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129 Holland America Hawaii Cruise Reviews
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cruisinbill
Member Since 2005
6 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
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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
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mor mor
Member Since 2004
1 review
179 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
bones17
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
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
1 helpful vote
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
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motyash
Member Since 2008
1 review
30 forum posts
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
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
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
janikins
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
4 forum posts
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
2 reviews
36 forum posts
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
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sailorfromtoronto
Member Since 2011
1 review
8 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
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
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
safetydoe
Member Since 2011
1 review
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
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
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AukeBay
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
9 forum posts
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
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
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
ThomasBozek
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
1,264 forum post
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
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