Holland America Line - Cruisemates Reader's Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line

Prinsendam
by TyinPS
Black Sea
October 16, 2008

I have cruised 32 years. First one on Holland Amnerica. Worse cruise ever.

The muster was incomplete. We got excuses. There was a sounding at 2AM on the second night out and no crew appeared. A loud message said there was an electrical fire and to stay in our cabins. Stories varied the next day.

After claiming all desserts were fresh, executive chef and bakery chef finally admitted they were frozen commercial products and served stale, cold and dry.

At embarkation we noticed kitchen and other staff coughing and sneezing. One quarter of earlier port arrivals had the same symptoms. Some were on this ship months. Many spent a day in bed.

I got it 2 days in and discovered when I got home that I had contracted a highly transmittable viral bronchitis.

There was no welcome aboard; just a one hour hard sell by the cruise director's wife pushing future cruises.

Culinary class partly pre-empted for the same reason.

Entertainment was vaudeville-like. Comedian told gay jokes as did the very defensive cruise director.

If you are on this ship months you will be pampered. Caters to those in mid 40s. Best advice is to stay away from this one.