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Rotterdam Cruise Review by HappyInVan

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Member Name: HappyInVan
Cruise Date: November 2010
Embarkation: Callao
Destination: South America & Antarctica
Cabin Category: CA
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 1.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 2.0
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Disappointment Rotterdam Nov 7-22 South America

Food: Should be 3/5 because of the uneven quality. The entree was too often dry and cool. The meat was often under or over cooked. The crab cake was tasteless. The Asian food was inscrutable. Those who value quantity over quality may like it. Fortunately, the day was saved by the Indian curries. The quality of the food pummelled in the middle of the voyage, but picked up at the end.

Entertainment: There were a number of capable performers. Viviana Guzman, Kimika, Pampas Devils Gaucho, The Stars of the Showroom (4 singers), Woody Pittman, Elliot Finkel, Peter Fernandez, Pingxin Xu, Mike Robinson. But none were really outstanding. The choreography was so-so. The CD Lizabeth Knight (1/5) did a poor job of warming up the audience. Her jokes were flat! Rating 3/5.

Cabin: Would have been 4/5. But, I will downgrade it to 1/5 because of the problems with leaks, noise AND a/c. This ship has ageing installations and plants.

Facilities: Gave a 4/5. Almost downgraded it because of the lack of seating in the Showroom.

Staff Service: Rating it as 3.5/5 because some of the staff behaved wrongly.

Excursions: None of the excursions I was on were eye-popping, and we overpaid for several of the tours. The Huatulco Bird Watching Eco-Tour was misrepresented. Moreover, Quayaquil was a wasted stop. But, I was quite pleased about the birding experience. The itinerary was a successful introduction to South American, and its archaeology and birding. Give it a 3/5.

Bonus point: To Captain de Boer for declaring code red for 8 days until GI outbreak was under control.

Overall Rating: 3/5. Could have been 3.5/5 if I had a less problematic cabin. Enjoyable experience though flawed. Would I repeat this itinerary on the Rotterdam? The answer in half a heartbeat - No Way!

Publication Date: 12/01/10
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