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336 Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews
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Draperdarl
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
I wanted to take my 3 grown daughters on a cruise during Thanksgiving week out of San Diego. Two of the girls had never cruised before and I could barely keep up with their excitement over everything! Embarkation was good and didn't ... Read more
margiecruisequeen
Member Since 2002
1 review
8 helpful votes
We finally were able to try Holland America Cruise line on the Westerdam. It was great leaving out of our hometown,San Diego,than to drive to Long Beach or Fly. Embarkation-was a breeze,very organized-we arrived at 11am and were on ... Read more
specvette
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Everything about the Neptune Suite & the amenitities that go with it are great. Priority embarkation & disembarkation, priority tender access, the Neptune lounge & the suite itself. Unfortunately we sailed on the Westerdam ... Read more
canadianbear
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
1,881 forum post
9 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our first cruise on the Westerdam but we have done many more on other HAL ships. I like this size of ship-not too big and not too small. We had a Signature suite and love the size of the cabin and balcony. The staff on ... Read more
Ms.Jackson
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Disclaimer-I actually won this cruise in a raffle, though I paid airfare, taxes, tips and incidentals. I was really impressed with this cruise and the ms Westerdam. The staff was cheerful and gracious, the food was excellent and the ... Read more
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CPABOB
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
We got advance notice that boarding would be delayed due to the outbreak of norovirus on the two previous cruises. They were "deep cleaning" the ship. No objection from me, and they continued cleaning all during our cruise; ... Read more
Dodgers671
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
14 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My wife and I are in our mid 40's no kids and have cruise on Princess, NCL, and Royal Caribbean. We both were exited to spend the holiday at sea. I will start with the good then not so much We arrived to the pier at 2 pm anxious to ... Read more
philgreif
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Again, a wonderful experience. The Veendam is an older and smaller ship, but well maintained and not crowded at all. We always were able to find a quiet place to relax with NO people. The stateroom, an ocean view, was fine. Wonderful ... Read more
kellylagringa
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
There were some real positives in our experience. The cleaning crew kept everything immaculate and were very nice, our room was comfortable and well designed/very quiet, I had a lovely port excursion and the entertainment-- in the bars as ... Read more
debbucky
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
My husband and I just got back from our first cruise in many years. This was a test of sorts to see if we are 'cruise ready' for the next phase in our lives as empty nesters/early retiree's. (mid 50's) Chose HAL because of price and ... Read more
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pgreif
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This is our seventh cruise, fourth on Holland, second on Veendam in one year (that is how much we like this ship.) We would define this cruise line as one for relaxed mature passengers who value an elegant and quiet experience over being ... Read more
mikematheny
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Negative feed back. to many older people, average age around 70, no out side pool games, outside lights that string over the pool deck were on 2 times during the cruise only while at port. you should have food on lido deck at all times ... Read more
saguaro_48
Member Since 2010
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Nov. 19-26 HAL Veendam Mexican Riviera (San Diego Departure) by the twin of Oscar the Grouch Let me start by stating the we have cruised 14 times since 2006, and seven have been on HAL; the others scattered on RCCL, Celebrity, and ... Read more
missmishka
Member Since 2010
1 review
86 forum posts
This was our seventh cruise on HAL. We are a couple in our late 60's, and we always have a great time, but this time there were a few "not so great moments". We began our vacation by driving from Green Valley AZ to San Diego ... Read more
jeffbo1962
Member Since 2008
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
This was my 3rd sailing on the ms Veendam, the first since her refurbishment and second Mexican Riviera cruise. Embarkation in San Diego is always a pleasant experience as it's close to our home in Arizona and it's a quick trip from ... Read more
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cnicholson
Member Since 2015
1 review
In all fairness this review mostly will be about the service and food on the Veendam during this cruise as there has been fair coverage of other areas of consideration. Out of many cruises, the food on this cruise was in the top 3 ... Read more
Popcorn70
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
A year and a half ago I cruised on Holland Zuiderdam destination Panama-it was such a terrible experience they gave us a voucher towards another cruise. This cruise was also a failure and I will not cruise with Holland again. As always ... Read more
pgreif
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
Sailed March 2015
Third cruise on Holland, last one was 6 years ago on the Oosterdam. Also have cruised on Celebrity and Princess. We are foodies so this will cover that and the service and ship. Cruise ports are cruise ports; zip lines, pirate ship cruises ... Read more
exon111
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
3 stars out of 5 overall. It is an older ship, but very well maintained and very clean. I liked the more "ocean liner" feel of the ship. It was updated nicely and did not feel dated. As a germaphobe, I greatly appreciated the extreme level ... Read more
emmad
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2014
All in all, we had a very good time with our friends and celebrating New Year's Eve together. Our ship went all out to celebrate the occasion. The food for the most part was very good . . .especially in the dining room. I knew before we ... Read more
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larry5b6
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
I’ll start off by saying that someone else might have rated this cruise considerably higher. But I opted to be true to my feelings with the rating. As there are over 400 reviews for Veendam here, I won’t be affecting the ... Read more
avery66
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Background We cruise often, and usually during the holidays. We're all 3-star HAL Mariners, even our 9 year old. We're in our 40's; husband's parents in their 60's. We've also cruised Celebrity 3 times, and Princess 3 times (in-laws have ... Read more
TravelguruDanville
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
155 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2014
We were very hopeful that this would be a great trip as we have booked a 24 day cruise on another HA ship next year and were using this trip as a litmus test to decide whether we should continue our booking next year. We also were aware it ... Read more
QueenAleta
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
My husband and I are long time cruisers and had already been to Cabo. So we just wanted to cruise and didn't really care about the destinations. We also knew in advance that the passengers would be age 50+. We were alright with that ... Read more
kensinsd
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was my first cruise, so in many ways I didn't know what to expect. Everything was pleasant from the time we were dropped off at the cruise terminal until the moment we caught a cab back home. Understandably, there were about a ... Read more
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