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Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4.6 out of 5
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Rotterdam Retired

7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 07, 2019

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 7074

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Embarkation/debarkation fast n easy; vista suite very nice; bars were great with no long waits; MDR very good and on point; Pizza bar best on boat so far; Lido buffet quite good, no trouble finding seats; no chair hogging on deck 8 aft pool area; Canaletto mediocre; Pinnacle Grill was spectacular food and service; great room stewards; not alot for kids to do but that's great so there isn't many kids. Great boat for relaxing and reconnecting with significant other. WONDERFUL VACATION OVERALL!!!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Smooth, Fast, Great staff

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
MDR wonderful and hardworking waitstaff; Pinnacle Grill spectacular food and service, Caneletto was nithing to brag about but not bad; pizza Awesome; lido buffet quite nice fir breakfast and lunch....never ate dinner in the buffet yet

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Rotterdam lacks alot of "entertainment" but that's why I chose it. We never had to worry about any chair hogs by the pool which was very nice

Entertainment

We didn't go to any shows so I don't know about any of them

Children's Programs

Took no children on this trip and booked it specifically because I knew other people wouldn't be bringing alot of their kids either

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We encountered not a single negative staff member on this boat. Everyone was on par.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Rotterdam is just showing a little age but it was clean and comfortable. I loved the bed in our Aft Vista suite cabin 7074. The layout is fine and decor is fine. Enjoyed past Rotterdam pictures and all of its rewards.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
What's not to love!!! Comfortable bed and I even used the whirlpool tub!!!! The refrigerator door was a little jenky but we don't really use it for anything except storing our water bottles. Aft cabin is our favorite choice. Rotterdam just showing a little age but still very good.

Ship tip

Not alot to do on board, but that's why I picked it. Not very many kids which is also why I picked it.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
We spent weekend prior to cruise in Treasure Island which was nice and had no problems navigating Tampa area in our rental car.

Key West, Florida

4 out of 5
Our first time in Keywest and we'll go back to check it out some more

Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala

4 out of 5
We took a river boat tour which was nice overall but Livingston is not a place I would revisit. We would go back to visit Gutemala though. Beautiful landscape and people.

Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
We've been to Roatan several times and just can't get enough!!!! We went on a Jolly Roger Catamaran Sail n Snorkel and had a great time. Their staff did a great job overall.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
We have also been to this port a few times and enjoy it as well. We like that it's a small town when you get out of the main port shops. We like to scuba dive and snorkel so this port is good for that. Not to mention getting a massage on the beach was awesone too!!!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Easy and efficient. Good transportation afterwards to TPA as well.
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