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Michael

Age: 40

Occupation:Business owner

Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Rotterdam

Sailing Date: 2010-09-10

Itinerary: Alaska - inside passage

Alaska was great, cruise ship Rotterdam is old and pretty dated even after the so called upgrades. This is a smoking ship - you can smoke anywhere except dining areas. I did not know this, wish I had. Entertainment was average or less, cruise director was less than average, food was good - portions very small. Pinnicle dining is recommended, it was very good, of course a $20.00 pp charge to go with it. Beer (5.75), which is a bit pricey. Have to hit a happy hour from 4-5pm to afford a drink. The first two days the staff served food and drinks from the bars, said this is something they always do. Wow it made lines VERY long and when they dip it, it is less than a 6oz serving. They eventually open up the drinks, but pretty much still dip food for you. Takes a while to eat. The service was great, food service guys were very good, room stewards were also very good. FYI BEFORE you book.. Cruise cost is just half the cost to do this. After doing a few excursions, drinks some, gamble some and tips. You will spend another 2k or more.

Food was good, nothing bad - Just not great. Pinnicle grill food was best on the ship. Serving portions we very very small in formal dining room.

Stateroom was large and nice. One of the highlights of the ship. We were on the veranda deck with a balcony, which I suggest for Alaska. Great views.

Activities on board we average at best. A good 60's, 70's and 80's show. Comedy was really good with Jeff Burkhart. Other stuff was geared for seniors. Trivia, bingo, name that tune, lame cruise shows. Did enjoy the web/picture classes. Cruise director anthony choice was too over the top "happy". Everything was "the best show" "the best trivia game". Just fake to sum it up. VERY FEW times did they have a band or any music at the pools. We had one band that was on the sail away and was good, never saw them again. You would walk through at 9pm and it was a ghost town.

Really enjoyed the excursions. Did the Whale watch in two stops, float plane with Michelle was very good. Enjoyed the park rangers coming on board and talking about the glaciers. Nice to have someone "real" on the ship and not so overboeard.

Alaska was wonderful! A must see place. I basically felt the ship was just a tool to get me there to see Alaska, which was the highlight. If you go to see Alaska and just want average cruise food and entertainment - Holland America is perfect I guess. My biggest disappointment - the ship caters to smokers! You can smoke most everywhere on the ship. When you would go to the crows nest for a show or event - it was full of smoke. Casino - full of smoke, rooms smelled like smoke, halls smelled like smoke. If you are a smoker - have at it, if not then I would stay away. It was a huge turn off to the four of us and many others as we chatted on the ship.

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