mycynthia

mycynthia
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Hometown: Detroit
Joined: 04/17/2013
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Zuiderdam

October 2015 - Zuiderdam to Transatlantic

A clean ship with pitiful entertainment

The Zuiderdam was our first experience on Holland America and will probably be our last.  We were in a balcony cabin which was nicely appointed and the Cabin Stewards were exceptionally good.  They needed to be since the bath tub didn't drain properly and the A/C was grossly inadequate.  These issues were eventually addressed and made good, only as a result of continued persistence by the Stewards.  We experienced heavy seas between Cadiz and the Azores resulting in substantial amounts of salt being deposited on the balcony and the balcony furnishings.  They were never adequately cleaned in spite of the cabin stewards best efforts.  The entertainment on board ship was pathetic.  A 5 piece band, overweight and over aged dancers and singers and an entertainment schedule that was the worst we've ever seen and we've been on dozens of cruises.  The food on the other hand was good and the service in the dining rooms impeccable.  The wine list was exemplary.  The itinerary was the reason we chose the Zuiderdam and it was as advertised.  The Captain did a great job keeping us informed but why he allowed the apathetic level and sub standard  entertainment schedule remains a mystery.

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Norwegian Pearl

March 2015 - Norwegian Pearl to Caribbean

Great Food, Entertainment and Service

A truly beautifully appointed cruise ship with a crew whose total focus was on their passengers.  In spite of an outbreak of Gastro Enteritis which the Captain quickly addressed and quarantined the voyage was an outstanding success.  The dining rooms are beautifully decorated, in particular the Summer Palace and the food was an epicurean delight.  The entertainment was in the mail first class, in particular the Pearl singers, dancers and band.  The ports of call were excellent and the ship maintained a very tight schedule ensuring plenty of time ashore to enjoy each of the islands. 

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Celebrity Eclipse

April 2013 - Celebrity Eclipse to Transatlantic

Calm Crossing

This was my wife and I's second year in a row on the Eclipse's transatlantic crossing. Last year was a rough crossing - so rough that we couldn't get into Cork, Ireland. This year the Atlantic was a mill pond. A great cruise. The entertainment was the best we've ever seen on a cruise ship. The food was superb, the dining room and cabin staff were exemplary. The boarding and disembarcation process were faultless. Only one problem. We had as usual a balcony cabin - deck 6 - midships - less rolling in heavy seas. Only one complaint. The shelving, wardrobe, drawers and storage in the cabins is pathetic to say the least. When we docked in Southampton we flew to Tome and a few days later we boarded the Navigator of the Seas - (also owned by Celebrity. The balcony cabin shelving, wardrobe, drawers and storage in that ship was excellent. The Eclipse's storage is a 2 door shelf above the bed - what a joke. The best cabin storage is on the Norwegian Line - which by the way should have the poorest clothing wardrobes since the whole ship is casual. My wife and I bring a lot of clothes when we cruise with Asmara, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Their formal nights are wonderful. Storing clothes on the Eclipse is difficult - the Silhouette has the same problem.

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Celebrity Eclipse

April 2012 - Celebrity Eclipse to Transatlantic

mycynthia's Tips

Zuiderdam Zuiderdam - If you enjoy quality entertainment of the type provided by Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and NCL then don't sail on the Zuiderdam.
Willemstad, Curacao - One could spend days in Curacao there are so many things to see and do. Brandy distilleries, old plantations, an absolutely marvellous capital city.
Castries, St. Lucia - Visit the volcano with the mud baths and the old sugar cane plantation as well as the botanical garden. Well worth the trip.
Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Pearl - This is a really good cruise ship with a great crew and is made to be enjoyed.

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received a helpful vote on their Zuiderdam cruise review - A clean ship with pitiful entertainment

reviewed their Transatlantic cruise on Zuiderdam and gave it 3 stars!

shared a quick tip for Zuiderdam"If you enjoy quality entertainment of the type provided by Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and NCL then don't sail on the Zuiderdam."

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Pearl cruise review - Great Food, Entertainment and Service

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Pearl "This is a really good cruise ship with a great crew and is made to be enjoyed. "

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reviewed their Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Pearl and gave it 5 stars!