We took the 10 day Mediterranean Enchantment Cruise which left on May 19, 2009 from Civitavecchia (Rome) Italy. This was our first cruise and were a bit apprenhensive as we had never cruised before. Needless to say it was wonderful, the ship and staff were top notch. Food was excellent and was very relaxing. We will definitely cruise with Holland-America again.
The ports we went to were Livorno (Florence) - Italy, Monte Carlo - Monaco, Barcelona - Spain, Palma de Mallorca - Spain, LaGoulette (Tunis) - Tunisia, Palermo, Sicily - Italy and Naples - Italy. We enjoyed every stop except for Tunis, we should have listened to other comments on Cruise Critic about this stop as we felt we would have had a better time on the ship. There was always something going on on the ship and if we wanted to relax we could go back to our stateroom and sit out on the Verandah if we didn't feel like participating. Would recommend the Sorento and Pompei excursion when you go to Naples. Monte Carlo is beautiful you don't really need to book an excursion here as you can walk everywhere.
Entertainment at night was very good from the show with the Noordam singer and dancers, to the casino, to all the lounges with different musical styles. We ended up in the Piano Bar every night with Lonnie who is the pianist/singer who is very talented and with Sid our waiter who remembered from the first night being there our names and room number. Like I said the staff were awesome.
We went with the open seating plan for dinner and recommend this very highly, as every night we were with different people and a couple of nights we sat with just the two of us. There was never a line up and we went around 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. The set seating was either 5:45 or 8:00 p.m. which was too early and too late for our liking so the open seating worked well for us.
We had a Superior Verandah Room which was large and recommend this category of room as you have lots of room for your clothes, it had a desk, couch and another area where the mini-fridge and TV were. The beds were very very comfortable, in fact when we got home we went and bought a new box spring & mattress because we slept so good on the one on the ship, we bought exactly the same kind. They also give you 3 pillows so you can choose what you want: soft, medium or hard.
Embarkment and Disembarkment went so smooth for the number of people arriving and departing, we never waited to get on or get off (what I like NO LINES).
Agan, don't hesitate if you are thinking of booking with Holland America in fact we both wanted to stay and do another 10 days and do the Eastern side. We are already thinking of booking the Alaska cruise for our vacation next year.