Amsterdam Cruise Review by rhinowin: Amsterdam - Northern Europe
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Amsterdam - Northern Europe
Destination: Baltic Sea
Overall, the 10 day Baltic Cruise on the Amsterdam was excellent.
The cabin was spacious and had ample storage - more then we even needed. The staff was wonderful - always smiling, greeting and very polite.
The food was exceptional, especially in the dining room. Wonderful soups, appetizers, main courses and lovely desserts. The only item that could have improved was having a larger selection of salads. Coffee and tea was included, but sodas were extra. If you like soda, the 20 drink soda card for $20 was the least expensive way to go.
Food on the Lido deck was good, but for dinner, it was not nearly as good as the dining room. The ship was spotless, except in the late afternoons around the main pool area where the staff could have done a far better job on picking up towels and glasses after passengers left.
The evening shows were mediocre. The dancers, who were there almost every night, were amateurish. The comedy was ok - but More nothing to write home about. The Internet fees at 55-75 cents per minute, I feel, were excessive. The casino was there for donations, especially the slots.
Getting on and off the ship at the ports was seamless. Never really had to wait long to get on or off. We made our own arrangements for shore excursions as we felt the HAL prices were out of line. For example, 6 of us contracted with a private tour company to go to Berlin - a 2 ½ drive, for only $167 per person, vs. $300 per person that HAL wanted.
Overall, again, it was an excellent cruise with only a couple of minor complaints Less
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