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Beautiful San Diego,We arrived 1 day early, Dec 3rd, Watched the sunset at Sunset Cliffs.There was the evening Christmas Parade. The King's Inn, authentic Mexican food for dinner next door. Embarkation at 1.00pm was very fast ... Read More
Beautiful San Diego,We arrived 1 day early, Dec 3rd, Watched the sunset at Sunset Cliffs.There was the evening Christmas Parade. The King's Inn, authentic Mexican food for dinner next door. Embarkation at 1.00pm was very fast and our luggage was in our room within the hour.Correction, my luggage was missing, regardless We headed up to Lido Deck 8 like veteran cruisers for lunch...Asian curry noodles and rice quite authentic. Checked with Security where my bag was held and my small travel iron was confiscated until Ensenada.You can not pack extension cords either. My cabin was Ocean View 3343 mid deck, near the Clock Tower Atrium....which was beautifully Xmas decorated with gingerbread houses, train set.Christmas trees lights.. Cabin was great,, quiet and equidistant both ends of the Amsterdam, La Fontaine Dining room and Queens Lounge..Must mention that my Cabin Stewards Agus and Made were warm, friendly and unobtrusive, kept the cabin very clean and tidy. I look forward to the Towel Art and be surprised every evening. All the ports were excellent, You are in Paradise, The ship excursions were pretty good but We decided to rent a car where We can and explore the islands on our own. HAL ships' ON LOCATION .We had Kainoa who gave us lectures on Hawaiian Culture, History and personal stories of the islands, advice,maps, guidelines to plan your day ashore,the many places to see,and shore excursions. There were the Hula Dancers performances and Hula lessons.Ukulele lessons,Hawaiian Lei making classes ,....A deeper Hawaiian experience. Dec 4th, 5 lovely fun filled sea days,This beautiful ship had fresh flowers everywhere. I read books by Dean Koontz and Jeffrey Archer in The Exploration Cafe Library. Dec 10th, HONOLULU (Oahu). We took the bus transit to Hanauma Bay, for swimming and snorkeling,Not environmentally correct to walk on the coral and rocks,then a long walk on Waikiki Beach, and some shopping for a Ukulele (Better buy on Amazon). i've been to the Pearl Harbor Memorial before .. there wasn't enough time to do more. HILO (Hawaii) Dec 11th..We drove up to Mauna Kea (13 796 ft) At 9200 ft,The Onizuka Center, the road to the summit was blocked off because of frozen ice, so We decided to drive South to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.(original plan was to do this from Kona) Moana Loa was spewing lava before the mist covered everything. Took a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. At the shoreline of black lava fields, Kilauea was actively erupting lava into the sea, shooting massive plumes of smoke and ashes into the sky that can bee seen from afar. Next day, Dec 12th KONA, There was no car rental shuttle.It's USD28 to get to the car rental and USD28 back so no car rental. We did the Hop On for USD15 each,At the beach stop,James went snorkeling with his Go Pro and I walked the tidal pools and beaches.Saw 5 turtles and lots of yellow fishes..James did the Atlantis submarine (USD85).while I went shopping. 6 packs of Macadamia nut chocs ($24) at Target and Ross is my favorite for bargain hunting, shoes, dresses and fine Italian soap.(Bulgari 100ml parfum $30). Dec 13th NAWILIWILI (Kauai). We drove through Lihue to Waimea Canyon,The Grand Canyon of Hawaii.Don't just stop here, keep on driving to the very end of the road and from here you can see the North shore of the island, the jagged cliffs overlooking the sea.here was where they filmed Jurassic Park. A stop at Wailua Falls, there was a rainbow, before heading back to the ship. Dec 14th LAHAINA (Maui). Make sure your car rental pick-up is at JHM Airport.(not Kahului Airport which is too far from Lahaina) and the last car rental shuttle return to pier is 4.00pm ($20 cab return to Pier at 6.30pm). Drove up to Hakeakala National Park, dormant volcano, elevation 10,024 ft. We were above the clouds !!!! Nature enthusiasts would love the unique flora , silver swords. THE ROAD TO HANA, yes, We decided to do partway of this road, time permitting because We don't know when We'll be back this way again, just to say "We were there.". Narrow winding road through rain forest.Stopped at a fruit stand, On the way back, We went to the beach to watch the surfers.I had a Maui shave ice for $5, don't do that, not natural flavoring, inedible I had to throw away. It's my birthday, the dining room staff sang a Happy Happy song, which also works for anniversaries or anything else (I speak the language) and also a Birthday cake. If they sang in reverse, Am I one year younger You think? The 5 sea days to Ensenada, Mexico Dec20th, a seaside town with a wet fish market, lots of touristsy shops.Had a walk around and back to the ship for TEA., delicious scones with berries preserve and clotted cream.Earl Grey. Dec 21st, San Diego.Last breakfast.Disembark,Took the shuttle to the airport USD10. The HiGH POINT of this wonderful and special cruise was the Scenic Sailing of Kilauea Volcano 10.00pm.I videoed from the ship's bow.The lava flowing into the sea, bright orange red spewing up against the dark night.Lots of steam and smoke. Captain Fred Eversen is cool. The Amsterdam Dancers and Singers and the other entertainers were Super Excellent. The Culinary Art Centre was standing room only, Lots of activities like Trivia and stuff.... Cruise director guys were cool. The food was Excellent and ALL the staff did their best to make this an amazing wonderful cruise. I did not win the $25,000 Bingo, ;( I did not win the Cruise Bingo. ;( Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had the most marvelous vacation from start to finish. We purchased a parking spot from the Westin Hotel across from the Amsterdam, and we literally walked across the street to board the ship. Embarkation was smooth and efficient, which ... Read More
We had the most marvelous vacation from start to finish. We purchased a parking spot from the Westin Hotel across from the Amsterdam, and we literally walked across the street to board the ship. Embarkation was smooth and efficient, which foretold of the good things to come. Our cabin was ready for us at 11:30--a pleasant surprise, as we have not had access to our cabin this early on other cruises. We spent the day enjoying lunch and exploring the various venues on the ship. Luggage arrived by 1:00, and we were able to unpack and get settled in to our interior cabin on the Lower Promenade Deck. Our stateroom was cozy and comfortable and we had good service. We were close to an exterior doorway, so were able to go outside to walk or relax whenever we wanted. We chose the 'As You Like' dining option, and after the first night of sitting together with a group, we opted to ask for a table for 2, because we were on a romantic getaway. We ended up loving our servers, so we set a standing reservation for our table at 7pm. After the first evening, we were greeted by name, the stewards knew our special request (a glass of milk!), and treated us like royalty! The Assistant Dining Manager made sure to speak with us every evening, and we eventually shared stories of our families and life outside the ship. The entertainment was top-notch, professional and varied. Be sure to go to every show and take advantage of the behind-the scenes tours. The singers and dancers were excellent in the production shows! We also enjoyed the culinary shows each day, and took a cooking class with the chef. After the 3 course cooking class, he then prepared the same meal for us in the Pinnacle Dining Room. What a wonderful experience! My husband attended all of the computer classes, and I really enjoyed getting the puzzle pages and reading the newspapers each day in various languages. The bar/entertainment venues had superb and varied entertainers, from classical to jazz to rock and disco. Oh yes, and there were movies each day in the theater--excellent! We kept as busy as we wanted to be! I also participated in the various Hawaiian activities, from learning a bit of the language to making an orchid lei, to learning the hula and how to play the ukelele. We attended the talks about the various ports and the history of Hawaii, which made us feel more prepared for our first time in the islands. We did not buy any shore excursions, but rather rented cars (very cheaply!) and explored on our own. Hawaii was beautiful and lush and everything we had hoped for. Our favorite island was Kauai, where we drove up to Hanalei and watched the surfers. The captain also treated us to an up close view at night of the flowing lava at the southern tip of Hawaii--amazing! Again, we can't stress how great the service was on the Amsterdam. Every staff member has been impeccably trained and you can tell that they truly enjoy people. Service is why we will be back! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Never again will I take a cruise that takes 5 days of cruising to get there only to have a few precious hours in wonderful ports of the lovely Hawaiian islands. The worst stop was in Kona, where I finally got off the ship at 9:30 only to ... Read More
Never again will I take a cruise that takes 5 days of cruising to get there only to have a few precious hours in wonderful ports of the lovely Hawaiian islands. The worst stop was in Kona, where I finally got off the ship at 9:30 only to get into another line at the car rental counter. All aboard was 3:00pm, so the only advise I can give is do not rent a car there, it simply is not worth the $108.00 I paid for 2 1/2 hours worth of fun. To me it was most disappointing that the tender stop in Lahaina, Maui was cancelled, Adding another day in Oahu was not what I had signed up for and I feel cheated out of the thing I looked most forward to. We were told the cancellation was do to concern for the safety of the passengers, but rumor had it on the ship, that too many people were upset about Pearl Harbor being closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, which again was very bad planning on the part of HAL. By the way, there is a wonderful port in Kahului, Maui where no tendering is required. Two days out of San Diego all the TV News channels went out and there was no attempt to repair them in the remaining 15 days, unacceptable! Entertainment was marginal at best, except for the Bellissimo show of the HAL dancers and singers. If you wanted to see the show you had better get into the showroom by 6:00pm for the 8:00pm or you could not find a seat. I had a lovely veranda cabin, (6110) that was seldom used. First because of the weather and on the few days were it was pleasant, my chain-smoking neighbors stunk up the air so badly that I went back inside. The best 20 minutes of the cruise were when we cruised by the Kilauea Volcano and watched the lava flow into the sea. That was fantastic. All in all, I have been on many cruises, but this one was the first one where I bored myself to tears. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Planned this cruise to travel with friends, who at the last moment had to cancel due to illness. I met very nice people to hang out with, but had to spend more time than planned indoors because of big swells (12-16 feet) and winds that ... Read More
Planned this cruise to travel with friends, who at the last moment had to cancel due to illness. I met very nice people to hang out with, but had to spend more time than planned indoors because of big swells (12-16 feet) and winds that approached 50 mph when added to ship speed. One port (on Maui) canceled because wind and seas too strong for tendering. Schedule was already a little awkward, with Honolulu scheduled for Thanksgiving day and the last shopping site on Sunday. Canceled port was replaced by an additional day in Honolulu - on Black Friday! Many guests were disappointed not to get to visit the Arizona Memorial as no tickets could be gotten last-minute for the extra day... The food was very good to excellent, as usual. I especially like the way HAL works with vegetables; good variety and properly cooked. Nice portion control. I felt the nutritional value was good, as well as the taste. It was annoying that the news channels on the onboard TV system went dead before we got to Honolulu and were not repaired before the end of the journey. I did wonder if they had disabled the channels on purpose so the passengers wouldn't be at each other's throats in the week after the US election! Instead of the two lecturers I've heard on other HAL cruises - usually one scientist and one historian - this voyage had no lecturers other than the destination specialist. He did an excellent job, but it was disappointing not to have more varied presentations. This is an area where I hate to see HAL make cuts, as I think the kind of clients they attract really enjoy the lectures. I will probably stick with HAL forever because of the smaller ships, the lovely, kind, cheerful staff, and the walk-around promenade deck, but this was not my most memorable cruise with them.. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Let me give you a little of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good: Staff, Ship, Cabin, Entertainment, Ports (for the most part), Food (for the most part). Spent two days in Honolulu instead of one due to cancellation of the ... Read More
Let me give you a little of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good: Staff, Ship, Cabin, Entertainment, Ports (for the most part), Food (for the most part). Spent two days in Honolulu instead of one due to cancellation of the tender port of Lahaina due to rough seas. Which was fine with us as we got to see the things at Pearl harbor that we would not have seen. Food was fine for my wife and myself as we split our eating time between the main dining room and the buffet. We are not exceptionally particular about our food as some passengers seem to be. Never ate in port as the ship's food was very good. They had Lobster our last Gala (formal) night and it was served in the Lido as well as in the Dining Room. However, the buffet is not open as much as we would have liked and we only got room service on our disembarkation morning. The Bad: Difficulty getting a table for two in the main dining room. We had a bad experience with sharing a table with some overbearing people and did not enjoy our meal. Passengers in the Queens' Lounge Theater who save seats for people that show up an hour later or not at all. We got there 45 minutes before showtime to avoid this. However, some disabled and geriatric passengers could not find seats due to the saving that was going on. I brought this to the attention of the Cruise Director. The Ugly: A terrible Embarkation policy. Passengers have to lug their bags a city block and throw them up on a trailer by themselves. Nobody to really help. We had extremely rough weather most of the cruise with the ship pounding for days at a time. And, in fact, had the ship do a severe Starboard to Port to Starboard roll one night that caused concern among the passengers and sent things flying throughout the ship. I'm ex Navy and it concerned me. However, this is not the fault of Holland America as they do not control the attitude of the seas. Summary: In spite of a couple of negative things we had a great time. The entertainment on board was professional and superb. and our cabin was very comfortable and super quiet. Most of the passengers were pleasant, a couple in particular. We actually made some good acquaintances with some of the Indonesian and Filipino staff. Our flights both going and coming were uneventful, Gainesville, Florida to San Diego and return. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise not only because we hadn't cruised to Hawaii before, but also to find out what it was like to be at sea for two 5 day periods while taking a 5 day break in the middle to explore the Hawaiian Islands. And then to ... Read More
We chose this cruise not only because we hadn't cruised to Hawaii before, but also to find out what it was like to be at sea for two 5 day periods while taking a 5 day break in the middle to explore the Hawaiian Islands. And then to top it off, we got an upsell to a Neptune Suite which allowed us to determine if the additional cost was worth the upgrade. The two 5 day periods at sea: Let me first say, we do not sit around the pool all day or read books on a cruise. What WE like to do when there is down time and have a DVD player in the room is watch Dallas and we watched 2+ seasons while on this cruise. That should tell you there really wasn't a lot of fun "game-like" things to do during the day. Our days, besides eating and walking 2 miles around the promenade, included going to the 10 am and 2 pm lectures. Then we would go back to our room and watch a few episodes of Dallas. Afterwards, we would see if there was anything going on that interested us before going to dinner at 5:30. After dinner, we learned quickly that if you wanted to get a good seat for the early show, you'd better get there at least 45 minutes in advance. After the show, we would head back to the room, watch a couple more episodes and then it was time for bed. Now, for some of you partiers, that might sound like a boring day, but for us it was very peaceful and relaxing and have come to the conclusion that we will have no problem with longer transpacific and transatlantic cruises. Now, if there isn't a DVD player in the room on any of those longer cruises, we'll figure out something to pass the time. The main thing we're taking away from the 5 sea days in-a-row experience is that it's very relaxing and something to look forward to. The Hawaiian Islands: Had a lot of fun, went on a bunch of "around the island" excursions, and can now say we've been to the Hawaiian Islands. I wouldn't say it was better than cruising the Galapagos, Alaska or Australia and New Zealand, but we had fun and that's the main thing. Neptune Suite: This is the second Neptune Suite we stayed in as an upsell and we're now pretty convinced it will be our last unless some great deal comes along. Yes, we liked eating breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill every morning, but the Lido breakfasts may not be as good, but they are close enough. The blueberry muffins were definitely more moist in the PG. The Neptune Lounge definitely had some tasty chocolates and cookies, but that pretty much is the extent of the perks we used. We found the concierge service to be helpful but nothing we couldn't do ourselves. So the big perk was the large room with a big balcony. That was pretty cool, but since we usually book a vista suite and are quite comfortable in them, the extra space was just that, extra space. None of which was worth the extra $2,300 we paid to upgrade. But, that's just us. Some folks really love the Neptune suites and like the extra amenities that come with them. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and it would be a no hassle (airports) way to enjoy a leisurely much needed holiday. The first day should have been the omen that would tell us how the rest of the trip would work out. We ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and it would be a no hassle (airports) way to enjoy a leisurely much needed holiday. The first day should have been the omen that would tell us how the rest of the trip would work out. We took 3 hours to check in.. everyone had been instructed to leave because they had to sanitize due to abnormal amount of Nor walk virus.. Many many people got sick... The entertainment was one step above a school production, social staff clearly did not enjoy their jobs. The library was moved to the top level of the ship where they had exciting activities such as "Napkin Folding". Really? Food was mediocre ..Do not book a set table.. the dining room was very sparsely attended .. we had a table for 8 and NO ONE showed up most nights ... the staff offered no other options in terms of moving us to another table even after we asked. The sea was rough 10 meter waves etc. Not really the fault of the cruise line but some effort could have been made to reroute into calmer waters ( we sailed the Atlantic and the cruise company we sailed with avoided a huge storm by sailing out of it's path) The stabilizers even malfunctioned coming into Victoria. Bar and Wait Staff seemed harassed and worked very hard but didn't put any extra effort in ..an example of this was ..I ordered a drink and they had run out of the mix they needed but were to busy apparently to send someone to another bar for what was needed .. I honestly do not know how this cruise company functions... We will NEVER cruise with Holland America again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and didn't have to fly anywhere, we also love the 5 sea days each way. Embarkation took a very long time - our luggage got to our room before we did. Disembaraktion was very easy. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in Vancouver and didn't have to fly anywhere, we also love the 5 sea days each way. Embarkation took a very long time - our luggage got to our room before we did. Disembaraktion was very easy. I found the ship poorly laid out. It is a bunch of small, chopped up rooms with pillars every time you turn around. There are so many pillars in the Vista Lounge, that is makes about 25% of the seats unuseable. Our cabin - 1090 - was very noisy - clanking and clanging of, what we were told - were the pipes. The Paino Bar is such a small chopped up room, with lots of pillars, that extra chairs needed to be brought in almost every night. We did the anytime dining and getting a table was usually no problem. However, the menu selection was awful, vegetables were in short supply and meals took a REALLY long time - over 2 hours. The Pinnacle Grill was good, however, it would be nice if they would change up their dessert selections. Service was good at the front desk and picked up on the Lido Deck after complaints about dirty dishes being left on the tables for a long time. We have done this cruise previously and had a longer time (even overnight) in Honolulu - which is very nice. They could also cut out Victoria all together and change Hilo to a visit to Kona. I was not impressed with the entertainment - pretty ho hum. We did not travel with children - we didn't see many on the cruise - maybe 20. We would definitely take this cruise again because it is very easy for us, but I would be more selective about the ship - would not go on the Westerdam again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise due to the number of sea days as well as it left from Vancouver, BC. Having been on several other HAL cruises I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the food in the main dining room, didn't seem quite up to ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the number of sea days as well as it left from Vancouver, BC. Having been on several other HAL cruises I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the food in the main dining room, didn't seem quite up to par and very long wait for meals. The wait staff seemed very busy and not as chatty as on previous cruises. We like to have a set dining time and absolutely loved meeting our dinner companions. Having dinner with them every night was the highlight of the cruise! Found the ship not laid out very well as others have mentioned with lots of pillars in the Vista Lounge that obstructed seeing the stage. Found the entertainment a bit lackluster but loved the "Marriage Game" and Sarah the cruise director. The captain kept us well informed and had a great sense of humor. The crew were very helpful and friendly. We were in cabin 4009 near the front of the ship. The cabin itself was very nice and the bed was super comfy. Seemed though being so far forward you noticed the rocking motion more. It was just above the Vista Lounge but was very quiet. Enjoyed the digital workshops with Georgia. Spent from 7:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. in Victoria, BC on the way back which seemed a long time in port with nothing much to do there. Would have been nice to have seen a bit more of the Gulf Islands. On another note, embarkation took a long time but disembarking was a breeze. Would like to see this ship after its upcoming refurbishment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The service was pretty good but no one went above the basics. The food was definitely a disappointment! The menu sounded great but what we were served did not reflect what was written! That applied to the appetizers, meat (chicken was ... Read More
The service was pretty good but no one went above the basics. The food was definitely a disappointment! The menu sounded great but what we were served did not reflect what was written! That applied to the appetizers, meat (chicken was usually the best choice), veggies were mundane and the desserts were repetitive. I don't care for spicy or exotic tasting things but it all just tasted the same, boring. The Westerdam was just refurbished in 2014 but our veranda cabin certainly hadn't been touched and the wear was obvious in many locations. Even the linens had stain spots. The common areas were mostly okay though, We went to two stage shows, both of which were typical cruise ship music and dancing productions. The crew production was very interesting though. Lounge music was okay but usually too loud to converse, with the exception of the Adagio Duo who we enjoyed, Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and I booked this cruise because we got a great deal on the fare. We booked an inside guaranteed room which Holland America chooses, which turned out to be an extra large stateroom in the rear cent er of the main deck, the lowest ... Read More
My wife and I booked this cruise because we got a great deal on the fare. We booked an inside guaranteed room which Holland America chooses, which turned out to be an extra large stateroom in the rear cent er of the main deck, the lowest deck. The selection and quality of the food was only average. The cruise actually started for us in Seattle and was 18 days, and we ate in the dining room only about 7 times. The rack of lamb and surf and turf were very good. Everything else was ordinary. We ate in the Pinnacle one night and it was very good. Our major complaint was the lack of free group activities on board, especially at sea on the way back from Hawaii. On the way they had ukulele and hula lessons, but nothing replaced these on the way back. The computer courses were helpful, but were repeated on the way back. There seemed to be only 2 or 3 activities-related crew, including the Social Director. We enjoyed group trivia games, the violin and piano classical duet, cooking classes, bridge, and amateur sports contests. While we are near 70, most of the passengers were older than us and so many were handicapped that there were frequent wheelchair and walker collisions and delays getting about the ship. On other cruise ships we have enjoyed current, first-run movies. The movies on this ship were not only old and not well-rated, but most we couldn't even identify from the title. It seemed that they were purposely picked to be the insultingly lowest-cost movies available for showing on board. Other shows and entertainers were only average, We usually spend the entire day outside our low-cost inside room, and have back-to-back activities scheduled as part of an active vacation on our cruise. We had difficulty finding enough free activities to interest us, but usually found our own games and reading occupied us enough. But we can do that at home. We usually find plenty to do on Princess and not enough on Carnival. The only negative incident was trying to get our return airline boarding passes printed the last day. The front office sent us to the library, which no longer exists and has been replaced by the digital workshop (computer classes). Georgia (always helpful) wanted to accommodate me but her printer was out of ink. She sent me to the explorer's lounge, which was usually unattended. When I finally found it attended, the librarian told me to buy a complete daily Internet package and do it myself. The trip from Seattle to Vancouver the first day seems to be part of a one-night cruise, and the crew didn't really start the regular cruise activities until we left Vancouver. We stopped at Victoria just before the last day, and many people got off there. The crew seemed to think the cruise started on the second day and ended on the next to last. The casino closed before we got to Victoria. Since we carried our own luggage off and didn't put color coded tags on our luggage, we just left the ship when we felt like it and were done it 15 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
First time on the Westerdam, but have sailed on her sister, the Oosterdam 3 times. Loved the ship, but it is just slightly tired and would love to see it AFTER the refurb in April. Public spaces were great, and enjoyable. After rehab, ... Read More
First time on the Westerdam, but have sailed on her sister, the Oosterdam 3 times. Loved the ship, but it is just slightly tired and would love to see it AFTER the refurb in April. Public spaces were great, and enjoyable. After rehab, casino will be non-smoking, which will be fantastic! Current casino smoke gets into stairways/elevators for 1-2 floors above & below, which is disgusting! Most food was good, however, I found it was slightly bland, which surprised me for Holland America. The famous bread pudding was behind the server at the ice cream bar & not all the time, so it was not as available as I have seen in the past. We had many, many sea days due to itinerary and entertainment staff worked hard to have lots of choices for us to do. It made it a very nice trip. I absolutely LOVED Stryker in the piano bar and found myself there most nights. BB King Blues club was good, but not quite as good as others I have heard. I preferred the prior entertainment company for the big shows. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We enjoyed this 18 day cruise to Hawaii and back, the longest cruise we've taken. There were five sea days in each direction, a great time to relax and explore the ship. Our veranda cabin was spacious with plenty of storage and a ... Read More
We enjoyed this 18 day cruise to Hawaii and back, the longest cruise we've taken. There were five sea days in each direction, a great time to relax and explore the ship. Our veranda cabin was spacious with plenty of storage and a good size bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Our room stewards kept it clean and supplied with plenty of big towels and ice. All the staff we encountered were smiling and polite and helpful when needed. The food in both the Lido buffet and the main dining room was varied, fresh and tasty. Most evenings I opted for grilled fish and was offered a variety during the week. We had fresh wild salmon after leaving Seattle and whole mahi mahi were brought on board in Hawaii and butchered on deck, by the pool, then grilled for lunch, served with a tossed to order Caesar salad. Another on deck meal was an evening luau with whole roast pigs in the Hawaiian manner and a buffet of side dishes, grilled fish, ribs, chicken and more served under the stars. There was a separate table covered with a wide array of exotic tropical fruits to try. The chefs made an effort to impress us with good food every day starting with a wide selection of breakfast choices, including many freshly baked pastries and breads. The ship is 12 years old but very well maintained, with many attractive public rooms, bars and entertainment venues. We especially liked the BBKing Blues Club with 2 or 3 shows five nights a week, all different. Six talented musicians and two talented singers put on a high energy performance every time. The four island stops were varied and gave a nice taste of Hawaii. We especially liked the tour to the Volcano National Park to see an active eruption from the rim of a crater. We also enjoyed the impressive Waimea Canyon visit to the scenic Grand Canyon of the Pacific. We recommend HAL and the WESTERDAM for a relaxing vacation at sea. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The Rock and Roll Cruise Major crew members Mark Rowden – Captain Sarah Koster-Claxton – Cruise Director Christina - Culinary Director Jake - Show Host I have taken one cruise on Holland America back in 2004 to ... Read More
The Rock and Roll Cruise Major crew members Mark Rowden – Captain Sarah Koster-Claxton – Cruise Director Christina - Culinary Director Jake - Show Host I have taken one cruise on Holland America back in 2004 to Alaska on the Old Statendam. This trip to Hawaii will complete a bucket list item - vacationing in all 50 states. A note about me – I am a solo cruiser, retired from teaching and usually a road tripper (not an option for Hawaii as I do not like long plane rides). I love to learn about and see the varied landscapes that can be experienced within the USA. A 16 day cruise with 10 sea days to relax sounded just to my liking, I could read, enjoy the ship, and just relax for 2/3 of the trip with 5 days of port activities. I splurged for a balcony (5063) to enjoy watching the sea go by and see the shorelines as we traveled around the islands. Embarkation Day I stayed in the Pan Pacific hotel in Vancouver the night before embarkation, got upgraded to a one-bedroom suite with a fantastic view. In the morning I looked out the window to see the Westerdam docked below me. The hotel took care of my luggage to the ship. I went to the terminal about 11:00 AM and found hundreds of people waiting. There was a mix-up with immigration, the people who had taken the 1 night trip from Seattle to Vancouver had to leave the ship and be rechecked. This made for a big back log however HAL put out hundreds of chairs and everyone who wanted was able to sit while they worked out the problem. It took about 45 minutes. Once they were able to start the check-in process again HAL was very smart and took the people row by row so there was no long time standing in line and many apologies to the passengers. My cabin was ready on embarkation and I went to the dining room for the Mariner champagne lunch. After lunch my luggage was in the room. I spent the time before the safety muster unpacking, getting familiar with the cabin, and stewards Rifqi & Ron. I did request my ice bucket be filled every day. I should have asked how the balcony door worked as it took me several tries to get it open. There was a mini-fridge with room for me to store my water. The bathroom was about the same size as the one I have at home so it was a good fit. The muster drill took about 30 minutes. The crew members assigned to lifeboat #5 make the wait enjoyable. I use a cane for stability and was asked several times if I wanted a chair brought out, but I leaned against the wall and things were fine. Dinner was in the main dining room, I had open seating. I was with two couples, we had a pleasant conversation. I was very pleased that the dietary restrictions I had requested were noted, they had a special dinner ready for my. It was very good and followed my requests. The evening show was a brief overview of the trip with a few numbers by the Westerdam entertainers and Rod Long, a comedian, who was very funny. I will try to catch his show one night in the Queen’s Lounge. With the time change I was very tired after the show, it was 9:00 PM on the ship but 11:00 PM Alabama time so I was ready for bed. There was a time change at 2:00 AM so an extra hour of sleep was coming. Knowing I usually wake up early I ordered room service breakfast for 6:00 – 6:30 AM delivery. Monday 10/3/16 1st full Sea Day This morning I was awakened by the room steward delivering my breakfast at 6:15 AM. Guess tomorrow I need to order for later delivery. The seas are very rough today, lots of pitching and movement back and forth. No sea sickness for me, but keeping my footing has been somewhat difficult. Captain Mark hopes we will be in better water tomorrow. There are a lot of my fellow passengers who appear have been too long in the bar, we are all a little wobbly. Mostly overcast skies with occasional breaks of sunshine. I attended the 9:00 AM Good Morning Westerdam Show with Cruise Director Sarah. Each sea day morning she will interview a crew member and discuss what is happening on the ship that day. It was a great way to spend an hour, have a cup of coffee, and learn something. Team Trivia was before lunch. I played with a Cruise Critic team, we didn’t win. I went to lunch in the Lido buffet, a salad and roll. The salad bowls would hold about 10 cups of salad if you had them filled up. This lunch produced a very interesting discussion. Two couples and me. One couple was English the other was Dutch now Americans. They had interesting views on our elections and government actions. Why Trump is resounding with so many people and the role third party candidates may play in the eventual outcome. These types of conversations are a main reason I enjoy traveling solo. There is always someone interesting to talk to. You need to keep up with current events to hold your own but that is also part of the fun in meeting new people. The ship is moving so much the waves in the lido pool are making it real splashy, but lots of fun for the few kids on board. In the afternoon I had two activities planned: a ukulele lesson, learning Little Grass Shack and some history of the Ukulele and an introduction to the Hawaiian language. The onboard location entertainers were very, very good. At 3:00 PM I enjoyed the movie Independence Day – Resurgence in the Queens Lounge – be sure to bring a sweater to the Queens lounge during the day it is kept very, very cool. It warms up at night when the BB King group is performing. Tonight was the first of 3 Gala nights. I went earlier than last night as I did not calculate how long it takes from ordering until you actually get food. I was able to pre-order my meal to follow my dietary restrictions. The dining staff somehow made a no salt, low fat meal very tasty. Tonight the main dish was rack of lamb. My dinner companions were three men two were traveling together and one was a solo. There was a retired English teacher and one was a navy technology officer, I did not hear what the third gentlemen did. The retired navy officer had spent some time in Pensacola so we had some things to talk about and the teacher and I enjoyed talking academia. The evening show was a flute player Viviana Guzman. She did things with a flute I didn’t think you could do. I made it an early night after the show. I did order breakfast for 7:00 AM tomorrow. The seas were very rough all day 15-20 foot swells. He captain assures us we will be out of the low pressure area late tomorrow. At the dinner announcement the Captain joked saying his wife also complains about his driving. I must say poor Captain Mark did everything he could to give a smooth cruise, but Mother Nature just would not cooperate. I think she was determined to remind the passengers how we used to rock and roll in the 60’s and 70’s. Tuesday 10/4/16 2nd Sea Day Seas were rough all night. I was awakened several times. I decided not to take a shower this AM, with the rolling of the ship I am not very steady on my feet. Breakfast was delivered as promised at about 7:10. I went to the 9:00 AM Good Morning Westerdam show with Cruise Director Sarah for the 2nd day. The guest was the culinary host Christina. She was very enjoyable. I talked to the cruise director a bit before the show to make sure I had the time difference correct as I wanted to see the Vice-presidential debate at 9 PM eastern which would be 5 PM ship’s time. Joined a new Trivia team and did better. Jan was raised in Alabama and moved to Washington State with her husband. We are calling our team- Bama. I am glad they are changing the time for Trivia from 12:00 to 1:00 as I can get to the buffet lunch before it becomes a zoo. Today’s lunch was a mess nowhere to really sit. I did have a salad and a cheese sandwich on half a ciabatta roll. The seas started to calm down after lunch as promised by the Captain. The temperature is still only in the mid-60’s. In the afternoon I attended a presentation about the history of Lahaina and Nawiliwili (Na-willie-willie) the final two ports of call in Hawaii, it was somewhat interesting. Heather, the On Location Director is more a reader than a presenter. In the afternoon I attended a history of the hula lecture. Not a hula lesson but how hula has changed over the years and the effects of the missionaries and westerners on the hula. Very interesting seeing the contrast between classic hula and modern hula. I did watch the VP debate from 5 – 6:30. Went to the buffet for dinner. I had a small steak, rice, and broccoli, strangely uncrowded. The 8:00 PM show was the first by the Westerdam entertainers a program called Soundstage featuring songs from movies. There was dancing, singing, and scenes from several movies. An average show but maybe that was because I did not know most of the songs. Note to self - next time sit further back in the Vista lounge as it was loud. Calm seas to rock me to sleep. Wednesday 10/5/16 3rd Sea Day Woke to blue skies and flat seas this morning. Breakfast was delivered between 6:30 and 7:00 as requested. I have now set my alarm for 15 minutes before delivery time but have been awake before it went off last two days. I am enjoying the shower in the cabin, very comfortable and easy to set the water temp. I have ordered an egg substitute vegetable omelet each morning and they have been good, they include a potato cake and I have resisted eating the whole thing. I also order seasonal melon and have been getting a plate with honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe and either blueberries or blackberries. This is a good way for me to start the day. Yesterday I dropped my tweezers between the cushion on the couch and the hide-a-bed mechanism. I asked if he could fish it out and when I returned to the room later there were the tweezers on the table. Today they had Music trivia in the morning. I went but did miserably I was good with the tune names but you also had to name the artist and I am no good at that part. It was 50’s and 60’s music today. Went to lunch early today as the main dining room was closed for a Mariner’s luncheon. I knew the buffet would be much busier than usual. Glad I did. Finished my Grisham novel last night and started on Michener’s Hawaii today, I haven’t read it in years. I am trying several areas as the best reading nooks. Right now I am focusing on the Captains area of the Crow’s nest and the Explorer’s Lounge on the lower Promenade. As it warms up in the next day or two I am looking forward to reading outside on the Promenade deck. Team trivia was after lunch, team Bama scored more points than yesterday but were still about 8 points behind the winners. We lost not knowing pi to 8 decimal places. They play hard ball trivia on this ship. Went to the Vista lounge for a very enjoyable lecture on the geology and geography of the Hawaiian Islands in the afternoon. I decided to stay in the lounge after the lecture to try Bingo. It was fun but $25.00 for 3 cards and four games is a bit steep. They have unique cards in which you punch a perforated hole for each number called. When a Bingo is called they type in the card number and the program determines if it is a winner. The prizes range from $150 to $275 per game. Dinner was nice, I was at a table of 10 and enjoyed the company of my table mates. Delicious brisket. Skipped the show tonight, Bayne Bacon, as the room was full. He was a popular entertainer. Watched a movie I had brought, the DVD player in the cabin stopped playing part way through so I watched the final half on my computer. Thursday 10/6/16 4th sea day Second Gala Night Woke to calm seas and better temps this AM, finally back in shorts. After breakfast in my cabin I spent some time outside on the upper observation deck. Walked the circuit on that deck and did fairly well. At 9:00 AM went to the Good morning Westerdam show the guest was show host Jake. One funny thing occurred during the interview Sarah asked Jake about how his show the party continues had been attended. This is an opportunity to listen to music but it starts at 11:30 PM in the Northern Lights bar. Jake calmly said he had no one actually show up for the activity. It became a running joke for the rest of the cruise – How is the Party Continues doing? Most readers will know that the demographic for a long HAL Cruise is 60+, most of us are not out and about at 11:30 PM. After the show I went out on deck to read, then took a lap on the Promenade deck (1 lap = 1/3 mile). In the afternoon I attended the 2nd Ukulele lesson and attended a 2nd movie The Descendants. I spent a couple hours before dinner enjoying the breezes on the balcony and reading. This evening’s show, All for Love by the Westerdam entertainers, was completely full when I went at 8:00 PM. I decided it would be a good early night. I just can’t stay up for the 10:00 PM show and I do not like to sit in the lounge/bar areas, it is too tempting to order a drink. I do wish they would not keep the show rooms and lounges so cool. I usually like cool but I have found myself shivering many times. I really wish I had brought one of my cardigans. If you don’t like cold be sure to bring a sweater or cover for the public rooms. Friday 10/7/16 5th Sea day The last sea day on this part of the trip. During the Good Morning Westerdam show Cruise Director Sarah revealed she was anxious for land this is the longest stretch of sea days she has done. In the late morning the On Location Director Heather presented a lecture on Pacific Wayfaring, very interesting. After lunch the crew and passengers had a water volleyball game in the aft Sea View pool. It was fun but for the first time the passengers beat the crew, a rematch is being planned for the return trip. An Aloha concert was scheduled for 3:00 PM. All week the ukulele class and the hula class have been practicing for the concert. After the on location team performed the passengers came on stage. It was fun and part of the cruise experience. There was a Hawaiian language class today and it was very informative. The language is very colorful and has only 16 consonants and 5 vowels. If you can learn the vowels you are say the words. Learning what the words mean and how they are used in a sentence is the hard part. The show tonight was a combined show with the comedian Bayne Bacon and the flutiest. I had heard everyone enjoyed Bayne Bacon but his first full show was full and I didn’t get to see his act. He was funny. Saturday 10/8 Port day Honolulu At last land. I went to go to the house where my parents had lived when they were first married. Upon returning to the port I had about an hour until it was time for the Pearl Harbor Tour. The Aloha Market Place at the dock has free Wi-Fi, I did not buy an internet package on the ship and was anxious to check social media, email and make contact with family and friends back home. I saw some passengers using Wi-Fi, they explained the log-on process. It was really easy once you determined which one of the many networks to use. As I was finishing another couple from the ship stopped by and I showed them the steps to get online. The Pearl Harbor and City Tour Gray Line – Polynesian Adventure Tours (Holland America Excursion) was a 4 hour tour driving around the city and then out to the National Memorial. It includes picture stops at the King Kamehameha I statue and the Iolani Palace. There is a drive through the National Cemetery in the Punchbowl crater. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (Arizona Memorial) is very informative. The exhibits Before the War and the Day have very good information, artifacts, and reproductions of the time. The grounds have way stations with informative signs about where ships were and how things happened in 1941. The 20 minute film reviewed the day and is narrated by Stockard Channing. The launch to the memorial is right after the film. It takes about 5 minutes to cross the harbor and you have 15 minutes at the memorial before the launch returns. This is time to contemplate what happened and more of an emotional experience than I expected. Before dinner there was a hula recital by a local Hawaiian dance studio. The dancers ranged in age from 4 years old to 71. It was a mix of men and women. They were very good and the little ones were cute. At the end the ship Captain, Cruise Director, and some passengers got up on stage doing the hula with them. Tonight’s dinner group was not the most interesting, very little cross talk other than an introduction and where you live. The Evening show singer Elika Santos, did not appeal so I spent some time on the Sea View Deck watching the island lights as we sailed from Oahu Sunday 10/9 Port Day Hilo Lori Pele: Goddess of Fire Volcano Exploration Gray Line (excursion through Holland America) I booked this 4 hour tour of Volcanos National Park through Holland America. Gray Line tours Polynesian adventure tours is the operator. I am glad I selected the small group option as we were in a small bus with about 15 people. Lori was interesting but you could tell this was close to the end of tourist season and she had done the tour many times. The first stop is the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory. Lori did inform us that there was no food service any other place on the tour so we might want to pick up a sandwich etc. here. It was about an hour up to Volcanos National Park. At the Jagger Museum you could look out over the crater and see the lava spewing about 50 feet in the air. There isn’t a current lava flow just the cauldron. The return trip had two main attractions the Thurston Lava Tube and the 1974 lava flow. The Lava Tube required a walk down steep steps and was slippery so I did not go down. Sitting at the top of the steps I enjoyed ease dropping on another tour operator talking about the tube and the local flora and fauna. The day in total was interesting and I did learn a lot about volcanos. I was very tired upon returning to the ship and decided to enjoy the sail away, a light dinner in the Lido, and listening to Adagio in the Explorer’s Lounge before an early bedtime due to a long excursion tomorrow. Monday 10/10 Port Day Lahaina Lahaina is the only tender port on this cruise. Due to the shore excursion, I had purchased through HAL, I was ticketed for the first tender of the morning. The excursion was Adventure to Hana. This is a 10 hour tour that takes you around the east side of Maui. About 40 miles of the route is the Road to Hana a very curvy (620 curves) with many (59) one lane bridges and road sections that are really one lane but you may need to squeeze by other vehicles. Our mini-bus hugged the mountainside many times. The scenery is tropical rain forest passing several beautiful waterfalls, scenic views, and cattle ranches. There is a short stop at the Waianapanapa State park and black sand beach. I was fortunate to have Bruce as the driver/guide for the day. Bruce a transplanted Texan made it an enjoyable day and took into consideration the needs of his 15 not so young passengers. At the end of 10 hours we all felt we had a great time and made new friends. There are sufficient breaks and opportunities to get out, stretch your legs, and use bathroom facilities. The stops allow enough time to view the area but you don’t feel rushed. The stop at Palapala Congressional Church the location of Charles Lindbergh’s grave was very interesting as well as the Kipahulu National Park location of the 7 sacred pools. It is about a half mile walk down to the pools. The visitor/ranger station had some very interesting history of early Hawaiian life. Along the highway are homes of several famous people - Oprah, one of the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson and others. There is a stop at Travaasa Experiential Resort for lunch which was just OK, but I am a bit jaded after many days of superb cruise ship dining. A word of warning, they caution people with back backs and pregnant women to avoid this trip – pay attention to this warning the road has many miles of unpaved and poorly paved roads. The curves take skill and knowledge of driving on narrow roads. I think it is best left to the professionals and locals rather than trying to drive it yourself. It was late when we returned to the ship, the driver added some things to the tour as the ships departure time had been moved back. The sail away was delayed several hours allowing passengers to attend an evening Luau in Lahaina, which was arranged after we had left Vancouver. It is nice that HAL can make changes on the go. Tuesday 10/11 Port Day Nawiliwili This was my big splurge on a splurge trip - a helicopter tour of Kauai. Here is the Trip Advisor Review I posted of the experience. Great Experience on Kauai I don’t give a lot of five star ratings, but Safari Helicopter on Kauai, Hawaii deserves five plus stars. From my first phone call they were caring, business like, and more than willing to answer questions from a first time helicopter flyer. I say this because I was treated rudely by two other companies while asking questions about weight restrictions before booking. If you are around 250 pounds they will work with you to get you on a flight with no surcharge, if they can, not true with some other companies I contacted. The pick up from the dock was on time, when arriving in the office we were given safety information, be prepared to be entertained if Sherrill (sic) is your driver, he is funny. Julia, the pilot was friendly and well informed about the places we were flying by. You fly through Waimea Canyon, along the Napali Coast. Hanalea bay, and the wettest place on earth. There are many water falls and greens that look painted rather than the natural beauty that is Kauai. The actual flight time is about 45 minutes but it takes about 1.5 hours from dock to dock. The price is pretty much in the middle of the options available. I would suggest Safari Helicopters for a wonderful experience of a beautiful island. The office is across the street from Hilo Hattie’s and there is a free shuttle from HH to the ship. Tonight there is a sail away cookout on the Sea View deck with grilled pu-pu. This was supposed to be appetizers but I made it a meal. Spent the evening in the cabin editing and organizing pictures from the last few days. Now five sea days to relax going home. Wednesday 10/12 Sea Day At 10:00 AM there was a special sail away party on the Sea View deck with a farewell to Hawaii ceremony. Throwing your lei over as you sail away ensures your return to the islands. Fresh Mahi Mahi was purchased on the islands and was grilled for lunch on the lido deck, it was delicious. This is a recovery day from the four active days in port. Mostly reading and relaxing. The evening show was Patrick McMahon. He is great and had the entire Vista lounge singing along to songs we all enjoyed in the 60’s and 70’s. The ships clocks will be set forward one hour tonight. Thursday 10/13 Sea Day Good morning Westerdam has returned for the trip back to Vancouver. Enjoyed hearing about the library and resources available. Sarah also explained the time changes coming up and why they are doing it the way they are. Rather than losing an hour each night, which is very hard on the crew, the clocks will be set forward ½ hour at 2 in the afternoon. Since we are at sea no need for exact time and this way you still get a full night’s sleep and no jet lag. Sounds strange but it worked very well and it was almost unnoticeable except for the Captan’s announcement of the change each day at 2 PM. Today also started the dance classes late morning in the Crow’s Nest, each of the sea days will present a different dance. I don’t dance but I went to watch and hold a place for the Trivia team to re-organize after the port days. They did have Trivia on port days but the time did not work for me. In the Afternoon Stryker from the piano bar held a talent show organized from the passengers he had encountered in the piano bar events. It was fun and the passengers were very good, for the most part. I did join a friend for Bingo in the afternoon and won a regular game (with 4 others) and the cover-all (with 3 others). Prize is enough to cover my gratuities bill, not bad. The evening show was the Bornsteins, a mentalist act. Unfortunately it was fairly mediocre. Friday 10/14 Sea Day Today Captain Mark held a very informative Ask the Captain Q&A. I did play Trivia today, but somehow I just didn’t feel like doing a lot. At dinner I was seated with two couples who did not know each other but came to find out both had taught and lived in rural Yukon for many years. Just listening to their stories of living and teaching in that area of Canada made for an enjoyable evening. The evening entertainer was Lilly-Jane Young a singer who was very entertaining. She sang all types of songs from show tunes to classical opera. Saturday 10/15 Sea Day Today is not a good day, a fellow passenger decided to share their cold with me. This may account for feeling out of it yesterday. I do have a few cold tablets but will need to buy more. I decided to spend most of the day in the cabin as the cold pills make me drowsy. I ordered breakfast and lunch in, but the soup was so salty I could not eat it. The ship is still rocking and rolling a lot. Unfortunately in the early afternoon a stabilizer went out and the ship developed quite a roll in addition to the pitch from rough seas. The Captain warned everyone to take great care when moving about the ship. The movement was so bad there were comfort bags hanging from the railings by all the elevators. The motion has not bothered me but I could really tell the difference as I went higher in the ship. The stabalizers were fixed after about 2 hours of rocking and rolling. I decided I did need to get out of the cabin so went up to the Lido for a light dinner. I took in the Variety show featuring the Bornsteins and Patrick McMahon. Sunday 10/16 Sea Day This is the last full sea day. My cold is better but I don’t have a lot of energy. I spent most of the day reading in the Explorer’s Lounge, having a quick bite in the Lido for lunch, dinner in the MDR and an early night. Monday 10/17 Port - Victoria Captain Mark moved across the Pacific at a higher than usual speed to avoid bad weather in the Pacific North West. Due to the speed docking in Victoria was several hours ahead of scheduled. I was feeling somewhat better but since I had been to Victoria several time I decided it would be a good time to just enjoy the ship. I was able to walk around and spend time looking at the art and enjoying some peace and quite while many passengers were off the ship. Tuesday 10/18 Disembarkation – Vancouver Getting off the ship was fairly easy. I did have some trouble finding a cart in the luggage area on the pier but finally received some assistance from workers in the area. The line to board the transport bus to the airport was fairly long but time was only about 35-40 minutes in line. I had plenty of time until my flight so this did not worry me. Overall, this cruise was a wonderful experience. I met several very interesting people and had a very good time. Traveling solo opens you up to new experiences and new friendships. A caveat is if you do not like sea days this is not the cruise for you. If on the other hand you enjoy the relaxation of sea days this is a wonderful way to get a taste of Hawaii and be pampered at the same time. As I wrote this review I received an offer for another HAL cruise and will be sailing to the Panama Canal on HAL in December 2016. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Nineteen years ago, we honeymooned on the 'old' Westerdam, so we chose this ship, the 'new' Westerdam, for our anniversary celebration. Embark was pretty quick and easy, and along with the HAL transfer (from airport ... Read More
Nineteen years ago, we honeymooned on the 'old' Westerdam, so we chose this ship, the 'new' Westerdam, for our anniversary celebration. Embark was pretty quick and easy, and along with the HAL transfer (from airport to cruise terminal) we were given an unexpected 'tour' by our driver, which was a nice surprise. We had a window cabin towards the back, which was cozy, with plenty of storage. The cabin, like the entire ship, was in great shape, considering it's age. The ole style windows have about two feet of ledge; I put pillows there and sat in the window to read and enjoy the view, day or night. The service was up to the usual standard of HAL ships, which i always good, even in an inexpensive cabin on the Main deck. The service in the main dining room was better than usual, with the total dining time only about one hour. The Lido was never crowded at the non-peak times. The food was much better than some of HAL's other ships, and I'm a picky eater. The steaks in the MDR were possibly prime tenderloin, and the lobster a good sized tail. There was a nice selection of desserts. I didn't attend many of the shows in the big theatre, but what I saw could have been better I didn't attend any of the nightclubs or evening activities because I prefer the casino in the evenings, and I retire early. LITTLE KNOWN FACT: If you spend a lot of money in the casino, you will receive fantastic upgrades on future cruises. There are plenty of things to pass the time:classes, lectures, crafts, games and other things to do during the day. There is a collection of over 1200 DVDs available on loan, all complimentary. There are plenty of books to borrow from the library, and trivia and other group games ongoing. I would like to be able to buy a paperback on board, but I seldom see books for sale on ships. I informed the ship that we were celebrating our anniversary and they provided us with a most lovely surprise. We returned to our cabin after dinner and there were two large towel swans, surrounded with rose petals on the bed, plus a huge arrangement of tropical flowers and a decadent chocolate/whipped cream cake with a Happy Anniversary on it. That was awesome of them to do that!! So if you're celebrating a special occasion, be sure to let them know!! The islands were all as expected. We LOVED Waikiki the most, and the one island where we couldn't walk to anything, well, we stayed on the ship, which we also enjoy doing. We toured Vancouver, which is a fantastic city, and well worth the price of the HAL tour. LITTLE KNOW FACT: The Exploration Café serves those little sandwiches and pastries, etc., complimentary. They would like you to buy coffee, but it's not necessary. Looking for free wine? The Mariner's luncheon offers sparkling wine complimentary, and the art auctions offer it too. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My husband chose this cruise as a gift for my birthday. I had previously enjoyed travel on the Holland America Line ships and others had good things to say about HAL. It was his first ocean cruise. There was plenty to do. We really ... Read More
My husband chose this cruise as a gift for my birthday. I had previously enjoyed travel on the Holland America Line ships and others had good things to say about HAL. It was his first ocean cruise. There was plenty to do. We really enjoyed the lectures and the concerts and the exercise facilities, including the Promenade Deck for walking. Jay Christofferson was an excellent presenter. My husband played Bridge frequently, while I wrote and took photographs, etc. We met interesting people, some of whom now remain friends. The ship was wonderfully set up for any disability. One of our new friends could not walk and was on his 10th cruise. The food was first rate, beautifully prepared, fresh and healthful and the service excellent for all meals. Our stateroom stewarts were always very helpful. One of our favourite activities was watching the sun set and the stars appear from our verandah looking out on the starboard side over the Pacific. We would certainly travel Holland America Line again. Some of our onboard friends have already booked their next HAL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Like uncrowded, mid-sized, cruise ships that visually, look like classic 'Ocean Liners'...not amusement parks. Don't wish to spend my vacation lining up with 4000 other passengers for dinner or shows....on some of the ... Read More
Like uncrowded, mid-sized, cruise ships that visually, look like classic 'Ocean Liners'...not amusement parks. Don't wish to spend my vacation lining up with 4000 other passengers for dinner or shows....on some of the huge cruise ships being launched now-a-days. Enjoy more sophisticated crowd on Holland America...less 'Booze Cruise'...with cultured Guest Speakers and Seminars. Prefer the gracious Indonesian and Filipino dining and room stewards, versus multi-cultural cruise staff, who don't speak each other's languages (worry about this safety factor, in the unlikely event that an emergency occurs...but as we all know....does happen on occasion). Good service with fine food (although would be nice if some nights lobster, crab, etc. were served in main dining salon and didn't cost extra)....but then again, not at this price point...very good value for money. Special mention is the Dive Bar where absolutely the best ever burgers and french fries are served. Enjoyed daily....along with a Split of Henkell Troken sparkling wine. And the French Onion Soup was delicious...think I had most days. Really enjoyed 10 day cruise to Hawaii in Signature Suite (larger room with full sized couch and two chairs, full bathroom with tub, plus large balcony). Can't wait to book again with Holland America....maybe we'll save our pennies and book the even larger Neptune Suite next time! Shore excursions in Vancouver, San Diego and Hawaii were great, but would skip Astoria....even though, historically speaking, just down the road, is where Lewis and Clark finally made it to the Pacific Ocean. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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
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, and luggage arrived around 3pm. Our cabin was as advertised, snug, but comfortable- (we booked relatively late, verandahs were already sold out). Stewards were as always, excellent. We had an intermittent noise, apparently transmitted up a bulkhead from engine room, that took several tries to identify and fix. I can't fault ship, just like a noise your car makes, but you can't reproduce for mechanic. Guest relations, front desk, and an engineer persevered. It recurred, we reposted, and it stopped immediately. Dining and wine staff knowledgeable and excellent, tho wine steward was running entire time, an additional one 0r 2 in MDR needed to cover dinner. The MDR senior staff and officers, visible and hands, staff worked together seamlessly. Food in MDR a bit bland, but any/all special requests were cheerfully accommodated. Meat ordered rare, was served rare- thats often hard to achieve on shore. Wait staff seemed to work directly w/ cooks on individual requests, advantage perhaps of a smaller ship. There was fresh fish, and fruit locally sourced in Hawaii, something we wished for on a previous HAL trips in Europe and Central America, If only the food could be as good as the folks serving it..... HAL is pushy, and clearly pushes staff, w/ 3 and 5 bottle wine packages that do not stand up to arithmetic as bargain/discount, esp on a 17 day trip. If folks plan to share a bottle of wine at dinner, have a plan that works w/ them. Charge me up front when I book, hold my money, then treat me right. The waterfall/volcano excursion at Hilo was over the top good. The ground portion, including the cooked on the spot lunch was a great day. The Pearl Harbor/Arizona/ USS Missouri was v good, though long wait in line while scooters, wheelchairs, infirm were loaded. Tour of downton Honolulu- Palace, State Capital, all the original Hawaii 5-0 backdrop , thrown in as extra. W/ only a day on Oahu, I also took spouse to Royal Hawaiian beachfront for a maitai. As always enjoyed the classical music, down from quartet to duo. Violinist played from memory, they both seemed to genuinely enjoy performing. Their matinee' on stage was full, and great performance, must, and showmanship. Fellow passengers were polite and quiet while they played, a first- we have seen some previous rude behaviors. HAL please, at least a classical trio. Neptune trio had as much fun as they provided. We rarely do evening shows. Captain O'Driscoll did a fine job. I met him waiting for our eggs Benedict in Lido, and he subsequently spoke and was cordial every other time we crossed paths. A smaller ship, I guess he was more visible. WE briefly lost starboard engine to power surge, he addressed this w/ over the loudspeakers- The Pacific was a huge empty ocean, and it was good to feel personal confidence in the Capt. Safety is not just vital, but seen to be vital onboard, in everyone crew member and staff. Also virtual bride tour w/ 3rd officer and the charming Officer Cadet was informative. 9/11 made engine room, bridge tours problematic, but many- esp males- have curiosity and interest in the ship, and shipboard life. Disembark was easiest, best ever, except when Cunard had immigration travel onboard, you could clear paperwork at your leisure. CBP put about 20 people on board early Day of disembark, and the nicest group of folks imaginable. Overall, a good trip. That said, the demographic of fellow passengers were off putting. Not sure HAL will handle transition of generations, but the daily cabins and single cabins on new ship likely a good move. I am nearing retirement, and want to travel and keep traveling, but there was NO age diversity abroad. Maybe hire some young passengers? Discount you're folks? I have a medical background, and may folks seemed they should be in anything that moves only w seatbelt securely fastened, and not on ship in 15 foot seas. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We have cruised just about every cruise line including some 5* rated lines. This was our first trip on Holland America. I was so impressed with the real concern and service given. We had a problem with the air conditioning and they came ... Read More
We have cruised just about every cruise line including some 5* rated lines. This was our first trip on Holland America. I was so impressed with the real concern and service given. We had a problem with the air conditioning and they came immediately to fix it and followed up with a call to ensure it was fixed. When it wasn't, they came again and came again, and followed up again and again until it was done. When I requested a fruit that was not in the buffet, the server asked me to wait a moment, he went and got it and provided me with a plate of the lovely cut up fruit. EVERYONE was smiling and cordial and kind. What I particularly noted was at the end of the cruise instead of the push to give more tips, nothing more was said, no 'special' envelopes were provided. No stress was added to passengers, in my opinion, at any point. We enjoyed their onboard talks and activities. Found them a cut above in interest and free champagne seemed to flow freely at a lot of events. Unfortunately one of our party was taken off the ship by ambulance at the end of the cruise. Long after the ship had left the Honolulu port, Holland America staff continued to stay in touch with my friend concerning her husband and asking if they could do anything. By contrast once I broke my leg on Norwegian. They couldn't wait to get us off the ship and even though they offered help to my husband, when he called them, they said they were done with us and good bye. I love you Holland America! See you again I hope. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
When we arrived in San Diego there was no line so we thought it would be easy getting on-board. How wrong we were - 40 minutes! It seems our cabin was booked to two different parties. After we were assured it was all straightened out ... Read More
When we arrived in San Diego there was no line so we thought it would be easy getting on-board. How wrong we were - 40 minutes! It seems our cabin was booked to two different parties. After we were assured it was all straightened out and we boarded, our first stop was at the Front Desk to tell them of our problems and ask for a different cabin. The staff wasn't exactly rude, but sure wasn't warm and welcoming. They told us that cabins are changed around all the time including the last few hours before a cruise - but they had no place for us to move to. We go to our stateroom and then outside for the sailaway. Mixed feelings now about even wanting to be on this cruise. When we returned to "our" stateroom there were three pieces of luggage, not ours, in it. Again a trip to the Front Desk where we were told that 'those people' shouldn't have put that cabin number on their luggage tags. My husband explained that they probably wouldn't have done it if they hadn't been told to! Long story short, the luggage was finally collected and we were told by the Front Desk that 'those people' were sorry they had messed up the cabin numbers. Never an apology from the Front Desk staff until a couple of days later when they offered us a cheap bottle of red wine. When I tried to use my room key and drink card the first time I was told they weren't activated and I needed to go to the Front Desk to have that done. Again, not treated very nicely - I was told it was my fault for carrying my cell phone near my cards. My cell phone had been locked up in our safe from the beginning. They didn't care about that - could have just said 'not a problem - can take care of that for you very easily' and reactivated the cards. It was just easier to blame me. On the next to last day of the cruise while sitting on the back deck near the pool, we were hit w/oil drops from the smokestacks. It was a mess: clothes, hair, towels - everything. Again my husband made a trip to the Front Desk to complain about a pair of shorts and a shirt that were a mess. They did offer to clean those clothes for him at no cost. But no apology - and it was just a mistake, easy to apologize for. The wait staff was not good about filling up water glasses, replenishing rolls and butter, just being there in the dining room. There were puddles on our balcony the first two days until finally someone must have tried to brush them off or mop them up. We are three star mariners so have done our fair share of cruising w/Holland America but probably won't be sailing w/them again for awhile. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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
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 behind. I called HAL and they gave me a phone number for emergencies. I feel this was great to be assured that even though we would arrive with 1/2 hour of the gang plank being pulled we would still be allowed to board. They said they would call the Veendam and let them know we were on the way. This was a service I was not aware of but was glad to find. When we did arrive we were sent straight through to one of the fastest check ins we have ever had. We felt this was a good cruise and mostly had good things to say about it. I want to cover some of the good as well as some of the bad even though the bad was not enough to interfere with our enjoying the cruise. We organized the Cruise Critic meet and greet for both the Mexican portion and the Hawaii portion of the cruise. The crew was wonderful getting it set up, the refreshments and the area. The Beverage Manager, Omar went beyond what we expected to make sure we had all we wanted and even went so far as to organize a special wine and champagne party for our return sea days. I was a little disappointed that more officers misjudged an appearance. Two came an hour late, one came too early and some that had promised to come didn't show. But overall it was a very good M&G. We found the life boat drill was very drawn out and people were packed together so tight that there was a lot of rudeness among the passengers. We ate most meals in the dinning room and found the service good, sometimes really fast. There was a misunderstanding with our assigned table but the dinning room managers soon had that worked out. The food was good, not great, but many meals were remarkably well done. I think mostly the problem foods were things that are very much American but were cooked with a Dutch handle such as meat loaf and mac and cheese. The Lido was crowded but food was good and servers kept your plates cleared. Room service was quick and arrived warm and tasty. The Casino crew were friendly and gave many perks but we found that many passengers were using the slot chairs as a smoking lounge and were not even playing a machine. They would block two or three machines with their belongings and grumbled when you asked them to move so you could use the machines. Again, this was a passenger problem and the only complaint was that the crew should enforce the rules to allow more use by paying customers. The library was nice. The internet was normal until the last five days when it just shut down completely. We were unable to use the last of our minutes but felt that something should have been done to get everyone back on line. We were aware of the ship condition and here is some of what we observed. Everything was clean and freshly painted. One elevator was out the whole 25 days and some would act as though they had a mind of their own, going all the way up without stopping or stopping at every floor. We noticed some smells but they were generally not bad. The only location was on floor 4 around the kitchen dishwashing area across from cabins 798 to 810. I would never take cabin 798 as it had a horribly loud noise from a vent right above the entry door that seems to be present day and night. We enjoyed the cooking classes, the music all over the eighth floor, and most of the shows. One of the shows featured a woman who thought she was still a cute 20 year old but was actually 50 and should have learned to change her act to match her age. The comedians were good but we did not sit where we could become victims. We took no HAL shore excursions and one tender day it took over three hours to get on a tender. It was taking so long they started calling numbers over the ship speakers so you could get to lunch while you waited. I will go into our cabin more in the cabin section but for now I just want to say that while our stewards were very friendly and did a good job, they were a little loose with their key cards. While they were knocking they would have the door opening and caught us with towels and nothing else on coming out of the shower, and one time they interrupted our afternoon "nap". We took to locking the dead bolt which at least made them keep knocking until we opened the door on our own. During the Mexican part of the cruise there were many children, (one officer said 130) and parents would not keep control of their kids. Early in the mornings there were diaper races down the halls with screams of excitement after the parents put them in the hall so they could have some peace. At night kids would run down the hall and pound on the door while the parents slowly walked down to unlock it. On the Hawaii part there was six kids and it was much more quiet. Dress code improved in the dinning room for the Hawaii part of the cruise. Disembarking was almost too easy. No lines or searches, just stroll off and hand them a sheet for purchases made on the trip. These were the bad parts but nothing was bad enough to make it a bad trip. We enjoyed ourselves, were treated well by crew members and it was a good cruise over all. We are happy we went and will be cruising again as soon as possible. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I am a dedicated Princess cruiser with about 12 cruises. However, due to chikengunya epedemic in Tahiti raging and not wanting to spend a good part of my cruise worrying about getting a mosquito bite I switched at the last moment to this ... Read More
I am a dedicated Princess cruiser with about 12 cruises. However, due to chikengunya epedemic in Tahiti raging and not wanting to spend a good part of my cruise worrying about getting a mosquito bite I switched at the last moment to this Holland America cruise since Princess had nothing else which included Hawaii at this time. The 5 sea days, the 6 days around Hawaii, and the 5 sea days to return (with a stop in Ensanada) seemed rather disjointed. I love sea days so that was not the problem. It just seemed like we spent very little time reallly seeing the islands. The ship was old but the staff was great! The food was great and the terminal in San Diego very handy in the middle of downtown. I stayed directly across from the terminal at the Wyndam and walked the one block to the terminal - very handy. I was not prepared for the age and poor health of a majority of those on the cruise. At times I felt I was on a hospital ship----many, many walkers, wheelchairs, and sick people. I would say the average age was around 75-80 (I am 68), I am used to being among the older on a Princess ship but not on the Holland America Veendam. The cruise to Hawaii was a little rough but back smooth as silk. The Captain was outstanding and made annoncements once or twice a day which were very informative. We did have one event on about the 4th day of the cruise...at 6.15am there was a strange sound and the entire ship tilted 7.5% which doesn't sound like much but was enough to throw you from one side of the bed to the other and break glassware. It felt like we were going down. About 2 hours later the captain came on and said it was a problem with the automatic pilot and they had to use a backup. Fortunately most were still in bed so few injured. The other major problem was one tremendous delay in tendering on our first stop in Maui. I know that ship tours are tendered first so I didn't even go down for 2 hours after this started. I was surprised to find that no one had gotten off. There were 4 small tenders; one was out of service, one had to be used for medicial transport and thus even after I got my tender ticket (not on a ship tour) I waited 2 more hours. It would have been nice if someone (like the cruise director or Captain had explaied the problem at the time) They did that evening about 8 hours too late. The ports were great - not to be missed are the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and the Vol. National Park. Ohau has turned into LA.....nothing but highrises and cheap shops. Last time I was there was about 25 years ago.. It is hardly possible now to see the beach and the area is jammed with people and buildings,,,,great disappointmet. One major plus is that they have a Catholic priest on board who celebrates Mass twice on Sundays and everyday for those who wish. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
As a faithfull cruiser on Holland America Line, I found the selection of food on this cruise was poor. You can always fall back upon the "staple" items on the left hand side of the menu, but they get a little boring after awhile! ... Read More
As a faithfull cruiser on Holland America Line, I found the selection of food on this cruise was poor. You can always fall back upon the "staple" items on the left hand side of the menu, but they get a little boring after awhile! I wrote to Holland and told them there must have been a sale on braised beef and small shrimp as they appeared regularly on the menu. I also found there tended to be more deep fried selections than there have ever been before. We selected a lanai cabin for the first time and were disappointed in that also. It tended to be small and the deck chairs we had outside our cabin seemed to constantly have a drip from the tender above. If this is a problem for this cabin, why were the chairs not moved over some or the cabin taken out of the lainai category? We were exactly centre ship. Those things aside, the staff continues to amaze me with their constant smiles and good attitudes. Some passengers are a nightmare for them to deal with, yet the smile and good relations continue. All in all, I still consider Holland America to be one of the best cruise lines for those over 55. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We were on the Veendam’s 18-day cruise to Hawaii that sailed on January 20, 2015 from San Diego and returned there on February 7th. The trip included stops at Maui (Lahaina), Honolulu (an overnight), Kauai, Kona, and Hilo plus a brief ... Read More
We were on the Veendam’s 18-day cruise to Hawaii that sailed on January 20, 2015 from San Diego and returned there on February 7th. The trip included stops at Maui (Lahaina), Honolulu (an overnight), Kauai, Kona, and Hilo plus a brief stop in Ensenada, Mexico on the way back. Some pluses: The weather was mostly sunny, and that includes the at sea days, which account for roughly 2/3 of the cruise. There were some rough waves heading out to Hawaii, but nothing that seemed to cause the passengers or the crew any problems. And the Pacific Ocean was remarkably calm on the sail back from Hawaii. The daytime temperatures were in the 60’s during the two full days heading out from San Diego, and they were in the 60’s during the final two full days of the cruise. The rest of the time, they were in the 70’s and low 80’s – warm enough to sit comfortably in shorts on the open-air “Retreat,” which is in the aft section of the ship on Deck 11. We had a starboard-side stateroom with a veranda, which means that we got almost no direct sun heading southwest to Hawaii, but plenty of sun heading back (northeast) from Hawaii. The veranda in the Pinnacle Suites is larger than it is on newer HAL ships (such as the Noordam or Eurodam), and that was a pleasant surprise. I am puzzled by some of the Veendam reviews I've read that complain that the ship looks old or rundown. I found it remarkably clean and well-maintained. It is also one of the most attractive ships in the HAL fleet. Since we almost never eat in the Lido, I can’t comment on it, but meals in the Main Dining Room (the Rotterdam) were quite good. The selections range from appetizers and entrees that will please folks with conservative tastes (e.g., steak, roast chicken, salmon) as well as those whose tastes are more adventuresome and are happy to sample various international spices and flavors. The Canaletto Restaurant was a nice surprise. We ate there when we were on the Eurodam some years ago and were not impressed. Then, the menu was comprised mostly of stuff you’d order from your neighborhood Italian diner (meatballs, lasagna, veal parmigiana, etc.), and while there is nothing wrong with those dishes, they are not what you’d expect from a premium restaurant. Fortunately, the Veendam was trying out a new Canaletto menu, and for us, at least, it was an unqualified success. The food is served “family style, which allowed my wife and me to sample a range of appetizers and entrees. They reduced the number of items on the menu, but these choices are all dishes that are imaginatively conceived and very nicely presented. The sea bass was outstanding, as were the gnocchi with short ribs, the fish soup (which is loaded with shell fish in a delicious broth), and the tiramisu dessert. With the new menu it seems to have found its niche as an Italian restaurant with imaginative choices of food and clever presentations. We hope that this menu is adopted by other HAL ships. HAL has changed internet service providers, and while it is still not as speedy as most of us are used to at home, it is a huge improvement over the past, when it took forever just to get logged on. We were able to access our email and pull up websites even when we were in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I was also pleased to discover that while we were in port in Hawaii, our Verizon FTE service was excellent, even when we were in our stateroom on board ship. As is generally true of Holland America, the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff are outstanding, whether it was dining room attendants, wine stewards, bartenders, or room stewards. The one absolute jewel, however, was Mei Michelon, the Neptune Lounge concierge. She is a miracle of efficiency, attentiveness, good humor, and intelligence. What a treasure she is for HAL! The talks in the Showroom, which were conducted by a lecturer named Lisa, were excellent -- a good mix of practical information with some Hawaiian history and culture. Her love for the Islands was quite apparent. My only complaint is that I wish that there had been more talks during the at sea days on Polynesian history and culture and on such scientific topics as navigation and volcanology. While I liked the Adagio Duo, I sure miss the old Adagio String Quartet. I realize that the latter means paying two more musicians, but a string quartet can provide classical music lovers with a far more enriching experience. Since the nightly performances in the Explorers Lounge is virtually the only opportunity to experience classical music on board, I think that a string quartet is worth the extra investment. Disappointments: One major disappointment was the Greenhouse Spa. For obvious health reasons (norovirus), the ship's captain and officers do not shake hands when they are introduced to guests. I was shocked, therefore, to see Spa staff extending handshakes even during the promotional events on the day we boarded. That struck me as reckless. Shouldn't the spa staff be as concerned about people’s health as the ship’s officers? In addition, the men’s sauna was out-of-order the entire cruise, and my wife had a terrible experience with the nail stylist and a fitness “expert,” though to their credit, the spa manager did offer her a refund. Although it didn't affect us directly, another disappointment was that some of our fellow passengers experienced problems with their room’s air conditioning, and there was also a water leak that affected at least one of the staterooms. As other reviewers have noted, the rooms need more electrical outlets. Bringing a power strip is probably a good idea, especially if you have lots of electronic devices that need charging. Another disappointment is that HAL still permits smoking on verandas and in the casino. Since the casino is located in the middle of Deck 8 it is hard to avoid breathing some smoke as you pass nearby. *** All in all, though, this was a very good cruise. The Captain kept us very well informed. The rescue at sea of the airplane pilot was a dramatic moment (http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2015/01/27/holland-america-pilot-rescue/22395031/), but even more important is that it demonstrated the exceptional competency of the ship's crew. I was also impressed with how that crew handled an unannounced drill late in the cruise. It was a surprise to the crew, as well as the passengers. It occurred during the Filipino Crew Show in the Showroom, and when the alerts sounded, the crew on stage immediately stopped their dancing and left for their posts, while Mario, the Cruise Director came on the PA to urge the audience to stay put in their seats. It was handled with a reassuring amount of precision and professionalism. Very impressive! Finally, the port stops in Hawaii, including an overnight in Honolulu, meant an opportunity to be moved by the Arizona Memorial, to tour the Mighty Mo (also in Pearl Harbor), and to see some gorgeous scenery. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
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