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This turned out to be one of the worst vacations ever. We didn't get to Tasmania or the South New Zealand fiords which is what we really wanted to see. The cruise before us also didn't get there because of bad seas. So we spent 4 days at sea looking at ocean. But they did give us a free glass of champagne. Oh joy! Then everything you bought had a 15% service fee tacked on. If you purchase wine in a port, then you have to pay an $18 charge per bottle to bring it on board. The land excursions were expensive. In one port we hired a local who was half the price and in New Zealand dollars. And he had to pay the Line 15% to use the dock! Don't ask about the wifi. We paid $100 dollars for 50 minutes so we could just check emails. It was so slow and bad they had to keep adding minutes when we complained. So we spent our time in ports trying to check emails. We had cruised with Holland once before in the same ship to Alaska 10 years earlier and enjoyed it, but we certainly never felt like we were nickeled and dimed to death. Did I say the ship really needs to be refurbished. Amazing what can happen in 10 years.

Nickel and dimed

Amsterdam Cruise Review by Big Gumba

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This turned out to be one of the worst vacations ever. We didn't get to Tasmania or the South New Zealand fiords which is what we really wanted to see. The cruise before us also didn't get there because of bad seas. So we spent 4 days at sea looking at ocean. But they did give us a free glass of champagne. Oh joy! Then everything you bought had a 15% service fee tacked on. If you purchase wine in a port, then you have to pay an $18 charge per bottle to bring it on board. The land excursions were expensive. In one port we hired a local who was half the price and in New Zealand dollars. And he had to pay the Line 15% to use the dock! Don't ask about the wifi. We paid $100 dollars for 50 minutes so we could just check emails. It was so slow and bad they had to keep adding minutes when we complained. So we spent our time in ports trying to check emails. We had cruised with Holland once before in the same ship to Alaska 10 years earlier and enjoyed it, but we certainly never felt like we were nickeled and dimed to death. Did I say the ship really needs to be refurbished. Amazing what can happen in 10 years.
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Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin A
Cabin seemed old and needed refurbished. But it was comfortable for us.
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