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328 Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews

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Psalmbard
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
This was our second time cruising with HAL. Our first time was 1998 Hawaii and back, and was the standard by which we judged all other cruises since; the service was great. Wanted to try HAL again now that we are older and making more ... Read more
arizona777
Member Since 2001
4 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2011
Oosterdam is beginning to show its age, but neither more nor less than any other ship from the early 2000's with only a single refurbishment. Cuisine choices are good to excellent, though the open seating option seems to present ... Read more
CntryGyNSD
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
67 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I will start this review by noting that our cruise was the unfortunate cruise that followed the three passengers becoming gravely ill in Hawaii and was therefore shortened by a day. This shortened itinerary significantly impacted this ... Read more
howareu
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Long time fan of HAL, but will say have not cruised with HAL in five years..Food on this ship was the best we ever had on any cruise, service was great, and ship was very clean, bathroom was large and towels were large and fluffy. But, ... Read more
SanDiegoCuiser
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
First and foremost I will start off as - no question - I had fun since went with my friends. That was my objective - spend time with close friends, sun, read, and eat lots of good food. I have been on the Mexican Rivera cruise on ... Read more

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ddbllhi
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2011
I have cruised with 4 other cruise lines and I have to say, HAL Osterdam was my only regret. Before selecting Holland America, I researched the internet and found they were rated tops in several categories. How?? I must give credit to the ... Read more
grlpwrd
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I had actually never heard of HAL before my sister suggested this cruise to us. We decided to give it a shot, we brought 2 of our kids (ages 6 & 9 at the time). I found the kids program to keep off hours, which was inconvenient to us. ... Read more
Family of 4 will travel
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2011
Our first cruise was 7 years ago and now it seems that we are taking a cruise almost every year since this cruise on Holland America was cruise #8. Since we live in California, it's easy for us to board in Los Angeles or San Diego and ... Read more
oliverbc
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
202 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2011
We chose the sea of cortez cruise because we had never been in this area before.I would have liked another ship just for variety. The event that marked my change of heart was the upsell to a superior suite.We have never experienced such a ... Read more
dreambig2win
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2011
Embarked in San Diego and initial baggage handling was quick and efficient...I had a walker so was directed to another entrance since the elevator was not working and was disappointed that we missed out on the boarding picture.The cabin ... Read more

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Nutriosotoo
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
111 forum posts
0 helpful votes
were disappointed with our recent Zaandam cruise. Are now 3 star mariners and will sail with HAL again.There were quite a few issues on the Zaandam that added up to our disappointment. The big view windows in Crows'Nest, Lido restaurant, ... Read more
DanielM
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2011
Embarked in San Diego and initial baggage handling was poor...no porters at taxis, and lackluster efforts.The embarkation line is long and slow. Our party boarded via wheelchair and even that was a bit slow.The cabin was good and spacious ... Read more
DogLover1969
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After reading several negative comments about this ship recently, and a rather forgetful 1-night cruise on this ship last October, I was understandably a little nervous about this adventure. I can report after calling this ship home for ... Read more
savannah2117
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
298 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were on the April 16th sailing of the Oosterdam to PV and Cabo, it was spring break for our daughters, age 17 and 13, (and apparently about 375 other kids that were on board.) A little background, we have sailed 2 times on Princess, 1 ... Read more
trip4u
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
30 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2011
This cruise was so relaxing, a no-brainer. Embarkation---very smooth. Outside fence of pier it's a little confusing but they are helpful. The line moved fast. Get there early, if Holland has cleared the ship on time from the past ... Read more

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mikeinbwi
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first cruise with Holland America. I have previously traveled on RCL, Celebrity and Norwegian. I traveled with my boyfriend who was cruising for the first time. After reading the reviews on this website, we had low ... Read more
toodycat
Member Since 2006
7 reviews
311 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background: My DH, DS (17) and I have been on eleven cruises. We are not big drinkers or party people. DH and I both work really hard professionally and DS is always deluged with school work, so when we go on vacation, we just want to ... Read more
Okie1946
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
975 forum posts
0 helpful votes
While on this cruise I did a type of blog/daily report and had a lot to say - so I'll try to make this one shorter and more concise.Boarding - We arrived a day early in San Diego and took our time decompressing. Wanted to be wide eyed and ... Read more
opelmanta1900
Member Since 2011
1 review
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I have to start by saying that I have nothing to compare this cruise with since I've never cruised before... I also realize my girlfriend and I are much younger than the average passenger on board but we were not bothered by that one ... Read more
eyoreblu
Member Since 2009
1 review
113 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my second cruise, our first being the same location on Royal Caribbean 2 years ago. I was cruising with two girlfriends, we all left our families at home. Arriving at the terminal around 11:30 am we took the shuttle to the ship ... Read more

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dr1234
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2011
From the time we entered security from the street until we were in our stateroom was literally 15 minutes. Everyone was friendly and efficient. This couldn't have gone better.Entertainment included energetic, polished and exciting ... Read more
ninagal
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was very particular about booking our second cruise and did lots of research and this is what I came up with after cruising on the HAL for the last 7 days:HAL terminated the port to Mazatlan..good thingTold us 2 days in Cabo but ended up ... Read more
explore4ever
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
185 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
DATE: March 19-26, 2011 7 dayDESTINATION: San Diego, PV, Cabo. Mazatlan is cancelled due to reported violenceCRUISE LINE: Holland America Line OosterdamWHO: mom, me and a couple--2 cabinsBackground:My mom and I have cruised before. ... Read more
tmlove17
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
239 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I researched the Oosterdam thoroughly in preparation for our trip over spring break, and read such a strong pull of opinions on either side (good or bad), that we realized we just wouldn't truly know until we took the trip ... Read more
beauxdammit
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
367 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We arrived at the terminal at about 3:00 after driving from the Phoenix area. Except for a minor problem with the new to us car, it was an uneventful trip across IS 8. Since most of the passengers were on board embarkation was quick and ... Read more

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