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Jason Parker

Age: 43

Occupation:Mgt

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Westerdam

Sailing Date: 04-6-2009

Itinerary: Caribbean

The cruise was pleasant, but the ship was struck by the Norwalk Virus while we were aboard. Some parts of the ship were closed, including, the sports deck, the hydo-spa, hot tubs...you could not touch the buffet or drink stations. They even removed the salt and pepper shakers off the tables. Staff was doing their best to control the outbreak. People need to wash their hands !!!!

HAL is not a cruiseline for kids or teenagers, the average passenger is elderly. Beware of the electric scooters and walkers aboard.

Food was above average. The dining rooms serve very small portions, yet good. Ask for extra food. Buffet was excellent and always hot, good variety. Midnight buffet was good, very few people attend....elderly go to bed early. Had incorrect room service food twice, but was tasty and hot when delivered. BBQ around pool was great, make sure and get the steak fries with your food!!

Beautiful room, except for the pull-out couch bed....this was horrid. Suits won't fit in closet unless turned sideways. Beware of the upper pull down bed, a/c unit will blow on you all night. Room was very clean, bathroom was large, tub was suited for children, not adults. Flatscreen t.v was a nice touch. Internet access is expensive and very slow.

Bingo, movies, a few shows. Funny magic show.

Stay away from Grand Turk....this place is recovering (or not recovering) from a September 2008 hurricane. Govt is corrupt, the place is a mess. Looks like a 3rd world country once you venture past the duty free.

Other than the rough seas and Norwalk virus, it was a good time. Since we have kids, I think I would find a cruise line that caters to the younger crowd.

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