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Amsterdam Cruise Review by The Shadow: A Grand Adventure by Sea into History

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The Shadow
Member Since 2008
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.0

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A Grand Adventure by Sea into History

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego

The ports on the Pacific were fine but the main event for this trip was the fantastic experience of transiting the Panama Canal. Reading about the canal in advance will really help one enjoy the trip more and seeing it from early in the morning, when we turned out at 4:30 am so as not to miss anything, is the way to start the day.
With a ship in front of us and one behind us, the day's journey through the locks and across the long lake and river were fascinating, a trip back one hundred years and crossing from one great ocean to another with time for lunch and a nap in between!
The dreaded bug was present on the ship and the staff exercised extreme diligence in serving at the Lido, which is all the better, given the sanitary habits of some folks, I far prefer to have the staff give the extra service, which they did with enthusiasm and courtesy.
The food was wonderful at Lido and especially in the main dining room. The elegance of the ship is fitting for another era and a More relief from some of the more glitzy venues on the high seas today.
The specialty dining room was worth the upgrade fee and we enjoyed it immensely.
The computer lessons were well-attended as the geezers have finally figured out that its time to learn how to use those infernal devices.
The speaker on the ship was entertaining and we really enjoyed the various shows and bar lounge entertainers.
Aruba and Curasau were wonderful to visit and we can't wait to go back. Less

Published 03/12/13

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Cabin review: C Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Trouble with hot water continued throughout the trip, had to take shower at night to get even warm water. Fresh fruit in cabin was a real plus. Prompt room service.

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