We cruise several times a year and this was just a quick decision to escape the cold of a Phoenix winter in favor of something tropical. We both enjoy the British TV drama Death in Paradise and this was about the only cruise that got us to Guadeloupe where the show is filmed and the water is spectacular.
I went on this cruise with my 86 year old mother. I would enjoy it more if I went with my husband. My mother was not able to do many of the excursions that I would like to do and we'd already done the ones she could do.
Overall, an excellent cruise with a spotless ship, outstanding cuisine, very nice cabin, good service, and nice port calls. Just be aware that the alcohol, internet usage, and ship-based excursions are quite pricey. Still worth the booking and trip, though.
The most disappointing part of the cruise was that on day of embarkation we ran into seven problems and guest services and management was nonchalant about those issues. Even though the spa and our room had issues, most of the ship was clean and fairly new. The ports of call were nice. The food tasted okay but was lukewarm and really may be a health violation. Our other Holland America experiences were better than this one.
Great cruise but not relaxing . Ports everyday and Holland excursions all cramped buses. Sea days only in the beginning and at the end . Too many lines at the buffet. By the time you got what you needed for lunch or breakfast , everything cold.
Embarcation easy. and well organized. Day time activities seem slow and maybe more appealing for 70+ but lacked enthusiasm and vitality for my taste. Most of the programming was come listen oh...BUY BUY BUY...Staterooms SMALL , actually smallest Ive seen compared to other ships. Others who cruise this line often said: gelato pay bar, Dive in, and other revenue producing stands added to this ship take away from cabin space. Entertainment in evenings not always happening. Sail away night...no show!
The cruise is what my husband, daughter and I made it. Cruise director did not do anything that helped us in planning events or entertainment. Without our own input it would have been a pretty boring cruise.
We enjoyed the ship, the food and the service. The activities were a little light. The reservation only restaurants were all fantastic as was almost all of the crew. We really loved the active options like kayaking and hiking in the ports. Pulpit Rock was beautiful and Flan was one o f the prettiest areas that I have been to. Cruising through the fjords was beautiful.
Enjoyed the whole 14 days. Staff and locations could not have been better. Just be prepared for cold and rain since that is the norm in Norway. We had several clear sunny days but was told this is not the norm.
The Fjords, cities and Norwegian countryside are beautiful. This is the best of Norway on a fantastic, new ship.
Being a new ship, the climate control in the cabin works well and the rooms are well insulated so there are few noises other than the toilet flushing. The television could use more development. The initial volume level is scary and the channel selection is sparse.
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