We chose this trip for the itinerary--Cornwall in England, especially (Fowey)--small Irish ports and then crossing to Belgium and Amsterdam. Our porthole cabin, 421, was smaller than we expected (hard to walk past the foot of the bed) but comfortable and we liked the bathroom--we had a bathtub, although all porthole cabins do not, so check if you prefer a shower or bath.
The service onboard was consistently excellent and the food was pretty delicious! For anytime dining in the dining room we always got a table for two immediately. We enjoyed the pretty touches, such as flowers, especially orchids, in all the public rooms.
We celebrated my husband's birthday and our anniversary in Canaletto, the Italian restaurant, and enjoyed it. For his birthday, he got a large piece of cake and they sang to him. For our anniversary the hotel director, who had talked to us in one of the bars, sent a bottle of champagne to our table. Much appreciated surprise!
We ate in Pinnacle for a lunch given to us by our travel agent. It is a pretty room and the food was good.
We had to tender in to one port (Waterford) that we were supposed to dock for, but there was heavy fog. The captain and crew seemed very concerned that we were able to still do excursions. We liked the excursions although next time we will check to make sure there are stops rather than mostly driving as one went on too long. Next time we will also try to have a cruise with fewer tender ports simply because they take up more time and sometimes the sea is rather rough.
We liked the bar venues, especially the Java Bar area. The Crow's Nest has great views.
My husband enjoyed the steam room and sauna (free in the men's bathroom spa area) and the hot tubs.
The casino is small and several machines didn't work. The library area, where the internet computers are located, is large and very nice.
The entertainment was good. The onboard performers gave it their all and some of the guest performers were very enjoyable. We liked watching some of the movies in the theatre or on tv. There weren't many tv channels offering programming, mostly news and obscure sports rather than the "big games." We didn't go to the test kitchen or the digital workshops or the book club and the shops on board are small, so sea days were pretty quiet for us.
The passengers were, for the most part, over age 60, so we often had to wait for elevators to the buffet on the 11th deck since many people used them.
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We drove on the other side of the island and saw the beaches. Had a nice stop at the Workshop and at the Little Chapel. Bus driver/guide was sometimes repetitive, but the places we went were great.View All 3 Gold and Silversmith Workshops Reviews
This was substituted for Bristol/Bath about 2 weeks before the cruise. We traveled to the Jameson Distillery in Midleton and were also able to catch a glimpse of the Choctaw sculpture of 13 stainless steel feathers just as we got off the main road. We had been to Blarney Castle previously, so we only took one excursion and didn't walk in to Cobh this time.
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We bought timed tickets online to the Anne Frank House 2 months prior to our trip. It was extremely moving. The Movenpick Hotel used by Holland America was good--you can buy HOHO tickets for boat/bus there and there is a canal boat stop nearby. After walking and riding the canal boat all day we ate dinner in the Silk Restaurant at the hotel and it was quite good.