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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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265 Holland America First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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09/13
We had a wonderful cruise on the Oosterdam. We did our best to enjoy everything we could as the days flew by. We took ... Read more
08/13
This is very simple. This cruise caters to people of a very advanced age range. I went to Alaska on the Holland America ... Read more
First time cruisers experience fairweathertraveller
09/13
Having no experience on which to gauge anything cruise related...well, except the reviews on this web site, I had only ... Read more
This was the first time cruising for my 14-year-old son and me. Alaska was the dream cruise for me and I looked forward ... Read more
Hi All, we just got back from a 1 week cruise on the Volendam, review below...hope it helps someone & is ... Read more

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Sunburnt in Seward Famous Five
08/13
First time cruisers and first time to Alaska, so nothing to compare it with but generally a very positive experience. ... Read more
Enjoyable trip blueflowers
07/13
This was our first cruise. Out trip included a land tour which started in Fairbanks and we traveled by train to Denali, ... Read more
1st time cruiser Psycopuppy
07/13
Getting underway on a ship was a much more enjoying experience than the last time. Having spent 6 years in the Navy ... Read more
As this was my very first cruise, I was very excited and looking forward to cruising on the Osterdam. However, my ... Read more
First time cruiser AussieAbroad
07/13
As a first time cruiser, I didn't really know what to expect, but I can say that I did very much enjoy cruising and the ... Read more

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This is our first cruise so I will primarily focus on the things that a first time cruiser can contribute. Our party of ... Read more
As first time cruisers we couldn't have chosen a better cruise line, and such wonderful ports of call. When we arrived ... Read more
08/13
Perhaps the American connection lets things down but everything was about money and HAL's determination to relieve ... Read more
07/13
Alaska - Zuiderdam - June 29th to July 6th 2013 This was my very first cruise and accompanied by my daughter. My ... Read more
We just returned from the 7 day Boston to Quebec cruise on the Holland America Veendam. This was my first cruise though ... Read more

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07/13
I was exhausted from my trip due to the lack of sleep from the extremely warm room and bad beds. My body suffered in ... Read more
This was our first cruise, and overall it was a wonderful experience because of the breathtaking scenery, the ... Read more
Our Seattle to Juneau to Seattle cruise aboard the Oosterdam was the best vacation I can remember. We're new to ... Read more
My wife, Leslie, and I had our first cruise On the Zuiderdam. I will give you a short review WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR ... 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

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08/13
From the moment we stepped on board until we departed, we knew we had made a great choice, I think attitude has a lot ... 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
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
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
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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