2LoveBikes

2LoveBikes

Cruise Director
Dania Beach, Florida
Joined 11/2014

119

Cruises

19

Reviews

161

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Love to volunteer, ride road bike, keep in touch with family and friends. Love to cruise with my wife of 47 years.

Past cruises

MSC Divina

March 2020 - United States, Bahamas Cruise on MSC Divina

Nieuw Statendam

February 2020 - 7 Night Tropical Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam Feb 16 2020

You cannot find a better cruise line with better service (based on sailing 119 cruises). .... I know everyone has their own favorites.... Holland America's service people in dining rooms, cabin stewards, Guest Services, Spa, tour desk,and officers are consistently outstanding. I still dont know how many remember your names even if I sail every few months.

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MSC Meraviglia

January 2020 - 7 Night Caribbean & Antilles (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meriviglia in Yacht Club

The Yacht Club made the cruise experience exceptional.. The ship was beautiful, clean and the staff was very pleasant, friendly an helpful to all we met and observed. We are frequent cruisers of many cruiselines so when I say MSC was a great experience especially from Yacht Club we do so from some experience. The Mergavilla may not be for those who don't like megadships. The entertainment was top notch. If you like to dance. However, it was difficult getting a seat in the Meraviglia Lounge and timing the music dancing venue you like around the shows. You were also unable to know which group would be playing unless it was specifically listed. There is a lot to do.

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Grand Celebration

December 2019 - 2 nights on Grand Celebration

Koningsdam

December 2019 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Koningsdam

Pre Christmas Cruise Koningsdam

Wonderful cruise on the Koningsdam! We enjoyed the entertainment of BB King All Stars, Rolling Stone Rock, Lincoln Center Stage performances and more. The staff was very engaging and helpful. Dining in the Main Dining room, Lido buffet, Pinnacle Grill, New York Deli was very enjoyable. We especially enjoyed the Greenhouse Spa Thermal rooms which we went daily. Holland America has a great loyalty program called the Mariners Society . They recognize their members with special receptions and recognitions throughout the cruise.

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MSC Seaside

November 2019 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Seaside

Thanksgiving Cruise

Great vacation. Clean and modern ship. Ship is a smart ship. It has interactive screens around the ship for booking or looking for info. The rooms are smart. You use your key to turn on lights but also let's people or attendant know if you are in your cabin or out. It also has push buttons to turn on lights outside your cabin if you want your cabin made up or do not disturb.

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Nieuw Amsterdam

October 2019 - 7 Night Tropical Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

Aft Balcony on Nieuw Amsterdam

This is my 23 cruise on Holland America and 4th on Nieuw Amsterdam. Our loyalty was reinforced by the cleanliness, food quality and consistent outstanding service of the employees.

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Carnival Magic

September 2019 - 8 Night Bermuda (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Magic

Our Bermuda Carnival cruise

This cruise was a special cruise to Bermuda and it was very special. The weather was great and the Seas were smooth. The Fun Staff did a great job keeping passengers engaged and having a good time. Boarding and embarkation was very smooth. Entertainment was good although not excellent.

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MSC Armonia

September 2019 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Armonia

Our First Sailing on MSC Armonia

The MSC Armonia cruise was excellent. The weather was good, the crew including the Captain and officers were very visible and friendly. We enjoyed the Cruise Critic reception and the reception and perks MSC provided the us as Black card Voyager members. We enjoyed the no hassle drink package and internet that was included in our fare. The shows were excellent and the entertainment (fun staff) very friendly and kept us entertained. We plan to go back to MSC and the Armonia.

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Grand Celebration

August 2019 - 2 nights on Grand Celebration

Grand Celebration

July 2019 - 2 nights on Grand Celebration

Grand Celebration

July 2019 - 2 nights on Grand Celebration

Nieuw Statendam

March 2019 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Nieuw Statendam

My first time on HAL's newest ship

Loved the cruise on the Nieuw Statendam. The shows were great. The music entertainment with BBC King was great. People love to dance with the BBC King band an many were at the shows every night. I also like that Holland America provides a Catholic priest on board with daily Catholic mass. There was good attendance throughout the week.

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Oosterdam

February 2019 - 7 Night Tropical Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam

Consistently High Quality Service on Holland America Oosterdam

Loved my cruise vacation on the Oosterdam! Loved the Cruise Director Becca Newton, the Captain and his staff who were always visible and engaging.

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MSC Divina

January 2019 - 11 Night Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on MSC Divina

Delightfully Different

This ship is very different from American based ships. It is very European with passengers of many cultures, many different languages. Announcements are made in about 4 or 5 languages. Pizza is excellent in buffet!

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Oosterdam

December 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam

Beautiful Oosterdam

We love sailing on Holland America. The Oosterdam is a beautiful ship and service is always excellent.

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Nieuw Amsterdam

December 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

Cruising the Nieuw Amsterdam

We enjoyed the thermal suite couples package in addition to the other fine service. Dont miss the presentation by EXC on the history of the Nieuw Amsterdam. This one is the 4th

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Oosterdam

November 2018 - 7 Night Tropical Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam

November 10, 2018 7 Day Cruise

I loved the Oosterdam and the refurbishment, Loved the BB King All Star Band and the Lincoln Center group. The shows were well done with the dancing and singing too.

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Carnival Horizon

October 2018 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Horizon

Super Active and Beautiful Ship

Carnival Horizon is a great ship! Very modern. The entertainment in the theater and the music venues are excellent. We spent a lot of time in the Havana Bar with the Latin music and in the Ocean Plaza with the other band. Nice dancing music. Service was very good around the ship. Cabin seemed a little smaller than traditional Carnival ships, but there was plenty of storage room. Xenes Park is a unique experience but not for those who have mobility issues. Be sure that the weather is good when you go. We went on a rainy day and the ferry over to Cancun was very rocky. Not a good experience.

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Carnival Conquest

September 2018 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Wonderful fun cruise

The cruise director Mat, and the Fun Squad made the cruise super enjoyable with their crazy antics and engagement with the passengers. The shows were wonderful; the production team was super talented. Great ports!

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Carnival Glory

July 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory

Great family cruise

The ship was loaded with kids and families, however, the Kid's Clubs seemed to contain them. Staff and crew on ship were super friendly especially in the dining rooms, including the hostesses and maitre des. Brittney, the cruise director, was a bundle of fun and energy. The shows were spectacular and their production staff very talented and personable. Would have liked more danceable music from Group 6 and that they were more engaging too make you want to get on the floor. The Latin Band provided the best dance music.

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Grand Classica

June 2018 - 2 nights on Grand Classica

Bahamas Celebration

May 2018 - 2 nights on Bahamas Celebration

Eurodam

April 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Eurodam

Eurodam

March 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Eurodam

Euro dam consistent quality

Eurodam is excellent all around. I have said this ship about 4 times and always enjoyed very much

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Veendam

January 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Veendam

7 days, not 14, and no Cuba.

Usually we sail on the larger HA ships. This was a welcome change going on a smaller one with the same excellent service. Wish we had more popular music in the evenings, however.

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Crown Princess

January 2018 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Crown Princess

Lots of fun on board activities

Great ports, great activities, good experience. However, we did experience a problem with my husband's chair collapsing under him at an event we were attending. Went to medical, and security took a report. Felt like a criminal with some of the questions. Showed security the chair and other chairs in the room we were in with their legs bent. We then had to spend 6 days back and forth trying to get the $95 medical fee off of our account since it was a default in their equipment. Not a good experience!

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Eurodam

December 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Eurodam

Eurodam

November 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Eurodam

Oosterdam

November 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam

Koningsdam

October 2017 - 11 Night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Koningsdam

Carnival Splendor

July 2017 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor

Adonia

May 2017 - 7 Night Dominican Republic (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Adonia

Nieuw Amsterdam

April 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

Koningsdam

January 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Koningsdam

Carnival Pride

January 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Pride

Nieuw Amsterdam

November 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

Oasis of the Seas

October 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas

Carnival Sunshine

September 2016 - 7 Night Canada/New England (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sunshine

Adonia

June 2016 - 7 Night Dominican Republic (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Adonia

Carnival Sensation

April 2016 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Oosterdam

March 2016 - 13 Night Passage To Rome (Ft. Lauderdale To Rome) Cruise on Oosterdam

Zuiderdam

February 2016 - 10 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Zuiderdam

Carnival Splendor

January 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor

Westerdam

December 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Westerdam

Westerdam

November 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Westerdam

Carnival Conquest

September 2015 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Conquest

September 2015 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Eurodam

April 2015 - 14 Night Passage To Spain (Ft. Lauderdale To Barcelona) Cruise on Eurodam

Westerdam

February 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Westerdam

Carnival Liberty

January 2015 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Liberty

Carnival Freedom

November 2014 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Carnival Ecstasy

November 2014 - 3 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Breeze

October 2014 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

September 2014 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

September 2014 - 6 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Miracle

July 2014 - 7 Night Alaska With Tracy Arm Fjord (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Miracle

Carnival Breeze

May 2014 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Conquest

April 2014 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Conquest

April 2014 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Ecstasy

February 2014 - 3 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Freedom

January 2014 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Celebrity Constellation

December 2013 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Constellation

Carnival Imagination

November 2013 - 3 Night Bahamas (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Carnival Breeze

September 2013 - 6 Night Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

May 2013 - 6 Night Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

January 2013 - 6 Night Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Carnival Imagination

January 2013 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Carnival Valor

November 2012 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

Carnival Imagination

October 2012 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Celebrity Millennium

March 2012 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Carnival Imagination

January 2012 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Carnival Valor

November 2011 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

Oasis of the Seas

June 2011 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas

Carnival Imagination

April 2011 - 3 Night Bahamas (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 20007

February 2011 - February 17, 2011 Cruise on Carnival Destiny (RETIRED)

Celebrity Century

January 2011 - 2 Night Bahamas (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Century

Carnival Imagination

December 2010 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Norwegian Pearl

October 2010 - 2 Night Weekend Getaway (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl

Bahamas Celebration

September 2010 - September 05, 2010 Cruise on Bahamas Celebration

Carnival Freedom

July 2010 - 8 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Norwegian Sky

June 2010 - 3 Night Bahamas (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sky

Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 20007

February 2010 - February 20, 2010 Cruise on Carnival Destiny (RETIRED)

Celebrity Century

January 2010 - 2 Night Bahamas (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Century

Bahamas Celebration

November 2009 - November 13, 2009 Cruise on Bahamas Celebration

Carnival Imagination

August 2009 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Bahamas Celebration

June 2009 - June 19, 2009 Cruise on Bahamas Celebration

Carnival Freedom

April 2009 - 8 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Carnival Imagination

November 2008 - 3 Night Bahamas (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Carnival Imagination

July 2008 - 5 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Carnival Valor

June 2008 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

February 2008 - February 16, 2008 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

November 2007 - November 23, 2007 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

August 2007 - August 04, 2007 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Carnival Inspiration

July 2007 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

March 2007 - March 17, 2007 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

November 2006 - November 23, 2006 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Nordic Empress (RETIRED)

August 2006 - August 09, 2006 Cruise on Nordic Empress (RETIRED)

Carnival Fascination

June 2006 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fascination

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

April 2006 - April 19, 2006 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Carnival Victory

December 2005 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Victory

Carnival Fascination

July 2005 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fascination

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

December 2004 - December 21, 2004 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

November 2004 - November 13, 2004 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

August 2004 - August 03, 2004 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

June 2004 - June 28, 2004 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Jubilee (RETIRED) 20041

December 2003 - December 20, 2003 Cruise on Jubilee (RETIRED)

Carnival Pride

September 2003 - 2 Night Cruise to Nowhere (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Pride

Carnival Paradise

June 2003 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise

Carnival Victory

December 2002 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Victory

Carnival Imagination

October 2000 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Regal Empress (RETIRED) 20053

October 2000 - October 07, 2000 Cruise on Regal Empress (RETIRED)

Oceanbreeze (RETIRED) 20106

November 1999 - November 13, 1999 Cruise on Oceanbreeze (RETIRED)

Oceanbreeze (RETIRED) 20106

January 1999 - January 15, 1999 Cruise on Oceanbreeze (RETIRED)

Carnival Ecstasy

July 1997 - 4 Day Keys & Cozumel Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy

Dolphin IV (RETIRED) 20103

July 1997 - July 24, 1997 Cruise on Dolphin IV (RETIRED)

Tropicale

July 1994 - July 16, 1994 Cruise on Tropicale

Cunard Countess

July 1989 - July 15, 1989 Cruise on Cunard Countess

Cunard Countess

October 1976 - October 16, 1976 Cruise on Cunard Countess

Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam

Sail date: October 26, 2019

Aft Balcony on Nieuw Amsterdam

This is my 23 cruise on Holland America and 4th on Nieuw Amsterdam. Our loyalty was reinforced by the cleanliness, food quality and consistent outstanding service of the employees.

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MSC Divina

MSC Divina

Sail date: January 20, 2019

Delightfully Different

This ship is very different from American based ships. It is very European with passengers of many cultures, many different languages. Announcements are made in about 4 or 5 languages. Pizza is excellent in buffet!

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Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic

Sail date: September 28, 2019

Our Bermuda Carnival cruise

This cruise was a special cruise to Bermuda and it was very special. The weather was great and the Seas were smooth. The Fun Staff did a great job keeping passengers engaged and having a good time. Boarding and embarkation was very smooth. Entertainment was good although not excellent.

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MSC Armonia

MSC Armonia

Sail date: September 09, 2019

Our First Sailing on MSC Armonia

The MSC Armonia cruise was excellent. The weather was good, the crew including the Captain and officers were very visible and friendly. We enjoyed the Cruise Critic reception and the reception and perks MSC provided the us as Black card Voyager members. We enjoyed the no hassle drink package and internet that was included in our fare. The shows were excellent and the entertainment (fun staff) very friendly and kept us entertained. We plan to go back to MSC and the Armonia.

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MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

Sail date: November 30, 2019

Thanksgiving Cruise

Great vacation. Clean and modern ship. Ship is a smart ship. It has interactive screens around the ship for booking or looking for info. The rooms are smart. You use your key to turn on lights but also let's people or attendant know if you are in your cabin or out. It also has push buttons to turn on lights outside your cabin if you want your cabin made up or do not disturb.

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Carnival Conquest

Carnival Conquest

Sail date: September 29, 2018

Wonderful fun cruise

The cruise director Mat, and the Fun Squad made the cruise super enjoyable with their crazy antics and engagement with the passengers. The shows were wonderful; the production team was super talented. Great ports!

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Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam

Sail date: March 24, 2019

My first time on HAL's newest ship

Loved the cruise on the Nieuw Statendam. The shows were great. The music entertainment with BBC King was great. People love to dance with the BBC King band an many were at the shows every night. I also like that Holland America provides a Catholic priest on board with daily Catholic mass. There was good attendance throughout the week.

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MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia

Sail date: January 19, 2020

MSC Meriviglia in Yacht Club

The Yacht Club made the cruise experience exceptional.. The ship was beautiful, clean and the staff was very pleasant, friendly an helpful to all we met and observed. We are frequent cruisers of many cruiselines so when I say MSC was a great experience especially from Yacht Club we do so from some experience. The Mergavilla may not be for those who don't like megadships. The entertainment was top notch. If you like to dance. However, it was difficult getting a seat in the Meraviglia Lounge and timing the music dancing venue you like around the shows. You were also unable to know which group would be playing unless it was specifically listed. There is a lot to do.

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Oosterdam

Oosterdam

Sail date: November 10, 2018

November 10, 2018 7 Day Cruise

I loved the Oosterdam and the refurbishment, Loved the BB King All Star Band and the Lincoln Center group. The shows were well done with the dancing and singing too.

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Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam

Sail date: February 16, 2020

Nieuw Statendam Feb 16 2020

You cannot find a better cruise line with better service (based on sailing 119 cruises). .... I know everyone has their own favorites.... Holland America's service people in dining rooms, cabin stewards, Guest Services, Spa, tour desk,and officers are consistently outstanding. I still dont know how many remember your names even if I sail every few months.

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Crown Princess

Crown Princess

Sail date: January 12, 2018

Lots of fun on board activities

Great ports, great activities, good experience. However, we did experience a problem with my husband's chair collapsing under him at an event we were attending. Went to medical, and security took a report. Felt like a criminal with some of the questions. Showed security the chair and other chairs in the room we were in with their legs bent. We then had to spend 6 days back and forth trying to get the $95 medical fee off of our account since it was a default in their equipment. Not a good experience!

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Koningsdam

Koningsdam

Sail date: December 15, 2019

Pre Christmas Cruise Koningsdam

Wonderful cruise on the Koningsdam! We enjoyed the entertainment of BB King All Stars, Rolling Stone Rock, Lincoln Center Stage performances and more. The staff was very engaging and helpful. Dining in the Main Dining room, Lido buffet, Pinnacle Grill, New York Deli was very enjoyable. We especially enjoyed the Greenhouse Spa Thermal rooms which we went daily. Holland America has a great loyalty program called the Mariners Society . They recognize their members with special receptions and recognitions throughout the cruise.

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Carnival Glory

Carnival Glory

Sail date: July 14, 2018

Great family cruise

The ship was loaded with kids and families, however, the Kid's Clubs seemed to contain them. Staff and crew on ship were super friendly especially in the dining rooms, including the hostesses and maitre des. Brittney, the cruise director, was a bundle of fun and energy. The shows were spectacular and their production staff very talented and personable. Would have liked more danceable music from Group 6 and that they were more engaging too make you want to get on the floor. The Latin Band provided the best dance music.

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Veendam

Veendam

Sail date: January 31, 2018

7 days, not 14, and no Cuba.

Usually we sail on the larger HA ships. This was a welcome change going on a smaller one with the same excellent service. Wish we had more popular music in the evenings, however.

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Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon

Sail date: October 14, 2018

Super Active and Beautiful Ship

Carnival Horizon is a great ship! Very modern. The entertainment in the theater and the music venues are excellent. We spent a lot of time in the Havana Bar with the Latin music and in the Ocean Plaza with the other band. Nice dancing music. Service was very good around the ship. Cabin seemed a little smaller than traditional Carnival ships, but there was plenty of storage room. Xenes Park is a unique experience but not for those who have mobility issues. Be sure that the weather is good when you go. We went on a rainy day and the ferry over to Cancun was very rocky. Not a good experience.

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Cruise tips

MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia

Come to be inspired by the modern conveniences. MSC does not go out for a lot of space so dont pack too heavy especially if more than 2 in a room. For Yacht Club Experience it is like being in a private club (dining room, private pool area and lounges, lounge and host of butlers and concierge desk.

Koningsdam

Koningsdam

Packing cubes make packing and unpacking a breeze. Also helps to keep your items organized for your daily routines. The cabin has a motion sensor light when all lights are out and you attempt to go to the bathroom. It shines only at the floor and stays on for about 10 seconds. What a nice safety design.

Nassau, Bahamas

We arrived around Noon and the port had a total of 6 ships 3 Carnival ships (Victory. Pride, Glory), Royal Caribbean and NCL There were thousands of passengers making it difficult to walk and enjoy your visit. We however walked to the Nassau National Museum and found it very interesting. Part of the museum was under construction and parts were adding new exhibits which were closed. We did find that in Dec 14 until April 2020 they will have a display from local artist of their experiences during Hurricane Dorian.

MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside

For cabin: Bring packing cubes for items that wont fit in the limited drawer space and closet. Wifi and App: Use the MSC& Me app to get information about what is going on around the ship. If you are a Voyager member you will be invited to special events throughout the cruise. Invitations will be sent to your cabin but will not show up on your MSC & Me app. I made a suggestion to MSC to upgrade the app to be associated with each passengers profile so it will reflect on your app. Unfortunately I missed several functions because either the invitation came late to the cabin or I forgot because I was relying too much on the MSC& Me app.

King's Wharf, Bermuda

Bermuda is a very enjoyable port . It is very clean and orderly. Bus and ferry transportation is convenient and reasonably priced. We were able to see the town of Hamilton. (We took the city bus for $5 each way). We visited government buildings and museums, galleries and restaurants. The following day we took the ferry to St. George's and took a narrated tour guide to show us around town. The ferry was air conditioned and comfortable. We later spent time around the Dockyard with its shops and restaurants. We did not take time to go to the beaches although many did.

Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic

Us the Carnival Hub App for all your information of what is going on, dining reservations, latest account information, ship maps, deck plans, weather etc.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

Port: Beautiful day (perfect) in Coxen Hole) Roatan! We arrived early and found we were alongside the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas. Must have been over 10,000 passengers in the port. Had some interesting shops and water sports activities in the port but it was wall to wall people. The locals were friendly and attentive. Excursion: We were booked on Big French Key/ Little French Key excursion ( see attached photos). The embarkation was organized and in addition MSC had a tour escort which accompanied us. He was basically used for any translations that needed to be done with our multi-language group. Since we were in the Yacht Club a YC Butler escorted us off the ship to our awaiting excursion bus. Our tour excursion guide was Luis. He was very informative and spoke in English and Spanish. My only (dislike) was the Hyundai stretch minivan which had NO legroom. Persons over 220 pounds and 6 ft would have been very uncomfortable. It is good that the ride was only 25 minutes. 5 Minute Ferry Ride: Once we disembarked from the minivans our tour guide gave us further information about our ride to Big & Little French Key. We boarded the boat which accommodates about 16 people. The water taxi ride was about 5 minutes and we arrived at their mini zoo which contained tigers they were rehabilitating from private owners or from circuses. The island is a good size with a bay for safe swimming. If you snorkel they have statues which they placed under water but not well maintained as most were on their backs and covered with sea moss. There were a few fish and a huge lobster was hiding inside one of the statues. They do have a guided snorkeling trip which may cost $25 extra if not included in your package. Use of kayaks and paddle boards are free. Food & Drinks: Lunch was included on our excursion. The food was local and delicious. A local beer or soft drink was included. Lots of beach chairs and shady areas were available. They also had some local drummers and dancers and replicas of historical living areas. Our excursion included a 20 minute boat ride of the area and our tour guide explained the natural area. All in all, a nice place for an excursion.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

Port: Very quaint port. Lots of tours going and coming. Having been there several times we decided to take a $4 per person taxi to town of Mahahaul. Trip via Taxi: It is a short ride, about 2 to 3 miles. We were dropped off at a boardwalk where the beach was for a very long stretch on one side with shops and restaurants on the other. Many vendors with local arts and persons offering to give massages either for 30 minutes or an hour. My wife had a 60 minute massage for $20 which she loved. Look for the massages further down the beach near Krazy Lobster as they are less expensive. Look out for the Krazy Lobster Restaurant which offers $1 beers, free wifi, massages, beach chairs, kayaks and more. We had a lovely time and then picked up a return taxi for $4 per person back to the port.

MSC Armonia

MSC Armonia

Take part in the dance lessons and discover the movie theater that is on deck 6. Comfortable seats and nice sound system. Had a great selection of movies which showed about 4 times per day.

Cozumel, Mexico

Just walked, I visited many times. The tour we had planned to go on Saving Coral reefs was canceled

George Town, Grand Cayman

Just walked, I visited many times. But gave tour suggestions to other cruisers who reported they enjoyed toyr.

Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam

Consistent surpurb customer service. Excellent food and presentations

Grand Turk Island

Took advantage of Grand Turk to snorkel at the port beach which was very enjoyable

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

Walked the island, went to the stingray encounter, ate lunch at beach and afterwards spent and hour in snorkeling and found a lot of beautiful fish that came right up to you....with a little help of some fish food,

Key West, Florida

We love Key West and have visited by car, and cruise. This time we decided to shop and also go to the bird sanctuary near Higgs Beach. We took the Key West Duval Loop bus (FREE) and walked the rest of the way. After visiting Higgs Beach we walked back to the bus stop for our bus back to the downtown area to continue shopping and then back to the ship.

Oosterdam

Oosterdam

Download the HAL app so you will always know what is going on.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

Great port. Take a tour if you were never here before. excellent snorkeling and diving port.

Willemstad, Curacao

Took the public bus to Mambo Beach. Fun area. If you have never been here before, take a tour. interesting island.

OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE, BAHAMAS

Being in the Yacht Club we were escorted off the ship and then had a ride in the golf cart buggies to our beach area. We had lounge chairs, umbrellas, our own restaurant and food truck. The beach was beautiful, a bit rocky so wear beach shoes. Not many fish. The life guard told me about a baby shark but it swam away. I also saw a small stingray and barracuda. Other than that, not much to see other than crystal clear blue water while snorkeling. Yacht Club service was excellent, drinks on the beach and the lunch menu in the restaurant was Yacht Club standard and complimentary. At a moment notice we were provided transportation back to the ship and to our special Yacht Club lane. The night activities are spectacular with the Junkanoo parade and the Lighthouse light show. See attached photos.

Oranjestad, Aruba

Take the public bus across from the port to go to the beach. Many to choose from. Or, just walk around town.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

We walked to the beach. $3 entrance, but not a great beach...murky water and squishy bottom.

MSC Divina

MSC Divina

Go to all of the shows and as many as the music venues you can. Come early to the shows and enjoy the shenanigans of the entertainment team.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Beautiful weather, friendly people and very picturesque sights. Sine we had visited Old San Juan recently we escorted some cruisers who were visiting the first time. We went to El Morro fort and the Catholic cathedral among other places. We stopped for some refreshments and purchased items from gift shop. We arrived in San Juan at 1pm and departed at 11pm. This is an ideal schedule for visiting San Juan .

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

The weather was perfect. The tender from ship was smooth and orderly. The island was beautiful and the activities fun. We walked to the Stingray adventure and then to the horseback stables, then the cots to relax and then the lunch BBQ and then the beach dor snorkeling. Weather was perfect.

Grand Turk Island

Lovely day! Beach was full of cruisers from Carnival Elation and Holland America Koningsdam. Water was perfect and there were plenty of fish for snorkelers to see and enjoy. Grand Turk had is Margaritaville up and jumping with music, food, DJ and the pool activities. We did not go on a tour this time as we had done a few tours on previous visits.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Had a great time in St. Thomas. We arrived at 8am and we along with some friends from the ship took a two hour tour of the St. Thomas high lights, taking in the fabulous views of Magens Bay, St. John's and the British Virgin islands. Afterward we explored to downtown Charlotte Amalie gift shops and returned to the ship. The weather was beautiful all around.

Oosterdam

Oosterdam

Be sure to go to Lincoln Center Stage and BB King Club

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The White River tubing was excellent and a lot of fun. The guides were so much fun and allow those who attended to have a good and safe activity.

Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam

Make friends. It's very easy with the design, service and programs on the ship. Prepay any packages you think you will want as the prices are cheaper before you get on ship. Examples: Spa packages for Greenhouse spa, internet and excursions. Make sure you spend a few nights a BB King All Stars. Enjoy the Lincoln Center Stage performances especially the movie themes. Take advantage of the free Microsoft computer classes on deck 2 aft. Take advantage if the EXC talks they give on board. Brings some gala dress for the 2 formal nights.

Grand Turk Island

One of our favorite itineraries and one of our best beaches for fun and relaxation. Margaritaville was fun with the pool and music. Also the space shuttle display at the port is worth seein.... and it is FREE...

Oosterdam

Oosterdam

Newly refurbished with nice colors and blends of rugs and decor

Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon

Look up how to reserve the elevators before you sail.

Carnival Conquest

Carnival Conquest

Get the suite room. Be sure to attend the shows. They are wonderful.

Carnival Glory

Carnival Glory

Pay attention to ship's layout. All floors do not go through. You may have to go up or downstairs to be able to flow through to get to the area you want to.

Cozumel, Mexico

Lot to see either by tour or on your own. Lots of shopping and ability to bargain. The day was hot so we took our time. Have been to Cozumel many times before.

Belize City, Belize

Port: Weather was perfect although it started out cool. We took a tender since there is no cruise port. It was fun, fast and safe. Belize has improved in their tourist experience. There are many shops and food places and restaurants and of course live local music. Many of the places sell the same things although you can find some unique bags, dresses, mahogany and leather bags and shoes. Bathroom facilities are not in short supply. Past Experience: Again we have been to Belize many time and have taken advantage of the horseback excursions and the cave tubing as well. This time we explored walking through town. We visited Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church which has history back to the 1890's. We also visited their public library which had a small museum attached. It is nice to talk to the locals who were very friendly and helpful with information. An interesting fact about Belize is the actual port has a fresh water river (kind of brownish in color) which then forms a separate line when it comes to the salt water where the ships anchor.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

Had a WONDERFUL time at Amber Cove. Loved the Sky Bar and the view of the entire port. The waterside, zipline, restaurant and shops are so enjoyable, clean and aesthetically beautiful. After spending time there we took an adventure by walking to Bachata Beach. The beach is not beautiful BUT the beach chairs are free, drinks reasonable and the water is enjoyable. Quite a few cruise passengers were there along with hotel guest.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Our favorite adventures are to visit the two forts, museums and shops. El Yunque rain forest is now open so we will go there the next time.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Hurricane damage is still visible and there is ongoing construction. We decided to go to the beach in town. The people are just wonderful.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Missed this port because of the damage due to the hurricane. Disappointed as this was the main port we wanted to visit. Been to the others several times.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan was wonderful (I've been there several times) but we were scheduled to arrive at 1700pm and depart at midnight which is too late to enjoy your port of call. We walked around and had dinner before returning back to the ship.

Grand Turk Island

Love this port. We took a snorkel excursion which included a reef snorkel and the turbo scooter type thing. The reef snorkel was awesome!

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

I live in Fort Lauderdale and there's so much to do here. Would advise getting here 1 or 2 days ahead of time or before you depart. Hollywood Beach is a must. Lots of interesting local restaurants. In Dania Beach I would suggest Jaxsons for their homemade ice cream (huge delicious portions) and Grampas which is in the same area for breakfast. If you are there during the week visit The Museum of Amazing Things in Dania. $10 entrance and beautiful ceramics, glass, and art work.

Oranjestad, Aruba

Took a local bus across from the port and went to Arashi Beach. We went to snorkel. It wasn't that good but the beach was wonderful!

Willemstad, Curacao

Go across the pontoon bridge to the local bus stand and take a bus to Mambo Beach. Great beach and beautiful area with many resorts along the beach.

Bonaire, Netherlands Special Municipality

We walked to Divi Flamingo Resort. (About 10 minutes). We paid $10 each and got a beach umbrella and chairs on one of the piers. It also included free wifi and use of a pool. We went snorkeling off the pier. Some of the best beach snorkeling we've done. Lots of fish!

Crown Princess

Crown Princess

Get involved with the activities. But, in order to get a good seat at the shows go to the theater an hour ahead of time. The theater fills up fast and has a very impractical configuration.

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