We wanted to go to the South Pacific and a 51-day cruise with 26 ports returning to North America was the best option for us, a newly retired couple.
was done as a back-to-back with the Incan Empires Cruise, so our embarkation was simple. Disembarkation was a little late in San Diego (about an hour), but it wasn't a problem for us.
The Amsterdam is a wonderful ship in terms of size and layout. Even though the decor is dated, we like the elegance of the ship and the ample public spaces. You rarely feel crowded on the Amsterdam. However, there are numerous opportunities for upgrades. A single outlet isn't nearly enough for 2019 and no USB charging ports just doesn't make sense. The TV's are outdated and passengers don't have access to interactive TV services the way they do on the newer ships. The ice machine on the starboard side of the Lido hasn't been working for at least 6 month and creates a big bottleneck and inconvenience with times when there is no ice to be found.
This was a particularly good cabin with a large alcove that other cabins don't have.
San Diego is a good place to spend a day or so. The Zoo is very good and there are some good walking areas near the cruise port.
We enjoyed the long walk from the cruise port into Waikiki, but a lot of the old charm has been lost, only to be replaced with the high-end retailers that you find cluttering the boulevards of every large city.
There are no excursions to take, but the island is a wonderful experience. Buy some of their crafts and bring some donations for this subsistence island that needs all the help we can provide. Also, it is beautiful as are its people.
A great view if you hike up the hill to see it. Snorkeling is only average, but peasant.
There is very little on this island, but it is beautiful and the snorkeling is good.