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92 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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rossmb
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2012
This type of report is unavoidably subjective. I have read on this and other forums reports about the same cruise by different authors and it is hard to believe that they were actually on the same ship at the same time. The following are ... Read more
boston41
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We did the 30 day Hawaii South Pacific Cruise. While the Rotterdam is an older ship there is still a lot of charm. Enjoyed the library area and the lounge areas on that level were very comfortable. While we had an inside cabin, it was ... Read more
CruiseMan37
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I don't want to write a long dissertation about this cruise as my wife and I had a really good time, despite being surrounded by sick passengers with flu like symptoms, coughing and spluttering everywhere. This was our first cruise on ... Read more
DISGRUNTLED AUSSIES
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2012
The cruise from Rio to Santiago began with a sour note as HAL arranged the overnight accommodation in Rio, at a grossly inflated price and in a tired hotel. The airport to hotel transfer was good. The hotel to ship transfer was chaos - all ... Read more
Sweet Judy
Member Since 2009
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2012
My husband and I just finished a 60 day cruise and love it. During the 60 days we went to more ports and there is not enough space to list them all. We have been on 11 cruises total and truly enjoy Holland America. We enjoy all of the ... Read more

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1travelfan
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed with 3 adult friends (a couple and a single) and all had outside cabins with windows on the lowest deck. Found the cabins to be extremely comfortable. Lots of storage space, nice bathrooms with tubs, and all very quiet. Hooks for ... Read more
mezza
Member Since 2007
16 reviews
780 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2012
We are Australian,frequent cruisers, now that we are in retired. As such, we can choose to travel whenever and on whatever ships we like. This short cruise on the Oosterdam was chosen because of a previous wonderful cruise on the ... Read more
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Texans4cruisin'
Member Since 2011
1 review
52 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2012
Introduction of poster: This was our 20th cruise and 4th on Holland America. We started cruising in 1979 aboard the Volendam. We are in our 60s and retired. Obviously by our post name, we are from Texas. Pre embarkation: We had ... Read more
Illini89
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2012
My wife and I really enjoyed the 30-day South Pacific Cruise leaving San Diego January 4, 2012 and returning February 3. As you read this be sure to read the health concerns I raise down below. We found the crew and staff excellent, ... Read more
Tabitha
Member Since 2000
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was looking forward to my trip from Sydney to the South Pacific islands and then up to Singapore via Indonesia. The cruise ran over Christmas and New Year but we hardly noticed those events, so little effort having been made by the ... Read more

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ryndam
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
711 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
We are long time HAL 4-star Mariners. We selected this cruise for the itinerary, since we had never been to any of these South Pacific ports. We sail HAL for it's consistency in product and experience, and this cruise met our expectations ... Read more
Gall
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
We always wanted to go to the south pacific and this was an affordable cruise with Holland America an round trip from San Diego. We had a great time visiting all the ports and overall enjoyed the cruise. However, we will not be cruising ... Read more
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sansterre
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
1,899 forum post
1 helpful vote
BACKGROUND: After flying to San Diego the day before our cruise, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Harborside. This is conveniently across the street from the dock. In fact, we watched the Westerdam arrive early that morning from our hotel ... Read more
Boz12
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
This was the first time this ship had been on this itinerary However, another ship for this line has. I can understand how running out of some perishables as they did with bananas and romaine lettuce. But staples such as peanut butter ... Read more
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duckman715
Member Since 2004
1 review
319 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our fourth HAL cruise and the itinerary was the major draw for this cruise. HAL is far and away our favorite line and on all previous cruises has surpassed expectations. Perhaps that is why this one was a little disapointing - our ... Read more

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Christina Auld
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
This was to be a Holiday Dreams are made of, we took a year to plan it. We drove from Miami to San Diego to join the Ship, the road trip was amazing but after a month driving we were so looking forward to the luxury of a Ship's Cabin & ... Read more
PenderBender
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are retired and in our mid-60's and have sailed many times with HAL. It is the only place left where we can still feel young!We live on a small, secluded Gulf Island, nestled in between the Metro Vancouver area of Southern British ... Read more
Locomotiveman
Member Since 2003
5 reviews
724 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a very good cruise for us, I'll rate it a 4.5 out of 5.0, as I intend to be 'Fair&Balanced', but Hey!! we had a Tsunami and a helicopter medical evacuation as extra entertainment..so maybe a 4.75 would be more appropriate. It ... Read more
Mr.G.Oates
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2011
Embarkation at Sydney was easy (better than a lot of ports). Missed the courtesy of being shown to our cabin (as said in another review, easy for us old timers but not so easy for first timers) There were plenty of activities for those ... Read more
Yewcic
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2011
In a lot of ways, the whole exceeded the sum of the parts as we had a wonderful time (despite a number of little issues) because of very good weather (other than cyclones at the end), exotic ports of call, and a great crew. Embarkation was ... Read more

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lifeguardpe
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
My husband and I and my sister enjoyed our trip very much especially the ports of call and the excellent weather. Overall the Rotterdam service and food were very good. Entertainment on board was only acceptable. We were ... Read more
nrobin
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
53 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A very nice trip on the Rotterdam to Hawaii and the South Pacific. Three stops were of main interest to me; Fanning Island, Rarotonga and Nuku Hiva, Marquesas. I'm not very interested in the well travelled locations because they no longer ... Read more
nanonano
Member Since 2010
1 review
120 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background information: Always wanted to go to French Polynesia without paying the huge hotel rates on the islands. A cruise seemed like the best way to do that. Holland America offered excellent value for a 30 day cruise to Hawaii and ... Read more
jayellbee
Member Since 2010
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background: This was our sixth cruise, third thirty day South Pacific cruise, and first time on HAL. We chose this cruise for the itenerary and for the fact that it returned to San Diego rather than terminating in Australia, thus ... Read more
snobol
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Plumbing was the biggest issue. Clogs are one matter, but overflowing commodes need immediate attention. The front desk told us that they couldn't take a report of an overflowing commode because the staff was too busy. Granted, a large ... Read more

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