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I choose this cruise because I have always wanted to get to French Polynesia. It was a long way to get there, but with the faboulus speakers and cultural ambassadors onbord there was not a dull moment. Beeing on a 5 week cruise meant ... Read More
I choose this cruise because I have always wanted to get to French Polynesia. It was a long way to get there, but with the faboulus speakers and cultural ambassadors onbord there was not a dull moment. Beeing on a 5 week cruise meant that we got to know the passengers and crew member quite well. So many really nice people! Yes, the ship is old, and the toilettes and the aircondition are not in the best shape, but the crew sure was working hard to fiks everything for everybody. I was quite happy with my cabin. I thought I would miss having balcony, but actually I didn't miss it at all. I liked the ports, though most of HAL's excursions were very expensive. Going from Fort Lauderdale to Tahiti gave us a lot of very different cultures and sceneries. The food was quite ok, always a lot to choose from both in Lida and Rotterdam. This was my first cruise with HAL, and I am eager to go again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, but even though they showed being at Pitcairn Island all day, they claimed it was never meant to be a destination, only a sail by for 9 hours. It took only a short while to sail around it as ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, but even though they showed being at Pitcairn Island all day, they claimed it was never meant to be a destination, only a sail by for 9 hours. It took only a short while to sail around it as it is a very small island. The real problem with the cruise was the disrepair of the ship. It had just left dry dock, but many of the repairs were being carried out for almost the first month of the cruise. They had an additional 200+ maintenance crew on the ship, as per the permanent crew. The problems were many. We had to evacuate the cabin numerous times with severe headaches because of paint and solvent fumes being draw into the ventilation intakes for the ship. Also we had to have maintenance completely change the lock after they tried to just spray it with lubricant after it continually would not let you easily evacuate the cabin if the bolt lock was fastened. The toilet had to undergo major work when it would not flush properly, the shower leaked and then continued to drip even tough they had signs around to please limit water consumption. They finally repaired it. The first 24 hours abroad our cabin and many surrounding cabins did not have hot water. The smell of raw sewage was very strong on deck 6 on the walking deck from mid ship to the bow on the starboard side for the first few weeks of the cruise, and it permeated inside to the atrium and some cabins. We saw what appeared to be raw sewage on the deck in that area and also on deck 12. Food service, cabin stewards were overall good to superior, but they almost always are with any cruise line. Prices for Holland America shore excursions were very inflated, more than normal and 3 to 5 times more expensive than ones you could obtain on shore. With all of the problems of not even being able to use the cabin at times, Holland America corporate refused to work with us for fair compensation even though some of the crew voiced disagreement with their decision. When we had a problem with a toilet on a Royal Caribbean ship for a few days on a 15 day cruise, they immediately offered 50% refund of fare which was more than fair. Thus we have cruised on Royal Caribbean since the incident. After Holland decided not to treat us fairly, our first cruise with them will most likely be our last. We heard from quite a few 4 and 5 star mariners with Holland America that they were cutting back on benefits, that the quality was going down from what they previously experienced, and that the line was no longer meeting their expectations as it previously had done. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We have been on seven cruises and with six different cruise lines. Our experience with the treatment food allergies and gluten free needs has gone the full range. We were treated very well. My wife has gluten free food issues and the ... Read More
We have been on seven cruises and with six different cruise lines. Our experience with the treatment food allergies and gluten free needs has gone the full range. We were treated very well. My wife has gluten free food issues and the sensitivity to her needs was consistently at a very high level. It did not matter what dining area we were in. From the Mater De to the dining room manager to the table waiter and his staff - all were involved and cared. The excursions were weak, but conducted professionally. Some of the buses used were not very comfortable. The entertainment was mostly very good. Some of the performers were absolutely outstanding! The ship is a very tired ship, but the crew and service overcame this tiredness and made the cruise experience a good one. The offering of a variety of presentations was large and offered many chances for new information from "experts" in their field. The exercise equipment was complete and well used. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Chose the cruise as there was only a flight one-way. We were interested in seeing places for the first time and as my husband is an ex- marine engineer passing through the Panama was a highlight.The talks before each port were extremely ... Read More
Chose the cruise as there was only a flight one-way. We were interested in seeing places for the first time and as my husband is an ex- marine engineer passing through the Panama was a highlight.The talks before each port were extremely interesting and well presented and gave us many ideas of what we wanted to do and see at each port. We did not do any of the ship excursions as we have found all shipping lines excursions are too expensive and not good value. We enjoyed dining when we felt like it. Food was varied, tasty and plentiful. Staff were efficient and helpful altho' some people managed to get into the dining room without sanitising their hands. We enjoyed meeting, spending time with and dining with people from other countries. The ship, public toilets and our cabin were always immaculate. The library on board was disappointing - just a small area at the side of a cafe with very few books. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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