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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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243 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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06/13
Here’s my first attempt at writing a review, although it’s untimely, I still wanted to let readers know ... Read more
I took my best friend, husband, elderly mom and 5 year old on this cruise. We drove from Massachusetts to Quebec City ... Read more
This was our first cruise, and overall it was a wonderful experience because of the breathtaking scenery, the ... Read more
This was my very first cruise and thanks to Holland America & the Volendam, I can't wait to for my next cruise to ... Read more
Great first cruise! Sweetie and Big G
06/13
From the steward who offered us a blanket while we were lounging in a deck chair to the Lido deck outside rear deck ... Read more

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05/13
We were an extended family group which included 6 children between 3 - 11 and 8 Adults 35 - 65, across 5 cabins. Oh ... Read more
04/13
By way of background, we are in our early 70s and have traveled the world extensively. However, this was our first ... Read more
Oosterdam HermioneGingold
04/13
On March 3, 2013, our day of departure, we arrived early at Barangaroo Wharf 5 in order to beat the crowds. Once ... Read more
March 23-30 stayed at the Holiday Inn on rt 84. It was just right for our needs- comfortable rooms, free breakfast and ... Read more
Emabarkation Late embarkation due to previous cruise being a charter but as we arrived early we were on board before ... Read more

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03/13
Our 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on Holland America Line's Westerdam from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale -- ... Read more
Great ship, great cruise Fabrosbecrow1
03/13
This holiday was taken as part of celebrations for my wife's 50th birthday. We flew to Seattle from Sydney and stayed ... Read more
DAM fine cruise FlyfisherUK
02/13
Our first cruise took some careful planning using the internet ( no thanks to Imagine Cruising who were hopeless ) we ... Read more
Friday -- Pre-Cruise Day -- When coming from the north in winter make sure to go a day early. We had weather delays ... Read more
I was uncertain as to what to expect of a cruise, but given the cost as a solo traveller, I expected some luxury, fine ... Read more

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01/13
This was our first cruise. We went with our two young children (boys: 7 and 4) and their grandparents, who are seasoned ... Read more
We had a lovely first time cruise with our disabled daughter on the Oosterdam. But like any holiday there were problems ... Read more
My spouse and I were on our first transatlantic cruise with HAL on the Nieuw Amsterdam for the Transatlantic farewell ... Read more
12/12
We chose Holland America because it is known to have a slightly older clientele as we are not into the 'party scene' ... Read more
We were blown away sammygoose
12/12
I want to start by saying that although I am a cruising newbie I am an experienced traveller of sorts from North ... Read more

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This was our very first cruise. Overall it was very enjoyable and we would certainly go on another cruise. The entire ... Read more
11/12
This was my second experience sailing, and my partner's first. I want to make clear that we did enjoy ourselves. So it ... Read more
As a first time cruiser, we booked months in advance and were very excited. We were cruising with four other ... Read more
11/12
Having recovered from the initial shock of the hoards of young folks waiting in the terminal in Buenos and the pleasure ... Read more
I would love to go back to Alaska some day, but I will have to find a way to do it that doesn't involve Holland ... Read more

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