Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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291 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Oregonone
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and trying to read ratings, reviews and make a decision on which cruise line to pick can be daunting. I read one reviewer that noted some of the poor reviews were from pretentious cruisers with expectations that ... Read more
paulandmaryanne
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We are a couple. This was our first cruise of any sort. We are about 70 and in fair shape. We are experienced independent travelers. We used a land tour only once (in China). We chose this cruise for its Eastern Mediterranean ... Read more
lizzien18@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as part of a Newmarket holiday - Rockies/ Alaska cruise and Vancouver, on the recommendation of a friend who travelled last year. I struggle to recognise our trip from some of the negative reviews posted. From start to ... Read more
Friday Fen Wolf
Member Since 2011
1 review
11 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We had a family group of 18 ages from 8 to 76. Everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all interests and age groups. The younger ones spent lots of time in the kids pool and Club Hal. While on board, the older cruisers ... Read more
Buffett123
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
17 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
First was not going to write a review since ship is doing a transatlantic and then dry dock but after looking over some of the last reviews I thought they were unfair and totally misleading. This was our 9 cruise on five different lines ... Read more

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sunhat123
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We enjoyed our two-week cruise from Singapore to Myanmar and return aboard the Volendam. As first-time cruisers we found the relatively small ship very comfortable. HAL upgraded our cabin from oceanview to a Lanai cabin on the lower ... Read more
afohara
Member Since 2016
1 review
33 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Our cruise on Holland America was a deep disappointment. We began by having Holland America picking up our luggage at the hotel--and promptly losing it for the entire voyage. A baggage department employee tried to blame the airline and, ... Read more
BrownEyez66
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I have to say it was my first cruise and the ship was beautiful and clean. The room was supposed to be partially obstructed, however it was fully obstructed, unless they count the sky as partially obstructed. The staff was awesome! ... Read more
mmbuzz
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Hi! I was a solo female traveler (revered by some, scorned by some). I didn't stay at any hotels. The ship was clean and accommodations were enjoyable. I can't complain about anything - the staff was attentive, they knew my dietary ... Read more
SuperdudeAbides
Member Since 2015
1 review
41 forum posts
2 helpful votes
First time cruisers (my dear wife and myself) we read reviews, we did our research. Getting on and off the ship was an art, it was flawless and the airlines could learn a lot. The ship (though old) gave a great first impression and the ... Read more

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Majikinfl
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 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 ask the right questions before we booked. we are partly disabled and found many things we were unable to do. We did not ... Read more
theBrosher
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and we booked for 2 weeks to celebrate our honeymoon. We are 26 and 33. When we booked the trip, we didn't realize that Holland America was geared towards a mature crowd (50+). We are not big drinkers or ... Read more
Dillons4
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 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 were great. It's was the food and entertainment that was a BIG disappointment. All foods shut down 9:00 or 10:00 and you ... Read more
Cruise4food
Member Since 2015
1 review
37 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Maasdam was a good size for a first time cruiser. Enough choices for restaurants and lounges without being crowded. If I remember, the quoted number aboard was around 1160. Stateroom I-029 on Navigation Deck has more than enough space for ... Read more
kahrah01
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 helpful votes
At our friends' urging for us to try cruising, and not wanting a daily docking, we went all out with this 25 day, 10 port cruise. It took two days to get the gist of the routine, but by day three, we were hooked. HAL definitely met our ... Read more

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JosNaylor
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
I am not a usual contributor to review forums but I am struggling to reconcile the wonderful cruise just experienced on Volendam with these recent negative reviews on Cruise Critic. A strong influence on the enjoyment of any cruise will be ... Read more
liz358
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My daughter and I were on the holiday of a lifetime and it included the cruise on the Volendam to Alaska. Our room was surprisingly spacious and had everything in that we needed. The roll call for safety instruction was a long faff but ... Read more
tpamm
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
After booking the 14-day round-trip cruise (first cruise, first time in Alaska) I became a little nervous after reading reviews on Cruise Critic and wondered if we'd made a mistake. Happily, we did not and will take HAL again for another ... Read more
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mollyskin
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Awful from the beginning. Rude people and nobody to help with problems. This was a trip with so much that was wrong that it would take more space than allowed. We spent extra money for this ship thinking it would be better for us as ... Read more
JWalshe
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Our first (and probably last) cruise was chosen in order to visit Alaska while we were staying in Vancouver. We found the ship to be well appointed and in exceptional condition if not a little dated. The crew to be very helpful and ... Read more

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Miss Jane C
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We have no complaints about this cruise. We stayed in a Neptune suite and maybe you get what you pay for in accommodations. No one can predict the natural occurrences but we sure lucked out with glacier calving, orca and humpback whales, ... Read more
Diamond_Skies
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 helpful votes
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 was not sure what I would think of my first cruise to Alaska. Although I have never really wanted to go on a cruise, I ... Read more
DHY
Member Since 2015
1 review
Never having been on a cruise before We listened to many people rave about Holland America and selected them. We really enjoyed the trips off the ship and listening to the tour guides. The tour guides were very good but the bus rides ... Read more
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mikesdaughter
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Being first time cruisers, we had no idea what to expect once we boarded the Westerdam. The embarkation process started about 11:30 am and moved along very quickly. We found our room on the Rotterdam deck aft #7136. Our luggage was ... Read more
Colleen and Steve
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
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 the Pan Pacific. The Pan Pacific allowed us to check in immediately and our luggage was taken to our room. Nice ... Read more

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