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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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516 Holland America San Diego Cruise Reviews

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be_a_cruiser
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
10 forum posts
0 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
CPABOB
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Dodgers671
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
3 forum posts
7 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
3,148 forum posts
6 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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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

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kellylagringa
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
pgreif
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This is our seventh cruise, fourth on Holland, second on Veendam in one year (that is how much we like this ship.) We would define this cruise line as one for relaxed mature passengers who value an elegant and quiet experience over being ... Read more
hillcrest
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Check in was slow, but due to our fellow passengers- elderly and infirm, more about them later. New HAL checkin of carry on wine was onerous, but brief. Once aboard had our first Mariner Lunch in Lido, which was fine, our cabin ready, ... Read more
mikematheny
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Negative feed back. to many older people, average age around 70, no out side pool games, outside lights that string over the pool deck were on 2 times during the cruise only while at port. you should have food on lido deck at all times ... Read more

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saguaro_48
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Nov. 19-26 HAL Veendam Mexican Riviera (San Diego Departure) by the twin of Oscar the Grouch Let me start by stating the we have cruised 14 times since 2006, and seven have been on HAL; the others scattered on RCCL, Celebrity, and ... Read more
kjoephyllis
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I enjoyed the 32 day cruise. The library was large, the food very good, the entertainment enjoyable, the ports interesting, the lectures very informative. What's not to like ? The wheelchair stateroom was very large & was easy to ... Read more
WSP104
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
We took this 32 day cruise not knowing for sure if it might be too long. As it turned out it was terrific. The ship, The Amsterdam, had been refurbished at the beginning of the year and was neat and clean and simple to learn. It helped ... Read more
pjjacobs72
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Our 32-day Inca Explorer cruise from San Diego to Lima and return was a mixed bag of pleasure and frustration. The M/S Amsterdam, one of Holland America’s older, smaller ships, is generally well maintained and quite attractive. Built ... Read more
missmishka
Member Since 2010
1 review
83 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our seventh cruise on HAL. We are a couple in our late 60's, and we always have a great time, but this time there were a few "not so great moments". We began our vacation by driving from Green Valley AZ to San Diego ... Read more

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Victoria Missy
Member Since 2011
1 review
43 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We were very disappointed with this cruise, having been on other Holland America cruises before, we definitely expected better. Some of the food quality was so poor it shouldn't have been served and some of the meals arrived cold. Dining ... Read more
jkmarbles
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My friend & I have cruised on Holland America around 155 days. We found the Zaandam to be updated since our previous voyage on the ship. The rooms, services, meals and activities were all we expected. We enjoyed the Culinary ... Read more
Deck Cargo
Member Since 2014
11 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
32 days on the Zaandam from San Diego to Buenos Aires Overall the cruise was very enjoyable, even taking into account that 4 of the ports were cancelled, 1 due to unrepaired earthquake damage to the port and 3 because of adverse ... Read more
OlsSalt
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1,755 forum post
5 helpful votes
In virtually all aspects this was the typically great Holland America product: excellent food, great staff, really really excellent entertainment crew, very good enrichment offerings and Cainoa, the legendary locations guide for this part ... Read more
kizzykat
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was our first cruise with Holland America, and we were not disappointed. We flew to Honolulu and sailed back to Sydney, a 15 night segment of a longer cruise. There were lots of sea days on this sector which is what we wanted to ... Read more

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Vobogeck
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
52 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our seventh cruise on HAL but our first on the Noordam and certainly our longest at 39 days. We thoroughly enjoyed it, which is why we keep coming back to HAL, but are concerned that the cutbacks in service are continuing. At ... Read more
Ronniegiants
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We are experienced Holland America cruisers with this being our 5th (out of 11) with the company and second on Noordam since 2012. It could well be our last. We can understand first time cruisers being satisfied, happy even, with their ... Read more
bonvoyagebites
Member Since 2015
1 review
479 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We went on a 3 day repositioning cruise for the MS Amsterdam to begin its Alaska season. We had been looking for a short cruise to take with the kids after their school year ended, and found this one. We booked it, as well as a hotel in ... Read more
ChesterLocksley
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a trip of a lifetime for me. at the age of 12 year i was intrigued by the panama canal and finally at the age of 64 years i was going to experience it. Veendam was just wonderful. nice size, very comfortable, fantastic crew, ... Read more
lindaler
Member Since 2012
1 review
517 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were lucky to receive a good upgrade from an HH guarantee to a D category. Cabin 772 was on the fourth deck in the exact middle of the ship. We took a train and because of congestions on the tracks we were running about two hours ... Read more

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