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Kira

Age: 18

Occupation:Full Time Student

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Statendam

Sailing Date: 11-22-2006

Itinerary: Austrilia and New Zealand

My junior year of high school my Mother and I went on a cruise around New Zealand and Australia on the Statendam. I loved every minute of it! Holland America gets the wrap of being just for older folks; however, I highly enjoyed the Kids Club Hal onboard during all six of my Holland America cruises over the past eight years that I traveled with Holland America. The food was amazing during the entire trip. There are several places on the ship to choose from, ranging from new exotic foods to classic dishes and more. One of my favorites was the Chocolate Night. Everything and anything one could imagine formed out of chocolate in all flavors. I definitely recommend that to any chocolate lover! I personally like the lower staterooms better. These rooms are located on the lower decks for a more affordable price. They may not be the fanciest rooms on the ship, but the only time I spent in the room was to sleep, there are way too many other exciting things to do onboard. Also I found that the lower staterooms are much calmer when it comes to rough waters. The onboard activities are endless. There is always something going on and something to do. I actually didn't have enough time to do everything I wanted. I enjoyed the shows after dinner each night, and the Crow's Nest Night Club. There are numerous sport activities: basketball courts, a pool, mini golf, and a track. I completely say don't miss out on the excursions. They are incredible! You have the freedom to explore why being in a safe setting at all times. Many of the excursions are only offered to Holland American customers, meaning that if you would not have had the opportunity to do a certain excursion if you were simply investigating on shore by yourself. My trip and cruise experience was the ultimate. I would not have changed a single aspect of my stay on the Statendam. As a young traveler I greatly appreciate all that Holland America has to offer, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, relaxing, yet adventurous vacation. Upon boarding the ship and being escorted to the stateroom, all the staff is out and about to meet and greet. The staff was so friendly and helpful the entire cruise. The sailing was smooth and we arrived on time to all of the locations of destination. We went on a handful of excursions including, kayaking, four wheeling, going to an animal reserve full of native Australian creatures, relaxing on the famous Bondi Beach, and climbing the Sydney Bridge. In Melbourne we did travel into the city on our own to discover shops and stores. We also planned an extended excursion into the Outback for four days at the cruises end through Holland America.

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