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616 Holland America San Diego Cruise Reviews
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Reefnut
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
3 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
BioincJohn
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 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
2 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
726 forum posts
2 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
1 helpful vote
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
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Goleta Cruiser
Member Since 2007
1 review
17 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
rnwratchet
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
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
53 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
3 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
1 helpful vote
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
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Alphen
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,693 forum post
1 helpful vote
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
Philadelphiawren
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
As always on HAL, the staff were amazing: good-humored, helpful, considerate, resourceful, and always smiling. BUT our room was like a refrigerator most of the time; leaks around the ship were scary; much of the furniture is shabby. ... Read more
lumberman
Member Since 2011
1 review
144 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Chose solely for the Itinerary, 3 days in Lima, allowing for Macchu Pichu trip. The friendly but sometimes dozy staff, were average best. The cruise director, if you wish to call him that was invisible. Boring sea days, no music, ... Read more
Canada Laoda
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I chose the itinerary so that we could go to Machu Picchu post cruise. The itinerary was a bit shorter than we would normally cruise. The embarkation in San Diego was great and uneventful. The disembarkation in Lima was another story, ... Read more
toradon
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Let's start with the positive. The Singers and dancers were wonderful. The food was good and the crew was very friendly. Our cabin was nice and our steward was great. Many ports were good and easy to find thing to do if you didn't take ... Read more
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elyria3449
Member Since 2013
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chosen for location and timing. Ship was old and tired with many problems including air conditioning, tenders, internet system (awful) and plumbing. Nice staff could not overcome these many issues in my rating. The high end, Pinnacle ... Read more
JeanieCM
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We had only taken a 6 day cruise to the Bahamas previously, so felt we were really stepping out to do an 18 day cruise. First of all, we could not praise our room steward, Aziz, and his partner Dan enough. They were friendly, ... Read more
kidpsyc
Member Since 2007
1 review
112 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We scheduled this cruise because it gave us six days on four islands (with an overnight in Honolulu) which seemed to balance out the sea days. It also included a night passing of Kilauea with the spectacular sight of lava entering the sea ... Read more
surebeatssailing
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
403 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We were interested in a warm weather cruise with plenty of sea days. Usually cruise with Celebrity But this was our 4th cruise on HAL The ship is a good size & tastefully decorated except for a couple of ghastly ornate benches near ... Read more
XFFDFire Capt
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
On March 4, 2017, my wife and I disembarked from an 18 Day round trip cruise from San Diego, CA. to Hawaii aboard the Holland America cruise ship ms Westerdam. First let me tell you what we liked about our journey, because I ... Read more
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Txbkwm
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise due to destination and because we got a good deal price wise. Our cabin was tiny and ill arranged but guess that goes with the great price. Our senior room steward was Tutu and he was wonderful. Very efficient and ... Read more
kaygeed
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We were invited to join some friends on this cruise. Since my partner hates to fly and this left from our Hometown of San Diego-we decided to give it at try. We are 2 star Mariners and although we've been on many cruises but never one ... Read more
navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
10,870 forum posts
Having long wanted to visit Hawaii, and disinclined to take any more flights than necessary, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to escape some of winter. Additionally, we have a Navy Seal grandson stationed at San Diego, so the two ... Read more
porsena
Member Since 2007
1 review
525 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
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 January 2017
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
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