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January 2017 - Grand World Voyage Cruise on Amsterdam

Trip of a Lifetime

When we got on board - we ran into people who have been doing this for 15+ years, some every year, some skipping years but it was a crowd that knew each other and many of the staff.  That's the big difference between a short cruise and a Grand World Voyage. Food good, variety sometimes lacking but still, very good. Steaks in Pinnacle as good as any great steakhouse.  Staff - can't say enough about how warm, friendly and helpful they are. They knew our names within the first 2 weeks and we were greeted by name.  I think if I said we would like to do this again in a couple of years that would say it all.

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September 2016 - 7 Night New England & Canada Discovery (Boston To Montreal) Cruise on Rotterdam

Good getaway

We booked this cruise in hopes of seeing the fall colors in Canada and New England but the warm weather had delayed this.  Otherwise, the cruise had no issues.  It's an older ship (1997) but well maintained and all the systems were working well.  One thing to be aware of, bring a plug strip if you intend to plug things in - there is only 1 115v outlet in the cabin and the TV was plugged into it.


We enjoyed the food in the Italian restaurant and the steak/seafood restaurant (Pinnacle Grill).  Reservations in advance are a must for both of them.  The ship was full but we didn't feel crowded even on the Lido buffet lines. Food was decent but not outstanding (optional restaurants were excellent). Decent variety on menu and decent selection in Lido buffets.   Nice pastry and dessert items as well. 


Staff was plenty friendly and competent.  Shows were OK nothing spectacular but we had a wonderful concert violin and pianist who would outstanding.


This was our first HAL cruise and we will go on them again.

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halk's Tips

HAVANA, CUBA - It was fun to go there, see the old cars. The city is in a long state of decay. People are warm and nice. A few bright spots such as the Hotel National (a must see) but all-in-all crumbling buildings, streets and sea walls. Progress seems to have stopped about 1958 and proof that Socialism/Communism does not bring economic boom. While I am glad we went, Cuba is not on our list to revisit. I would never discourage anyone from going but it's not like Hawaii or even the Bahamas. We did find people who spoke English and it was fun to chat with them.
Norwegian Sky Norwegian Sky - First day of cruise lunch in buffet is pandemonium. If other dining options are available, use them. Don't over-pack, bring just what you need because there isn't much space for storage. There is only 1 120v AC plug in the cabin but if you have the 2 pin adapter used in Europe to convert to US plugs bring it because you will then get 2 plugs. We did that and could both charge our smart phones.
Jeju Island, South Korea - We didn't go there due to poor weather but we did 2 days in Seoul instead. Not a bad trade.
Nagasaki, Japan - Make sure you hit the Atomic Museum, Ground Center and Peace Park.
Casablanca, Morocco - Casablanca is not that great. Some people felt unsafe. Taxi drivers very aggressive. Some took the Marrakesh tour and said it was very good.
Funchal, Madeira - Visit Botanical Garden and have a ride in the basket down the hill.
Amsterdam Amsterdam - Don't bring too much clothing. Most people find they don't wear half of what they bring. Nobody cares if you wore that outfit a week ago.
Cruise Gulf Of St. Lawrence -
Cruise St. Lawrence River -
Boston, Massachusetts - Come early and walk the Freedom Trail - very historic and interesting part of the American Revolution. Visit Quincy Market for lunch and have a great time!

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