28 Night Incan Empires (San Diego Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 25, 2018
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 337
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 months ago
This was a relaxing and enjoyable cruise, which was educational in a way, because we get to see how people in other countries live.
Great, although it was busy and crowded because we were embarking with the other larger HAL ship, Oosterdam, at the same time.
Food and Dining
our meals were all enjoyable, because of the care and attention we received from the crew.
The presence of a priest on board made it possible for us to fulfill our spiritual duties while enjoying our vacation.
HAL band and dancers performed really well, even beyond our expectations.
We didn't have a young child with us.
Service and Staff
This trip was made enjoyable because of all the crew members who went out of their way to make us comfortable and well-fed.
This is one of the older ships of HAL, and it shows, although clean and well-maintained.
Cabin / Stateroom
This room, called "Lanai" has a sliding door that opens up to the walking deck, with reserved lounge chairs by the door.
The layout of the showroom in the upper floor is not well designed, and one has to be in the room well ahead of time, to get one of the few choice seats.
Ports Of Call
San Diego, California
Didn't do any excursion because we are from California; the port is busy, but well managed.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
We did the sunset dinner cruise which we can recommend to other cruisers.
Our excursion didn't measure up to our expectation.
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
Fuerte Amador, Panama
Enjoyed the excursion we did which went through the "old" and "new" Panama city.
Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru
No, but the ship offered shuttle buses to the city, so we explored the area on our own.
Callao (Lima), Peru
The tour we took called "Lima City by Night and Light/Water show" was well worth it. The light show was spectacular, the best we have seen so far.
This is an industrial port so not much to see at the port itself. We took the city bus to a tourist spot at Montecristi.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Took an excursion that took us to coffee plantations and the city. It was good to see how people in Central America work and live.
Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua
Nothing extraordinary about the port, but the tour we had, took us to Leon, which is one of the most traveled city in Nicaragua. The Cathedral, and the view from atop the Cathedral was worth seeing.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Our excursion took us to Antigua which happened to be very busy with church goers because of the Lenten Season. It was great to see and be exposed to the customs and traditions of the people,
We took a city tour and had stops at arts and handicrafts area, where shopping was great!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Busy port, with tourists everywhere. Took a private tour which took us to tequila factory, and had lunch at a mountain resort which we enjoyed very much because of the scenery, with birds and flowers in the area.
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