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Rotterdam Retired Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Rotterdam Retired

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

Sail date: March 11, 2020

Ship: Rotterdam Retired

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 3359

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Review summary

We highly recommend the Rotterdam. The size of the ship is perfect the bars and lounges are never packed. The music is wonderful. Small amount of shopping. Most wonderful kind servers

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Our first cruise.. embarkation was effortless.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We ate dining room almost every night. It was awesome. Our servers knew us after one night..down to what we drank. Everyone was so kind and good and service was excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We mostly used pools. Did a couple spa things. Spa was wonderful.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Shows we're good. The shows that the servers put on were amazing. So nice for them to be a part of our celebration.. I need to add that the music and entertainment in bars and lounges was wonderful...

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We became really good friends with some of the servers. They always had a smile and we know they work long hours. We tried to let them know how much we appreciated them.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We found the ship to be very easy to get around...all except the 4th floor dining room. We always needed 2 trys to find it...ship was very clean and sanitizer everywhere..

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Our cabin # was 3372. We loved the Lanai.. Room was a tad tight.. but it was kept impeccable.

Ship tip

Always get s Lanai...it makes it so nice to nice to sit and watch people go by and watch the ocean.

Ports of call

San Diego, California

2 out of 5
We didn't get to spend much time in SD.. would love to go back

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
We had a great there. We did not do excursion but instead visited local markets. A local restaurant..had fun

Huatulco, Mexico

5 out of 5
We did an excursion and had a blast. We took catamaran to your bays and then went swimming in one of them...met really fun people. Totally enjoyed the day

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

4 out of 5
No excursion. Enjoyed the markets

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

5 out of 5
Walked around.

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

3 out of 5
This port was disappointing..no excursion.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
The Panama canal was awesome.. everyone should see it. The narrator was amazing. I wish they printed up s pamflet for passengers to have or purchase with many of the details to put with my pictures.bi can't remember all.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
This was our favorite port. Loved the town with all the colorful buildings. The moving bridge. We ate at sidewalk cafe for dinner. Had music ...very enjoyable..could our ship all lit up. Would consider vacation there. Had great excursion to liquor plant and beach.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
Didnt really visit port, but we got through customs quite quickly and no issue to find our luggage.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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