154 Rotterdam Retired Tips


Mar 13, 2018

Not enough activities; shows were OK but not great; food was OK but we have had better on other lines. Very old ship and although it was refurbished a few years ago, you can only do so much. Rust around windows, etc.

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Mar 09, 2018

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

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Feb 26, 2018

Get to know the layout. Do know your bar staff. Understand that if you go to the Mariners luncheon, get in line early, but do NOT block the elevators as people don't know there is a line forming behind them and up the stairs to go into the dining room.

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Feb 17, 2018

If you are able to, book one or both of the premium dinning rooms..great food for and excellent value. Or book an early dinner, then you'll be able to see all the 9pm shows.

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Feb 05, 2018

Don't do it. Wasn't happy with ship, service, inconsistencies, and poor communication. Perfect examples: got double charged several times and charged incorrectly for things, had to go to front desk a total of 7 times to get it straightened out, numerous shore excursions cancelled at the last minute, poor customer service, things that were promised by Holland America didn't come true--refrigerator, laundry services (was told again there was self serve laundry on the ship, packed light, got on board--no self serve laundry-had to pay big bucks to have ship do your laundry), etc. Poor execution, poor follow through.

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Jan 09, 2018

If you like peace and quiet , great service and relaxing atmosphere, this is a great ship. I only wish the entertainment was better suited for a mature audience as well as the musical taste

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Dec 21, 2017

Don't expect a busy ship with lots of things to do. If you are looking for a relaxing cruise with excellent service and good food you won't be disappointed. One good thing about Holland is they still offer complimentary room service. We enjoyed a full relaxing breakfast in our cabin each morning. If you don't see what you want on the room service menu write in what you want and they will do their best to provide it.

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Nov 29, 2017

Do not sail on Rotterdam. Choose another boat. This one came out of dry dock a few weeks earlier and is not in usable shape.

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Oct 26, 2017

Expect a laid back "classic" cruise geared to an older middle aged crowd and their tastes. Younger folks can have a great time too as long as they are not there to meet tons of other people their own age and are not expecting loads of activities geared towards the younger crowd. Great for relaxing. Do your research about what to expect. Make sure HAL is a good fit.

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Oct 17, 2017

Lower promenade deck is fun for outdoor walkabout. Sheltered somewhat from elements. We walked several mornings.

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