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288 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Zealandia
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
celestoid
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
0 forum posts
0 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
2 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
CubanBeat
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
9 forum posts
0 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

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Cissa
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
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
0 helpful votes
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
fireye
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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

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Tibetan
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
ldannyela
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
760 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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Westcoast BC
Member Since 2015
1 review
120 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Amba
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise. Firstly a thank you for the immense extra help and guidance given to us by our agent who went above and beyond to secure our holiday and spent a great deal of time advising us on ports and locations after we ... Read more
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Snyder_man
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Recently returned from our Alaska vacation on the Westerdam. I didn't really know what to expect having never been on a cruise before. The service was excellent. Everyone was so friendly. Saying hello, good morning. That was really a nice ... Read more
Rtarraran
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 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 smaller than the photos but was very comfortable and not an issue the bed was a delight to sleep in . Our room stewards ... Read more

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