This being our fifth cruise with HAL, we knew our way around the ship and quickly settled down to shipboard life.
A tradition with me is to have Eggs Benny with mounds of crispy bacon and two or three of the absolutely best orange juice in the world as my first breakfast on boarde(how can it get any better as the oranges are loaded into a specialized squeezer, all the juice is extracted including a little of the peel's acid and poured into a glass. Boy is that a fantastic drink. Non of that cardboard or frozen stuff for me).
Because of our destination, we expected rolling seas so we booked a cabin low and midships. As it happened, Karma was on our side and we made all ports including The Falklands and Ushuaia and the seas remained quite calm. Only on one occasion did we feel some rolling but then it was in the evening/night and felt like we were in our mothers' arms being gently rocked to sleep.
All things on board proceeded as expected and nearly exactly as on our four previous cruises. Food was good, service varied from night to night and the staff was always friendly and accommodating.
The captain provided us with up to date information and it was a wonderful experience to watch as the ship wad guided into and out of port. What a procedure of studied and applied expertise.
Rounding the Horn and watching the penguins, of course, were the main events but still, we enjoyed everything.
On the negative side, we noticed that the carpet in the Lido contained a lot of table droppings like bread and such. I mentioned that on the second day and all was top notch for the remainder of the trip.
We like strong and well brewed coffee so we find the offering in the Lido and elsewhere rather boring so to compensate we stop by the Explorer Lounge on our way the breakfast and purchase two Double Double shots of espresso to augment the stuff proffered by the restaurants. Problem solved.
Holland America is not the high end cruise line, we know. Its mid range and appeals to both our pocket book and destination so we use it and will continue doing so for the next little while. We like the market profile it attracts; usually a well heeled lot of mature people interested in getting someplace in relative comfort.
Bravo HAL. We shall see you next in the Baltics.