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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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240 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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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
Not rated
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

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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
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

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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
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

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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
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

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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
HAL could not take my luxery cruise to the last 5-10% to make it what they claim it is. The concept of a cruise and ... Read more
10/12
This type of report is unavoidably subjective. I have read on this and other forums reports about the same cruise by ... Read more
First i must say we have never cruised before and didn't really know what to expect. We choose the cruise primarily for ... Read more

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