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Keith

Age: 41

Occupation:Sys Admin

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Westerdam

Sailing Date: 2011-02-4

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

Holland America is way out of our age range. The average age was around 75-80. So we were very out of place. We had Royal Caribbean to compare to this as we had been on them twice before. Royal leaves HAL way behind in food, entertainment, shops, ship decor, activities, pretty much everything. I would NOT do HAL again. They did a good job in getting us to our destinations as scheduled, but that was about it. Otherwise HAL just mails it in on just about everything else. Half Moon Cay is their "private island" that they purchased and basically is a wasted stop. It cheats you out of a stop and seeing a real country or inhabited island, so we really only saw 2 places on this trip. Aruba and Curacao. The ship decor is very dark, everywhere you go inside it was very dark everywhere.

The dining room was only fair, the presentation was good, but the quality of the food was not. I've had MUCH better on Royal. The Lido was ok for breakfast, but not letting you serve yourself was very discouraging. You couldn't even grab your own carton of milk in the Lido. They had to hand it to you, that annoyed me. The best part was the ice cream that was available, but how hard is it to mess up ice cream. Plenty of food, just was not very good.

Very nice stateroom, but had a terribly loud door going out to the verandah and had to ask to get it oiled on the 2nd to last day.

Very few things for young people. I did the ping pong tourney and the volleyball game, which only happened once. And the basketball game was cancelled due to no one showing up. The shows at night were standard fair, nothing special, you forgot about it 5 mins later. Royal totally outshines HAL in the shows. My wife liked the cooking demos but that stuff bores me.

Stay away, do your own thing on stops. Excursions are too expensive. If you want to tour the islands, rent a car or make a deal with a cab driver.

I relaxed a lot, when I could find a deck chair, but most were already taken up by the old folks who claimed them at 7am or earlier. I enjoyed the relaxation but not the food or entertainment or being 45 years younger than 95% of the passengers.

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