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Rotterdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Disappointing cruise to nowhere

Rotterdam Cruise Review by 22Sailings

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Spa Verandah Suite

Outdated décor, but clean.

Cabin was fine, except for several problems - a broken balcony door lock, missing remote control, and the granddaddy of them all - the shower. (a broken faucet with scalding water which couldn't be turn off - and alerted the fire department, who came pounding on the door). I made 2 attempts, with the same results - so went without for 2 weeks! They suggested I use the Spa shower.

Food was usually bland or tough, and very repetative.. But the ice cream was the best.

What entertainment they offered was fine, except there were no Shows. Highly unusual for a cruise of 2 weeks.

Activities were repeats of the same old, same old. There were lots of movies, if you need to catch up on the oldies.

Service was hit and miss. Some looked exhausted. Others were trying so hard, they soon would be too. My young cabin steward was friendly and cheerful. The older one seemed to have the need to bully me.

Ports - missed 4!! - We saw the Azores, which are lovely. The rest of the time we bobbed around in the Atlantic. Other ships crossed to the English Channel, but we didn't. Reasons varied and weren't clarified. ( a death, waiting for people at the airport, and "other reasons") For me, that meant $4,000 down the drain - with little compensation.

Would I travel with Holland America again? They'll have to pull up their socks!

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Spa Verandah Suite

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