This was our honeymoon cruise. We are in our mid 40s, and this was our 3rd cruise together. We arrived for embarkation early and got onboard quickly. It took a few hours to get our luggage. (not a problem)
One of the first things we do when we get onboard is to go to the spa and check out any specials. We were pleasantly surprised to find the pay as you go Hydro pool, and thermal spa. We treated ourselves to an unlimited full length cruise pass that cost us $320 as a couple. This proved to be the best investment we've ever made on a cruise ship. We spent at least two hours a day in the spa. It was great after spending all day on a shore excursion, and returning sore, and worn out.
We had a late seating for dinner. The service was just above average, but the food was exceptional.
The entertainment was the best!! They had a large variety of acts (comedy, juggler, Big Band, and the show troupe was top notch).
The cruise staff all knew us by first name after the first day.
We were given a handicapped cabin, that was fine with us because of the size, it was very roomy. The bed was the best we've ever had on a cruise. Our steward was very attentive, and our cabin was spotless. There was lots of closet space, and the bathroom was big.
The casino was very lively and was packed most of the time. The payouts were in abundance. My wife left the cruise on the winning side after winning on many occasions with $200 and $400 wins. I didn't play much, but broke even.
The ports were very lively and we had a great time at every one.
Overall we had a great time and will be sailing on Holland America again very soon.