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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
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540 Holland America San Diego Cruise Reviews
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margiecruisequeen
Member Since 2002
1 review
5 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
1,875 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
lilybay
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
372 forum posts
I had wanted to do the South America cruise but was not willing to fly all that distance and back. I loved the length of the cruise and the experience of traversing the entire pacific coast form San Diego south and around Cape Horn. ... Read more
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pweath
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
2 forum posts
Sailed October 2016
I came back to Holland after my experience on the Regal Princess. Holland has always been my favorite but she would be priced somewhat higher for balconies because she has fewer that other cruise lines. One thing you could always depend on ... Read more
Lodemark
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
Check in was a breeze as we were in a Neptune suite. Others complained of a disorganised shambles and taking up to 3 hours! Suite appeared very nice, but the bathroom DEFINATELY needs a serious upgrade compared to other top suites we ... Read more
cb10
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed September 2016
Having been on a number of cruises with Holland and having over 50 cruises of varying lengths we chose this one for the itinerary. While the entire trip was above average there were things like no hot water in our suite for the first ... Read more
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pdpair
Member Since 2015
1 review
22 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We booked the cruise many months ahead when great fares were offered for a trip of this length. The ship is 10 years old and is showing signs of wear in some areas. The Lido Dining venue needs new furniture. Our cabin was located on ... Read more
highcees
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
54 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This cruise was chosen strictly for itinerary, which was a long-held dream come true. The ship and cabin got very old, very fast. Surely, the cuisine could have more variety -- all those chefs that claim to have input! Cabin attendants ... Read more
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cruznbuddies
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
871 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We had sailed HAL once previously for a Sea of Cortez cruise which we thoroughly enjoyed. The entire cruise was a repositioning cruise from Vancouver, BC to Auckland, NZ however, because we are ... Read more
one more
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
186 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
We needed a cruise to return home to Sydney & the Noordam was leaving at the right time. We have never sailed on a HAL ship before, it was not our first cruise. Found the ship very nice, inside cabin very roomy & great ... Read more
HappyHippies
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
14 helpful votes
Absolutely fantastic!! We love HAL. Everything was exceptional - organized embarkation was very fast, ports of call were great, service was exceptional, all activities and meals were all fantastic, and we can't say enough great things ... Read more
thibodeau
Member Since 2015
1 review
30 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I chose this cruise because it was cheap, right time of the year and I wanted to go there. Well you get what you pay for. The staff was there for peddling things not much in the free service department.I got nickled and dimed to death. ... Read more
be_a_cruiser
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Since I was a child I wanted to go to French Polynesia because a cousin of mine was there for 6 months and he told us wonderful things about the life in the Island. I also particularly wanted to visit Kiribati (Fanning Islands) and ... Read more
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Robertson7
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was a terrific cruise! We need an accessible cabin and ours was great! Our stewards were polite, kind, and very attentive. The dining room staff were great...always remembering our names and our drinks! Food was terrific, both in ... Read more
Scrapnana
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
17,539 forum posts
4 helpful votes
As usual, I had a great time on the cruise. We had some problems but I felt that most were handled very well. Problems first.... Probably the very worst was the embarkation in San Diego. Getting checked in was awful. First there ... Read more
Traveling Dot
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
646 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We had planned this cruise before my husband died, but he had made me promise to go even without him. I had mixed feelings but continued on with the cruise. I arrived in San Diego two days before the cruise and was able to tour the ... Read more
dbits
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
61 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Really wanted to see the South Pacific Islands, but because of weather, Captain decided safety was foremost and we bypassed two islands, and had excursions cancelled on the third. Gutsy of the Captain to walk through the Lido buffett area ... 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
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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
Hflors
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
3,317 forum posts
14 helpful votes
First let me say that I believe that my expectations were way too high. Having read blogs from Bill & Marianne on their world cruise aboard Amsterdam and being on Ryndam last year for the cruise before the "holiday Cruise" ... 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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