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Amsterdam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Around the World by Cruise Ship

Review for Amsterdam to Around the World
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glomarrone
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2016
Cabin: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Lido Pool on Embarkation Day
Lido Deck decorations on Embarkation Day.
Overnight stay in Morrea at a thatched-roofed bungalow over the lagoon.
Inside the thatched-roofed bungalow.  Notice the cutout in the floor looking down into the lagoon.  It lit up at night, too.
Here i am climbing down the ladder from our bungalow into the warm shallow lagoon
This is our stateroom #2598.  The flowers are from two dear neighbors and friends.  Thanks Melinda & Greg!
The beautiful Crow's Nest Lounge.  Come up here for beautiful vistas, drink specials and music.
Decorations in the La Fontaine Main Dining Room for the Captain's Welcome Reception Night Dinner.
One of my favorite crew members Woko serving After-Dinner Treats in the MDR.  Woko i enjoyed seeing your happy smiles every night.
HAL had made wonderful deck cookouts throughout the voyage.  We tasted many exotic dishes.
This is the Explorer's Lounge where Adagio (Atilla & David) played nightly.  I loved listening to their music.
This is a Camel Racetrack in Dubai.  Some of the camels had a robot riders for training runs.  It was so interesting to watch.
This photo was taken at the April Fool's Costume Party in the Crow's Nest.  What fun!
Here's my Surf & Turf Dinner plate in the MDR on a Gala Night.
ms. Amsterdam held wonderful monthly themed High Teas.  The teas were extravagant affairs not to be missed. They were awesome!
This is a photo of a Radio Show Dinner in the Pinnacle Grill.  Debby Bacon played at the events.
Where the smaller wine tasting events took place pared with hors d'oeuvres.
Culinary Arts Demonstration & Tasting with Donna as our host
An unusual looking building in Panama ity
Dubai Mall Water Show
Petra Aqaba, Jordan _ The 
Treasury
Sandstone building in Petra
Wadi Rum just before sunset
This was a stop on our 4X4 drive through Wadi Rum
Eco cruise in Costa Rico
Fresh cut up fruit served during transit of the Panama Canal.
Lemonade served on the transit of the Panama Canal
Entertainment performed for us when we reached a port.
River Jordan baptisms
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
Pool at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa - HAL ms. Amsterdam  World Cruise 2016
Petra Aqaba, Jordan HAL Shore Excursion
Child selling shells in Petra
Sumhuran Archeological Park, Salala, Oman
Entrance to the Queen's :Lounge (theater)
Sushi Bar Station in the Lido Restaurant
Freedom (Peace) Bridge - Suez Canal
Fitzroy Gardens,  Melbourne, Australia.

“Around the world in 80 days…” goes the song. However, it took Holland America’s (HAL) ms. Amsterdam 115 glorious days to circumnavigate the globe on our Grand World Voyage 2016. What an amazing voyage it was! We visited 24 countries and 41 ports; some were overnight stays. People ask us how we could stay on a ship that long. I reply that we loved every minute and that we hope to do it again soon. We were never bored or sea sick and learned so much about the history and culture of the places visited. It many ways, the cruise changed our thinking on a variety of subjects. For most passengers, this was their fourth or fifth+ HAL Grand World Cruise. For us, it was our first Grand World Cruise. The staff told us that this particular Grand World Cruise sailing had the youngest-aged passengers. One tyke celebrated his first birthday while on board the entire voyage. One thousand fifty passengers including 10 children boarded the ship in Fort Lauderdale. Seven hundred fifty passengers took the entire voyage. Other passengers joined the voyage for segments. Most passengers were Americans, many were Floridians but there were plenty of Canadians and Australians onboard plus other nationalities. Our exciting cruise began January 5, returning April 29, 2016 to and from Fort Lauderdale.

Friends of ours encouraged us to go on this cruise with them. Unfortunately, they were unable to go. Right from embarkation, things went well. Within 20 minutes, from the time of our arrival at the pier, we were on the ship. Near the gangway, Pande our Assistant Maitre ’D from our HAL Grand Asia Pacific 2014 Cruise greeted passengers and recognized us. He instructed a steward to carry our hand luggage and escort us to our cabin. Wow! It made us feel like family. Our former Cruise Director, Gene Young from HAL Grand Voyage ’14 was also stationed at the gangway. He, also, recognized us immediately. It was wonderful to have him as our Cruise Director for this cruise, too. I wonder when the man sleeps. He was involved on board in so many ways.

Our mid-ship ocean-view stateroom, # 2598 was in a very stable position on the ship. The cabin itself was bright, comfortable and contained sufficient storage space for all our belongings. The A/C and plumbing worked well throughout the entire cruise. Unfortunately, stateroom TVs were still not interactive so we often had to visit the Front Desk to get our statements printed. For my husband, though, the lack of a mini-fridge in our cabin was a big problem. He needed to visit the medical office often to retrieve his medication that needed refrigeration. Another problem was early morning (5-5:30 AM) noise from a crew member working on open deck 3 that frequently disturbed our sleep. Many other guests on our deck complained about this noise. All the stateroom passageways are bright and lined with Dutch maritime art; Deck 1 has Dutch floral art works gracing its walls.

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Large Ocean-View Stateroom

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Our mid-ship ocean-view stateroom, # 2598 was in a very stable position on the ship. The cabin itself was bright, comfortable and contained sufficient storage space for all our belongings. The A/C and plumbing worked well throughout the entire cruise. Unfortunately, stateroom TVs were still not interactive so we often had to visit the Front Desk to get our statements printed. For my husband, though, the lack of a mini-fridge in our cabin was a big problem. He needed to visit the medical office often to retrieve his medication that needed refrigeration. Another problem was early morning (5-5:30 AM) noise from a crew member working on open deck 3 that frequently disturbed our sleep. Many other guests on our deck complained about this noise.

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