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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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299 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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mmbuzz
1 Review
Member Since 2015
7 Forum Posts
Hi! I was a solo female traveler (revered by some, scorned by some). I didn't stay at any hotels. The ship was ... Read more
SuperdudeAbides
1 Review
Member Since 2015
41 Forum Posts
First time cruisers (my dear wife and myself) we read reviews, we did our research. Getting on and off the ship was an ... Read more
Majikinfl
1 Review
Member Since 2015
Being a first cruise we had little to go on except reviews and friends who have cruised a lot. We learned we did not ... Read more
theBrosher
1 Review
Member Since 2015
1 Forum Post
This was our first cruise, and we booked for 2 weeks to celebrate our honeymoon. We are 26 and 33. When we booked the ... Read more
JosNaylor
1 Review
Member Since 2015
I am not a usual contributor to review forums but I am struggling to reconcile the wonderful cruise just experienced on ... Read more

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Dillons4
1 Review
Member Since 2015
First let me say my husband and I are 53 and 52 and this was our 1st cruise. Checkin, check out and getting our rooms ... Read more
Cruise4food
1 Review
Member Since 2015
9 Forum Posts
Maasdam was a good size for a first time cruiser. Enough choices for restaurants and lounges without being crowded. If ... Read more
kahrah01
1 Review
Member Since 2015
At our friends' urging for us to try cruising, and not wanting a daily docking, we went all out with this 25 day, 10 ... Read more
lynparry1
1 Review
Member Since 2015
Never been on a cruise before but have since done my homework on what to expect. Our cruise to the Norwegian fjords on ... Read more
mikesdaughter
1 Review
Member Since 2014
1 Forum Post
Being first time cruisers, we had no idea what to expect once we boarded the Westerdam. The embarkation process ... Read more

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Cofeeguy
1 Review
Member Since 2015
Overall, we had a great trip. I did the inside passage in the 1960's, and the whole trip was foggy with cold rain; ... Read more
liz358
1 Review
Member Since 2015
9/15
My daughter and I were on the holiday of a lifetime and it included the cruise on the Volendam to Alaska. Our room was ... Read more
tpamm
1 Review
Member Since 2015
1 Forum Post
After booking the 14-day round-trip cruise (first cruise, first time in Alaska) I became a little nervous after reading ... Read more
mollyskin
1 Review
Member Since 2015
Awful from the beginning. Rude people and nobody to help with problems. This was a trip with so much that was wrong ... Read more
williebegoode
2 Reviews
Member Since 2015
10 Forum Posts
Like all embarkations, this one involved large groups of people being processed in limited space, but we all were got ... Read more

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landlubberSanD
1 Review
Member Since 2015
1 Forum Post
5/15
Great Cruise, much better than i expected. Wish more time was available in each port, that is the only drawback i ... Read more
williebegoode
2 Reviews
Member Since 2015
10 Forum Posts
Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised ... Read more
Diamond_Skies
1 Review
Member Since 2015
I am not a cruise person. I don't feel that I fit in with my idea of what a typical cruiser passenger and therefore ... Read more
JWalshe
1 Review
Member Since 2015
Our first (and probably last) cruise was chosen in order to visit Alaska while we were staying in Vancouver. We ... Read more
Colleen and Steve
1 Review
Member Since 2015
My wife and I arrived at the Vancouver Airport at 11am. Were met and welcomed by a HAL rep who arranged for a cab to ... Read more

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ricandra
1 Review
Member Since 2015
8/15
This was our first cruise, so we had nothing to compare it to. It was a slick operation from start to finish, well ... Read more
DHY
1 Review
Member Since 2015
Never having been on a cruise before We listened to many people rave about Holland America and selected them. We ... Read more
Miss Jane C
1 Review
Member Since 2015
We have no complaints about this cruise. We stayed in a Neptune suite and maybe you get what you pay for in ... Read more
FormerDon
1 Review
Member Since 2015
I booked the 7-day cruise in suite class along with land 6 months in advance and looked forward to our first cruise. ... Read more
waiheke
1 Review
Member Since 2014
2 Forum Posts
This was our first cruise, Holland America Line ms Zuiderdam, 11-NIGHT ADRIATIC DREAM. We booked a Signature Suit, SS, ... Read more

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