As we live in Florida and all ports are close to us, we selected this cruise for our second Transatlantic on Holland America. We loved the crossing last spring and wanted to repeat it with friends onboard this year. Also we had never been to the Baltic countries and this cruise continued on from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to several Baltic ports of call.
This was a wonderful experience, our third cruise on HAL.
We love the size of HAL ships and boarding was easy. After lunch we explored the ship and found it to be beautifully appointed. The only thing we found lacking was enough interesting books in the Library. We had some reading material with us and the ship provided lots of comfortable spaces to relax and enjoy it.
Our inside Stateroom 3342 provided plenty of storage room and the bathroom was more than adequate. Our room Stewards did an amazing job keeping it in perfect order.
Dining was as great as we expected. Whether meals at the Lido Buffet, Main Dining Room, a quick snack at New York Pizza or Room Service, we were always pleased.
The enrichment programs onboard were wonderful. We attended many lectures on our ports of call, America's Test Kitchen and others. The programs presented by various members of the Staff & Crew were quite varied and interesting. The musical groups were top notch as well.
The service on the ship was beyond 5 Star. We found every person on the ship eager to help and answer questions.
We had a little rough weather on both cruise portions but the Captain and Staff worked out details for alternate routes and stops and gave us future credits as well.
Ports and shore excursions booked through HAL were wonderful. We were pleased that the Hotel staff offered special in-room meal options in St. Petersburg, Russia as our tours ran back-to-back our first day. Returning from our second excursion, trays arrived in the room, a most appreciated bonus
Planning the next cruise on Holland America now!