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99 Holland America South Pacific Cruise Reviews

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Annie.P
Member Since 2013
1 review
Not rated Sailed January 2013
We were an extended family group which included 6 children between 3 - 11 and 8 Adults 35 - 65, across 5 cabins. Oh yes - and we were all on our first cruise! The other members of our party were in cabins that had a window looking out ... Read more
marinating
Member Since 2004
1 review
140 forum posts
Sailed January 2013
A little about us first, my husband is in his sixties and I am 55, we have cruised over 20 times on numerous lines from the 320 passenger Paul Gaugian to the Queen Mary. We cruise two to three times a year departing from different ports ... Read more
Trentham
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
This our most recent cruise was in an Superior Verandah (SY) Suite stateroom on Holland America Line's 'Oosterdam' to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Our expectations were reasonably high - have you heard of the "Signature of Excellence" or ... Read more
jenno10388
Member Since 2008
1 review
402 forum posts
Firstly about me. I am a cruise ship & ocean liner buff! I can't even count how many books, DVD's and other nick nacks I have regarding the topic! I am 24 years if age and have sailed with Princess, Royal Caribbean and Cunard and have ... Read more
CentralCoastie
Member Since 2013
1 review
We had a lovely first time cruise with our disabled daughter on the Oosterdam. But like any holiday there were problems that we were unprepared for. The help that we received from most of the staff was exceptional. We managed to get a ... Read more

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burchan
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
220 forum posts
Sailed November 2012
I have sailed with HAL before and liked it. It should have been the same this time. For the first time in my life I was to see Total Solar Eclipse. I did not want to gamble with this once in a life opportunity by trying to observe from ... Read more
HamburgAvonLady
Member Since 2008
1 review
1,363 forum post
After having to postpone this wonderful itinerary for almost 3 years due to health issues, we finally boarded the beautiful Westerdam on Oct. 4 for our 30 day cruise to Hawaii and the South Pacific. Stayed at the Best Western Yacht ... Read more
rossmb
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
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
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
1 helpful vote
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

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DISGRUNTLED AUSSIES
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
1travelfan
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
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
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
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

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Illini89
Member Since 2012
1 review
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
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
ryndam
Member Since 2002
3 reviews
768 forum posts
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
1 helpful vote
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
1,985 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

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Boz12
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
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
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
Christina Auld
1 review
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
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
LocoLoco1
Member Since 2003
6 reviews
766 forum posts
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

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