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Amsterdam Cruise Review to World Cruise

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Reviews: 5
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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
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Amsterdam

113 Night Grand World Voyage (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 22, 2019

Ship: Amsterdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1812

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We enjoyed many of the ports. But we really enjoy the shipboard life.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
The line moved pretty well, but a lot of people trying to get on at the same time.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Good food and decent selection. One comment is if you are on a low salt diet you need to tell them and they will prepare it for you.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lots of lectures. I like to play Pickleball and they had that (wind and weather permitting). Two pools (one outdoor on the fantail, the other in a dome which an open or close depending on the weather) and 2 hot tubs. Nice fitness center with all the machines and freeweights. Also they had spin classes and other workouts.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
I'm not that impressed with the Holland America stage shows but we had lots of guest entertainers many of whom were just great. Everything from magicians, comedians, singers, pianists, you name it.

Children's Programs

They have a children's program but there were few children on this cruise.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Top notch service and the staff is apparently well treated and has a very positive, friendly attitude.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Inside the ship it is always very clean. I did comment to the staff at front desk the windows in public areas on the outside needed cleaning and did not get it on any regular basis. Plenty of space, public rooms are inviting. Beautiful library, comfortable chairs, nice and quiet for relaxing and reading.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was very adequate but could use an upgrade. We chose a porthole cabin this trip just to hold cost down. It was clean and had adequate storage but not overly large in square footage. We had a large shower which was very nice (some ships you have a tiny shower).

Ship tip

Find the crows nest - get a seat early and relax. Very nice place to sit and watch where you are going. They have a bar there and lots of nice events as well. Deck 9 forward.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
We got on the ship here, did not tour around.

Santa Marta, Colombia

3 out of 5
Not one of the better ports

San Blas Islands, Panama

4 out of 5
Humbling experience how they live there. Friendly natives.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Done it many times, always interesting. If you have never done the Panama Canal, try to arrange it.

Fuerte Amador, Panama

4 out of 5
Nice downtown, enjoyed our tour and learning about the history here.

Cross The Equator

4 out of 5
They made an announcement when we passed. Not a big deal, there is no line in the water.

Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru

4 out of 5
We just walked around here, didn't do a lot.

Callao (Lima), Peru

5 out of 5
We loved their water park and night light show. Lots to see here. Good (great) food, too.

Arica, Chile

3 out of 5
We did a highlights tour nothing memorable to point out

Easter Island

5 out of 5
Rough seas we were darn lucky to get here. Our time compressed. FASCINATING! Love the history.

Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

5 out of 5
We stayed on the ship and the Islanders came to us. The Lido Dome area became a market place and we got to meet the native and trade money for their handcrafts. This is where Fletcher Christian took the Bountry after the mutiny in 1790. Descendants of those people still live there.

Papeete, Tahiti

5 out of 5
Beautiful scenic tropical island. Love it, would spend a week there.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

5 out of 5
Another beautiful tropical island. Visited Bloody Mary's and had lunch. Did a nice tour.

Cross International Dateline

3 out of 5
Lost a day!

Nuku'Alofa, Tonga Islands

4 out of 5
Did a tour, went to a cultural show, had a nice time.

Auckland, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Now HERE is a place I could spend some time. We had only one day, though. Good view from the Auckland Tower.

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Had a tour here as well, lots of history.

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5
What is not to like about Wellington, the Botanical Garden and New Zealand in general. I think the friendliest people on the planet live in NZ.

Picton, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Our only stop on the south island. Did a hike and explored. Beautiful country.

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
The opera house tour was special because the Symphony Orchestra was rehearsing and we got to hear a few minutes of it. Being classical music fans, my wife and I thought it was our absolute highlight of visiting Sydney. Of course, there was lots to see here and do. We also took a tour and a cruise in the harbor. We need to go back, even though we had 2 days here.

Townsville, Australia

4 out of 5
Australia is another amazing place with friendly people. I took another hike here and explored outside of town.

Cairns, Australia

5 out of 5
Getting hot here, near the equator. Lovely town with nice walking areas and friendly people.

Darwin, Australia

5 out of 5
Did white water rafting here - my first time doing it. Was GREAT! And time for a little shopping in town.

Komodo Island, Indonesia

5 out of 5
The dragons are great. Saw lots of them and got some great video. Did you know they were here when dinosaurs roamed?

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

5 out of 5
Another great tropical island. Saw monkeys, bought some great Batik fabric shirts and had a private tour. Was great.

Semarang, Java, Indonesia

5 out of 5
Another interesting and historical port. Traffic is awful but our buses had a police escort to get through. The largest Buddhist temple is here.

Singapore

5 out of 5
Gardens by the Bay, the Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and FOOD. So much in Singapore, you can't get enough of it. 2 days was not enough and I've been there numerous times.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

5 out of 5
Our excursion was private and we went out to the Pinwala Elephant Preserve and had a blast. Even got to feed the elephants. They would walk right up to you if you had fruit in your hands. Last trip we did Colombo, so we want to get out of town and worth it.

Cochin, India

2 out of 5
Nothing great here. We did a houseboat ride with lunch (boring) and the place is dirty. Not worth going.

Mumbai (Bombay), India

5 out of 5
Mumbai has cleaned up its act over the years. It used to be dirty and smelly but that has changed. We visited the slum, the laundry and visited the home of friends we know who live there. We always enjoy Mumbai when we go.

Muscat, Oman

4 out of 5
Very clean country and nice town to walk around and eat or shop. We have been there before so we just walked around town, did a little shopping in the Suk and ate lunch.

Aqaba (Petra), Jordan

5 out of 5
If you go here Petra is a must-see. Since we did that last time, we did a sunset tour of Wadi Rum which was totally beautiful. Think Lawrence of Arabia (and other movies).

Suez Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Beautiful day through the canal which is set in a desert. We played pickleball most of the day and watched the scenery go by.

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
Having done Pompeii before, we took a ride down to the Amalfi Coast which we heard was beautiful and it was. It was a private tour with about 15 people, very nice, and we ate lunch at a farm in Sorrento.

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
We rambled on Las Rambles and ate lunch, visited the Gaudi Bascillica and otherwise walked around - having spent 2 days there not long ago. Lovely place. Don't miss it.

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

5 out of 5
Was there last year and saw Cadiz so this year took a small excursion private tour to Seville and wow that is beautiful. The tile work is breathtaking along with really nice architecture. Actually much more interesting than Cadiz if you only have one day.

Lisbon, Portugal

3 out of 5
We just took the shuttle bus into town from the port and shopped, ate and walked around. There is much we missed but we were pretty tired from several port days together.

Leixoes (Oporto), Portugal Did not visit port

Stayed on ship except got off to have lunch by the port.

Cherbourg, France

5 out of 5
Took a tour of Utah Beach and visited a museum. All famous from D Day in WWII. It is with great awe that I stood on that beach thinking what happened there on June 6, 1944, nearly 75 years ago.

Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium

5 out of 5
Took a bus tour for highlights of Brussels. It's a beautiful city where we walked around the square, visited the guilded buildings, ate a nice lunch and bought too much chocolate to bring home.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
Took a canal boat ride, visited a couple of museums and had a nice time at Rijksmuseum. If you go there, visit Anne Frank House where she held up hiding from the Germans during WWII. Very moving experience. Book on line ahead of time, it's very busy to get into.

Copenhagen, Denmark

4 out of 5
Walked around central Copenhagen, ate lunch, been there before, beautiful buildings along canals.

Oslo, Norway

5 out of 5
Beautiful city, Kon Tiki museum and Maritime museums are great. The place is very expensive, i will warn you, much more than most European cities.

Flaam, Norway

5 out of 5
Take the train, very nice. Quaint town where we ate great seafood lunch.

Portree, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

4 out of 5
Very scenic tour with a small bus. Beautiful landscape views.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

5 out of 5
Went to Titanic Museum and spent most of the day there. Very interesting. The Titanic was actually built where this museum sits.

Dublin, Ireland

3 out of 5
5 ports in a row - getting exhausted. Ate lunch, walked around a bit.

Cobh (Cork), Ireland Did not visit port

We stayed on the ship and had friends from Cork visit us on board. Very nice time.

BANTRY, IRELAND

5 out of 5
Took a lovely bus tour and saw the countryside. Ate lunch and can tell you the terrain is worth seeing. Lush, green, fertile land.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Lots of luggage to sort through but they had enough porters and going through CBP was no issue. No line. Much quicker than I would have expected.
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