Amsterdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Panama Canal

Sail Date: May 12, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

This was a great cruise overall. One problem was that after going in for dry dock repairs the ms Amsterdam is still not ready. There were major water leaks during the whole cruise. Also some of the cabins got flooded & had toilets overflow. This happened on the starboard side of the ship. At night they had crews spraying & cleaning the carpets, probably for mold. Also Holland America seems to be lagging behind other cruise lines concerning the boarding & disembarking process. Several places we stopped & at the beginning of the cruise this was a problem. The entertainment was pretty good but was more along the lines of a Las Vegas lounge act. The best entertainment on the ship was Larry Steele in the piano bar.  Other than that it was an awesome cruise.

Ship Quality
This was a great cruise overall. One problem was that after going in for dry dock repairs the ms Amsterdam is still not ready. There were major water leaks during the whole cruise. Also some of the cabins got flooded & had toilets overflow. This happened on the starboard side of the ship. At night they had crews spraying & cleaning the carpets, probably for mold. Also Holland America seems to be lagging behind other cruise lines concerning the boarding & disembarking process. Several places we stopped & at the beginning of the cruise this was a problem. The entertainment was pretty good but was more along the lines of a Las Vegas lounge act. The best entertainment on the ship was Larry Steele in the piano bar. Other than that it was an awesome cruise.
Food and Dining
Food was very good in the speciality restaurants.
Service and Staff
Larry Steele in the piano bar was very good.
Entertainment
Along the lines of a Las Vegas lounge act.
Children's Programs
Very few children on this cruise.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
This was the best part of the cruise. All were awesome.
Cabin / Stateroom
Nice cabin. Very well located.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Been there to often to care.
Cartagena, Colombia
Nice place, friendly locals.
Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal
Panama Canal Transit
This is the best part. Just awesome.
Exit Panama Canal At Balboa
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Beautiful country.
Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua
Smaller port but still very interesting.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Antigua was great. Good prices on jade.
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
Another wonderful stop.
Huatulco, Mexico
This was a really nice stop. Had a nice tour and the food at the restaurant by the dock was great.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Had a nice tour of the city & the tequila factory was fun.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
It really has grown. Still nice though.
San Diego, California
Hard to get off & back on the ship here.

Tip

This ship is very easy to get around on. We stayed in cabin 6200 and moving from place to place was quite easy. We never even needed the elevators.



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