Panama Canal

Amsterdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
Verified Review
15 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Ft. Lauderdale To San Diego)
Sail Date: May 12, 2015
Ship: Amsterdam
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 6200
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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

3 out of 5
Food was very good in the speciality restaurants.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Along the lines of a Las Vegas lounge act.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Very few children on this cruise.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Larry Steele in the piano bar was very good.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nice cabin. Very well located.

Ship 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.

3 out of 5
Been there to often to care.
5 out of 5
Nice place, friendly locals.
5 out of 5
This is the best part. Just awesome.
5 out of 5
Beautiful country.
5 out of 5
Smaller port but still very interesting.
5 out of 5
Antigua was great. Good prices on jade.
5 out of 5
Another wonderful stop.
5 out of 5
This was a really nice stop. Had a nice tour and the food at the restaurant by the dock was great.
5 out of 5
Had a nice tour of the city & the tequila factory was fun.
5 out of 5
It really has grown. Still nice though.
3 out of 5
Hard to get off & back on the ship here.
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