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585 Holland America San Diego Cruise Reviews
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porsena
Member Since 2007
1 review
525 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
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 four weeks ago
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
Caliope
Member Since 2011
1 review
135 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
4 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
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rmacleod141
Member Since 2017
1 review
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
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
1 helpful vote
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
154 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
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tareshanand
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 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
Jackie_OR
Member Since 2011
1 review
66 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
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davidlegrandpont
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
Lukeslady
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We have done this cruise previously and found it to be all of the above things as stated. The only suggestion I would have, is it would be nice, and I would be agreeable to pay more if we could have more time at some of the ports. There ... Read more
fraucindy
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We had the most marvelous vacation from start to finish. We purchased a parking spot from the Westin Hotel across from the Amsterdam, and we literally walked across the street to board the ship. Embarkation was smooth and efficient, which ... Read more
Andee9988
Member Since 2011
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Beautiful San Diego,We arrived 1 day early, Dec 3rd, Watched the sunset at Sunset Cliffs.There was the evening Christmas Parade. The King's Inn, authentic Mexican food for dinner next door. Embarkation at 1.00pm was very fast and our ... Read more
IPB4IGO
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our second cruise out of San Diego, and embarkation went very well both times. Disembarkation went well, although it is a long walk to the street, where you have to go if you are using Uber rather than one of the taxis or ... Read more
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Scared to Death
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The 17 day cruise to Hawaii was wonderful. It was the first time my wife and I have ever cruised and we both loved it. The staff of the Amsterdam could not have been nicer, more helpful and just as friendly as could be. The food was ... Read more
cruisingMax
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
20 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My husband and I cruise several times a year, usually on Carnival, but have ventured to other lines when there were good deals, wanting to check out differences from one to another. We jumped on The Westerdam because we love to cruise out ... Read more
rinnaroo
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose Holland America because our other HAL cruise was wonderful, exceeded expectations, plus it departs from San Diego, our home. This cruise, however disappointed in a few ways: our cabin attendant was not as friendly as on prior ... Read more
socaliferic
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
This my eighth cruise with two on NCL, two on Carnival, one on Princess and my third on HA. This was the best cruise so far. Boarding in San Diego was easy (it usually is). The check-in person told us that there were 300 minors on ... Read more
majam3
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This is our 12th cruise 2nd on holland America Embarkation and disimbarkatio not we're very smooth The Westerdam is a worn out ship no matter where you go on the ship there are items in disrepair Our was mini balcony suite and ... Read more
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