14 day Iberian 2013

Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 48

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Rotterdam Retired


Sail date: September 14, 2013

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6153

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Review summary

Third cruise on HA but not as great as the others.  It started & ended at the same port so 80% of passengers were Dutch, older, rude.  The Atlantic was rough.  The Rotterdam itself is older.  AC didn't work for 2 days and the toilet was a problem 4 times.  If you persist they do fix the problems but make you feel like it was your fault.  Service by the steward & in room dining staff was impeccable and always on time.  Furnishings are old, worn, scratched & cloth chair covers in the main dining room are torn.  Food is ok at buffet not spectacular and catered to European tastes (weird salads such as mint pasta???).  Extra cost for Italian restaurant not worth it, food is good but the same thing was offered on the buffet the next day!!!   The Slice (pizza) grill was bad (like cardboard and cold).  However their Med BBQ and desert extravaganza were great.


Excursions on this trip were 30/70 (30% worth it).  The HA line seems to attract a really old crowd. We are 60 but everyone else seemed 75-80. Lots of wheelchairs/walkers/canes that help up excursions everywhere.  Buses had faulty or no AC and windows wouldn't open.


Other cruises on the Med & Baltic were much better (Noordam) however I did love the availability of the laundry.  There were also 2 days of just cruise in the beginning & end of the itinerary which could have been better if another port was added - just too much sea time in the choppy Atlantic

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Weird buffet food, great dining rm&in room dining

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
lots of computer classes


3 out of 5
was looking for a comedian

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
great steward & excursion staffs

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Old Worn, AC & Toilet problems

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
worn furnishings

Ship tip

Always had the grill for hotdogs/hamburgers to fall back on.

Ports of call

Rotterdam, Netherlands Did not visit port

Nothing to say, just boarded ship

La Coruna, Spain

1 out of 5
boring excursions

Leixoes (Oporto), Portugal

3 out of 5
Loved the town/just needed some time alone to browse

Portimao, Portugal

3 out of 5
Mostly just a bus rid

Gibraltar (U.K.)

3 out of 5
Very interesting

Malaga, Spain

1 out of 5
Save Your money & take a private taxi

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

3 out of 5
If you love Sherry this is the place

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
Good city tour, don't miss Jeronimos Monestary

Vigo, Spain

1 out of 5
basically 3 hrs on a bus
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