Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews

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354 Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews
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porsena
Member Since 2007
1 review
525 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Like the colour scheme, which is more subdued than I remember on the other 3 Vista class ships, Food in the MDR seemed a step up over our last cruise on Eurodam. The wait staff have changed from pen and paper to tablets, with a noticeable ... Read more
Tripping MeeMaw
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My husband has SADD. We took this cruise for the sunshine and it was our first time on Mexico's west side. Cleanliness, service and excursions were plentiful and varied. The food was abundant and we could remain lowkey, which we ... Read more
mmaryw
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Wonderful cruise! It was really the staff that made it so great. Every single staff member was so gracious and accommodating and that made it so enjoyable for us! The staff member Bagus in the dining room was very helpful and sweet. ... Read more
Chennai
Member Since 2009
1 review
180 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Had a wonderful cruise and enjoyed the people. Great weather and a great cabin added to our enjoyment. The destinations were typical, but still was pleasurable. Food is fine, not special but good enough to gain a few pounds from (sadly ... Read more
tareshanand
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
To begin with, this wasnt our first cruise. We have done Disney -- 7, NCL - 4, Royal Car-- 4, Carnival - 2 prior to our first ever with HAL. Wanted to take time to list out the various issues we have had with HAL. Concierge / Lounge :- ... Read more
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Jackie_OR
Member Since 2011
1 review
76 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Grandpa wanted to go fishing, and can no longer handle the long flights to Florida, so we picked this easy San Diego departure. As this trip was during Winter Break (the week before Christmas) the ship was FULL of children. Good for ... Read more
pgreif
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
12 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Sixth cruise to Mex. Riviera, fifth on Holland. Didn't disappoint at all. One negative: Holland has cut back on more "gourmet" or continental food offerings such as gourmet cheese, smoked salmon, a more extensive room menu, no ... Read more
cruisingMax
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
23 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My husband and I cruise several times a year, usually on Carnival, but have ventured to other lines when there were good deals, wanting to check out differences from one to another. We jumped on The Westerdam because we love to cruise out ... Read more
rinnaroo
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose Holland America because our other HAL cruise was wonderful, exceeded expectations, plus it departs from San Diego, our home. This cruise, however disappointed in a few ways: our cabin attendant was not as friendly as on prior ... Read more
socaliferic
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
This my eighth cruise with two on NCL, two on Carnival, one on Princess and my third on HA. This was the best cruise so far. Boarding in San Diego was easy (it usually is). The check-in person told us that there were 300 minors on ... Read more
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majam3
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This is our 12th cruise 2nd on holland America Embarkation and disimbarkatio not we're very smooth The Westerdam is a worn out ship no matter where you go on the ship there are items in disrepair Our was mini balcony suite and ... Read more
Draperdarl
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I wanted to take my 3 grown daughters on a cruise during Thanksgiving week out of San Diego. Two of the girls had never cruised before and I could barely keep up with their excitement over everything! Embarkation was good and didn't ... Read more
margiecruisequeen
Member Since 2002
1 review
12 helpful votes
We finally were able to try Holland America Cruise line on the Westerdam. It was great leaving out of our hometown,San Diego,than to drive to Long Beach or Fly. Embarkation-was a breeze,very organized-we arrived at 11am and were on ... Read more
specvette
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Everything about the Neptune Suite & the amenitities that go with it are great. Priority embarkation & disembarkation, priority tender access, the Neptune lounge & the suite itself. Unfortunately we sailed on the Westerdam ... Read more
Adventure_Seeker_Sean
Member Since 2015
1 review
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
As I write this review, know that my cruise was 6 months ago. I am only going off of mental notes remaining; this prevents me from talking about minor details, and rather only reporting what I can recall now as significant. Goods: ... Read more
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canadianbear
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
2,124 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our first cruise on the Westerdam but we have done many more on other HAL ships. I like this size of ship-not too big and not too small. We had a Signature suite and love the size of the cabin and balcony. The staff on ... Read more
Ms.Jackson
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Disclaimer-I actually won this cruise in a raffle, though I paid airfare, taxes, tips and incidentals. I was really impressed with this cruise and the ms Westerdam. The staff was cheerful and gracious, the food was excellent and the ... Read more
CPABOB
Member Since 2015
1 review
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
We got advance notice that boarding would be delayed due to the outbreak of norovirus on the two previous cruises. They were "deep cleaning" the ship. No objection from me, and they continued cleaning all during our cruise; ... Read more
Dodgers671
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
17 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My wife and I are in our mid 40's no kids and have cruise on Princess, NCL, and Royal Caribbean. We both were exited to spend the holiday at sea. I will start with the good then not so much We arrived to the pier at 2 pm anxious to ... Read more
philgreif
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Again, a wonderful experience. The Veendam is an older and smaller ship, but well maintained and not crowded at all. We always were able to find a quiet place to relax with NO people. The stateroom, an ocean view, was fine. Wonderful ... Read more
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kellylagringa
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
There were some real positives in our experience. The cleaning crew kept everything immaculate and were very nice, our room was comfortable and well designed/very quiet, I had a lovely port excursion and the entertainment-- in the bars as ... Read more
debbucky
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
My husband and I just got back from our first cruise in many years. This was a test of sorts to see if we are 'cruise ready' for the next phase in our lives as empty nesters/early retiree's. (mid 50's) Chose HAL because of price and ... Read more
pgreif
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This is our seventh cruise, fourth on Holland, second on Veendam in one year (that is how much we like this ship.) We would define this cruise line as one for relaxed mature passengers who value an elegant and quiet experience over being ... Read more
mikematheny
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Negative feed back. to many older people, average age around 70, no out side pool games, outside lights that string over the pool deck were on 2 times during the cruise only while at port. you should have food on lido deck at all times ... Read more
saguaro_48
Member Since 2010
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Nov. 19-26 HAL Veendam Mexican Riviera (San Diego Departure) by the twin of Oscar the Grouch Let me start by stating the we have cruised 14 times since 2006, and seven have been on HAL; the others scattered on RCCL, Celebrity, and ... Read more
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