moparwilly
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Hometown: East Norwich,Long Island, New York
Joined: 07/11/2012
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Nieuw Amsterdam

February 2015 - Nieuw Amsterdam to Caribbean - Eastern

Bland, Boring and Disappointing

 Hypnotic...the only way to describe the staff. Although attentive and friendly, the robotic and practiced interaction lacked any passion beyond the routine of the expected.

 The entertainment at night in the main show room was repeated with boring and too loud recorded music,lackluster themed shows, weak vocals and uninteresting dancing...again and again and again. After four nights of this we skipped the shows and enjoyed the piano bar. The BB King themed night spot was a waste of valuable space and the style of music totally inconsistent with the demographics and interests of the average passenger on Holland American. Stick with the piano bar.

 The food in the main dinning room lacked quality, variety or imagination and was so bad it had to be returned on two nights. My wife chose to leave hungry rather than eat the lousy food. Room service is a better choice.

 The Nieuw Amsterdam was anything but new as it shook and vibrated like no other ship we have ever experienced and the amenities showed age and a lack of maintenance. Choose another ship.

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Nieuw Amsterdam

February 2015 - Nieuw Amsterdam to Caribbean

Norwegian Sun

February 2013 - Norwegian Sun to Caribbean - Southern

Great Islands on a Maturing Ship.

The experienced cruiser knows what islands to visit and which to avoid. This cruise, thankfully, hit all good ones. The Sun is a ship that is clean, well staffed, but is aging gracefully under careful attention. The staterooms are generious, but the lack of things like a flat screen TV and other "standard" ammenities on more current ships reveal the age of this ship. Also be aware,that although the specialty resturants on board offer good fare, the general food on board is deliberately below par. There were some exceptions with things like crab cakes, but overall, the on board general meals are ment to drive passengers to the fee based specialty eateries clearly out of necessity for a "good" meal. The crew is well schooled in all aspects of proper service and thankfully costly things like drinks are not pushed too agressively on passangers. Overall, this was a good cruise on an acceptable ship with adequate, if not good food. The entertainment was sadly wanting, with two nights of a magician, a ventriliquist, a juggler and a comedian as the "main attractions'. The stage and theater ammenities are "old school" and lacked the dramatic features of newer ships. The ships smoking policy presents a serious challange to non smokers as the casino is uninhabitable due to excessive smoking and if your neighbor is a smoker (as mine was) your balcony may be a wasted upgrade as smoking is permitted on the balcony. I couldn't use mine often due to the unhealthy situation. Very bad policy for anyone who cares about their health. Not to put all negatives out, so, one should know what to expect before booking and you will enjoy the cruise with a decidedly older passanger crowd, on a mature ship, visiting good ports. Don't even consider going on the Sun for the food or entertaiment. Non-smokers beware!

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Celebrity Constellation

February 2008 - Celebrity Constellation to Caribbean

Best cruise yet!

Many eating venues made interesting dining opportunities. Entertainment was outstanding.

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moparwilly's Tips

Curacao - A little dirty to my surprise
Norwegian Sun Norwegian Sun - The "happy Hour" at four PM is a great "deal" and fun.
Cartagena, Colombia - As a history buff I found this port fascinating. Stay close to your tour group (you must take a tour). Tour guides indifferent in conducting tour.
Colon, Panama - Must take a tour here too. Not much to see or do in port. We toured Panama City before and found this tour inferior in scope and presentation to our last one.
Cozumel, Mexico - Tere were 11 ships in port on our day, that says it . Good port for the INFORMED shopper. Bargin, bargin,bargin!
Cozumel, Mexico - Tere were 11 ships in port on our day, that says it . Good port for the INFORMED shopper. Bargin, bargin,bargin!
Cartagena, Colombia - As a history buff I found this port fascinating. Stay close to your tour group (you must take a tour). Tour guides indifferent in conducting tour.
Colon, Panama - Must take a tour here too. Not much to see or do in port. We toured Panama City before and found this tour inferior in scope and presentation to our last one.

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