Thoman

Thoman
Second Mate

Hometown: Carlsbad, California
Joined: 09/08/2013
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About Thoman

Retired from Healthcare industry in 2013. We have always traveled, and now are doing it full time.


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Cruiseline: Holland America Line

Cruiseline: Princess Cruises

Thoman's Past Cruises

Veendam

September 2017 - Veendam to Canada, New England, New York

Canada thru the St Lawrence seaway

We love to cruise! We love Holland America and the destinations were so fun. The size of the ship was perfect, and it was a very nice ship. Everything was well done, and the staff great. we went for the destinations and not the cruise line, ship, but it all worked out fine.

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AmaDara

March 2017 - AmaDara to River Cruises - China/Asia

Vietnam and Cambodia

We had a wonderful time on our Mekong River cruise, and AMA Waterways was just great.    We had taken a Viking last year to China and this one was even better than Viking.    We enjoyed the luxury but at the same time, the destinations were very interesting.    The crew was very responsive, warm, and greeting all the time.   This trip can be a bit tiring if you are not prepared for that.    There are a lot of things to see and you need to be able to do a lot of walking, and climbing if you want to experience it the most.    We loved it, and we met some very memorable friends on this trip that we will keep in touch with forever.   Overall, unless you have an aversion to seeing Vietnam, this is a beautiful place, and the people are very welcoming.   64% of the population is 35 years or younger, and they do not like their government either.   Hopefully one day they will be more free, but they are making great strides in their well being.    Cambodia was also very interesting, and they are having more issues of rebuilding but are also improving.  Just a great trip!

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Viking Emerald

June 2015 - Viking Emerald to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

China on Viking

We just completed the Viking trip to China that started in Shanghai and ended in Beijing.    It included the terra cottas in Xian as well as the 3 gorges dam on the Yangtze.   It was an excellent trip and really well done by Viking.    We had not been on a Viking tour before, but it was definitely a great experience.   We plan on going on more in the future.   We were able to see all of the important things in China with this tour, which was well organized, great tour guides, and the weather cooperated for us as well.   The fellow travelers we had on the trip were also great, and we thoroughly enjoyed their company.   I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to see all the highlights in China with a great tour group.    All of the hotels were 5 star, and excellent.    The in country flights that we took were also convenient and top notch.   We loved it.    

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Norwegian Star

August 2013 - Norwegian Star to Europe - Northern Europe

Balkins on NCL

We were very lucky to cruise in late August 2013, when the weather was very unseasonal and warm. It was a picture perfect 70+ degrees everyday. We had never been on NCL before, and the Star was a very nice ship. We liked the freestyle dining, and there were alot of options. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, the ship, and most importantly the destinations. I would recommend this ship and cruise to anyone who is flexible, not looking for perfection, but overall very good. This is not a cruise for someone looking for "top gourmet" food. There was a tremendous choice for music on board, and the performers were all very good. They had a selection for everyone, so if you wanted to dance, sing, be quiet and listen, you had those options. The cities we visited were very interesting, lots to see, and tended to keep you on the go constantly. It was a really good time, and we enjoyed it very much.

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Thoman's Tips

Veendam Veendam - This ship is very nice and a nice size. We loved the simpleness of it, and everything was easy to access.
AmaDara AmaDara - Food is very good, and they will also attempt to meet any food issues you may have.
Chongqing, China - We disembarked here and got on a plane after a brief bus tour of the area.
Wuhan, China - We did not see Wuhan, as our trip was modified due to an accident on the Yangtze before we got there.
Cruise Yangtze River - That was really beautiful, and amazing to see what they did here in moving all of the people that were displaced.
Viking Emerald Viking Emerald - The boat was very comfortable, but do not expect a "cruise ship" experience. This is a standard river boat. China also has some hot and muggy weather, along with smog in their big cities. We found that this time of the year it is not bad, and we also had rain only one day.
Stockholm, Sweden - Not enough time there. The cruise in and out of the bay was about 2 hours and really fun to watch, You are cruising right by the shore.
Copenhagen, Denmark - We stayed for several days before near the Stroget, and it was so fun. Loved the city and easy to get around. We walked everywhere.
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - We suggest you try every one of the specialty restaurants. they all have something different to offer, and they do a very good job in preparing it nightly.

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received a helpful vote on their Viking Emerald cruise review - China on Viking

received a helpful vote on their AmaDara cruise review - Vietnam and Cambodia

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Star cruise review - Balkins on NCL

received a helpful vote on their Veendam cruise review - Canada thru the St Lawrence seaway

received a helpful vote on their AmaDara cruise review - Vietnam and Cambodia

received a helpful vote on their Veendam cruise review - Canada thru the St Lawrence seaway

shared a quick tip for Veendam"This ship is very nice and a nice size. We loved the simpleness of it, and everything was easy to access. "

reviewed their Canada, New England, New York cruise on Veendam and gave it 4.3 stars!

added Sep 2, 2017 cruise on Veendam to their profile.

received a helpful vote on their Viking Emerald cruise review - China on Viking