We went snorkeling at the Divi Flamingo. Unbelievable fish, probably the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. After going back to the ship to change we went to the Brewery to drink some excellent Dutch beer.
We went on a HAL excursion which took us to both the French & Dutch side of the island. It was very interesting & it was a small bus which is much nicer than the big buses. We had several stops to take pictures & to have a light lunch. A great way to see the island.
Four of us had a great tour on an open-air van driven by Elvis (yes Elvis). He took us around the island & to the highest point for some great pictures. This was one of several picturing taking stops. He also provided a lot of information about the island
I went snorkeling here. There were far fewer fish than in Bonaire. However, on the first stop we were able to enter the entrance to a cave which was full of bats. The ocean floor was much different than Bonaire which made it very interesting. On the second stop I was able to follow a sea turtle for about 10 minutes. The turtle did not seem to be afraid of snorkelers.
After crossing the Queen Emma pontoon bridge we took in the sites around town. We then went to the Renaissance Hotel to have drinks & lunch at their sand beach & infinity pool on the second floor of the hotel - a must see!!!
Took the train up & down the mountain. Great views & picture taking opportunties. The ship seems to dock right in town & the train station is about 100 yards away. Great meal & beer at the local microbrewery.
Once off the ship we met Marco & he took us sightseeing in his van. There were 5 of us & Marco was very informative & made sure to get us back to the ship on time. The highlight was seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Went on a tour to Wismer & walked around the town which went back to the 1200's. Viewed building damage still remaing from WWII. The tour also included a stop at a local brewery where we sampled 3 different beers. The brewmaster also explained his brewing process. After the tour we walked around Warnemunde. A beautiful seaport with interesting shops adjacent to where the ship docked. Before we returned to the ship we had beer & hotdogs. This was a mistake because when we returned to the ship the Lido Deck around the pool area was offering German food & beer & we were too full to partake,
Hop On, Hop Off Bus tour. WE also walked around a bit & had lunch at Kunggallen. THe food was very good & the waitress refused a tip in Euros or dollars. She stated unlike the United States they are well paid & thanked us for the offer.WE also walked through a food mall that was just amazing. We were in Stockholm for two days & on the second day we took a canal tour, walked around a park & went to the ABBA museum.
Took the Hop On, Off Bus at the pier & we also walked around town. The old city was very unique with beautiful buildings & interesting shops. We had lunch at the Beer House Brewery. A flight of beer had 8 samples which were 6-8 ounces. We ordered a large pretzel which was made to order, latkes & bratwurst. Would love to go back to Tallinn for several days.
We had booked a tour, but didn't go because we weren't feeling well. By noon we were good to go & walked into Kiel following the "Blue Line" on the sidewalk from the port to town. We were able to connect to the internet at Starbucks. Note: We didn't make a purchase, just sat at their outdoor area.
The shuttle to town was 10 Euros each. This was a COSTCO Tour & we had a very difficult time finding the starting point for the bus tour. However, the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour was well worth it. After the tour we walked into a very small establishment, Monten, for something to eat. The owner, Jasper, informed us that he did not serve food, but encouraged us to stay & have a local beer. All of the patrons were very friendly.
The ship spent two days here & we had an 8 hour tour each day. There was a different guide each day, they were very informative & spoke perfect English. The weather was sunny & cold which did nothing to take away from this fantastic two days. This was a Holland America tour which was on the expensive side, but was well worth it.
If you take the better insurance offered for your cruise & you are unable to go on a Holland America tour because of health issues no matter how minor you will receive a refund.
This really applies to all ships. If you are flying home from Europe plan to fly the day after docking. Removes a lot of stress & provides some time in the disembarkation port. Also there is no need to rush off of the ship & there is time to have breakfast in the dining room.
Took the Holland America tour. A very beautiful, historical city. There was too little time explore, shop & eat on our own. The guide over explained everything. This is the beer capitol of the world. Another place we hope to see again this year.
Another COSTCO tour. Our tickets indicated that the tour started at 12:00 noon, but when we found the tour office they informed us that there was no 12:00 noon tour. The tour office did provide us with Hop On, Hop Off Tickets for a bus & canal tour. Very interesting city & tour. We had lunch in the Red Light District at Mata Hari with a variety of local foods.
Very nice tour of the island booked through COSTCO. There were only 8 people on the tour which is much better than being ona big bus. The guide was very informative. COSTCO tours are less expensive than Holland America tours. The only problem is that you need to locate the starting point for their tours which is not always easy. With Holland America tours, it is always clear where there tours start. Usually at the pier where the ship is docked.
Took the shuttle to town & entered the castle area/Old Town which was surrounded by a wall. A very unique experience. We booked a tour of the area by van with two other couples. The guide, Zorin, was very friendly & made the tour very intresting. He would stop at different locations & take our pictures with our cellphones. We went through an area where the Game of Thrones is filmed which also looked down upon the city. We were quite high up. This tour & tour guide were a real find. However, we ate at a restaurant which advertised that it took credit cards, but when we went to pay they said the machine was broken. For a very basic lunch they would take $81.00 U.S. or $74.00 in Kona. We paid in Kona after I found a money exchange which are everywhere. By the way, they do not except Euros & there is a charge for public restrooms (about $2.00 per person).
The Sagreda Familia is a must see. Be sure to go to the top of one of the open towers. Before you return to the ship have lunch where the locales eat. We did not book this through Holland America. We purchased our tickets online about two months before the cruise. The church is a short cab ride from the port.
We saw the sights on a "CityBySee" bus. If I had it to do over again I would have taken the Hop On, Hop Off bus because there was a lot of waiting for our bus as several Hop On, Hop Off buses went by. The tour took us on very narrow roads to the highest point in the area with spectacular views.
Since we had been to Rome previously, we took the shuttle to Civitavecchia. We attended mass in a very old church & had lunch with the locals. The owner of the restaurant waited on us & treated us like family.
This was a Holland America tour to Pompei, Sorrento & Capri. Tour was by bus & high speed boat. The tour guide made the excursion special & each location was very different & had something interesting to offer. Would highly recomend.
This is where we disembarked & stayed in Mestre for several days. We took a boat tour of the Venice area the first afternoon which stopped at several small slands. We spent the next day walking around Venice & had a gondola ride. The next day we spent in Mestre & ate at a restaurant (IL Pelco) where our server was also the chef & co-owner. On the last day we flew from Verona on Norwegian Air back to Florida.
We had to take a tender from the ship to the port. We took our own walking tour which may be too many steps for some people. There were beautiful gardens & spectacular views of the city. Once again we had lunch where the locals dine.
We took the Hop On, Hop Off bus which provided a good overview of the sights & history of the city. We ate lunch at a restaurant (Bellissimo) recommended by one of the tour people aboard ship. Lunch was a sampling of different greek foods.
There are several different newspapers (really newsletters such as the New York Times) printed each day. You can request to have one or more sent to your cabin each morning by notifying the front desk when you embark.
Took a cab to the Sagreda Familia. Fantastic church which we toured & went to the top of one of the towers. Rode an elevator up & had to walk down 400 steps. Lunch at a local restaurant. Sampled local beer & wine.
If you want to tour the Sagrada Familia which you shouldn't miss, buy your tickets online before several months prior to sailing. If you buy tickets at the church you may wait in line for several hours.
Very short stay in Seattle. Pike's Market was a must see, especially the fish throw. It was Sunday & we had breakfast a the market which was top shelf - one of us had a bagel & lox & the other one of us had a crab omlet. The driver of the shuttle bus to the market provided a brief history & tour of the city.