We booked this cruise not long after we came home from a Volendam cruise in Asia and were very happy to do so. We like Holland America Line as they attract an older group of passengers and generally very few children. The Rotterdam cruise would get us (hopefully) to 4 stars (yeah, free laundry!) and we were looking forward to it.
We booked with HAL direct (in Australia) and asked for a D category cabin and gave them some cabin numbers that we had picked from the deck plan, and they were quite quick in allocating us cabin 1851 on Dolphin Deck. We were very happy with that allocation.
We liked the ports that we were going to see and we had quite a few tours arranged before we left Australia. We always check the Roll Calls on Cruise Critic and we had been in contact with quite a few other passengers who were going to be on our cruise. We arranged some tours ourselves and got other CCers to join us. This was no problem. Once posted, most tours were filled within days (sometimes within hours even). We also joined some of the other passengers tours. All tours turned out to be great. The only HAL tour we booked was a kayaking tour for my husband. He enjoyed it tremendously, but normally only joins CC tours due to price and also group size. Our largest private tour had 17 people in 1 group.
Our cabin was great. It was a good size with a full size couch which could be a 3rd bed. We hap opted for twin beds as that gave us more room near our window. There were 5 cupboards and plenty of storage. We had hired a bar fridge and that was great. The airconditioning in our cabin was good.
Our cabin stewards Made and Sajorno were very good. Made left us in Phuket as he was going to the Koningsdam (congratulations Made). His replacement Solly was okay.
It was a nice tour.
We arrived late afternoon and we just walked into town. We purchased a few items, had a drink, used wifi and went back to the ship,
We had a wonderful guide who told us about Malaga as we were driving to the Alhambra. This was a truly beautiful place.
Amy was lovely and had great knowledge of Malta, of course she is a loca.l. The weather was not good, but we saw quite abit and even saw Popeye Village. We had lunch in a beaut seafood place.
We took the train to the Archeological Museum in Athens. The museum did not open until 1pm, but it was worth the trip.
What a great tour this was. We did the dune bashing, saw camels, visited a Bedouin Village, it was fabulous.
This is more an amusement park and the souvenirs were extremely expensive. I bought a Ferrari keyring for AED85!!!
This is a beautiful and peaceful place. Very very large.
Very nice and interesting place (even in the rain).
We embarked in Southampton.