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Caribbean Cruise by RitaSissel233

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Great cruise, even without many activities, Food was excellent. many healthy choices, clean ship, friendly staff, seemed to be not enough wait staff in dining room

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Fun Time by Slowme

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Western

I like my room with ocean view even I had last minute booking. Dinning room lido dinning and room services are excellent. Terminal agents in Tampa are horrible ! Holland company and link customers booking is horrible. my booking were not linked even I was on ship the third day when I used my room card playing slots machine.. They don’t have my booking with them.

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Highs & Lows by SweetiePie701

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Despite the social environment aboard the Rotterdam not being a good fit for me, the excursions and staff made the trip worthwhile.

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14 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise by kathymwilbur

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We loved the ports of call but were disappointed in the experience on the Rotterdam.

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No hot water in cabin for 7 days. Do not cruise with Holland America!! by frazeecj

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Beware Rotterdam!!! No hot water in our cabin for a week. Holland America was unconcerned with the issues. In the end they gave us a $250 Credit for our inconvenience. Not nearly enough to have to endure two cold showers a day for a week.

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Fabulous Canada/New England Fall cruise by westwordlo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

We loved the cruise and being able to relax and see the sights without moving our luggage every day or so. The food was delicious, we met great people, and enjoyed new ports of call. We hope to go back to Canada again sometime. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

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Pleasant Journey by donnawinder

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Overall it was pretty good but not exciting. Unusually warm weather cause less than peak foliage. We enjoyed ourselves as we went with a group. If we had gone alone we would have been bored.

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Good times on the Rotterdam by cmegurioli

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

Each of the maritime ports and islands was unique and colorful. Ship was relaxing and sophisticated but not snobby, met many 8interesting people in open dining. Made new friends!

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We had a great time on this wonderful cruise! by lesgogo

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Canada, New England, New York

We had a great time on this cruise. We had previously taken this cruise in the other direction (Boston to Montreal) on the ms Maasdam and enjoyed that so much we decided to do it again in this direction. The things that were on the other ship and not on the Rotterdam were dance lessons, flower arranging class, more Bingo, and movies we liked better. But overall, we still liked this cruise. We liked the different ports that we stopped at. The crew was fantastic. Everyone is friendly, attentive, professional, and efficient. We enjoyed the different foods and activities. Gala night was fun. The shows at night were excellent. There was no "crew show" on the Rotterdam like there was on the Maasdam (which we enjoyed), but that may be because the crew are just so busy. Overall, we would highly recommend this cruise.

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Awesome Cruise by RomeoLima

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Transatlantic

Being of Viking descent,this was very interesting and on our bucket list. Sailing above the Artic Circle was nice and certifying it was a nice touch.

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Norway by babrown

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

Norway is a beautiful country. Most of the ports we visited were small and we were the only ship in port so there weren't the usual crowds in town. One shore excursion was cancelled because not enough people signed up and one was changed due to snow on the mountain. It was a very relaxing, no rush trip. The entertainment on HAL was not up to their usual standards but the scenery made up for it. We had booked 2 shore excursions from , supposedly at a discount, for the hop on/hop off busses. When we got to the bus we found that we could have saved $10 each if we booked directly with them on shore.

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probably not again by jcarmi

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Europe - Northern Europe

+ food

+ accommodation, i.e., bed, linens, shower but not the sound from the stage

+ wait and housekeeping staff

+ ship's condition for its age (1997)

- onboard WiFi kills free, nearby, off-board WiFi 

- business processes; several errors/discrepancies in printed/webpage info

- lack of empathy from Ashore Department and Customer Service Desk

- inadequate preplanning for crowd control around elevators and level 1 exit to the gangplank

- uneven footing in the highest traffic area on the ship (can you spell Lido?)

- unbeknown surprise of booking a 21 day but receiving a 14 + 7  "Collective Cruise".....did not see that in my contract anywhere

- if the spa worked I could not figure it out and no one came to check

- there is more but it probably gets a little bit petty after the above

 

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overall rating of the cruise by krshevlin626

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

good price and went where we wanted to go.  all Holland America shore excursions were over priced and to much bus riding sight seeing.  should have more stops to take pictures, than trying to get a picture from a moving bus. not enough variety in night shows, not enough actives on sea days, food buffet was same items day after day for all three meals for short cruises would be ok but not when on 44 days 

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Great Time by finlfam5

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We loved each port and the excursions.   The food on the ship met our expectations and the staff was friendly and helpful.   Over all, we would do this cruise again. 

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21 Day Rotterdam Cruise by baronbad

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We were very pleased with the service.  We loved the location of our cabin (3319) but would not recommend it to anyone.  Wooden bench located outside cabin window stored hose that was used to wash the decks every morning at 5am.  Very noisy.

Itinerary was great. I would highly recommend this cruise as it covers many of the islands in the 21 days.  Had beautiful weather and really enjoyed our dining room table location and 4 other companions.   

Showroom Entertainment on board was exceptional.  We went almost every evening.  Loved piano man Stryker and Adagio also.

Liked being on a smaller ship again (1300 passengers). 

Ship was in great condition.  TV system really needs upgrade.  We were told this would be done while in dry dock this fall.

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For those who like to cruise rather than discover by Cruiser88390966

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

With so many ports of call you just get a taste of each location. Unless you book tours all you get is a shopping experience. It was a good escape from winter in New England.   We had not done a cruise in several years and found cruise line had cut back on food and service. Internet very expensive onboard. 

Passengers were almost all elderly and many had disabilities. We met some nice people at our assigned dinner table. Good entertainment each evening. 

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Fantastic cruise by jamietnyc136

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

I love the cruise line. Service is excellent and the food is amazing. We were in port 17 days out of 21. We had wonderful times in port and will book our next cruise on Holland America again for sure.

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Great Cruise by eleanorwg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Great itinerary, good value, good service, good food, and good planning to replace the Key West stop with Cozumel due to bad weather. Nice variety of entertainment on board and learned a lot at the computer classes.

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panama canal by quilterc

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

A bit disappointed.

On board services/programs/meals NOT up to the standards of Holland America of previous times.

 

On board activities (without charge) are almost non existant

 

crew to cabin ration is inhumane...used to be 15-1  NOE 30 -1

 

Cruise was ok, Panama Canal is awesome

 

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.The food was great Excellent by mikejeglum

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We had a great time ,the only thing the Port we went to on Sunday everything  was  closed in town.The weather was perfect .The staff was great.We would totally recommend this cruise ,there were a lot of older people on this cruise really not many children around.

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