December 2015 - Westerdam to Caribbean - Eastern
We had a very nice cruise with no surprises. Being a Christmas cruise, the mix of people was all ages with an average age of maybe 45. Holland America is known for an older crowd normally. The HAL club kept the children busy and having fun all week. We had some gusty wind and rain heading to the Eastern Caribbean and some guests did not make it to dinner. Our cabin was attended to 3 times a day and we always had fresh towels, ice and towel animals in the evening. The professional entertainment was mediocre, but we did enjoy the staff singing Christmas Carols to us at 11pm on Christmas Eve. The meals in the dining room were very good and the non-stop buffet selections were excellent. The Windows 10 classes I would rate a 6 out of 10 as the trainer had his own agenda and did not follow the curriculum. The only real complaint is "open seating". It reads "dine as you wish". But we were told we could choose to eat at 5:30 or 7:45, or come and wait with a beeper at the entrance to the dining room. The Maitre D finally relented and gave us 7pm (we wanted 6:30) reservations but the majority of guests had to eat early, or late, or wait. There should have been two assigned seating times and fill ins in between. There was not a whole lot for men to do regarding the onboard activities..The ship docking and leaving went smoothly at all of the ports. The ship's decor is not elaborate, but it is clean. Our balcony was kept clean and it was private. Disembarking at the end was quick and easy.