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598 Holland America San Diego Cruise Reviews
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elyria3449
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chosen for location and timing. Ship was old and tired with many problems including air conditioning, tenders, internet system (awful) and plumbing. Nice staff could not overcome these many issues in my rating. The high end, Pinnacle ... Read more
surebeatssailing
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
402 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We were interested in a warm weather cruise with plenty of sea days. Usually cruise with Celebrity But this was our 4th cruise on HAL The ship is a good size & tastefully decorated except for a couple of ghastly ornate benches near ... Read more
XFFDFire Capt
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
On March 4, 2017, my wife and I disembarked from an 18 Day round trip cruise from San Diego, CA. to Hawaii aboard the Holland America cruise ship ms Westerdam. First let me tell you what we liked about our journey, because I ... Read more
Txbkwm
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise due to destination and because we got a good deal price wise. Our cabin was tiny and ill arranged but guess that goes with the great price. Our senior room steward was Tutu and he was wonderful. Very efficient and ... Read more
kaygeed
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We were invited to join some friends on this cruise. Since my partner hates to fly and this left from our Hometown of San Diego-we decided to give it at try. We are 2 star Mariners and although we've been on many cruises but never one ... Read more
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navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
10,702 forum posts
Having long wanted to visit Hawaii, and disinclined to take any more flights than necessary, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to escape some of winter. Additionally, we have a Navy Seal grandson stationed at San Diego, so the two ... Read more
porsena
Member Since 2007
1 review
525 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Like the colour scheme, which is more subdued than I remember on the other 3 Vista class ships, Food in the MDR seemed a step up over our last cruise on Eurodam. The wait staff have changed from pen and paper to tablets, with a noticeable ... Read more
Tripping MeeMaw
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My husband has SADD. We took this cruise for the sunshine and it was our first time on Mexico's west side. Cleanliness, service and excursions were plentiful and varied. The food was abundant and we could remain lowkey, which we ... Read more
bfgood2
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the interesting itinerary and the full transit of the Canal on a smaller ship. We were not disappointed - our 3rd HAL cruise. Food was very good, as usual, ship is spotless and beautiful and crew are outstanding. ... Read more
daktam
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We have enjoyed several Holland America cruises, and were our friends who had moved to San Diego invited us to join them. We looked forward to 11 sea days of relaxation and the possibility of playing bridge with other interested players, ... Read more
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Caliope
Member Since 2011
1 review
137 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailing out of my home port was attractive and I'm now four star with HAL. The service, per usual, was outstanding, but some changes are worth noting. No more librarian is bad news and whoever is now responsible at the home office needs ... Read more
Transplanted Floater
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
20 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We've been sailing with HAL since 1978 and the food, service and entertainment were excellent. We did not sail on the 24 day collectors voyage but only the 17 day San Diego to Hawaii and back to San Diego leg. It was a wonderful vacation ... Read more
McSweeney
Member Since 2013
1 review
20 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise at the last minute just to get away from our unseasonably cold weather. We couldn't believe how Holland America had changed since last fall. There were hardly any books in the library, and the ones that were ... Read more
lindastarr
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
From January 7-31, a friend and I spent 24 days aboard Holland America’s Westerdam on a Collectors Cruise to Mexico and Hawaii, followed, three land-days later, by a 15-day cruise through the Panama Canal aboard the Island Princess ... Read more
rmacleod141
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
My wife and I (a senior couple) chose a back-to-back on the Westerdam in January to Mexico and Hawaii to try to get away from the cold, wind, and rain of a Victoria January. We had sailed once before with the line, on the old ... Read more
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jonnied
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed January 2017
Special occasion cruise for us. Handpicked our suite. We have sailed with HAL before to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Anticipated same stellar experience. Off to a great start when boarding process went smoothly. Absolutely wonderful staff ... Read more
Gigigigigigigigi
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
The itinerary and time of year. Very very old ship ! Cabin smelled upon entering eyes watered and sinuses hurt after 24 hours. It took a total of 3 days for them to look into the filter going into the cabin. It was almost black !! ... Read more
mmaryw
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
Wonderful cruise! It was really the staff that made it so great. Every single staff member was so gracious and accommodating and that made it so enjoyable for us! The staff member Bagus in the dining room was very helpful and sweet. ... Read more
Chennai
Member Since 2009
1 review
158 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Had a wonderful cruise and enjoyed the people. Great weather and a great cabin added to our enjoyment. The destinations were typical, but still was pleasurable. Food is fine, not special but good enough to gain a few pounds from (sadly ... Read more
tareshanand
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
To begin with, this wasnt our first cruise. We have done Disney -- 7, NCL - 4, Royal Car-- 4, Carnival - 2 prior to our first ever with HAL. Wanted to take time to list out the various issues we have had with HAL. Concierge / Lounge :- ... Read more
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Jackie_OR
Member Since 2011
1 review
71 forum posts
Grandpa wanted to go fishing, and can no longer handle the long flights to Florida, so we picked this easy San Diego departure. As this trip was during Winter Break (the week before Christmas) the ship was FULL of children. Good for ... Read more
pgreif
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
11 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Sixth cruise to Mex. Riviera, fifth on Holland. Didn't disappoint at all. One negative: Holland has cut back on more "gourmet" or continental food offerings such as gourmet cheese, smoked salmon, a more extensive room menu, no ... Read more
Reomeo
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Living in Florida we've been on several Carribean cruises and looked forward to the Panama Canal and it's Pacific ports. The size of the Veendam was great. Easy to get around on and not too crowded. The ship does show it's age. The crew ... Read more
CookGirl
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
2 forum posts
11 helpful votes
This was my 7th Holland America cruise and probably the last. Holland America has become the Macy's of the cruise industry. They hope to attract Nordstrom clientelle while offering Penny's level service. First, let's start with the ... Read more
davidlegrandpont
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise with the purpose of experiencing the Panama Canal. Cruise ships are not my favourite way to travel but this was a good option as we were traveling with an older relative. The veendam is a mid-sized ship and we think ... Read more
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