Number of Cruises: 25
Cruise Line: Holland America
Sailing Date: October 14th, 2006
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
We enjoyed the cruise very much. The service, for the most part was excellent.
We took a ship's excursion in Aruba and visited the aloe farm and plant. This was interesting.
In Curacao, we got a taxi and visited the places a friend from there had suggested. We drove by the floating market and then into the old district where our friends husband was born and raised. They are restoring the large old houses into offices, was interesting to see one not yet done as well as those finished. Went to the Kona Ku Hotel and museum.
We took the whale watching trip in Dominica and saw five whales up close, one was a baby. The night the chef had a special show in dining room, we were under the speakers and left and went to the Pinnacle Grill, the service was extremely poor.
We told James Deering, the hotel manager, and he treated us to another dinner there, needless to say the service was almost too good, we felt rushed.
Our cabin steward, Matt, was outstanding,
as well as the crew in the dining room. We had to skip a snorkeling trip at
Halfmoon Cay, and told them that morning. Our money was refunded. We have been
to St. Thomas many times, so only went to Havensight for a short time. Our cabin
was 6172, midship, a wonderful location. One thing odd was that flowers came on
breakfast tray one morn. and they took them away when they took tray. We would
prefer flowers rather than the fruit basket. May be a way to do this, does
anyone know? Boarding was a breeze. All in all we would recommend the Volendam,
but really any of the HAL ships. Think the Mass dam will be our favorite, the
art collection on it is really wonderful. Our deck furniture needed to be
repainted and noticed the chair mats on deck chairs were frayed. The large bath
towels were like drying with sandpaper, the smaller ones nice and fluffy. The
bath mats were all frayed the tub mat looked as if it had mildew on it. We also
noticed that they did not have many of the elaborate flower arrangements we have
seen before on HAL ships. This ship was just coming back from Alaska, so they
did not have the wine we chose, and people were ordering beers that they did not