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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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299 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Westcoast BC
1 Review
Member Since 2015
77 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 ... Read more
bhambamacruiser
2 Reviews
Member Since 2015
6 Forum Posts
Family of three sailed on Westerdam March 21-28, 2015. This was our first HAL cruise. We’ve cruised Princess, ... Read more
bonjour_blondie
1 Review
Member Since 2015
We’re a British couple in our very late twenties. I’ve only ever sailed with Costa Cruises on 4 previous ... Read more
melmul
1 Review
Member Since 2014
3 Forum Posts
We had a great week aboard the Eurodam! Loved our deluxe veranda cabin and the fabulous balcony in the aft of the ship. ... Read more
CubanBeat
1 Review
Member Since 2014
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 ... Read more

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marilynsa
1 Review
Member Since 2014
Husband and I had never been on a caribbean cruise and we decided that, with the low cabin prices, it was time to do ... Read more
formerhusker71
1 Review
Member Since 2014
3 Forum Posts
As usually independent travelers who develop our own itinerary, make lodging reservations, locate by choice and chance ... Read more
cowes 20
1 Review
Member Since 2014
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 ... Read more
ReluctantCaneToad
1 Review
Member Since 2014
1 Forum Post
My wife gets motion sick so we held off going on a cruise. She never got ill on this cruise it was mostly smooth, only ... Read more
fireye
1 Review
Member Since 2014
This was our first cruise. We decided, with the recommendation of Charlene, our AAA travel agent in Minneapolis. to do ... Read more

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kpcruiseman
2 Reviews
Member Since 2014
3 Forum Posts
Pros: - The adults in our group enjoyed themselves overall - The ship was very quiet because of Holland America's ... Read more
squeaky_1974
2 Reviews
Member Since 2006
23 Forum Posts
We were a group of three adults in two cabins: my parents (aged 70 and 64) and myself. My parents had cruised once ... Read more
Tibetan
1 Review
Member Since 2014
My wife & I returned a few weeks ago from an excellent 11 night cruise on the Noordam. Normally I wouldn't submit ... Read more
cruzzer2014
1 Review
Member Since 2014
We picked this cruise especially for the ports of call. First time on Holland America. We were delighted to find the ... Read more
ldannyela
1 Review
Member Since 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 ... Read more

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barrowmrb
1 Review
Member Since 2014
My wife and I took our first cruise from Anchorage-Seward, along the Inside Passage to Vancouver. We both loved it. ... Read more
wakey47
1 Review
Member Since 2014
I have never cruised before but my wife and I wanted to visit the inside passage of Alaska and this is really the only ... Read more
debkaysmith
7 Reviews
Member Since 2005
733 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 ... Read more
kellerwynn7
1 Review
Member Since 2014
My husband and I took the Holland America Land & Sea Journey on the Zuiderdam. We flew to Anchorage where we were ... Read more
Amba
1 Review
Member Since 2014
This was our first ever cruise. Firstly a thank you for the immense extra help and guidance given to us by our agent ... Read more

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Snyder_man
1 Review
Member Since 2014
4 Forum Posts
Recently returned from our Alaska vacation on the Westerdam. I didn't really know what to expect having never been on a ... Read more
Rtarraran
1 Review
Member Since 2014
My wife and I just got back from our 1st cruise, we enjoyed the experience very much, we had an interior room which was ... Read more
Robeans
1 Review
Member Since 2014
My boyfriend and I took the 7 night Western Caribbean cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. It was my first cruise and his ... Read more
cruznfan94
1 Review
Member Since 2012
1 Forum Post
My first HAL cruise, but 20th overall cruise (I'm 32) My mom and aunt's 2nd with HAL (60's and 70's age ranges). We ... Read more
withershin
1 Review
Member Since 2014
I went on my first cruise this past Christmas with my father. He is a Holland America regular and a senior so I was a ... Read more

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