We had a wonderful time on this cruise that left from Norfolk Virginia in spite of the rough seas due to Tropical Storm Gamma. Our itinerary was Half Moon Cay (HAL's private Island), St. Thomas Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Maarten, San Juan Puerto Rico and back to Norfolk. Click on each picture below for a link to more pictures.
Half Moon Cay Horseback Riding
Half Moon Cay Snorkelling with the Stingrays
St. Thomas Virgin Islands
St. John's Antigua
St Maarten - Dutch Side
St. Martin-French Side(Orient Beach) Parasailing
San Juan Puerto Rico
Cabin Animals (cabin steward made an animal out of towels each night)
The first couple of sea days were a little rough and some people were affected but not us. Our table companions at dinner and lunch were diverse and very interesting and we enjoyed dining with them. We ate most of our meals in the dining room to avoid all the children on the Lido.
The food and service was wonderful as expected with Holland America. The Maasdam (our third voyage on her) is starting to show her age. Our first trip was her maiden year in Alaska in 1994. She is due to go into drydock in Spring. They have upgraded the beds and they were very comfortable with fluffy duvets and pillows.
The Neptune Lounge (for suite guests) had a wonderful concierge (Aileen) who fulfilled all our needs. It was great being able to go a few doors down the hall to get snacks and cappucinos. We did that several times a day!
We had breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill which is the alternative restaurant. It is open to Suite guests for a private breakfast and our waiter Robertus was great and got to know us.
Our cabin steward Ackmed was also attentive and made us little towel animals and left them on our bed each night.
Dinner in the Pinnacle Grill one night was excellent. Their beef is far superior to the dining room and equal to a 5 star restaurant, as is the service. Well worth the extra charge.
We had fun horseback riding on Half Moon Cay and also snorkeling with the stingrays. On St. Maarten we took a cab to the French side to a european style beach and went parasailing and had lunch.
Our trip home was also very rocky for the last two sea days but most had gotten their sea legs by then. Thanksgiving was a formal night with a Traditional Turkey dinner (along with other choices) and the usual Baked Alaska parade.
We hope you enjoy the pictures.