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Bill A. Belt

Age: 66


Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Amsterdam

Sailing Date: May 30th, 2001

Itinerary: London to Copenhagen

This was our first cruise out of London. The ship, the MS Amsterdam was only a year old and the itinerary was one that we thought would be exciting and interesting. There were stops at Rotterdam, Le Havre, France; St. Malo, France; Greenock, Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dunmore East, Ireland; Antwerp, Belgium; Oslo, Norway and finally to Copenhagen. The ports were excellent. There were so many variations and destinations for the shore trips that one would have to go on another cruise to take them all in.

The ship was spotless and the service outstanding throughout the entire cruise. This ship is no different than many you may have sailed on since you can expect the usual entertainment, casino, internet service, food, cabin service, lounges and all the rest. What was so great was a new and clean ship and the staff that kept it that way.

Can't wait to board another Holland America ship for the same kind of experience.

I've kept this review short since we give Holland America Five Stars for this trip. THANKS

Getting to the actual departure terminal may be a little challenge since the ship does not actually depart London but rather Harwich, England. Seemed that no train employee including supervisors at the Liverpool Train Station in London knew anything about the direct Liverpool to Harwich train. In all fairness it was the first train of the cruise season. So don't give up just keep asking and someone will given you the needed information at the station. Boarding at Harwich was a breeze, the quickest ever for us to board a ship.

Departure at Copenhagen was also a breeze. Very quick and orderly departure with plenty of assistance on the dock.

Lastly, I try to answer any e-mails about the cruise---so send me a note.

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