Rotterdam Canary Islands October 16, 2012: Rotterdam Cruise Review by Deedeedog
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Rotterdam Canary Islands October 16, 2012
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
The ship is marvelous and I would highly recommend it, The sailing was smooth except for 1 night and we were warned by the Captain prior to entering the rough seas More thatit would be a hard night. The public rooms, bars and restaurants are very nice and enjoyable. The cruise director "Michael" was pleasant, accessible, and all over the ship all the time. We played team trivia with him every day and had great fun arguing his answers vs our answers with the other teams playing.
The dining room food was fine, but I would not call it 5 star gourmet food. The menu always had plenty of options to offer. Dining in the Canaletto was good Italian fare, but there is now a $10 charge for the meal and it used to be free on our last cruise. The Pinnacle grill was the best in service with excellent quality and taste to everything. With close to 1200 passengers on board, there was never a problem getting a reservation in either specialty restaurants. Most people ate in the dining room.
The ports were nice, but we found the ships tours to be disappointing. Many of the guides spoke a broken English and were difficult to understand. After wasting our money on a tour of Lisbon (our first port) we complained about the language problem, to be told that was the way it is. WE then swore off HA's tours and took Hop On Hop Off buses which do not cover as much of the islands as HA's tours do, but at least you could understand them. The only other two tours we took were a cable ride and sled ride, both of which were worth while. We toured in Casablanca with the HA tour which was not good. The guide did not cover everything he was supposed to, he took us to places not on the tour schedule to try and get us to buy things in his selection of shops, and ended the tour 45 minutes early.We have sailed with Holland America many times and have always enjoyed our trips, as we did this one. WE have already booked on board for our next HA cruise in July 2013. Less
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