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Explore an area we had never visited, Fiji,Samoa, Tonga, and so much more. We like longer cruises with sea days as well as shore visits. Holland America's food and service exceeded our recent trips on Queen Mary 2, (transatlantic and Norway-scenery spectacular), and Norwegian, (Transatlantic and Baltic). The trip is round trip from San Diego, 45 days, but we boarded five days earlier in Seattle. Among the too-many highlights to list: two visits to the Big Island, Hawaii, opposite sides; tiny Fanning Island, Kingdom of Samoa, (the Royality provides a home for every citizen), islands, atolls, with names we had not heard of; learning about cultures-Polynesian, Micronesian, affiliated territories of New Zealand, etc. Service on HAL exceeded Cunard, QM2, and on Norwegian, (we determined not to rebook in future although we had been frequent cruisers). The good service appears to be the result of good training and, likely, cultural characteristics of Balinesian and other Indonesian crew members and the staff from the Philippines. The food on Amsterdam was exceptional, especially on such a long cruise- never boring or repetitive. Food on QM2, almost as good. Food on Norwegian judged average- signs of cost-cutting- gristly steak, repeated meals, in general, disappointing-management is failing.

Itinerary, service, food, exceeded expectations

Amsterdam Cruise Review by IVF

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2015
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Explore an area we had never visited, Fiji,Samoa, Tonga, and so much more. We like longer cruises with sea days as well as shore visits. Holland America's food and service exceeded our recent trips on Queen Mary 2, (transatlantic and Norway-scenery spectacular), and Norwegian, (Transatlantic and Baltic).

The trip is round trip from San Diego, 45 days, but we boarded five days earlier in Seattle.

Among the too-many highlights to list: two visits to the Big Island, Hawaii, opposite sides; tiny Fanning Island, Kingdom of Samoa, (the Royality provides a home for every citizen), islands, atolls, with names we had not heard of; learning about cultures-Polynesian, Micronesian, affiliated territories of New Zealand, etc.

Service on HAL exceeded Cunard, QM2, and on Norwegian, (we determined not to rebook in future although we had been frequent cruisers). The good service appears to be the result of good training and, likely, cultural characteristics of Balinesian and other Indonesian crew members and the staff from the Philippines.

The food on Amsterdam was exceptional, especially on such a long cruise- never boring or repetitive. Food on QM2, almost as good. Food on Norwegian judged average- signs of cost-cutting- gristly steak, repeated meals, in general, disappointing-management is failing.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin F
Comfortable, twin bed setup, (choice.). Small couch across from tv. Fine, steward service.
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