16 day cruise, Vancouver to Hawaii. I would place the ship in the "banana boat" category. Rusty hull, window ledges. Evidence of electrolysis on the inside of the aluminum windows. Vibration coming from the bulkheads, ... Read more
lawair
Member Since 2009
1 review
We traveled from Seattle to Vancouver by chartered bus that was arranged thru our travel agency.AAA in Seattle (Tina & group) does a wonderful job of taking care of everything. Boarding in Vancouver was easy & cabin was ready when we ... Read more
lavictoria
Member Since 2009
1 review
25 forum posts
I picked this cruise because of the itinerary and because it left and returned to Vancouver (our neck of the woods). My husband and I are in the 35-54 demographic so wondered if Holland America was the right cruise line for us but were ... Read more

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Traveling Dot
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
576 forum posts
Sailed March 2012
Hi, I'm Traveling Dot and this is my fourth cruise on Hal. We have done Canada/Maasdam (round trip Boston to Boston), Alaska/Statendam (Fairbanks to Vancouver) and the Panama Canal/Rotterdam (from San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale). We flew ... Read more
mauiedin87
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
575 forum posts
This was our second HAL cruise, first time on the Oosterdam. Embarkation was very fast and really well organized. HAL has its act together. Our obstructed oceanview cabin on Deck 4 amidships left ample space above the lifeboat. The safety ... Read more
kunzefam
Member Since 2002
1 review
Sailed March 2012
My wife and I are in our early sixties and consider ourselves as being quite active. We have done 10+ cruises in the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Mexican Riviera. Our cruise line of choice has been Royal Caribbean. We boarded the ... Read more
Miata6
Member Since 2005
1 review
220 forum posts
OUR TRIP ON THE OOSTERDAM TO HAWAII Before deciding on the Oosterdam, San Diego to Hawaii cruise, we looked at various tours of the islands but they all required that we fly to Honolulu and back. I hate flying today. And really, what's ... Read more
goldberg37
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
85 forum posts
Oosterdam is the twentieth ship that we have travelled on, therefore we feel qualified for the review that we are submitting for this ship. Additionally, we generally travel on voyages of two weeks' duration or longer, so have substantial ... Read more

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rayretired
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed March 2012
The Captain kept referring to the "Beautiful Oosterdam". Well he should have walked around to see it more closely. So let me tell you about this ship: Threadbare furniture, cracked leather seating, filthy chairs you wouldn't want to sit ... Read more
Duck Duck Cruise
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
1,802 forum post
This cruise was our third cruise in the past 3 years to Hawaii on 3 different cruise lines, our second HAL cruise on a Vista Class Ship, and our fifth cruise in the last 3 years. Our other HAL cruise was on the Zuiderdam doing the inside ... Read more
bettybc
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
37 forum posts
Cruise Critic Review of the Oosterdam Hawaii Trip Feb 25, 2012 First let me start with the positives. The service staff on this ship are great. The room stewards work hard to keep their assigned rooms clean and neat. The bar staff ... Read more
NWvacationer
Member Since 2009
1 review
21 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
Background Info: We were a party of "3 girls", me (47), my mom (82) and my cousin (51). We have all sailed HAL before, and had all been on the Oosterdam at least once. We had sailed 7-10 days in the past, and were looking for a longer ... Read more
hvsteve1
Member Since 2004
1 review
997 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
Let me preface this review by pointing out our previous cruises have all been on ships with a maximum of 700+ passengers. So, while I realize there are people devoted to HAL, my view is going to be that of someone experiencing a large ... Read more

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TraelorMex
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
377 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
Just off the Oosterdam (opronounced 'Oh'sterdam) (Jan 28-Feb 18). Visited Mexico and Hawaii. As veteran HAL cruisers we love HAL. Here are our 'likes': typical HAL experience. Food was GREAT! Service, ditto. Staff ditto. Ship, ... Read more
Seawoff
Member Since 2011
1 review
168 forum posts
All the usual stuff about embarking and disembarking, the food, the entertainment and programs on the ship are basically the same as stated by others. This review is meant to give helpful hints. The room: SY has three large closets. ... Read more
cruisinbill
Member Since 2005
5 reviews
84 forum posts
My spouse and I had originally booked this cruise as a late celebration of our 40th anniversary. As it turned out, we celebrated it in Sep/11 with a cruise to Alaska on board the Diamond Princess. But, no matter, as we knew we wanted to ... Read more
samiam7
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
Sailed January 2012
We expected a much better experience than we had. This was our first time on this line and this ship. Food was good, but dining room service terrible. We complained about cold food and time between servings and were told there was only ... Read more
B.K.
Member Since 2011
1 review
11 forum posts
Sailed January 2012
Last time on Oosterdam was on a Mexico cruise. We had been on other HAL ships, but there was something about the Oosterdam...it felt like coming home. I wondered this time -- before we boarded on January 14, 2012 -- "Would it feel again, ... Read more
Helpful? Thank B.K.

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hybrn8
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
443 forum posts
Waited awhile to write this review as I wanted to be as objective as possible and let the little things float away and see what stuck in my memory. That said, we are long-time cruisers having traveled on ships of all shapes and sizes. ... Read more
Hal San Diego
Member Since 2006
8 reviews
60 forum posts
We have been on the Oosterdam several times (3 times in 2011) and always have a good time...that said, one must keep in mind that you are on vacation and have a good time without sweating the small stuff as "ship" happens at sea just as it ... Read more
mor mor
Member Since 2004
1 review
176 forum posts
Sailed December 2011
The good things: there was something for everyone and we are aged 13 to 80. We all liked the evening entertainment, particularly the gymnast and the comedian who did the impressions and some of us liked the singers and dancers. (meh). ... Read more
big green
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
4,572 forum posts
We are veteran cruisers but this was our first cruise on HAL. The cruise was ok--not our best cruise. HAL was ok-after reading many reviews by experienced HAL cruisers we feel that HALl is very over rated for the price they charge. We ... Read more
Crownline270
Member Since 2008
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2011
We have many cruises under our belt and this one to date was by far the poorest of them all....read on :) Wintertime cruising may have had a lot to do with the sea and weather conditions but certainly not the appearance of the ms ... Read more

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