sueb84

sueb84
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Cruiseline: Holland America Line

Ship: Rotterdam

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Westerdam

April 2018 - 17 Night Circle Hawaii (Vancouver Roundtrip) Cruise on Westerdam

Westerdam

October 2017 - 13 Night Spanish Passage (Rome To Ft. Lauderdale) Cruise on Westerdam

Rotterdam

April 2016 - 16 Night Canary Islands Discovery (Rotterdam Roundtrip) Cruise on Rotterdam

Eurodam

September 2015 - 17 Night Viking Passage (Copenhagen To New York) Cruise on Eurodam

Prinsendam

August 2014 - 14 Night Norh Cape Explorer (Amsterdam Roundtrip) Cruise on Prinsendam

We had to go back

Prinsendam from shore stateroom North Cape

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We had done a week in Northern Europe just the year before, but had been suffering from horrible jetlag and were not able to fully enjoy the itinerary.  We elected to do the 2 week itinerary as it allowed us to visit some similar ports and add new ones with the additional week.  While we enjoyed the intimacy of the Prinsendam, I have to say that I believe we would have enjoyed one of the larger ships more.  Having said that it was certainly delightful to connect with so many of our fellow cruisers who were on the ship, as the Prinsendam is definitely a smaller ship.  One of the reasons I enjoy the HAL cruise ships is the mid ship pool always has a cover that permits pool usage even in bad weather.  That is not the case on  the Prinsendam, the midship pool is open to the elements and in Northern Europe weather can be a little cooler.  The dining room as always was great and we commented to our travel agent that we had one of the most wonderful table mates we had ever encountered on a cruise.  The stateroom was a good size, we were happy with the space and the walk in closet contributed to making the cabin seem uncluttered.  The staff as always were a delight and friendly.  The 3 shows we attended were absolutely entertaining, including an afternoon interview with the captain who was terrifically funny. I always make use of the gym and spa and although they are smaller on this  ship I was never not able to access the facilities.  

 

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Rotterdam

September 2013 - 7 Night Norse Legends (Rotterdam roundtrip) Cruise on Rotterdam

sueb84's Tips

Cruise Lysefjord, Norway -
Geiranger, Norway - Just a beautiful scenic port. we chose to walk around as we had been here before.
Leknes, Norway - were not able to do this stop as weather had forced a change of itinerary early in the cruise.
Cruise Geirangerfjord - again scenery is the big seller here.
Honningsvag, Norway - If you are planning on going to the North Cape be prepared for large crowds. I think everyone on the ship did that excursion.
Bergen, Norway - If you're planning on doing the funicular plan for large crowds
Prinsendam Prinsendam - This is HAL's most popular ship, due to it's smaller more intimate spaces. A lot of the people on the ship have cruised on the Prinsendam in the past. The ship is a little tired looking but the spaces are still enjoyable.
Rotterdam, Netherlands - we stayed at the hotel New York. Great service. great room, and the true benefit was the fact that after checking out you just walk over to the pier and onto the ship
Rotterdam Rotterdam - We were originally concerned about our stateroom as it was right next to the elevators, however either the room was well soundproofed or the other cruisers were extremely considerate as we were never bothered by the elevators at all.

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received a helpful vote on their Rotterdam cruise review - norway was on our bucket list of cruises

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received a helpful vote on their Prinsendam cruise review - We had to go back

received a helpful vote on their Prinsendam cruise review - We had to go back

received a helpful vote on their Prinsendam cruise review - We had to go back

received a helpful vote on their Prinsendam cruise review - We had to go back

received a helpful vote on their Prinsendam cruise review - We had to go back

received a helpful vote on their Prinsendam cruise review - We had to go back