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Interesting itinerary from Rotterdam to Singapore plus a 14 day loop around Indonesia and then back to Rotterdam ... 91 days in total. We got off in Singapore and enjoyed the trip. First a number of European ports (Southampton, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malta, Athens, Crete and then the Suez canal ... 8 sea-days in total before you arrive in the Gulf states! The full day through the canal was interesting though. After that 3 Gulf states, Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Next ports were in India, Mangalore and Cochin. Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Yangon) and Phuket and finally Singapore. Service on board is still very good but slightly less then our first HAL experience about 20 years ago. Ample activities on board and definitively something for everyones taste. Food is good and there are a lot of different options to choose from ... from very formal in the Pinnacle to very informal in the burger shack and pizza counter. The entertainment was good, although we skipped a number of performers ... especially the British stand up comedians were hilarious. All in all an great experience and a good way to get to Singapore without flying! Next up is our cruise with HAL from Sydney to Vancouver (including the 14 days New Zealand circumnavigation), starting March 25. Looking forward to making new friends again!

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Rotterdam Cruise Review by BernartPhoto

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
Interesting itinerary from Rotterdam to Singapore plus a 14 day loop around Indonesia and then back to Rotterdam ... 91 days in total. We got off in Singapore and enjoyed the trip. First a number of European ports (Southampton, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malta, Athens, Crete and then the Suez canal ... 8 sea-days in total before you arrive in the Gulf states! The full day through the canal was interesting though. After that 3 Gulf states, Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Next ports were in India, Mangalore and Cochin. Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Yangon) and Phuket and finally Singapore.

Service on board is still very good but slightly less then our first HAL experience about 20 years ago. Ample activities on board and definitively something for everyones taste. Food is good and there are a lot of different options to choose from ... from very formal in the Pinnacle to very informal in the burger shack and pizza counter.

The entertainment was good, although we skipped a number of performers ... especially the British stand up comedians were hilarious. All in all an great experience and a good way to get to Singapore without flying!

Next up is our cruise with HAL from Sydney to Vancouver (including the 14 days New Zealand circumnavigation), starting March 25. Looking forward to making new friends again!
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Cabin Review

Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin A 6162
The Vista suite has plenty of room for a long cruise. However, the Rotterdam is a quite old ship, so some signs of age were showing.
Verandah Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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