“A Hawaiian New Year”
Cruise review of Holland America Rotterdam

mor mor Rotterdam 5 A Hawaiian New Year
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The good things: there was something for everyone and we are aged 13 to 80. We all liked the evening entertainment, particularly the gymnast and the comedian who did the impressions and some of us liked the singers and dancers. (meh). With a few exceptions (hey that lobster thermidor was really bad) we had a good time at dinner from opening night to the final Parade of the Baked Alaska (and for those of you who hate and avoid it, what can I say? We waved our napkins with the best of them.) The waiters were great and always remembered my cappuccino. We played Team Trivia every day and came-this-close to winning a ball cap. Some of us did that mile walk every day and I tried learning Tai Chi and the Hula - good instructors too. I meant to take the camera class and never got there but maybe next time. We all enjoyed dress-up (the grandchildren too) and looking at others who made the effort. Some pretty tiny dresses on some of those teen aged girls but at least one of us wasn't complaining... The not so good but not that big a deal: Rotterdam needs to redo the bathtubs as they are really grungy and that tall lady in the Office is grouchy. And the less said about the coffee...Also the wonderful Stryker the Piano Man needs a bigger room. That little bar area was over flowing every day just to hear him. And why couldn't we have more of the talented Adagio Strings - maybe tea time? Best travel tips from others: using a small transparent shoe bag over the bathroom door for odds and ends, bringing a magnetic white board for the door to leave messages for the rest of the family, and packing the thingy with the extra outlets for our BlackBerries, cameras and razor. That one teeny one at the desk is not enough. And we will all remember the other passengers: Bathrobe man(never seen in anything else), red sequined ball cap lady (never took it off but made it easy to spot our tour group) and best of all: sleeveless shirt man who always wore the same one every day...unless he had 14 identical ones. The Captain was memorable for his calm and in control announcements, even the one telling us about the fire....(which fortunately was just a little electric one in the Spa.)Grandson was disappointed he didn't get to get in the lifeboat. The stops were fine: Hilo, Maui, Honolulu. And kudos to the patient and wonderful crew. We agreed it had all been the best Christmas ever.
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Cabin review: Vista Suite with Verandah

Is it my imagination or does the Rotterdam have narrower Veranda cabins than the Ryndam or Maasdam? The door to the refrigerator had a big gash in it and the handle was missing. We mentioned it to the office but nothing was done. The bathtub was very grungy as the finish is worn off. The location was perfect for us, plenty of storage space, the bed was very comfy. Our grandson was happy with his sofa bed ("I am used to camping so its ok.")

Port and Shore Excursions

Everyone knows this city is crowded and rather ugly. The Pearl Harbor tour was special because of its history and our tour guide was very good as we saw the city, the Punchbowl, the Mo, the Arizona.
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Hilo Hattie's is fun and we had a (bad) lunch at the hotel near the ship. History of the area made this stop interesting.
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Published 01/08/12
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