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We chose this cruise for the interesting itinerary and the full transit of the Canal on a smaller ship. We were not disappointed - our 3rd HAL cruise. Food was very good, as usual, ship is spotless and beautiful and crew are outstanding. Our main disappointment would have to be the entertainment. Rotterdam dancers and singers were very good, but other entertainment only mediocre. We enjoy the destination experts and the specials events they present, and wish they had additional destination experts besides on Mexico. We also ttok advantage of a few of the Digital Workshops. Main dining room service was great and we only had to wait for a table a couple of nights at the beginning of the cruise. We did the open seating, rather than fixed time seating and telling the maitre d that you enjoy eating with a group of others gets you a table very soon. Menus tend to be quite gourmet in the MDR and I wish they had some explanations of the food ingredients and preparation on the menu for those of us non-foodies. There are many choices in the Lido DR and we also tried Slice (pizza & salads) and the Grille for burgers and tacos, both in the Lido Pool area, which were a break from Lido buffet lunches. Embarkation and disembarkation were handled well and I have seen some negatives reviews of the Port of San Diego, but we were the only ship in port and it went smoothly for us.

Great itinerary and enjoyed the smaller ship size.

Rotterdam Cruise Review by bfgood2

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We chose this cruise for the interesting itinerary and the full transit of the Canal on a smaller ship. We were not disappointed - our 3rd HAL cruise. Food was very good, as usual, ship is spotless and beautiful and crew are outstanding. Our main disappointment would have to be the entertainment. Rotterdam dancers and singers were very good, but other entertainment only mediocre.

We enjoy the destination experts and the specials events they present, and wish they had additional destination experts besides on Mexico. We also ttok advantage of a few of the Digital Workshops.

Main dining room service was great and we only had to wait for a table a couple of nights at the beginning of the cruise. We did the open seating, rather than fixed time seating and telling the maitre d that you enjoy eating with a group of others gets you a table very soon.

Menus tend to be quite gourmet in the MDR and I wish they had some explanations of the food ingredients and preparation on the menu for those of us non-foodies.

There are many choices in the Lido DR and we also tried Slice (pizza & salads) and the Grille for burgers and tacos, both in the Lido Pool area, which were a break from Lido buffet lunches.

Embarkation and disembarkation were handled well and I have seen some negatives reviews of the Port of San Diego, but we were the only ship in port and it went smoothly for us.
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Cabin Review

Large Interior Stateroom
Cabin K 7052
First time on an upper deck like deck 7 and would definitely do that again. Very quiet and hardly traffic. Inside cabins on deck 7 are not eligble to use the Navigation Lounge, so we were told.
There is a lot of storage space in this cabin. The 2 large drawers at the foot of the bed we discovered one night during some rough seas, when the drawers started going in and out. I couldn't figure our what the noise was and got out of bed and tripped over the open drawer. Note to self: Bring and use your little flashlight!
Bathroom is well equipped and shower was great. Comfortable bed and pillows. I would definitely consider this cabin again.
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