Rotterdam Cruise Review by ingreece
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
There are just so many things that Holland America gets right. The many small touches throughout the cruise made us feel special. I've decided that HAL is my preferred cruise line now. Elegant, fabulous food, classy passengers, professional staff, nice shows, classical music at dinner and I could go on and on.
The itinerary was unique and the reason that we booked this cruise. We sailed in and out of Athens, Greece (where we currently live) and up the Adriatic Sea to the most beautiful city in the world overnight (Venice) and then back to the Aegean for a few Greek islands. The ports were Corfu, Dubrovnik, Split, Venice, Ravenna, Kotor, Crete and Mykonos.
In four of the ports we had stormy weather but what is so wonderful about cruising is that in the evening you can take a hot bath or shower and enjoy a fabulous meal and entertainment which washes away the storms.
The new ports for our family were Ravenna and Kotor. If you haven't been to Kotor by ship you're in for a surprise because you will sail through fjords (my first time)! Ravenna was interesting but very cold. Went on a private tour with cruise critic friends. Got soaking wet waiting for bus back to port.
Great job HAL! Rotterdam was a dream. Hope to sail her again.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
CorfuI visited the Achillion Palace with friends from Cruise Critic via private driver. Got very wet in downpour. Took a driving tour of a few highlights. Corfu is a beautiful, green island worth seeing.View All 547 Corfu Cruise Port Reviews
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DubrovnikOne of the finest ports in the Med. We walked the old city walls with friends and explored a few of the museums. Lovely! Took a cab for 10 Euros from the port. Rode the bus back. You will need Kuna in Croatia.View All 1,014 Dubrovnik Cruise Port Reviews
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KotorSailed through the fjords with thunder and lightening show. Waited for storm to mostly pass before tendering into Kotor. Walked through the old town, visited a museum and tasted a little food. Beautiful!View All 538 Kotor Cruise Port Reviews
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MykonosThis windswept island delights the senses. Our son was thrilled to meet the famous Pelicans on the islands. Lots of wind but enjoyed walking around. Took ship's shuttle to town.View All 893 Mykonos Cruise Port Reviews
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SplitThird time to Split. Walked to the Archaeological Museum and loved it. Definitely worth seeing. Bought lots of lavender oil. Great city.View All 313 Split Cruise Port Reviews
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VeniceThe Queen of the Med! There is nothing like this city that rises out of the water. Just walked the canals, ate and then at night went to an Opera performed by candlelight in a mansion with CC friends. Beautiful!View All 1,236 Venice Cruise Port Reviews
Next day went to to Verona with HAL excursion. Too bad it rained and we didn't have enough time there. But, would love to return.
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