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Holland America Line Noordam First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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First-Time Cruisers


31 Holland America Line Noordam First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

kahrah01 avatar


1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

4.5 Stars - We can't give 5 Stars on our 1st cruise can we?


At our friends' urging for us to try cruising, and not wanting a daily docking, we went all out with this 25 day, 10 port cruise. It took two days to get the gist of the routine, but by day three, we were hooked. ...
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Sail Date September 2015

paboo62 avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Enjoying Our World

Just returned from a 7 day Alaskan inside passage cruise with Holland America on the m/s Noordam, sailing dates July 11th thru 18th. Our first cruise, 3 of us in one stateroom; my wife and I along with our 14 year ...
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Sail Date July 2015

Mioara avatar


1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes

Waste of money and time, smoking allowed

This Holland America line Alaska cruise on the Noordham was sold to us as an add-on to the Rocky Mountaineer experience. Our cabin was an upgrade from the standard cabin Rocky Mountaineer usually books as an add-on. ...
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Sail Date June 2015

DogSledDel avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Could be So Much Better

Firstly, my wife and i were first time cruisers. We wished to see Alaska as part of our vacation and had been recommended Holland America cruiseline. I contacted HAL prior to the start of the cruise and expected 5* ...
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Sail Date May 2015

RogerWMorris avatar


1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Lost opportunity for a first time cruiser by HAL

First time cruisers, will definitely cruise again, though probably not with Holland America. We chose Alaska because if we did not like cruising the scenery and shore excursions would more than compensate. We ...
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Sail Date May 2015

dandk%* avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Panama and More

My husband and I did this first cruise together and on HA. We stayed at the Best Western/Cruise Location in Fort Lauderdale the night before, it was super. They had a shuttle to the ship and got us there by ...
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Sail Date April 2015

Tibetan avatar


2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

First time cruisers

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 ...
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Sail Date June 2014

cruzzer2014 avatar


1 Review Written

First time not the charm

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 ...
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Sail Date June 2014

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2 Reviews Written

Dream trip of a lifetime

We thoroughly enjoyed our 21 day cruise last year and could not fault the service on the ship. A little on the downside was the cabin on deck 4 with a lifeboat obstructed view, which we knew we would be getting, was ...
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Sail Date May 2012

Surfari1 avatar


1 Review Written

A wonderful experience

My wife and I decided to celebrate our 25th anniversary on the Noordam last month. We had looked at the Holland America website and joined up with the HAL community forum, but were still not prepared for the high ...
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Sail Date August 2013

DancingJungleKat avatar


1 Review Written

The best summer

Honestly couldn't have asked for much better! Although there were slight glitches at certain times it was overall quite good! FOOD was great I ordered room service a few nights very late yet they still managed to ...
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Sail Date July 2012

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Sweetie and Big G

2 Reviews Written

Great first cruise!

From the steward who offered us a blanket while we were lounging in a deck chair to the Lido deck outside rear deck staff who treated us like royalty despite no gratuity earned on tea, coffee and water, we were ...
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Sail Date March 2013

FlyfisherUK avatar


1 Review Written

DAM fine cruise

Our first cruise took some careful planning using the internet ( no thanks to Imagine Cruising who were hopeless ) we siled from Port Everglade in Fort Lauderdale on the Noordam. Boarding was easy and luggage ...
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Sail Date January 2013

jnjmoore007 avatar


1 Review Written

Noordam Eastern Mediterranean

This was our first cruise. We went with our two young children (boys: 7 and 4) and their grandparents, who are seasoned cruisers. I have never considered myself a cruiser; in fact, I was probably somewhat opposed to ...
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Sail Date August 2012

georgina56 avatar


1 Review Written

1st time cruiser; HAL Noordam

First i must say we have never cruised before and didn't really know what to expect. We choose the cruise primarily for the itinerary and style/size of ship. The pick-up at the airport was a little disorganised ...
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Sail Date October 2012

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Happy New Cruiser

1 Review Written

Wonderful Cruise on MS Noordam

My wife and I were looking for a wonderful honeymoon experience and we definitely found that on the MS Noordam Roman Empire Cruise. This was the first time cruising for both of us and after only being home a few ...
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Sail Date August 2012

ianLP59 avatar


1 Review Written

Western Med Cruise

My wife and I had not cruised before and booked this cruise more or less on a whim via vacationstogo.com, a US-based internet booking agency. As an independent cruise booking, we made our own arrangements to get ...
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Sail Date July 2012

kiwiinbrighton avatar


1 Review Written

First cruise and enjoyed it

It was my first cruise and I really enjoyed it. getting on and off the boat was smooth and efficient. Food was excellent at the sit down restaurants. Lido was ok but queues were a problem on occassion. The queue for ...
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Sail Date June 2012

gmnelson avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

It's Wrap!

My hubby and I have traveled to a few destinations and for the most part have always enjoyed where we have been. When I knew that we would be leaving on a 7 night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean I can honestly say ...
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Sail Date April 2012

Lakookoo avatar


1 Review Written

Southern Caribbean February 2012

In a word--fabulous. This was a family cruise, with 16 of us (parents, siblings, spouses, and children) gathered to enjoy the Noordam's hospitality and to escape the winter cold in Canada. My indomitable and ...
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Sail Date February 2012

Flyer52 avatar


2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

I'm Hooked

I was a bit apprehensive about embarking on my first cruise as I always suffer from seasickness. I really didn't have to worry as the ship was huge and very stable. My travel agent suggest picking a cabin mid-ship ...
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Sail Date September 2011

isk avatar


1 Review Written

First Time Cruising Family

This was our first cruising experience. We added the 10 day Roman Empire cruise to our 5 week European Adventure. It was my mother-in-law's life long dream to go to Europe. Unfortunately, she did not make the trip, ...
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Sail Date June 2011

Emmaluc1968 avatar


1 Review Written

Wonderful Eastern cruise

This was my first time cruising and I took my two daughters aged 15 and 11. We were not sure what to expect, but were hoping for a holiday to meet everyones requirements. The girls wanted action and an opportunity ...
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Sail Date July 2011

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Billy the Kit

1 Review Written

Noordam 20 day Eastern & Western Mediterranean 5/11

Forgive the length of this diatribe, but we have to tell someone! Background First time Kiwi cruisers not originally contemplating cruising as a preferred form of travel but decided to opt for this one as ...
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Sail Date May 2011

WallyW avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote


We flew from Australia to Rome and had 3 days in Rome before catching the train to Civitavecchia. I had booked this online, it was cheap and easy and a definite alternative to a transfer or taxi. The walk from the ...
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Sail Date May 2011

Noordam Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation3.03.8
Value For Money3.03.9
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