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291 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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FormerDon
Member Since 2015
1 review
I booked the 7-day cruise in suite class along with land 6 months in advance and looked forward to our first cruise. Our journey began in Fairbanks where after arriving off our flight we were greeted by Holland American staff who pointed ... Read more
Deb Thomas
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This was our first cruise, and hope it isn't our last. The ship was beautiful. We were spoiled everyday by staff.....from the ones that cleaned our room, to those that served our meals. All were extremely cheerful, friendly, and ... Read more
Alialio
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
We recently traveled to Canada to embark on the Maasdam for a 7 day cruise to Boston via Qubec, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbour, then on to Boston. We are in our 40's and took our two teenage daughters with us, so ... Read more
SeaDog70s
Member Since 2014
1 review
21 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First Time Cruise; 40th Anniversary Celebration. With nothing to compare to, these opinions are based on a comparison to the views of others on Cruise Critic, as well as a comparison to the marketing of Holland America itself. Food: ... Read more
waiheke
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
This was our first cruise, Holland America Line ms Zuiderdam, 11-NIGHT ADRIATIC DREAM. We booked a Signature Suit, SS, Location: Upper Verandah Deck. Check in was fast and efficient, off to a good start. The suite was a reasonable ... Read more

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paboo62
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Just returned from a 7 day Alaskan inside passage cruise with Holland America on the m/s Noordam, sailing dates July 11th thru 18th. Our first cruise, 3 of us in one stateroom; my wife and I along with our 14 year old granddaughter. We ... Read more
Settyboo
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 helpful votes
My husband and I were surprised by our daughter Julie and her husband Will with the trip of a lifetime, an Alaskan cruise. Along with them and their 2 children, Catherine 10 and Matthew 6 1/2, we embarked in Seattle, Washington on the MS ... Read more
lupaglupa
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My three-generation family set off on the Maasdam July 4th - a first cruise for all of us. What a wonderful time we had! The Maasdam exceeded all our expectations. We truly did not foresee how much we would enjoy cruising. Most ... Read more
federalexpress
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
First timers (apart from a very brief taster cruise on Costa) in our 50's/60's and not really into the idea of cruising, but were attracted by the itinerary which covered mainly the Norwegian Fjords and Scotland. We did indeed like the ... Read more
williebegoode
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
36 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Like all embarkations, this one involved large groups of people being processed in limited space, but we all were got on board without too much drama. Holland America representatives met us at the airport and took us by bus to the ship. On ... Read more

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williebegoode
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
36 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Up until this cruise my wife and I had always hopped on a plane and went...well...all over. Friends who have cruised told us about the convenience, the food and the general fun they had getting on a ship; so we thought we'd try it. ... Read more
Lalokau
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We did a land sea tour to Denali followed by the cruise through Glacier Bay to Vancouver stopping at various ports on the way. We booked all our tours through HAL. The embarkation was a breeze. Quick friendly and efficient. We ... Read more
marek gil
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
My first time on cruise.Generally satisfied but taken by surprise that had to pay for plain water even from my room fridge. Alcohol OK but water? Also charges of 15% for service in bars or to servants-low ball. HAL charges enough for ... Read more
Mioara
Member Since 2015
1 review
16 helpful votes
This Holland America line Alaska cruise on the Noordham was sold to us as an add-on to the Rocky Mountaineer experience. Our cabin was an upgrade from the standard cabin Rocky Mountaineer usually books as an add-on. It was spacious with a ... Read more
noona123
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
We sailed out of Boston for a weeks cruise to Bermuda and back. We were fortunate to have a Neptune Suite and enjoyed the many perks associated with the suite. Favorite part was breakfast in the Pinnacle every morning with the elegant ... Read more

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ProvWoman31
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
We were first time cruisers and not sure of what to expect but we had always heard about incredible food and top-of-the-line service. We didn't experience either. The food was mediocre and room service took a minimum of 45 minutes, when ... Read more
DogSledDel
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Firstly, my wife and i were first time cruisers. We wished to see Alaska as part of our vacation and had been recommended Holland America cruiseline. I contacted HAL prior to the start of the cruise and expected 5* experience. We were ... Read more
stuklein27
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
Since this was my first cruise and my wife and I were sort of celebrating my 65th birthday during the cruise. Service in the Lido Dining room was good however the portions were sort of small and if you wanted soda with meals they cost ... Read more
vagporto
Member Since 2013
1 review
76 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, so we have not a lot to compare with. Since we used a lot the CC reviews during our research for our cruise, I will anyhow summarise our experience in the Volendam. We have been postponing forever our first ... Read more
RogerWMorris
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
First time cruisers, will definitely cruise again, though probably not with Holland America. We chose Alaska because if we did not like cruising the scenery and shore excursions would more than compensate. We arrived at Vancouver ... Read more

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Cofeeguy
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 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; definitely no fun. As a result, we did not pre-book any excursions until we got on board and knew what the weather would ... Read more
landlubberSanD
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
Great Cruise, much better than i expected. Wish more time was available in each port, that is the only drawback i found. Trying to see Rome in 11 hours is sub optimal. Kotor could easily be skipped, the old town smelled like an ... Read more
babbs60cruiser
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First let me say that this was my very first cruise! I am 54 and my sisters finally convinced me to try cruising. Alaska was our destination which I have also never been to. They are avid long time cruisers and my expectations of this ... Read more
Shih-tzu
Member Since 2014
1 review
353 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Needed a break from a winter that didn't want to end, so with a little less than two weeks to departure, I convinced a good friend to go along as we needed the break. I had been playing with the idea in the back of my mind when I had read ... Read more
TheChicagoDude
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise ship experience, and we won't be traveling on Holland America any time soon. At the outset I should note we've got years of travel experience internationally - from our first trip from the US to Mainland China ... Read more

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