Rotterdam Feb 11, 2018

Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review to Caribbean

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
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Rotterdam Retired

21 Night Southern / Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 11, 2018

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 3313

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Good itinerary, but ship needs major refurbishment.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Embarked at around 1 pm, so no line up at all.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Lido - Food Selection good. Food Quality - roasted chicken, pork and beef very good. Fried chicken all breast meat very dry/over cooked. Could have more vegetable stir fry selections. Beef steak was good. Fish could be better, quality and taste need improvement. Fine ding generally good, but some evenings the selection was not so good. Braided beef brisket good, could have been a little more frequent. Prime Rib roast good. haddock was good when available. Lobster should be offered more than once. More choices please.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
america's test kitchen and movie theatre good but limited seating for both events. Tech classes in addition to or instead of,/should have IPAD and IPhone devices type courses. Passenger can bring their own devices to the course.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Entertainment was good. Could be better. One evening songs were totally unfamiliar so was boring.

Children's Programs

Travelling without children.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Stateroom attendant, food stewards and servers all very good to excellent. Happy faces . Customer relations need to have more authority to offer passengers some form of reasonable complementary service when something is deficient. Eg. Launderette is gone, but is still indicated on the floor plans on and other web site. Purchased detergent to bring on board for 21 day cruise, what a waste.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Design and layout OK, but major refurbishment needed. When it rained outside it rained inside, in the Lido pool area. Looks liked AC units leak in the stateroom hallways, floors wet or buckets to collect water or fan going to dry up damp carpet. Room toilets frequently did not flush.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Room was clean, only problem was the toilet not always flushing .

Ship tip

Be positive. Food is good and excellent walking track. Weather in Feb - March is great in the Caribbean compared to Canada and northern US.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
Location in the city.

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5

St. John's, Antigua

1 out of 5
Looked a little rough. Did not feel very tourist friendly.

Castries, St. Lucia

3 out of 5
Downtown markets on Sunday wasn't very lively. A run down feel, dark and dinghy .

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Very nice areas to walk around and shop. Felt safe here.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
very nice place, port stay could have been a couple hours longer. felt safe here.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Very nice, felt safe here.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Excellent, late disembarkation (9:15am)
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