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636 Holland America San Diego Cruise Reviews
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zonacruiser25
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
373 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We selected the Maasdam Panama Canal cruise since the ship visited 12 ports over the 24 days. We were able to visit 8 ports we had never visited before. There was also no tendering at any port that was great and made the port experience ... Read more
liketraveling
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
760 forum posts
This was a 24 day Cruise. The Cruise started in San Diego through the Panama Canal. There was a choice to disembark in Fort Lauderdale, New York or Boston. I cruised this with my elderly father who uses a rollator walker. We decided ... Read more
JPJPJP58
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We choose this cruise for the Panama Canal, which was an excellent experience. But the ship either needs three months in drydock for upgrades or to be target practice for the Holland Navy. The AC did not work in many staterooms. It ... Read more
BCranger
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
40 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We thought we might be taking a risk going on a Holland America cruise with our young children, but felt like we needed a holiday and this itinerary fit the bill. It was a 4 day cruise from San Diego to Vancouver. Our children, ages 6 ... Read more
heathman
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
33 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I booked this cruise in December as a gift to my husband who had, until now, never cruised. We wanted to try a short, 5-day, cruise to make sure he wouldn't become deathly ill from motion sickness and to just give him a taste for sailing. ... Read more
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lgnelson13
Member Since 2017
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise for a girls getaway because it was a short cruise and was fairly inexpensive. However, I would have gladly paid more if everything could have been improved. The food in the dining room was, on several occasions, cold. ... Read more
naomiafc
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
This is my 3rd Holland America cruise, the first two were also short - but both were great with good food and impeccable service. First I will say that my room steward was STILL amazing; Heri ! Room 3410. Without him this would have ... Read more
Jellybelly
Member Since 2006
1 review
79 forum posts
4 helpful votes
we chose this cruise because we just wanted a short getaway and one that did not involve a long distance plane ride. We ate dinner every night in the dining room and sat at different tables with different people every day which was OK. It ... Read more
lmz2005
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We brought my parents on a Panama Canal Cruise to Celebrate their 60th Anniversary and ended up bringing their best friends who were celebrating their 61st Anniversary. Getting on the ship was pretty easy since we had the Marriott guys ... Read more
LocoLoco1
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
885 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary. 3-Star cruise, 5-Star itinerary with fun on the Polynesian Islands. We cruise often, usually long cruises. We are active retirees, swim, hike the jungle, snorkel, cliff jump, motorcycles. We enjoy ... Read more
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offwegoagain13
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had heard about the cruise from friends who did it a couple of years ago and it sounded great and they wanted to go again. We did. Overall it was a fantastic experience for us. It is a lot of days at sea but we managed to handle it. ... Read more
bunone
Member Since 2007
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
My wife and I have been cruising for 20 years, and this was our first sailing with Holland America. We have sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Oceania, enjoying 266 days at sea. After sailing on the Maasdam ... Read more
Stickwitch
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
12 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was my Number 1 bucket list trip. The itinerary was perfect but the ageing ship presented many plumbing issues, some cabins were flooded and a few unlucky passengers had to be moved several times. Bathroom flushing issues were taken ... Read more
Jacaoljo
Member Since 2014
1 review
57 forum posts
Sailed March 2017
We wanted to see the Panama Canal and Central America countries. This cruise not disappoint. All except the tour in Costa Rica on a boat and a train. So disappointing . On the boat thought we'd see bunches of monkeys and other wild ... Read more
Reefnut
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Embarkation was smooth and seamless HAL has everything well coordinated. Our balcony cabin was the same as all signature class ships but our Room stewards were great. Matter of fact as we have come to expect with HAL the entire crew was ... Read more
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BioincJohn
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
The cruise was chosen because it went the whole length of the Panama Canal and we wished to visit the ports on the Pacific and in the Caribbean. To that end, we thoroughly enjoyed the climate, environment, people and places all very new ... Read more
Alberta Traveller
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We chose MS Westerdam for our Panama trip, decidedly for the itinerary. The number and destination of ports compared to cruise duration was exactly what we wanted. All the stops were very interesting. We booked several shore excursions, ... Read more
Traveling Dot
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
741 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
I choose this cruise because I wanted to see places in South America. I had a great time with all my cruise critic friends that I planned this trip with on our Roll Call. All the excursions that we chose were wonderful and would ... Read more
kayakmom
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
20 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the convenience of round trip San Diego. We did do shore excursions in almost every port and knew we would need to since most ports were in the middle of nowhere and industrial. We enjoyed the ... Read more
Goleta Cruiser
Member Since 2007
1 review
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise in order to spend more time in Lima, Peru and to visit ports we had never seen. We enjoyed the ports. We took the train from Santa Barbara to San Diego and walked over to the ship. We arrived about 1 pm and just ... Read more
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rnwratchet
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Poor climate control lead to many visits to infirmary and treatment. Guests spreading illnesses quickly. Excursions expensive, over priced and most available on shore for half price. Those in charge of excursions unorganized. ... Read more
Pamdiego
Member Since 2016
1 review
57 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Our first long (30 night cruise) so wasn't sure how it would be. We definitely got our money's worth. Loved the food on this ship. All of our interactions with staff were positive. From cabin stewards to Debbie who helps with future ... Read more
committedcruiser
Member Since 2011
13 reviews
23 forum posts
4 helpful votes
i chose this cruise because i had ntaken a 35 day cruise on volendam last yr and i likedthe service. also i liked the itinerary of this cruise, and living in vancouver cruising out of san diego means a 2.5 hr flight embarkation and ... Read more
Sailaway17162
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We are regular HAL cruisers and were very pleased with this cruise. Almost all the ports were very interesting, and we learned a lot about the Western side of South America. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The Maasdam is ... Read more
Alphen
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,723 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chose this cruise for the convenient itinerary, ending in Lima, which was great to combine with a post cruise visit to Machu Picchu. Although at a considerable age, ship is still in good shape and very well maintained by its ... Read more
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