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David Thrower

Age: 41 to 50

Occupation:Travel Agent

Number of Cruises: 3 to 5

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Amsterdam

Sailing Date: October 18th, 2000

Itinerary: One Night Pre-Inaugural

and busboy were very good and made sure our food was delivered hot.  I did not indulge in any dessert, but had a real good cup of coffee. Paula had the flour free chocolate cake which she said was very rich and delicious.

After dinner we returned to the Queen's Lounge for the 9pm show which was a nice mix of music from different broadway shows.  The dancers/singers put on a good show.

After the show we toured the ship and visited all of lounges which were all set up so the seating was spread out enough that one group would not be talking over other group to hear each other. This was a great idea and I applaud Holland America for this.

The internet cafe is a nice way to check your email while at sea and adjacent to that is the Java Bar where you can relax and have a cup of coffee, tea ar maybe a nice cappuccino.

The Ocean Spa Gym looks like it has all of the latest exercise equipment available.  Outside the gym is a massage spa and a beauty salon.  We didn't get a chance to go inside.

The Lido Pool is real nice with the sliding dome cover over it.  Along with the pool is a small wading pool and 2 whirlpools.  On the aft of the Lido deck is the outside Seaview Pool which is also good sized.

There are 2 more restaurants which is the Lido restaurant where the buffets are heal and is the largest of the 2 and the Odyssey Restaurant which is the optional small dining room.  Also if you just want a hot dog or a burger there is the Terrace grill in the Lido Deck.

The casino was not opened, but was good sized and had just about all you would want in a casino.

There is a small video arcade which has quite a few machines.

There are ample stores in the boutique and shopping arcade areas.

After our tour of the ship we called it a night around 12:30am.

The next morning we had our breakfast in our room and the service was great and even the toast was still very warm.  We finished right before they called for 9am disembarkation.

As there was no need for customs the disembarkation process was real quick and we only had to wait 5 minutes for the shuttle to return us to the parking lot.

The staff was very impressive in all area of the ship.  Everyone had a nice smile and seemed to be sincere.

I cannot say enough about this ship except I am sure you will have few if any complaints when you sail this ship.

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