Whilst we have cruised with other lines before, this was our first Holland America cruise as well as our first cruise on the Mediterranean/Aegean. I must say that the main difference that we found was that the Holland America line seems to have a real 'family' feel to it. By that I don't mean families travelling on the ship (although there were many!), but more like you were treated as part of one big family. They also recognise past passengers with pins and medals depending on the number of sea days you have had with them.
From the moment we registered everything was so well organised. We were upgraded from a Superior Suite to a Deluxe Suite which provided us with a fabulous cabin as well as a number of privileges on board.
We had a deluxe balcony suite which was simply fabulous. Extremely
spacious with a huge balcony as well as a full size bathroom with
double vanity and a separate bath tub with spa jets and a shower outlet
as well as a shower cubicle. The added bonus of a powder/dressing room
was also great. Location was quiet - our cabin was located mid-ship.
And the bed was heavenly!
The cruise itself was simply fantastic - this is undoubtedly due to the great staff on board who were only too happy to assist you with anything you wanted or needed. They were warm and friendly and very courteous. An added nice touch was that whenever you returned to the ship from an outing - there they were with cold towels and drinks - such a welcome sight particularly travelling around Europe in summer.
We certainly enjoyed our 10 days on the ship and would not hesitate to travel with Holland America again and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone wanting a great cruise. Our cruise had a mix of ages from toddlers to seniors and people of varying nationalities - which was great.