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Tampa to the Southern Caribbean Cruise Reviews

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Southern Caribbean
Tampa

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Excellent

48

Very Good

34

Average

23

Poor

15

Terrible

11

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132 Tampa to the Southern Caribbean Cruise Reviews


Lea07 avatar

Lea07

1 Review Written

Misleading information

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It all started when I made reservations with an NCL AGENT for an 11 day cruise in southern Caribbean because we wanted to see St Lucia. . The agent told us that the Norwegian Dawn was a small ship but was remodelled ...
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Sail Date January 2020


ew101 avatar

ew101

12 Reviews Written

46 Helpful Votes

Dancing and Relaxation on a Classy Ship

The reviews of HAL out here lately have been snarky. We had a lovely time some years back in Canada on the Veendam. For some reason we strayed – but we can’t remember why. I had one open week in March ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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pamrusshawaii

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

WOW!!! 11 DAYS IN PARADISE!!!

We recently cruised for 11 days to 6 different islands in the Southern Carribean on the Norwegian Pearl. Everything from beginning to end was absolutely wonderful! It was a repositioning cruise starting in Tampa, FL ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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koneill8586

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Terrible is an understatement

This was my 4th year in a row sailing aboard this ship for a themed cruise run by Norwegians company sixthman. TERRIBLE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT FOR THIS YEAR! The staff was rude and careless! Sewage issues on decks ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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lilahbeethoven

2 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Great time on the Rotterdam

I specifically chose the ports of call, rather than the ship. But the Rotterdam and myself were a perfect fit. I love the smaller ships which do not make one feel like "another head in a bed", or like cattle being ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Star Trek 1

2 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Wonderful and relaxed 30th Anniversary Cruise

We chose this cruise for convenience of the port. My husband had a course in Orlando on January 12 and 13, so we quickly drove to Tampa when his class finished and boarded by 2:00. This is the smallest ship that ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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roywilson7

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

A great ship, but

My wife and I have cruised with all the big and not so big cruise lines. As it was our 23rd wedding anniversary, we splashed our on a Neptune level suite (7039). On our arrival at the dock in Tampa for ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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flamingo777

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Southern Caribbean Cruise 2 week Delight

We needed to 'get away' from the cares of life, and see a few places we had not seen. We thought this 2 WEEK cruise might be TOO LONG. But we enjoyed every minute of it, even the several days at sea!! The tours ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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stol

4 Reviews Written

32 Helpful Votes

Mixed

we took this for the convenience of the Port of Tampa, having done several HA in the past knew Its reputation for being a stable product. The ship is very nice layed out well with lots of" nooks and crannies" to ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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skylane182

4 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Great trip - Neptune 7034

Week long cruise with my mom and niece. Neptune suite 7034 with shower only was perfect for my mom who has trouble getting in and out of a bathtub / shower combo. Enjoyed the piano bar, comedian, and music on ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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beachtrekkie

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

The Greyhound Bus of Cruise Travel

The Rotterdam is a fine way to get from Point A to Point B but that's about it. They have done away with sail-aways and the onboard entertainment and activities were below average and repetitive. A three week ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Seattle Chick

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Old Ship Multiple Issues

We chose this ship for the itinerary,6145 This ship is old and in a state of disrepair. Our cabin had multiple issues, TV with awful picture quality / had to be replaced twice. Very few channel selections. ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Mooney231LV

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Overall a pretty good cruise

We did this same itinerary about 9 months ago on the same ship but decided on this one because we were going with some friends and the price was right. We had not done a 21 day cruise and wanted to see how we ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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AKJonesy

8 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

Many good things and some not so great

With parents living in Tampa, this is a great port for us making it easy and convenient to get to and from the port. We embarked late intentionally avoiding having to wait to board. That plan paid off and we were ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Papgd454

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Small Ship

Easy boarding , no lineups, carried own luggage. Tampa was less congested than other ports. Room was ok, windows dirty, minerals buildup between the panes in our cabin. All observation windows were dirty or water ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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flgranny4

5 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Classy ship, great staff, but zero for entertainment

I went on this cruise with my sister and overall everything was okay except the entertainment. I loved that there was an older crowd and I didn't have to deal with a lot of kids. I was always able to get a lounge ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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gaillev

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Will never ever go on the Holland America Rotterdam again

The Rotterdam is for you if---- 1. You like old ships in disrepair with very outdated furnishings in the public areas, with rusted over window frames, distasteful outdated decor of poor replicas of Chinese ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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seanoscar1

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Negative ship changes

We had cruised on Rotterdam several times previously. We enjoyed the Retreat area where you could relax on your lounge chair in the water. Since our last cruise they have removed the aft pool area. Now just hot tubs ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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RBJAS

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Anniversary Cruise/first sailing with Holland

My husband and I wanted to do something new for our 40 year anniversary cruise. We decided to try HCL for the first time as well as a 14 day trip which would be our longest cruise to date. We had a wonderful time! ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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martinibar

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Cabin 6102

Nice size ship. staff is very attentive. CABIN was AWFUL. Windows that Slanted inwards into room .I am not tall but had to bend over to my waist to get to the bedside. No sofa, no chair in cabin. NO place to sit ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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Florisa1228

5 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Great service, good food

We wanted a week vacation, and We Love Holland America. The service as always very good, the food was also very good, the entertainment was slow at times, not too many activities like larger ships. The food ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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semibeater

3 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Smooth sailing in windy conditions

Tampa departure is very convenient for central FL residents. I have been to all the ports of call in the past but cruise for the on board amenities more than excursions. The food was consistent and good as usual ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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stillsbar

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Disappointed in the Norwegian Dawn

I was interested in seeing the southern Caribbean, had done Western several times. I liked to cruise with NCL until this cruise, it had always been my favorite. Embarkation was a form of torture. Had I not ...
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Sail Date February 2018


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dcdunfee

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Major waste of vacation money and a great disappointment!

The traveling locations in the South Caribbean islands was enticing. Below is an explanation of the hardships endured by me and my guest with HAL on the Rotterdam debarking from Tampa on 11/4/2017. On ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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WalkALot

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Never sail a ship just out of dry dock -- MS Rotterdam

Let me be quite clear -- We are 4-star level on HAL so this is NOT our first rodeo with this line. We've enjoyed many wonderful cruises, including one in 2016 on the MS Rotterdam which was a great cruise. However, ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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