Age: 31 to 40
Number of Cruises: First Cruise
Cruise Line: Holland America
Sailing Date: December 10th, 2000
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
This cruise was my first cruise ever, as my fiancée and I usually bare charter sailboats in Italy or Turkey.
We are both from Munich, Germany so please excuse my spelling mistakes.
Summary upfront: This cruise was the most fascinating, relaxing and overall satisfying holiday we ever had. And we have been in many nice places.
The ship was tiptop, the crew was the friendliest with the best service I ever experienced and the on board-program was pure fun.
And to my very surprise, the average age of the crowd was not as old as everybody said. As a matter of fact we met more than 40 people between 25 and 40 and had a great time.
-Service without one single exception
-Food was very special
-Cleanliness was fabulous
-Entertainment was very good (except the magician)
-Availability of pool chairs (never short)
-Friendliness of the officers
-Only the noodles were nothing special, but I'm used to Italian kitchen, so I'm maybe not representative
-Prices of the shore excursions
-The way everybody was pushed to shop and buy with special offers all the time made me feel like on a bus tour sometimes. Especially when they (shore excursions) frightened people to make them come on organized tours.
Fresh fruit was plenty and always available, but not too tasty. (Maybe because it would rot to fast, if it is to ripe)
So after all I would sail with HA again and I will not look for other lines, because everybody said that they are the best and NOBODY complained about important any things.
The only thing I would make different, is that I would organize my land excursions myself. Especially in Jamaica, where everybody says how dangerous it is. Not true, you only have to pay attention whether your cabby sells ganschee. If not, go with a cab and I bet you'll have more fun. Advice: Don't go alone, take at least one other man or impressive woman with you.
So again this whole thing was wonderful, go for it, you'll have a blast
If you have any questions, you are welcome to email me.