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Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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Rotterdam Retired

37 Night Viking Passage & Voyage Of The Vikings (Rotterdam Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 15, 2017

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6190

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Being of Viking descent,this was very interesting and on our bucket list. Sailing above the Artic Circle was nice and certifying it was a nice touch.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The ship needed some maintenance. The veteran's meeting was a nice touch and would be nice on future cruises. The guest laundries on a cruise this long were a big plus. The food and staff was amazing. The Explore 4 package was great. Pat Klowas' from was outstanding to work with on the cruise dtails, he was always ultra responsive. The beverage package through Explore Four was awesome.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
More bingo on a long cruise like this would have been nice. Free internet or an unlimited internet package would be a huge plus. Many other cruise lines are doing this and HAL will loose business if it doesn't switch to this mode.


3 out of 5
The entertainment on this cruise wasn't as good as on previous HAL cruises.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Simply wonderful for the rooms, food and beverage. The disembarkation for the excursions was a total goat rope. Assigning individual tenders wasn't done and it was very disorganized. Go back to the old way of doing this.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship desperately needs extensive dry dock maintenance. It was clean. It would suggest as on previous cruises, the food service staff in the lido serve the food as on previous HAL cruises. There is less chance for the spread of viruses--lots of coughing on this cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Spacious. Some plain wire hangers would help give more closet space vs the wooden ones.

Ship tip

There is on board self service laundry. This fact was hard to verify. Adding a Tmirid would be huge plus.

Ports of call

Rotterdam, Netherlands

4 out of 5
Staying at the Hilton Central was wonderful and reasonable the night before the cruise. To get from Schipol to the Rotterdam Central train station on an intercity express train was easy and approximately 20€.

Bergen, Norway

5 out of 5
Using the Bergen one day card gave us several discounts at museums, the funicular, free transportation on busses and trains, free entry to the Fanthof Stabe Kirche. Have it mailed to your house before departure. The .Starbucks at the end of the cruise pier has freeinternet and free bathrooms.

Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

5 out of 5
The Moussa Is. tour was fabulous.

Akureyri, Iceland

5 out of 5
Quaint town. The Best of the North was a gear way to see the northern part of the island.

Isafjordur, Iceland

5 out of 5
The abandoned village of Hysteri was great! The local rhubarb snackand hot tea were nice on a drizzly day. The one hour boat ride to get there was impressive.

Reykjavik, Iceland

5 out of 5
The Blue Lagoon with a stop at the geothermal powerplant are not to be missed. The Grand Circle tour as very nice.

Qaqortoq, Greenland

4 out of 5
Add excursions here. The town was very interesting. At Narsaq, add a tour to ththe Viking ruins.

Nanortalik, Greenland Did not visit port

St. John's, Newfoundland

5 out of 5
We walked this port. Definitely see the Rooms and walk to Sigmal Hill and stop at the Canadian Forces Tattoo if you are there on a day it is done.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5
We did the Luneberg tour and had time to also do some shopping.

Boston, Massachusetts

5 out of 5
Our excursion was visiting our son and family for a few days.


5 out of 5
Leisurely and smooth.
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