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575 Holland America San Diego Cruise Reviews
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Chennai
Member Since 2009
1 review
148 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
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
64 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
5 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
5 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
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CookGirl
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
2 forum posts
5 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
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
1 helpful vote
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
3 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
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
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IPB4IGO
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
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
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
3 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
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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
Draperdarl
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed November 2016
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
10 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
ingridshaus
Member Since 2016
1 review
Never again will I take a cruise that takes 5 days of cruising to get there only to have a few precious hours in wonderful ports of the lovely Hawaiian islands. The worst stop was in Kona, where I finally got off the ship at 9:30 only to ... Read more
Floridastorm
Member Since 2011
1 review
381 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Let me give you a little of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good: Staff, Ship, Cabin, Entertainment, Ports (for the most part), Food (for the most part). Spent two days in Honolulu instead of one due to cancellation of the ... Read more
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Santa Fe Connie
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
102 forum posts
Planned this cruise to travel with friends, who at the last moment had to cancel due to illness. I met very nice people to hang out with, but had to spend more time than planned indoors because of big swells (12-16 feet) and winds that ... Read more
EZ Wash
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
This cruise really wasn't our first choice, but when the earthquakes hit Italy we decided to make an adjustment in our "to do list" of cruises and moved a Panama Canal visit to the top, and we're glad we did. We read all the ... Read more
specvette
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
4 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
1,944 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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