Rotterdam has a pool amidship with a bar, music or entertainment. On the fantail is another wading-style pool with chaise lounges laid in. I had cruised on Royal Caribbean- Legend of the Seas which had the same noisy pool amidships but then had another in quiet solarium near the back of the ship. This was heaven for me: relaxing and allowing for uninterrupted reading. I loved the HAL-Rotterdam cruise to Peru and I would like to know if any of the Hal-ships have the pool layout I described.
My wife and I were on the Rotterdam, San Diego to Peru for two weeks and the food was very good. Better than an earlier cruise I took on Royal Caribbean and much better than an even earlier cruise on Carnival. I'd say we are fairly discriminate when it comes to dining and I had no complaints. Wine list was good too. My wife is asian are prefers chinese cuisine however she enjoyed the western fare during the trip.