Any real negitives on the Rotterdam for a world cruise? I was afraid that the Princess Tahitian might rock to much for my wife for a long cruise because of a shorter ship length.So we are thinking of changing our status with princess that we are now booked on. Would you compare the lines equally? Help
Rotterdam is significantly larger than Tahitian Princess but still relatively small by todays cruiseship standards. They were built just two years apart so they're close to the same age. Holland is generally a little older crowd although on a World cruise both will be predominantly senior, the only age category that has that much time for such a cruise is retirees.
Both ships get glowing reviews. On a site I use frequently the Tahitian gets 4 stars and the Rotterdam gets 5 but the star ratings can be misleading. On the site I'm referring to they are a compilation of a number of rating systems by different sources. It's heavily weighted by feedback from actual passenger surveys upon their return so it's not just the cruising press and a handful of writers opinions.
I think either ship would be a great experience. If you want early dining you'll often have to book a year or more in advance as it is the first to fill and fills quickly. With the personal choice dining as an option now on both lines it won't be the big problem it was in the past.
We sailed her predecessor 20 years ago to Caracas. She was quite a ship. Thanks to the daughter of our sailing companions (who made friends with all of the eligible Dutch officers within hours of boarding every HA ship we sailed) we were given a tour of the engine room. That was fun!
With that said, I think the World Cruise on the Princendam would be fabulous - she's on my list of "to dos"!
The Tahitian Princess is a former R Ship with unparalleled pseudo-Edwardian decor and as much as half the passenger capacity compared to Rotterdam VI, if you care about ambiance and intimacy.
On the other hand, the service that we experienced aboard the Holland America ship last May was excellent. It was among the few times I can say that a motto is true ('A tradition of Excellence' in this case). Personnel friendliness, overall organization and attention to detail in both hardware and software were excellent.
Whatever you choose, it will be wonderful...
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