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J Brownbill
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First the bad news.

There were many people who should really not have been on this cruise. I think the ship is not designed for the unfit or the very elderly. Because it was particularly rough at sea, we talked to passengers who ended up with broken ribs, broken leg (broken while on an shore excursion)which ruined the rest of his cruise and in Amsterdam the emergency services were called to a passenger but we didn't find out what had happened. We saw people in wheelchairs and zimmer frames when it is obvious the ship is just not designed for it.

We were fairly mobile but even so it was a nightmare getting up and down between the decks when lifts were constantly out of action or too slow. Also, watch your spending on these 'cashless' cruises. Everything is paid for using your cruise-card and you pay at the end of the cruise. As the ship is basically a floating bar/hotel, it can easily mount up. Beware.

The good news.

The food was wonderful and plentiful (although some people felt the need to complain). The staff generally were very good particularly in the Waldorf Restaurant (the self-service 'bistro' tended to get very crowded). Shows and the on-board entertainment were good and were needed because of the lengthy time at sea. We were on the lower 'Caribic' deck, just above the waterline, so in rough seas the portholes were clamped shut. The cabins were very clean and easily large enough for the two of us.

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Cabin review:

Cabin 122 Lower 'Caribic' deck has large cabins, perfectly adequate. Portholes clamped shut when heavy seas. Bit of a trek to the restaurant if the list is out of order.

Port and Shore Excursions

Cruise Terminal is right by the Central Station, so easy to get around the city by tram. Helpful, friendly people, superb shops, bars, cafes etc. Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House are excellent, but of course it depends how much time you've got. Great city.

Fabulous city, easy access to the city (29 bus stops at the cruise terminal), good galleries, shops, bars, food, and a good hop on hop off canal & harbour boat operated by DFDS. No need to take a ship's organised tour here - it's all very easy and a lot cheaper to do it yourself.

Cruise ships tie up right by the Tourist Office, where the staff are really helpful. Easy city to navigate by public transport. Viking Ships Museum is a must as is the Edvard Munch Museum. Good bars, cafes etc. Again, no need to take an organised tour.

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Published 09/26/11
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