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K Gustafson

Age: 58

Occupation:lawyer

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Noordam

Sailing Date: 2009-07-28

Itinerary: Rome-Croatia-Corfu-Ephesus-Santorini-Athens-Messina-Rome

This was the absolute best cruise of all for a family! The ports provided a buffet of sights for our grandsons and a real opportunity for them to see a brief, but comprehensive, view of the ruins. If, as we did, you are lucky to book Delux Verandah Suites, you will receive the assitance of a conceirge in the special lounge, as well as free laundry and dry cleaning. Let me repeat....free laundry and dry cleaning. In addition to free money exchange and great food throughout the day and evening (including numerous types of coffees), the coneirge provided all manner of inforation with respect to the ship and the ports.

I saw that some persons was upset by the HAL club, perhaps it was a problem of their child as our grandsons (including one with disabilities) believed it to be one of the highlights of their trip.

Finally, having taken a number of cruises, and having stayed in fabulous hotels (i.e., Caneel Bay, Hotel Arts, The Boudlers, The Breakers, The Homestead, etc.), we would rank this particular cruise and ship as on a par with the best hotels we have enjoyed as guests. This is particulalry true because of the fabulous men and women who work on the ship. From the cafeteria workers to the coneirge emplyees; the room stewards to the dining room waiters were all dear, sweet, kind, competent and friendly staff wherever one might be on the ship.

The food was fantastic! Even better for families, there was a children's menu and the staff urged us to let them care for our grandsons if we wanted to go to another restaurant one evening.

The Delux Verandah Suite was great in every way.

We were uniterested in onboard activities.

Several of the excursions (e.g., Albania) were fantastic. We arranged other excursions on our own from the States as we had been to the ports of call previously.

We have had 5 trips on Holland America and one trip on Princess. We have traveled to many destinations in Europe, South America, Africa and the Far East on our own. We never believed that we would enjoy a cruise. We must say, Holland America is fabulous in every respect. We would never again take a Princess cruise. On the Princess, the staff was surly, the ship appeared dirty, the food was marginal and even the verandah rooms were like a Motel 6.

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