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Amsterdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Bridge Lovers Delight

Amsterdam Cruise Review by WSP104

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2015
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom

We took this 32 day cruise not knowing for sure if it might be too long. As it turned out it was terrific. The ship, The Amsterdam, had been refurbished at the beginning of the year and was neat and clean and simple to learn. It helped that we had sailed on it several years earlier. The itinerary was excellent. Although one of our ports had been cancelled and we revisited Hualtuco twice, it was fine.

The food was well prepared and portions were very reasonable. Generally the portions are too big but the staff was good about not overloading your plate. You can always go back if you're still hungry. Hard ice cream is always a treat and Holland does it best. The dining room service was generally excellent. We did one night in the Pinacle dining room and although nice we felt the food was just as good in the dining room.

The entertainment was excellent. In 32 days there were only a couple of times when a performer entertained twice and then their show was different the second time. This was one of the best varieties of entertainment that we have seen. The movies were generally first run with a few oldies. Music in the dance areas was fine and the dance floor was generally pretty open.

We did two shore excursions from the ship and both were reasonably priced and we were pleasantly surprised. One was Antiqua on your own and the other was in Corinto. We were pleased with both.

We were in Cabin 2604, inside and there was plenty of storage space for our things. The Cabin Steward, Asep was pleasant and if we needed anything he was eager to provide.

Now for the bridge. We had a Bridge Director on Board, Bruce and his wife Penny. What I really liked about him was he was very up front from the beginning that his objective was for us to Have Fun and to Not Wreck anyone else's fun. The majority of players were respectful of that request and it made playing bridge much more enjoyable. Bruce provided a qualified duplicate game as well as open party bridge for those who did not want to play duplicate. He and Penny made the lessons and playing very enjoyable.

The staff was very good and the clientele were pleasant. We did not feel crowded or overwhelmed at all. The ports of call were fun and we did 4 tours off the ship and 2 from the ship.

Embarkation and Disembarkation was a breeze.

Overall it was a great relaxing cruise and I would do Holland again.

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Cabin Review

Large Interior Stateroom
Cabin J 2604

Our Cabin was a standard inside with plenty of room. We generally do an inside cabin as we find we sleep better due to the dark. There was adequate lighting in the cabin. The closet space was excellent and there were two drawers under the bed as well as four drawers at the desk and a stand with a cabinet next to the couch.

The bath area was more than adequate with a good sized shower. The only issue was the water would go from hot to lukewarm once in a while but it never made the shower unbearable. The daily cleaning was good and our steward, Asep, was always helpful.

There was a television with a CD player and movies were available at the main desk if one wanted to watch movies in the room. Ventilation was good and the temperature was very comfortable. We chose our cabin based on its location which is center ship between two floor of other cabins. That way we did not have noise from the deck above or the engine room below. I would stay in this cabin again. For us an inside cabin is both economical and plenty comfortable. We do not spend much time in the room during cruises.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We visit Mazatlán every year and stay for several months. We just got off the ship and visited friends. We are returning January 1 until April 1


Renato is a taxi driver in Lima. He has done tours for other cruise travelers. Lima traffic is outrageous and you need to have a guide. We spent 9 hours with him and could have seen much more but got an overall great sampling of Lima.

San Diego

Had been here before and spent a week before a different cruise. San Diego is a great city and if you stay downtown, go to Vons and buy a senior pass for $20 and you can ride all the local transit. It will get you anywhere you want to go. We stayed a few blocks from Balboa Park at one of the Worldmark resorts.

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