Rotterdam Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Great weather, interesting ports, less thrilled with ship

Sail Date: October 10, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We enjoyed the ports. Highlights were Barcelona and Venice. High winds kept us out of Livorno, where we were looking forward to an excursion to Siena and San Gimignano, but we were taken to Elba instead which had historical features.


We were disappointed the ship did change its lounge entertainment for the entire two weeks (although the quality of entertainment in the main showroom was excellent), the food or service wasn't as good as we remembered from a previous HAL cruise, and the transportation support at Venice was woeful.

Cabin / Stateroom
Neptune deck suites very spacious although seems like a lot of wasted space for 2 people. Best part was the double-wide balcony and extra light it provided. Free laundry and use of the Neptune lounge were pluses too. We got upgrade at a reduced rate; don't think we would pay full price for it.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Barcelona, Spain
If you start or end your trip here, book a few more days to enjoy it; great city.
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Calvi, Corsica
Monte Carlo, Monaco
We drove through MC on an excursion to Nice. Glad we went to Nice, and still got a lot of MC color from our guide.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Can't rate as high winds kept us away
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Skipped long tours to Rome as we had been there before; styed on ship
Naples, Italy
Did a private tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum which was great
Catania, Sicily
I enjoyed the excursion to Mt Etna; my wife did not. Town was closed as it was Sunday
Corfu, Greece
Kotor, Montenegro
Most pleasant surprise
Venice, Italy
If needing a taxi, get as much info as possible. We needed to get to airport and were only told by HAL that taxi's would be "limited"; after waiting at the taxi next to the ship for awhile in vain, we learned--from another ship's cruisers--that we needed to take a shuttle bus to the next pier where there were plenty of taxis.


Specialty restaurants were very good.

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