My husband had always wanted to cruise the Panama Canal, so this time was his choice. This was our 4th Holland America cruise and it was a decent one, as they all have been, but the overall impression was of mediocrity. The food was OK, the room was clean, our room stewards (Made and Rosa) were excellent, the entertainment was fine, although the Mainstage area was very cold. We also had a problem with dirty glassware in the Lido - something we had never experienced before. By the end of the trip, we were checking every glass for lipstick smudges or dried orange juice!
I guess I was most disappointed with the offshore excursions. The only ones worth the time and money were in Huatulco - we went to the Zapotec ruins, which were interesting, and the coffee plantation in Guatemala, also extremely interesting, plus the lunch there was delicious! (coffee mousse, anyone?) They cancelled our snorkeling excursion on Half Moon Cay - they said the weather was too rough!??? - so that was a major disappointment. The trip to the old capital city of Leon in Nicaragua was also disappointing - they coupled it with a trip to the home of the poet Ruben Dario, and we spent far too much time there and not enough time in the small but very nice art museum. I could have easily spent another half hour or more in the museum as we only got to see a small portion of the artwork.
It will be a while before we take another Holland America cruise.
Clean and service was great.
Trip to Zapotec ruins was well worthwhile.
Coffee plantation excursion was great - so was the lunch! - and then the trip into Antigua was good, especially visiting with the Mayan trinket sellers.
Trip into Leon was good, but they should trim the time spent in the home of the poet Ruben Dario and spend more time in the small but excellent art museum.
The island is quite beautiful but they cancelled our snorkeling trip - said the water was too rough! It didn't look rough to us so we were disappointed.