1st-timer & Disappointed

Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

2.9 out of 5
Rotterdam Retired

22 Night Southern / Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 04, 2017

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1919

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

As a first-timer, it would have been nice to have been invited to a tour of the ship, a get acquainted party, something to show us what to do, what to expect, where to find things. It was 10-days into the cruise when I found out about the Excursion Lounge!


2 out of 5
Delayed by 3 hours. The cruise ship was coming out of dry dock, but was still being worked on. We watched workers going on and coming off for those three hours

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food was fine, but way too frufru for my taste. The buffet had the same thing every day. Thank goodness there was a pizza shop on the back deck

Sports Bar

5 out of 5

The bar was MIX! Russel and her husband Henry were wonderful! They had a mixology class that was really fun and we learned a lot. They and their staff treated us very well!

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Too few!! We did enjoy the trivia games every day, but other than that it was a snoozefest!! You'd think there would be pool parties or steel drums playing Caribbean music (since it was a Caribbean cruise)!


4 out of 5
JAMM in MIX was great to listen to. He was musically entertaining and funny at the same time. It would be enjoyable to see him again on another cruise

Crow's Next

3 out of 5

The staff seemed to ignore my party every time we were there. I was there with a party of 14. We spent a lot of time in the Crow's Nest playing cards (as there was sooo little else to do on board), and rarely did anyone come over to offer a drink. We mostly had to go to the bar to order them ourselves.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our cabin staff (Widodo) was wonderful and always made us feel welcome The wait staff in the main dining room (Firmen, Roy, Barbara) were very accommodating. I have a lot of food allergies and they made me feel as though my health was very important to them

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
The ship had MANY buckets collecting dripping water the entire 15 days of the cruise. The hallways smelled like varnish, the carpet was sticky. The LIDO pool area was dirty and rarely swept. There was always food/crumbs on the floor

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The decor left a lot to be desired - really? The tv had to be 20 years old The A/C was not cooling enough. I complained for several days to Guest Services; when they finally came to the room, they measured the temp and stated it was within their range & was "as good as it was going to get".

Ship tip

Unless it undergoes months of rehab, I would not recommend it to anyone

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

3 out of 5
The embarkation port was clean, the staff was nice, but there were too few seats for everyone.

Key West, Florida

2 out of 5
The excursion was expensive for what we got...a ride around the town Time in port was too short.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

1 out of 5
The excursion was supposed to be a tour of Rum factory, Chocolate factory, Coffee factory and Cigar factory. They were all within one compound. There was no factory tours at all. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT! MONEY WASTED!

Basseterre, St. Kitts

2 out of 5
We did the train tour. Another over-priced excursion

St. John's, Antigua

2 out of 5
Catamaran Cruise & Lobster Lunch The catamaran was not "luxury" by any means. We stopped at two beaches...couldn't figure out why, as there was nothing to do there. We had to RENT the chaise lounge chairs and wooden umbrellas at $20 an hour!! The staff was nice enough though.

Castries, St. Lucia

1 out of 5
Essence of St. Lucia excursion -- HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT - probably the biggest A $90 tour of a house (just two rooms), and an old church

Kralendijk, Bonaire

3 out of 5
Glass bottom boat tour The captain was nice enough

Willemstad, Curacao

2 out of 5
Caves & City Highlights The town was dirty

Oranjestad, Aruba

3 out of 5
Atlantis Submarine Tour I did this submarine tour (by the same company) in Hawaii, and this was certainly not anywhere as nice After sitting so close you became very chummy with your neighbor, they made us swing around to the other side in the middle of the tour - not exactly something easy for everyone to do

George Town, Grand Cayman

2 out of 5
Crystal Cave Adventure I was disappointed by this tour when I found out how much damage was done to the caves to make it suitable for tourists.


4 out of 5
Disembarkation was delayed, but was fine
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