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Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 53

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Rotterdam Retired

16 Night Panama Canal (Ft. Lauderdale To San Diego)

Sail date: November 20, 2019

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, we had a great time. The Panama Canal experience was amazing! Wish Holland would upgrade entertainment again. The suite was comfortable, and staff/service was great!


2 out of 5
It was awful! They need to get more organized in Ft Lauderdale cruise port.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was great and plentiful. The waiters were exceptional.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We enjoyed the tours.


2 out of 5
The shows were not good. They used to be more like Las Vegas shows. They had none like that on this cruise. A magician, a quartet which was not enjoyable, comedian. They need to upgrade shows again.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff, waiters, room stewards were excellent.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
It was a smaller ship and more personable.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
We had a suite in the center of the ship which was quite nice.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

3 out of 5
The luncheon was done early, so we had to go back on ship to eat.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Clean water and beautiful beach.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Absolutely worth it. Engineering was fascinating, and the narrator was excellent.

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

4 out of 5

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

3 out of 5
Very poor country.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

4 out of 5
The pyramids were interesting, however, not as restored as ones in Mexico.

Huatulco, Mexico

4 out of 5
Quaint town.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

3 out of 5
Way too commercialized. Would not go back there for vacation.

San Diego, California

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
Was a little disorganized, however, we were able to get off early to catch our flight.
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