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Holiday Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 14, 2006
Ship: Holiday
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 10 years ago
Staff worked very hard to make the cruise exceptional. I prefer the larger/newer ships, but overall it was a great cruise. Sailing from Mobile was wonderful. Of all the departure cities, this was the most efficiently run of all. It was such a pleasure. I just drove in the Cruise Terminal and was met by porters who unloaded my car, I drove up into the parking garage and down the elevator to line up and we were on board within an hour. Fantastic!!!!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dining room experience was great. Wasn't as impressed with food or variety in the casual dining/grill. Staff in the dining room was the best!!! Friendly, efficient and catered to every desire. Anticipated what we wanted before we could ask. Hostess and Maitre'd were excellent !!!


5 out of 5
Lots to do, lots of activities, good shows. Entire staff worked very hard to make the cruise very enjoyable.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Dining room staff went way beyond efficient. Most helpful when we needed to change table assignment. Wait staff, hostess, maitre'd all excellent !!!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Considering the age of the ship, it was well kept. It doesn't compare to the newer, larger ships, but I am partial to "new" things.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Room was nice, excellent cabin steward. Bathroom smaller than larger ships, but not a problem. Very comfortable.
3 out of 5
Parasailing would be a great thing to do and shopping was great! Ports are not the selling point of a cruise for me. I enjoy the ship.
Don't Miss: Parasailing.
3 out of 5
Didn't want to dine in Cozumel. Good buys on souveniers. The ports are not the highlight for a cruise for me. The ship is what matters to me.

Pros: The service was excellent as always. The Holiday was smaller but the service definitely met my expectations.

Cons: The casual dining wasn't as good as the larger ships. Fewer choices. Casual dining is my least favorite anyway.

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