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291 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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TheChicagoDude
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
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
dandk%*
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2015
My husband and I did this first cruise together and on HA. We stayed at the Best Western/Cruise Location in Fort Lauderdale the night before, it was super. They had a shuttle to the ship and got us there by 10:30 AM, great staff at ... Read more
Basel ismail
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed April 2015
Our first ocean cruise a dream come true for me,the Maasdam was a big enough ship with ought it being over sized just right as you can get to every thing and every where easily . The ship had two crews one that ran the ship and the ... Read more
Zealandia
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
Sailed April 2015
We booked our first cruise after selecting the Holland America 22 day Mediterranean / Adriatic option. We paid our deposit in July 2014 and waited with building excitement. That excitement quickly turned to disappointment as our ... Read more
jerseyjeanette
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
As i was worried about sea sickness visited the acupuncturist in the spa he applied some little pressure point tabs on my wrists and ears. So pleased as the first day at sea was not nice ,and we were unable to dock in our first port Grand ... Read more

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celestoid
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was our first-ever cruise, so the Zuiderdam will always be special to us. We did not know what to expect from so many days at sea, but it ended up being the most memorable journey. Embarkation was easy and well-organized and in under ... Read more
bhambamacruiser
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Family of three sailed on Westerdam March 21-28, 2015. This was our first HAL cruise. We’ve cruised Princess, Royal Caribbean, & Carnival. We prefer Princess, but this experience has turned us into loyal HAL customers. We ... Read more
beval
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
First time ever cruisers so have only anecdotes from friends who are more seasoned cruisers and our own expectations to base our comments on. Staff and service were excellent, definitely a strong point for HAL. Entertainment was ... Read more
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bonjour_blondie
Member Since 2015
1 review
We’re a British couple in our very late twenties. I’ve only ever sailed with Costa Cruises on 4 previous voyages over the years, gradually seeing their supreme service decline into a floating shambles, and vowed never to cruise ... Read more
melmul
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had a great week aboard the Eurodam! Loved our deluxe veranda cabin and the fabulous balcony in the aft of the ship. We were fortunate to sail the week of a full moon, so we had some beautiful sailing nights to enjoy from our balcony. ... Read more

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CubanBeat
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
Just finished our cruise and omg, it was an amazing ship! We embarked from Port Everglades and I have never in my life been without internet access that long, but that's the point of a cruise, right? To experience it all? We did! We ... Read more
marilynsa
Member Since 2014
1 review
Husband and I had never been on a caribbean cruise and we decided that, with the low cabin prices, it was time to do it. We chose Holland America's Westerdam because it had the 7-day itinerary we wanted, and seem to be geared towards ... Read more
formerhusker71
Member Since 2014
1 review
23 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
As usually independent travelers who develop our own itinerary, make lodging reservations, locate by choice and chance our meal experience, the cruise was a bit heart pounding in the planning of the unknown. All in all we traveled a few ... Read more
Cissa
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
This was my husband's and my first cruise, and I fear it has spoiled us for other cruises. It was that wonderful! The ship was laid out well- important for me, since I have some mobility issues. We were conveniently close to a bank of ... Read more
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cowes 20
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
34 forum posts
1 Don't expect the ship's design and décor to reflect your personal taste 2 Don't expect all fellow passengers to be just like you. 3 Don't throw a tantrum if you miss a port 4 Don't take the cruise lines home page literally 5 ... Read more

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fireye
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed August 2014
This was our first cruise. We decided, with the recommendation of Charlene, our AAA travel agent in Minneapolis. to do the D3C "Double Denali" sea/land tour and were not disappointed. I was a bit concerned at first after reading some of ... Read more
kpcruiseman
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
3 forum posts
Sailed July 2014
Pros: - The adults in our group enjoyed themselves overall - The ship was very quiet because of Holland America's older age demographic - The ship quality and cleanliness was perfectly fine (even though the ship is somewhat old ... Read more
squeaky_1974
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
23 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2014
We were a group of three adults in two cabins: my parents (aged 70 and 64) and myself. My parents had cruised once before on the Norwegian Dawn and loved it. They were the ones who picked this cruise. My flight into Vancouver was the night ... Read more
Tibetan
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2014
My wife & I returned a few weeks ago from an excellent 11 night cruise on the Noordam. Normally I wouldn't submit reviews, but after reading a few of the other Noordam reviews on Cruise Critic I feel I have to add my opinion as I ... Read more
cruzzer2014
Member Since 2014
1 review
We picked this cruise especially for the ports of call. First time on Holland America. We were delighted to find the passengers mainly mature adults and that the staff welcomed family groups, many celebrating special reunions or other ... Read more

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ldannyela
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed June 2014
I don't know if it was because I have cruised so many times before and experienced amazing cruise ships, this one was a very different experience, and I would not recommend for anyone else who had cruised with another cruise lines and ... Read more
wakey47
Member Since 2014
1 review
I have never cruised before but my wife and I wanted to visit the inside passage of Alaska and this is really the only way to do it. Not being cruisers, we normally like to road trip, we went in very green and opted for an interior ... Read more
debkaysmith
Member Since 2005
7 reviews
769 forum posts
We are seasoned cruisers with 20+ cruises under our respective belts, both in our mid-50's. We traveled as a party of eight with our adult children aged 24 to 41 years. This is the fifth time we've visited Alaska, third time we've sailed ... Read more
Westcoast BC
Member Since 2015
1 review
120 forum posts
Had a great time on the MS Zaandam. I was with my mother ( a senior) and she was thrilled to go on her first ever cruise on a Dutch ship ( she is born Dutch). The MS Zaandam has a musical theme with the multi level organ in the Atrium. ... Read more
kellerwynn7
Member Since 2014
1 review
My husband and I took the Holland America Land & Sea Journey on the Zuiderdam. We flew to Anchorage where we were met at the airport for transport to the Westmark Anchorage for the start of the Land portion of our trip. It was the ... Read more

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