Always had the grill for hotdogs/hamburgers to fall back on.
The passengers are generally old and sedate. This is a cruise line for more geriatric cruises.
Lower promenade deck is fun for outdoor walkabout. Sheltered somewhat from elements. We walked several mornings.
The ice cream is excellent.
Treat yourselves for Le Cirque
BB King Blues Band was a fantastic addition - great, authentic music in the Crow's Nest every night.
Hamburgers from poolside grill were good.
Hamburgers aren't that great on the ship but the other food was wonderful. The excursions are very expensive so we only booked the boat excursion in Stavanger. You can save some money purchasing the train ride in Flam on your own when you arrive.
Make a reservation for the Pinnacle Grill restaurant as soon as you get on board as this restaurant gets booked quickly and is their best restaurant. There is a fee but it is well worth it. Same thing with their Italian restaurant, the Canaletto.
The ship was kept extremely clean...they were constantly cleaning thru out the day!
Look for Internet onshore. The ship's wifi was expensive. On this particular cruise we were able to use accessible public transportation for excursions- much cheaper, just as interesting and provided a bit of adventure.
Lido was great fro breakfast and lunch.
You can look forward to being pampered everyday...enjoy!
Do not book Holland America
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.
I think that reservations for dinner in the Dining Room should be made early.
I sailed on Dawn.
Take a leisurely walk around the ship and enjoy all the beautiful art decor. If an organized tour is available, take it. I walked away with a greater appreciation of the art on board after my tour led by Location Guide Barbara.
Very easy to get around. The 4th floor does not go all the way through due to the Kitchen. I like to walk on the lower promenade outside deck to get to dining, shows etc. Get the extra steps in .
There is on board self service laundry. This fact was hard to verify. Adding a Tmirid would be huge plus.
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