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Just returned from our trip 3 -10 Feb 18. Before leaving we had a lot of issues wondering if we made a mistake booking this cruise as we heard/read that the vessel has a boat full of wheelchairs and walkers. During the cruise we maybe seen 3-4 children on board - from what we were told average age for our cruise was 57.3 - this maybe a little low as I would have bet the average is was around 60+. First - there were some individuals who had wheel chairs and walkers but they were very limited. My wife and I and the couple we were with are in our mid to lower 50s. Having sailed with Carnival/Royal/Norwegian we know that there is a lot of going ons on their vessels. On the Rotterdam not so much but having said that - the cruise caters to the retired and the majority of customers on board may not want all the noise/activity. The entertainment is very very good and sometimes different then what you would watch on other cruise lines - but as mentioned it was very good entertainment. The food on the cruise along with the service was exceptional. The staff cannot do enough for you. I enjoyed one aspect of this cruise - unlike some of the other cruise lines where you can just shovel in and take as much food as you want - Holland America picks up the portions for you. The do not scrimp and will give you what you ask for - but the best part of this as of I seen in the past - there is a lot less more waste. I seen on numerous cruise in the past customer taking huge portions of an item and then may not like and this ends up in the garbage - Bravo Zulu to Holland America. The ship as mentioned in subject is old in comparison to the new larger vessels being built now, but she is an old cadillac - she has been treated very well and still has her good looks and glamour - she is a very comfortable and a classy boat. She is clean and well maintained. Would we travel again on the Rotterdam - in a minute - only thing I would wish for myself is a maybe a Reggae band playing around the ship during the day and maybe early evening.

An Old Cadillac

Rotterdam Cruise Review by SilverNS

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Just returned from our trip 3 -10 Feb 18. Before leaving we had a lot of issues wondering if we made a mistake booking this cruise as we heard/read that the vessel has a boat full of wheelchairs and walkers.

During the cruise we maybe seen 3-4 children on board - from what we were told average age for our cruise was 57.3 - this maybe a little low as I would have bet the average is was around 60+.

First - there were some individuals who had wheel chairs and walkers but they were very limited. My wife and I and the couple we were with are in our mid to lower 50s. Having sailed with Carnival/Royal/Norwegian we know that there is a lot of going ons on their vessels. On the Rotterdam not so much but having said that - the cruise caters to the retired and the majority of customers on board may not want all the noise/activity. The entertainment is very very good and sometimes different then what you would watch on other cruise lines - but as mentioned it was very good entertainment.

The food on the cruise along with the service was exceptional. The staff cannot do enough for you. I enjoyed one aspect of this cruise - unlike some of the other cruise lines where you can just shovel in and take as much food as you want - Holland America picks up the portions for you. The do not scrimp and will give you what you ask for - but the best part of this as of I seen in the past - there is a lot less more waste. I seen on numerous cruise in the past customer taking huge portions of an item and then may not like and this ends up in the garbage - Bravo Zulu to Holland America.

The ship as mentioned in subject is old in comparison to the new larger vessels being built now, but she is an old cadillac - she has been treated very well and still has her good looks and glamour - she is a very comfortable and a classy boat. She is clean and well maintained.

Would we travel again on the Rotterdam - in a minute - only thing I would wish for myself is a maybe a Reggae band playing around the ship during the day and maybe early evening.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin EE 1935
Very Nice Cabin - Comfortable
Lower Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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