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Holland America Line Zaandam First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
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19 Holland America Line Zaandam First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Cofeeguy avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Classic Old Ship


Overall, we had a great trip. I did the inside passage in the 1960's, and the whole trip was foggy with cold rain; definitely no fun. As a result, we did not pre-book any excursions until we got on board and knew ...
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Sail Date May 2015

tpamm avatar


1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Happily Surprised

After booking the 14-day round-trip cruise (first cruise, first time in Alaska) I became a little nervous after reading reviews on Cruise Critic and wondered if we'd made a mistake. Happily, we did not and will ...
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Sail Date September 2015

FormerDon avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

First Time (and Last Time) on Holland America

I booked the 7-day cruise in suite class along with land 6 months in advance and looked forward to our first cruise. Our journey began in Fairbanks where after arriving off our flight we were greeted by Holland ...
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Sail Date August 2015

Lalokau avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

First Cruise on Zandaam - Alaskan Adventure

We did a land sea tour to Denali followed by the cruise through Glacier Bay to Vancouver stopping at various ports on the way. We booked all our tours through HAL. The embarkation was a breeze. Quick friendly and ...
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Sail Date June 2015

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Westcoast BC

1 Review Written

Excellent, service, food and bed.

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 ...
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Sail Date May 2014

squeaky_1974 avatar


2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Not my cup of tea

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 ...
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Sail Date July 2014

fairweathertraveller avatar


3 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

First time cruisers experience

Having no experience on which to gauge anything cruise related...well, except the reviews on this web site, I had only my own set of expectations to act as guide. Embarkations/Disembarkations. Very well managed and ...
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Sail Date July 2013

blueflowers avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable trip

This was our first cruise. Out trip included a land tour which started in Fairbanks and we traveled by train to Denali, then on to Anchorage and Seward. Because of an excursion to the Portage Glacier, we were the ...
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Sail Date July 2013

Psycopuppy avatar


2 Reviews Written

1st time cruiser

Getting underway on a ship was a much more enjoying experience than the last time. Having spent 6 years in the Navy and 4 of those on a ship, I understand tight quarters, limited food and boredom. Exterior: ...
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Sail Date July 2013

staralite avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A Bad Choice to see Alaska

I was exhausted from my trip due to the lack of sleep from the extremely warm room and bad beds. My body suffered in pain. The beds threw my body out of alignment. Both beds were worn out with a deep depression in ...
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Sail Date June 2013

CatB avatar


1 Review Written

Solo Cruiser/First Cruise

I was uncertain as to what to expect of a cruise, but given the cost as a solo traveller, I expected some luxury, fine dining and excellent service. I wasn't disappointed. True, the new reservation system for the ...
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Sail Date December 2012

kinghippy avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A week on the Zaandam

This was my second experience sailing, and my partner's first. I want to make clear that we did enjoy ourselves. So it isn't necessarily that it was a horrible experience. But it was definitely less than I ...
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Sail Date November 2012

Sailump1 avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Disappointed by Passenger Demographics

As a first time cruiser, we booked months in advance and were very excited. We were cruising with four other experienced cruisers. The first impression upon boarding the ship was that everyone seemed to move very ...
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Sail Date September 2012

2streets avatar


1 Review Written

Big disappointment

This was our first cruise and we had saved over 2 years for it. It was a late 40th anniversary cruise for us. We had been told many nice things about Holland America and were looking forward to the cruise and 2 week ...
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Sail Date June 2012

rectororder avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Alaska Cruise and Land Tour

We took the Alaska-inside Passage on Holland America Zaandam in mid-May of 2012. Sailed from Vancouver, which is a really nice city. Should have planned more than a one-night stay. Stayed at the Mariott Hotel the ...
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Sail Date May 2012

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1 Review Written

At Sea with the ms Zaandam

My husband wanted to return to sailing the high seas as he had served in the U.S. Navy and missed the ocean. I had been a Navy dependent growing up in the Pacific region and wanted to return to the islands. In those ...
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Sail Date September 2011

zoomn avatar


1 Review Written

Cruisetour E2S - Zaandam

My partner and I did the HAL E2S cruisetour from August 23 thru Sept. 4. This cruisetour allowed us to stay in Denali National Park at the end of the park road at the Denali Backcountry Lodge. I can't say how happy ...
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Sail Date August 2011

Boby avatar


1 Review Written

Beware of the cabins under the Rottendam Galley

Personal Information Couple in our forties on our 1st cruise Live in Downtown Vancouver Both employed - Government jobs Travel to Port of Embarkation Took a cab that day because of the rain, would ...
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Sail Date May 2011

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1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Smelly Old Ship! Nice Crew!

My wife and I have planned our cruise to Alaska for several years. Originally it was a Double Denali! Well our checkbook convinced us to look at a more conservative plan. The bad? The food? Well, it was better ...
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Sail Date June 2010

Zaandam Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Value For Money4.03.7
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