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Rotterdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Disappointing and boring.

Rotterdam Cruise Review by NashvilleGma

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite

My wife and I were on the Rotterdam for 55 day in 2015 and liked it very much. The ship is very different now. There appeared to be a reduction in staff that resulted in frequent poor service in the Lido and often poor service in the main dinning room. Seldom refills in the Lido and two and a half hours in the main dinning room. The employees in the main dinning room worked hard but there weren't enough of them. Many of the employees in the Lido appeared to be poorly trained and lacked proper supervision. The cabin boys were excellent and did every thing they could to make our stay as good as possible.

The Food was often very bland and lacked proper seasoning. There were a lot of desserts with varying quality. When I ordered lamb chops I received only two which were quite small.

Of the 21 days there were only two entertainers that were good. There was no duplicate bridge, no craft lessons, almost no expert speakers, The lectures on upcoming ports were obviously for selling excursions, It was a boring cruise Fellow cruisers read a lot of books and played games in the library.

The price of the internet was outrageous with no reception most of the time.

The ship shows its age with warn carpet with poorly chosen carpet colors. The design is confusing with an odd layout.

We missed the two most important ports of the cruise. The excuse for for missing Flam was that several of the tenders were in operable. How did several tenders have problems at the same time? What happened to preventive maintenance. We had doubts about the life boats. The ports were advertised over two years ago, why had docking reservations made then. There were four other cruise ships in the port.

We have well over 200 days of cruising but will never take another cruise on Holland American again.

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Couldn't hear the commentary and didn't understand what we could hear.

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