We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Never cruised with Holland And America before heard good reports. Ship size is good do not like really big ships. Cabin smaller than I’d expected. Dinning good had one very slow night put a comment card in stating this and was always better after that.
We found there are a lot of rooms and she’s on this ship not always being used to full potential. Entertainment on the main stage was average, BB Kings blues club the band and singers were very good, sometimes the band had solo spots which went on too long, only spent two or three occasions in here.
Billboard on Board, two piano players and singers here Rachael and Ian very good spent every night with these guys, different era and type of music played each slot, they both had very good voices and soon became very popular.
Not enough drawer space first impression disappointing, but only there to sleep and change so managed.
Very easy to use underground trains , we visited the Mint museum , out of station cross river then walk beside the river you then arrive at the mint we just missed the cherry blossom here by a day but it was still good to see. Then back on underground to Osaka Castle very good day.
Best to get a Taxi from the ship to Goryokaku Fort good views from the top of Tower and information about the Fort, Cherry blossom was almost out here still enjoyable, taxi back to port, 10,000 yen each way,
Then we got shuttle into Hakodate got a bus and tram day pass went to ropeway very pretty area ropeway not working due to it being windy, walked down the road found a shrine, also Hakodate Park lots of cherry blossom.
Tried to find the Botanical gardens but no signs around gave up, had a good day here.