nycatty35 Posted August 24, 2006 #1 Share Posted August 24, 2006 My family and I just finished the August 9th Baltic Cruise on the Rotterdam. We are in our early 40's and traveled with our 2 sons (10 and 14). This was our first cruise on Holland Amreica, but our 10th as a family. A few thoughts...... On the positive: - Rooms are spacious and nicely appointed. The closets space is terrific - The ship is magnificent! Classy and understated. - Fresh flowers everywhere - Staff very professional and friendly - Food (other than breakfast) was terrific. While it is still mass produced, it is the first cruise that everything was served to us piping hot. - Itinerary is fantastic - Embarkation and disembarkation is a breeze and the most organized I have ever seen - Fellow passengers were wonderful On the negative: - Formal and informal nights. Our cruise tickets indicated that there would be 3 formal nights and 3 informal nights. In reality, there was 2 formal nights and one informal night. This was a huge inconvience since we had packed for the 6 nights we were told we need to bring "special clothes". When traveling from the US with 4 people, this is a big deal. I find this completely inexcusable and unprofessional. On a whole, we were suprised at how casual the cruise actually was. While we enjoy dressing up while traveling, we would have packed completely differently had we been told. There were night when men were in jeans in the dining room. - Breakfast at the Lido....how could they expect you to eat the SAME THING every morning for 13 days!!?!? The was no variety in the fresh fruit (which was dismal to begin with) or the offerings other than the mix-in in the pancakes - Breakfast and lunch hours in the main dining room. Many days, breakfast and lunch (even on sea days) was only offered for one hour. It seems to me that the shortened hours in the dining room is a message that the cruise would rather not have people eat breakfast or lunch in the main dining room and want them to use the Lido Restaurant. - Afternoon tea was offered for only 30 minutes a day. We attended twice and both times, they had run out of scones. - Culinary Arts Center. Pitiful. Overall, a fantastic trip. Please email me if you want further details. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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