Failure to dock at Keywest, FL because of mechanical problems was a disappointment since part of the reason we took this cruise was to see Keywest. Holland America gave each passenger $50 shipboard credit for bypassing Keywest.
The choices and preparation of the food served in the Lido Restaurant was excellent. However, the food served in the Ryndam Dinning Room was not up to the standards expected for a nice restaurant. One evening we had crab legs that were not worth trying to eat. Another evening we had the Surf & Turf. Both the steak and lobster tail were very tough. Steak on another evening was too tough to chew. I will say the deserts were all good.
Entertainment in the showroom was outstanding. The cruise director, musicians, singers, and comedian were all very professional. The music in the Ocean Bar was something else. It left a lot to be desired if you wanted to dance. Take a cushion with you if you go to the Showroom at Sea Balcony. It's like setting on a More
flat board tilted forward.
The crew including the stewards and busboys were all very good at their assignments. They always interacted nicely with the passengers were willing to help you with all your needs.
We took the Wild Life River Raft tour at Belize. I would not recommend this tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and tried hard to find something for us to see but it didn't happen.
The Dolphin Encounter tour at Roatan was expensive but was the highlight of our cruise. Well worth the cost as far as we were concerned. Unfortunately, after returning home we found out malaria is a problem in Roatan and you cannot donate blood for one year after you have been there. As far as we know there was no mention of this anywhere by Holland America.
Boarding and getting off the ship was a snap. We walked out of our room on deck 4 at 7:30 and was in our car and ready to head for the interstate at 8:05
Overall this was not the best cruise we have ever been on. In fact it is probably close to the bottom of our list. Less