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San Diego to the Panama Canal & Central America Holland America Line Oosterdam Cruise Reviews

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Leaving Corinto harbor.
Black Christ in Leon Cathedral, Nicaragua.
Fruit in Leon market, Guatemala.
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1-10 of 8 San Diego to the Panama Canal & Central America Holland America Line Oosterdam Cruise Reviews


Good ship—except...

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Kruisysue8
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We wanted a cruise where we didn’t have airfare to contend with. We can drive from Phoenix to San Diego, leave our car in a hotel that stores it for free, and take the free shuttle from the Best Western Yacht Harbor ($137 a night) to the cruise port. Perfect. This was only seven days but it only cost $1249 so we were very happy with that part of it. We love absolutely everything about this ship ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)


Not our cup of tea

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seawife2
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

This is our 7th cruise.We had a signature suite. Other cruises have been 14 day transatlantic on Celeberity, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. This ranks last on our ratings. Pros: Crew all very friendly, pleasant, helpful and seem to be very happy. Food was very good at first. Canned music was subtle and unobtrusive.Cons: Too many to list but here are the main ones. Ship is very tired and not well ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses

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ElEl
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We sailed on the Holland-America Oosterdam’s 18-day Panama Canal cruise (January 15-February 5, 2020) from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. My wife and I are in our 70’s, and we are four-star HAL Mariners. We had temperatures that were mostly in the 70’s and 80’s and lots and lots of sunshine. (There was very little rain during these 18 days.) We packed sunscreen and some 30% Deet insect repellent ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


Fantastic

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pfowler59
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

I choose Holland America because we do not like the mega ships...I like to feel that we are at sea! I thought the food was the best I have had comparing with other cruise lines. The service was outstanding, friendly and fun. I would be hard pressed to look elsewhere. There was wonderful entertainment in the evening at the Gallery Bar. Two duel pianists played and sang 50's to 90's music. We ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)


16 days of happiness!

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retiretwo
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This was our 3rd Winter in a row to sail the Oosterdam for our COLD weather get away. We weren't disappointed. Having never sailed from San Diego, we didn't know what to expect. We stayed the night before at Springhill Suites, right across the street from the pier. We easily walked across the street about 1045 the morning of the cruise. There was a long line in the terminal, but it moved ...
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Sail Date: March 2018

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


Awesome trip with family

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mpkent2002
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose the cruise because of the itinerary (through the Panama Canal) and the fact we love HAL and prefer the smaller ships.We had done the Canal once before in 1996. We had the signature suite 8094, which was good size. Bathroom had a whirlpool tub and shower plus another free standing shower and two sinks. Large balcony. We ate breakfast daily in the Lido, usually at the omelet station, ...
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Sail Date: March 2018

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


Nice ship, but not great ports

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Complsv
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We always wanted to see the Panama Canal, and it was amazing considering it was built so many years ago, and there are few changes. However, the ports left much to be desired. Most were industrial so you had to take a shuttle bus, or walk a distance to get out of the industrial area. I walked into Nicaragua and walked three blocks and returned to the ship. It is dirty port with more street ...
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Sail Date: October 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Excellent Panama Canal transit 14 day cruise on HAL Oosterdam, Oct. 21-Nov. 4, 2

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kj40
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

I normally don't write reviews anymore, but having just read two reviews rating their Panama Canal cruises as average, I feel I need to give my opinion to help bring the average up to where it belongs. The ship is not "tired" as one reviewer said, in my opinion of course. The ship is in great shape. The food is "good but not excellent" one reviewer said. That can be said about almost every ...
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Sail Date: October 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


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