Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews

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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
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354 Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews
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missmishka
Member Since 2010
1 review
116 forum posts
This was our seventh cruise on HAL. We are a couple in our late 60's, and we always have a great time, but this time there were a few "not so great moments". We began our vacation by driving from Green Valley AZ to San Diego ... Read more
jeffbo1962
Member Since 2008
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2015
This was my 3rd sailing on the ms Veendam, the first since her refurbishment and second Mexican Riviera cruise. Embarkation in San Diego is always a pleasant experience as it's close to our home in Arizona and it's a quick trip from ... Read more
cnicholson
Member Since 2015
1 review
In all fairness this review mostly will be about the service and food on the Veendam during this cruise as there has been fair coverage of other areas of consideration. Out of many cruises, the food on this cruise was in the top 3 ... Read more
Popcorn70
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
A year and a half ago I cruised on Holland Zuiderdam destination Panama-it was such a terrible experience they gave us a voucher towards another cruise. This cruise was also a failure and I will not cruise with Holland again. As always ... Read more
pgreif
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
Sailed March 2015
Third cruise on Holland, last one was 6 years ago on the Oosterdam. Also have cruised on Celebrity and Princess. We are foodies so this will cover that and the service and ship. Cruise ports are cruise ports; zip lines, pirate ship cruises ... Read more
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exon111
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
3 stars out of 5 overall. It is an older ship, but very well maintained and very clean. I liked the more "ocean liner" feel of the ship. It was updated nicely and did not feel dated. As a germaphobe, I greatly appreciated the extreme level ... Read more
emmad
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2014
All in all, we had a very good time with our friends and celebrating New Year's Eve together. Our ship went all out to celebrate the occasion. The food for the most part was very good . . .especially in the dining room. I knew before we ... Read more
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larry5b6
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
I’ll start off by saying that someone else might have rated this cruise considerably higher. But I opted to be true to my feelings with the rating. As there are over 400 reviews for Veendam here, I won’t be affecting the ... Read more
avery66
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Background We cruise often, and usually during the holidays. We're all 3-star HAL Mariners, even our 9 year old. We're in our 40's; husband's parents in their 60's. We've also cruised Celebrity 3 times, and Princess 3 times (in-laws have ... Read more
TravelguruDanville
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
160 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2014
We were very hopeful that this would be a great trip as we have booked a 24 day cruise on another HA ship next year and were using this trip as a litmus test to decide whether we should continue our booking next year. We also were aware it ... Read more
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QueenAleta
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
My husband and I are long time cruisers and had already been to Cabo. So we just wanted to cruise and didn't really care about the destinations. We also knew in advance that the passengers would be age 50+. We were alright with that ... Read more
kensinsd
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was my first cruise, so in many ways I didn't know what to expect. Everything was pleasant from the time we were dropped off at the cruise terminal until the moment we caught a cab back home. Understandably, there were about a ... Read more
MrBob56
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 helpful votes
Don't know where to start. We are both 4 star mariners with HAL. I write this as I am still sick with food eaten on cruise and bad air conditioning room giving me a bad cold and to top off that I got the flue.. The food was terrible. Steak ... Read more
TideFBOne
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
My wife and I did the 12 day cruise from Vancouver to San Diego then to the Mexican Riviera and back to San Diego. It was broken down into 2 distinct sailings, which I didn't realize was the case when I booked it. I should have known, but ... Read more
TideFBOne
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
My wife and I did the 12 day cruise from Vancouver to San Diego then to the Mexican Riviera and back to San Diego. It was broken down into 2 distinct sailings, which I didn't realize was the case when I booked it. I should have known, but ... Read more
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GangwaySalt
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
We arrived at the San Diego, CA terminal early Sunday for our March 9, 2014 cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Embarkation was delayed and we sat and stood around for over 2 hours. On Monday morning in our cabin area, technicians were ... Read more
BJzink
Member Since 2000
9 reviews
311 forum posts
Since we live fairly close to San Diego, we don't have the hassle factor of air travel to and from the cruise. We arrived at the port around 11:00 AM, and were greeted by "Sherry", a wonderful person at the pier who coordinates the ... Read more
1italgal
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed March 2014
This was my first time on Holland America. I should NOT be complaining here just b/c my sister treated me to this cruise. She didn't get any deals on the rate, so she also expected a better product for the $$. I need to get my review out ... Read more
Lapidarylady
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
87 forum posts
Sailed December 2013
This was a Holiday Cruise, Christmas, and a fun reunuion with some previous CC friends we met on a cruise in 2008... Embarkation, was average...not hugely long, but it wasn't a breeze either...It seemed that when we embarked at cruise ... Read more
randylee3
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
3 forum posts
Compared to Princess (where we've taken several cruises), the staff on the Veendam were unremarkable. The cabin stewards were mostly not visible. When we needed something, we had to call the front desk, which often took more time (slow ... Read more
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fleetmac
Member Since 2007
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2013
We were booked on The Smooth Jazz Cruise so we didn't have a choice of ships. After reading some really negative reviews about the Westerdam I was apprehensive about the quality of food and service on the ship. We have been on about 12 ... Read more
loveocean
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
We went on a theme cruise, The Soul Train Cruise. Everything regarding the actual soul train activities were superb! We had so much fun. We stayed in a room with a veranda. Our room was nice, with a nice view. Our cabin stewards were nice. ... Read more
dreamerdick
Member Since 2006
1 review
92 forum posts
Even as a solo cruiser paying nearly double the advertised rate I came away realizing that not only did I have a great time but I received much more than I paid for. The Zaandam is an exceptional experience and after reading the scores of ... Read more
off280
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
Sailed March 2013
We booked an inside cabin and had the opportunity to upgrade, several weeks before the beginning of the cruise (for a fee). We chose to upgrade to an outside cabin on the Dolphin deck (1879). It was a wonderful cabin, large with a window ... Read more
JohnL173
Member Since 2013
1 review
7 forum posts
Sailed March 2013
This was our first cruise on Holland America. We've cruised three times before on other lines. Overall, this was a good experience, not the best cruise we've taken but not the worst either. One port of call was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. ... Read more
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