We chose this cruise because we wanted to explore New York for 3 days prior to embarking on our cruise. Embarkation did not go smoothly as we had to utilize Brooklyn Terminal instead of the original Manhatten terminal as the Zuiderdam had sustained some damage and had to be repaired in the Brooklyn Terminal. This made our cab fare more from our hotel where we stayed for 3 nights to the terminal as we had preplanned our hotel bearing in mind we were going to sail out of Manhatten.
We were promised an upgrade to an ocean view cabin when we booked our cruise. That never happened despite many visits to Customer Service. Holland America staff were hard to deal with. There were no laundry coin- a-matic machines, so laundry was taken away from your cabin and washed and returned to your cabin for an additional cost dependent on how many bags you had!
With respect to dining, food was very good; however, they would not allow us to put our filled plates on a tray, we had to carry our food in our hands and at times this was awkward as other people were doing the same thing till they reached a table to sit down. This was in the Lido room where there is no service at tables except for beverages. In the other dining rooms where we were served by waiters, service was very good and the food was excellent.
Would not go on this ship again, hope all Holland American ships are not the same!
Bar Harbour is beautifuuly situated with blue/green/ water surrounding the port. Lots of some boutiques to visit, as well as restaurants serving fresh lobster rolls.
Just took it easy atthis port and enjoyed the walk we took to nearby sites and along the seashore.
This was the hi-lite of the trip. So much to see …..explored the Frontenac building, took an elevator to the top and on the way down, otherwise you can walk steep steps but would probably take you half a hour to climb all these steps. The streets had musicians and dancers entertaining tourists, this is a happy city where people enjoy themselves to the fullest.