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120 Holland America Hawaii Cruise Reviews

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bones17
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
We arrived at the port in San Diego at around 11:30 a.m. and though there was a line we were aboard the Oosterdam in good time. We didn't have to wait for our cabin like on other ships. We went straight to our cabin, dropped off our stuff ... Read more
jdir315
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
Embarkation: San Diego was smooth, parked at airport parking lot about 1 mile from cruise terminal free shuttle to terminal. Cabin: We had a veranda balcony room seemed somewhat smaller than we had on the Maasdam. Limited storage space ... Read more
motyash
Member Since 2008
1 review
30 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
Embarkation: Took a shuttle down to San Diego and boarded the ship with no problems or delays at 12:00PM or so. Our cabin was already ready which was nice. Cabin: We were in Cabin VD 4167 which was an upgrade from a VH guarantee ... Read more
Luvcritters
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
We really liked this cruise. We had a cabin with a balcony and hardly used it. The weather was bad at times so it was often wet. There was salt all over the balcony. If we went out there, we tracked gritty salt back to the floor of our ... Read more
Cayoooga
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
844 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are a couple in our mid to late 40s and have cruised several times before on various cruise lines. We own 100 CCL shares and once the cruise was paid in full, we faxed the required information to HAL and the $250 OBC for a plus 14 day ... Read more

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janikins
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had previously flown to visit all the islands in Hawaii but never attempted this many days at open sea to cruise to Hawaii. We brought along a transport chair for my husband in case he needed it but once on board, he did just fine ... Read more
jezzyebelle
Member Since 2011
1 review
33 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
Our plan was to fly into San Diego on Friday night, 11/11/11, however due to flight issues, we ended up missing our connection in Atlanta and had to spend the night there and head to San Diego on Saturday, the 12th. We arrived in a very ... Read more
sailorfromtoronto
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were on the Westerdam in a cruise to Hawaii and the Marquesas Islands. This was the first trip of this ship to that destination and begun in San Diego on Sept 29th, 2011. What you are going to read here is just my personal opinion ... Read more
msMarcoPolo
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
My husband wanted to return to sailing the high seas as he had served in the U.S. Navy and missed the ocean. I had been a Navy dependent growing up in the Pacific region and wanted to return to the islands. In those days my girlfriends and ... Read more
Keith Williams
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Having cruised recently on the Sea Princess, I imagined that Holland America would be a similar experience, well I was wrong! Boarding at Los Angeles (Long Beach) was a breeze, no queues, no hassle and the whole process only took 10 ... Read more

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safetydoe
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I went on a cruise in late March 2011 with Holland America from San Diego, California to Hawaii and back to San Diego. The cruise was great, very relaxing, great food and great entertainment. The ship was clean and it ... Read more
candy2
Member Since 2005
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
As a seasoned cruiser, never again on Holland America.Huge banging all through the night. We were told at the end of the cruise the whole front hull was buckling and banging. Room service was always late and wrong, toast came bread not ... Read more
AukeBay
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation was a breeze; arrived at terminal before 11:30 a.m. and was on board by noon. The cabin was available by 1:00 p.m. We had an ocean view cabin on deck 1. It was clean, comfortable and well maintained. The only problem (toilet ... Read more
Roger007
7 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
REVIEW OF ZAANDAM: San Diego-Hawaii-San Diego February 27-March 13, 2011 Being from the Midwest, the best place to be in February is Not in the Midwest. Therefore we booked this cruise to paradise. We chose HAL principally because ... Read more
Landsat
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2011
What a great holiday and what an absolutely wonderful crew.We arrived privately at the embarkation point having spent some 5 days visiting Los Angeles (Omni Hotel) and 4 days San Diego (Manchester Hyatt.) In short, Los Angeles is a little ... Read more

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ThomasBozek
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were in Cabin 7004, Neptune Suite. To begin with the cabin was tired and worn, dirty furniture on the veranda, only one electrical outlet in the entire cabin (they confiscated our brand new compliant outlet strip at check in, gave us an ... Read more
FunForUs
Member Since 2006
9 reviews
1,215 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2010
This was our third HAL cruise. We went into San Diego one night early. We stayed at the Bay Club Hotel & Marina, which is on Shelter Island. December is an especially nice time to stay at the here because of the marina and many of the ... Read more
bdaycruisers
Member Since 2008
1 review
235 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2010
A relative drove us to the port and our bags were collected. We entered the terminal, filled out a form, and waited for our number to be called before boarding. It took about one-half hour. We boarded the ship and had lunch in the Lido. ... Read more
socal mommy
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I took our two children on the 14 day voyage to Hawaii. After reading all the negative comments about the Zaandam I was greatly relieved by the wonderful experience we had. The ship is well used but is charming. I did ... Read more
Goatranch
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
We flew to San Diego on Saturday morning the day before our Nov 7 round trip cruise to Hawaii on the Holland America Zaandam. We stayed at the Days Inn Harbor View because they offered shuttle service from the airport to the hotel, from ... Read more

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Crusing Bob
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
3,564 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
For those of you wondering about the condition and joy of the Zaandam, I can report that my wife and I found everything exceptional. We did not look for little frays in carpet or light bulbs out, or windows not washed so we can say we had ... Read more
airgunnerusn
Member Since 2001
1 review
67 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
We enjoyed the Zaandam very much - it was the perfect size- about 1400 passengers I think. One of the real pluses of the 14 days was that every at-sea day (9 of them if you count getting to Ensenada in the evening the last night) our guide ... Read more
leafsnation
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
3,342 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2010
We arrived in San Diego on November 6,2010 a day prior to sailing. HAL had reps at the airport to provide directions to transfer vehicles. Our pre and post nights were arraanged through HAL and the Hotel was excellent the Sheraton Marina ... Read more
rogaz
Member Since 2010
1 review
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First let me state that most of my complaints about this cruise are not so much about the Zaandam and its crew as indictments of the cruise industry as a whole. Let's start with the feedback form, passed out on the next-to-last day ... Read more
Helpful? Thank rogaz
frndlyfmrflyr
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2010
First, I understand HawaiiLeo's frustrations. We also had a cabin a/c problem (did not work at all) and found the bathroom needed cleaning (mold/mildew on the floor, worn out shower mat, dirty shower curtain, toilet looked dirty from many ... Read more

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