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Holland America Rotterdam Review

4.5 / 5.0
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48 reviews

Lovely ship, great itinerary and wonderful staff

Review for Holland America Rotterdam to the Eastern Caribbean
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ThelmLou
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2022
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We were looking for a last minute getaway. We used Verifly and zipped online , bypassing the very long lines. We have sailed Rotterdam before (Christmas - New Year) and we jumped at the chance to get back onboard. We got a great deal on an aft facing Vista Suite (mini - suite) on deck 6 and we loved our room - beautiful decor, great bathroom, wonderful in cabin entertainment. We love the spa and we made good use of the Thermal Suite, the covered pool is our favorite and the Lido deck has shade (a rarity unique to this class of ship) that allowed us to linger and repose for hours at a time. The Pinnacle Grill was exceptional - we went both sea days for lunch and the Asian restaurant is always a favorite. WE love the music venues and the World Stage theater is an amazing venue with the beautiful high resolution screens. We love the BBC earth presentations and the shows were very enjoyable. My only negative comment would relate to the obvious staff shortages in the bars and MDR, I think HAL needs to scale back on the passenger loads until they can fully staff. Food was slow and at times lukewarm in the MDR and drink service in the bars was slow to non-existent due to so many passengers and too few staff. Gym is nice and we love the New York Deliu and Dive In burger outlets - Buffet was very high quality and I think the very best of the lines I have been on since the restart (Princess, RCL, Carnival, NCL). We really enjoyed the itinerary - it was to nice low key places - Bimini ( in lieu of the private island which was suffering power outage) Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Key West - perfect for a get away.

Cabin Review

Lovely and appreciated the large shower with the showerheads. Great in room entertainment, nice balcony.

Port Reviews

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)

Nice within the port area , developed by Carnival

Grand Turk

Lovely - one of our favorites - all we ever do is sit under a Palm Tree and sip cocktails - lovely

Key West

Love Key West - we have friends so we just got off and walked around like we were in our own neighborhood - but - great mix of attractions with plenty to do

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

HAL's terminal needs updating

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