December 17, 2005
Absolutely superb experience with Holland America. Our party included Husband/Wife/Daughters 14/12/10 years old.
Highlights: Service, Dining, Entertainment, Shore Excursions, Cleanliness of ship, Cruise directors staff, daily activities...unbelievable good time and worth every penny. Our children loved it...although they chose to stick together with us and participate in family activities (pool, sailing, snorkle, shuffleboard, games, sports etc). Overall, Holland America lived up to its reputation with 5 stars.
Area for improvement: Half Moon Cay, St Martin, Antigua all a 10+. St Thomas we found to be a dump...drive across island to Magan's beach...pathetic, filthy, cars on jacks, trash everywhere. All in all though, I would go on the same cruise but stay on the ship that day.
Area for improvement: Entertainment was fabulous. MS Maasdam orchestra, singers, dance group and special acts were 1st class. All were a 10+ except "comedian" Dwayne Cunningham who was just not funny...and we found to be offensive.
Overall, I would go again tomorrow. We will cruise again...and it will be Holland America.