Number of Cruises: 32
Cruise Line: Holland America
Sailing Date: January 7th, 2006
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
I have sailed on 32 different cruises on many cruise lines. This was my first Holland America Cruise.
Check in was great. The check in was flawless and quick. Once aboard we had to wait until cabin was ready at approx 1:30. If you want to go straight to cabin you might want to wait until 1:30 to board the ship. Otherwise you have to go to a public area with your carry on baggage. Baggage arrived quickly to the stateroom.
The food was pretty good. The Lido deck food was the usual food served during the day. Breakfast was ok and if you are in a hurry forget the omelet line as it takes forever. The other breakfast items are just sort of plain old standard fare. Lunches are also sort of plain standard food. Dinner in the dining room was very good and the service there was excellent. We had dinner in the Pinnacle Grill and the food there was GREAT! There is a $20 per person charge for the Pinnacle, but it was worth it!
The entertainment was the best I have ever seen on any cruise! It starts with the Cruise Director Eric Powis. He was the most friendly cruise director we have ever had. We saw him several times during the cruise on deck and even once while we were ashore. He gave us very good advice on shore excursions. His staff also was great in organizing activities and stuck with it one night when it was very windy on deck. There was a comedian on board Julie Barr who was wonderful and funny. The had a Magician James Sielan who was very good as well. There was an Elton John impersonator Joel Mason who was very very good! The Zuiderdam Cast of Singers and Dancers were the best I have ever seen. I have seem over 60 Cruise cast shows on Cruise ships and this was the BEST! The singers Sara Bauer (lead female singer) and Christian (lead male singer) were a perfect couple! They had unbelievable voices and stage presence. The two other singers were also wonderful and a perfect compliment to the lead singers. The cast dancers also were the best I have seen on a cruise ship. They even performed on a night that the seas were very rough and you could not even tell, as they were flawless. Anyone who likes shipboard entertainment will love this group of people.
The casino was the standard ship casino. There was nothing special about it. It was nice and had the standard slot machines and table games.
The shops aboard are very nice and prices are pretty good as well.
PORTS OF CALL
Holland America Island-very nice beach day. Great beach and lunch on the island was very nice.
St Thomas-Nice American island with tons of tourist shopping. If shopping is not your thing go up the mountain in the ski lift type car. Its $16 but really worth it. The food at the top is very good with bar type food. Very fun and great views.
TOTILLA-very nice island. Defiantly go to PUSSERS (ask and they will tell you where it is and you can walk from ship FREE). They have great wings with a great honey sauce.
Nassau-lots of junkie tourist shopping. Best part of island was Starbucks with rooftop views of the ships.
If you have any questions about this cruise or ship please email me.