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jgarges
Jul 04, 2015

Generally you can board earlier than what guidelines tell you.

DRWandLDG
Apr 29, 2015

The special duty-free, discounted prices of items offered on-board were not so special or discounted at all.

mwajr
Jul 28, 2014

Looking for a place to just kick back, hang out and have a great view? Go to the library.

pd10s27
Feb 10, 2012

Eat lunch in the dining room,much more relaxing and good service.

captsnookus
May 11, 2016

We liked the size of the ship.

jiyaep
Dec 31, 2015

You can go much earlier than the suggested boarding time and its recommended. People start lining up to check-in VERY early and it gives you a nice opportunity to explore whats on the boat before everyone gets on. Bring nice gala clothes - a lot of people dress up.

jandi
Aug 19, 2015

In Barcelona, book a Delta flight and use their transport to the airport. It makes disembarkation very easy!

bentoclan
Mar 20, 2015

The Library had a wonderful view , great mocha coffee, puzzles ,books. but if you wanted to get on the internet to go through your email. .. forget it. That did not work. No Air service.

snugharbor
Feb 17, 2015

The internet café and Crow's nest was a great place to hang out.

darrellcook
Jan 26, 2015

Dine as you wish gives the flexibility we enjoy. Eat whenever, wherever we choose. Sometimes with large table, other times eat alone as a couple.

karlbradley
Nov 03, 2014

The chairs in the "Crows Nest" were the most comfortable. We also liked playing cards with friends to pass the time.

candym
Mar 26, 2013

The age of this cruise is much older than expected but everyone was very nice and fun to be with. Try dine as you wish as you get to meet others from around the world.

Sunshine42
Jan 09, 2012

If you are going to anything in the Vista Lounge, go early as a lot of the seating is taken up by large support poles that cut off the line of sight to the stage. If you come in late you will not be able to find seats from which you can see the stage.

mzachary
Oct 15, 2018

Don’t communicate with Captain

gmjoycek
Oct 13, 2018

The ship was very good.

JensJakobsen
Oct 07, 2018

Never make an early booking with Holland America Line They are fooling early bookers when they reduce rates 1 months prior to departure without compensating early bookers to same level like other cruiselines, e.g. Royal Caribbean in such cases. On our cruise they reduced the cabin prices with 2.600 USD the last month prior to departure and thereby cheated early bookers the same price. And they difinitively reject to compensate early bookers in any way. They may have the right, but it is certainly not decent to early bookings. They could have compensated early bookers with a free beverage package, which would be a very cheap way for them to compensate the fooling. Or by upgrading. But they just gave away the better cabins to late bookers instead of early bookings. Besides, beverage packages,and especielle ordinairy wines are extremely expensive. Internet charges were 25USD for 24 hours, claiming you can be streaming, but limited to 500 MB a day. How can anyone be streaming with a limitation of 500 MB ??? - So a constant squeeze everywhere. Merely, the cabin layout is not in accordance with the showings at their website. In our case, the cabin should contain a couch with a little table and a chair. It only had the chair. All in all a very very bad experience compared to other cruise lines. So never ever Holland America Line again. And we recommend others to stay away from HAL and find other cruise lines with a decent behavour against early bookings, such as e.g. Celebrity Cruises. If it is late bookings at reduced rates they want, give it to them and save a lot of they want it so. Most travel agents have a system of notification when prices are lowered. Just sign up at these.

PennyC76095489
Sep 29, 2018

Experience your adventure

PennyC76095489
Sep 29, 2018

Enjoy, amazing crew

Merleycruisers
Sep 25, 2018

Try and find independent tours or do your own thing as HAL tours are expensive

sandyknutson
Sep 20, 2018

If you have any dietary restrictions they will adjust the menu