We were a group of 10 and we are the Veterans of Safety. We sailed from Fort Lauderdale on November 16-23. The weather and rough seas at the entrance to Georgetown were disappointing as a previous account of two ladies has said. Now for what these two ladies missed!
Our stateroom was excellent and within a few paces of the Front Desk and Shore Excursion booking. The dining rooms were all within a couple of minutes. The Library had numerous computers for checking email and was wellstocked with free to take and return books; the DVD's played in our staterooms on our new flatscreen TV's at a small charge.
The entertainment was superb following a song and dance first night review with inexhaustible fresh sets and lighting, came the comedienne who did early and late night comedy and also the most amazing illusionist who was also a highly rated comedian. The Holland America Idol was a show that brought out several hundred guests who were amazed with the variety of talent. There were over 200 Ford distributor personnel and at least two made it to the final on the last night. Guess what, the Cruise Director, comedienne and illusionist (British comedian) were the judges and together with true talent and familiar songs made for a couple of hilarious evenings following the published agenda.
We had a meeting room booked (the Night Club) for the days at sea to make our safety presentations within our group. This worked well except that a few guests walked through our presentation instead of taking a different route through the room that should have been marked better.
The casino was very friendly and special evenings for blackjack with $3 bets or open hand blackjack, the crew made it easy to enjoy and our group had at least one top jackpot and we all seem to do well at the slots.
The meals were excellent. We had fixed dining except for the barbeque in the Lido deck which was a nice change for the Thursday evening. The waiters were very attentive and very helpful so where we could not choose between two dishes they brought both. They even heated my apple pie which was a great personal touch to my favorite desert. On the last morning we met for breakfast in the dining room for a more relaxed pace and I wish we had taken the opportunity earlier. The formal dinners were excellent and the photography by several Europeans was beyond excellence. Everyone I saw was ecstatic with the wide range of photos that were offered up free for us to look and decide if we wished to buy at $40 a large sheet and four sheets for the price of three. The quality and photo production was remarkable and memorable. The English captain made himself readily available for discussion and questions.
All in all it was a wonderful trip my second in nine years (both on a Westerdam) which entitled me to a special lunch for repeat cruisers on Holland America. We made new friends and we enjoyed our current friends all the more. Everything went well and we were back in Fort Lauderdale Airport without a hitch. Next year the Alaska trip!!