docvince

docvince
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Hometown: St. Pete Beach, FL
Joined: 11/26/2014
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Rotterdam

April 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Rotterdam

The Rotterdam is the 'Flagship; of the Holland America Line. Although it is an older ship, it's accommodations, service and attention to detail are above reproach.

No glitz or glamor, but a relaxing experience for those not seeking mayhem, i.e., geared to older (50's and up) cruisers.

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Rotterdam

November 2017 - 15 Night Southern Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Rotterdam

Celebrity Summit

October 2017 - 14 Night Canada & New England (Cape Liberty Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Summit

Oosterdam

March 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam

Zuiderdam

November 2016 - 11 Night Panama Canal Sunfarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Zuiderdam

Veendam

March 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Veendam

Norwegian Star

December 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Star

Oosterdam

October 2015 - 10 Night Southern Caribbean Seafarer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam

Oosterdam - 10 day Southern Caribbean

Overall, exemplary service and attention. Ports of call are picturesque. The water is very clear - especially if one is a snorkeler/diver. The Dutch Islands and residents are very hospitable. The Oosterdam is a very elegant ship. It does not seem overcrowded. Boarding and departing is quick and simple. Food is average, but tasty. I would recommend eating in the specialty restaurants. However, I note that Lobster, King Crab and Shish Kabob have been taken off the menu. There is smoking in the Casino, but several days were allocated as "no smoking" (portends, hopefully, a true no smoking environment within the ship someday?). Entertainment is geared toward a mature crowd. Formal nights have been replaced by 'Gala' nights, so there is less formal dress. Sadly, the panache of yester years is being replaced by more relaxed apparel. This particular cruise was attended by mostly elderly passengers - perhaps due to the length and the fact that school is still in session. The seas were very calm. The weather was hot and humid.

 

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Ryndam

November 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Ryndam

Food so-so.

Poor weather cannot be controlled. However, cold food and slow service are not up to the standards of previous sailings on Holland America.  The food in the Pinnacle was disappointing for the upgraded price, i.e., steak was tough and a surcharge of $20 for King Crab (added to the $29 pp. initial meal charge).  In addition, the Pinnacle meal experience was close to two-and-a-half hours from appetizer to dessert.

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Ryndam

December 2010 - December 12, 2010 Cruise on Ryndam

Ryndam

December 2009 - December 13, 2009 Cruise on Ryndam

Celebrity Infinity

November 2008 - 13 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale) Cruise on Celebrity Infinity

Veendam

March 2008 - March 16, 2008 Cruise on Veendam

Carnival Legend

September 2007 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Legend

Veendam

November 2006 - November 04, 2006 Cruise on Veendam

Seven Seas Navigator

November 2004 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Seven Seas Navigator

Norway (RETIRED) 20017

December 2001 - December 30, 2001 Cruise on Norway (RETIRED)

Seven Seas Mariner

December 2001 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Seven Seas Mariner

Norway (RETIRED) 20017

April 2000 - April 01, 2000 Cruise on Norway (RETIRED)

Meridian (RETIRED) 20032

March 1998 - March 28, 1998 Cruise on Meridian (RETIRED)

Celebrity Mercury

January 1998 - January 04, 1998 Cruise on Celebrity Mercury (RETIRED)

Celebrity Century

April 1996 - April 27, 1996 Cruise on Celebrity Century

Royal Majesty (RETIRED) 20129

September 1995 - September 10, 1995 Cruise on Royal Majesty (RETIRED)

Wind Spirit

August 1994 - August 07, 1994 Cruise on Wind Spirit

Cunard Sea Goddess II (RETIRED)

July 1994 - July 02, 1994 Cruise on Cunard Sea Goddess II (RETIRED)

Crown Jewel (RETIRED) 20251

August 1993 - August 29, 1993 Cruise on Crown Jewel (RETIRED)

Regent Star

December 1992 - 7 days on Regent Star

Regent Star (RETIRED) 20109

November 1992 - November 27, 1992 Cruise on Regent Star (RETIRED)

Wind Spirit

May 1992 - May 16, 1992 Cruise on Wind Spirit

Wind Star

June 1991 - June 29, 1991 Cruise on Wind Star

Crystal Harmony (RETIRED) 20046

August 1990 - August 05, 1990 Cruise on Crystal Harmony (RETIRED)

Regent Sea (RETIRED) 20220

November 1987 - November 13, 1987 Cruise on Regent Sea (RETIRED)

Nieuw Amsterdam

February 1987 - February 07, 1987 Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam

March 1986 - March 08, 1986 Cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam

docvince's Tips

Tampa, Florida - Easy to reach the port from the airport, hotels and those who live in state.
Key West, Florida - Whoo-hoo! Always an interesting cornucopia of culture, spirits and activity in the Conch Republic.
Rotterdam Rotterdam - Take a night light to put in/or near the bathroom, and remember there is a step-up entering it!
Oosterdam Oosterdam - The Crows Nest is the place to be when leaving or entering a port.

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