HAL has changed and not for the better

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Overall Rating:
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
Cruise Ship:
MS Maasdam

Review Profile

Times cruised before:
March, 2019
56 - 65

Cruise Elements:

Quality of Food:
Ate mainly in main dining room , main course OK , desserts poor
Second rate guest entertainers , no production shows
Shore Excursions:
Didn't go on any
Onboard Activities:
Enjoyed Trivia , lectures poor
Had not been with HAL for 5 years so thought we would try them again on a 21 night cruise from Singapore to Brisbane. Boarding was very efficient and we were soon onboard , the cabin was very spacious and ample storage but why do they still have those funny net curtains at the end of the beds , they serve no purpose .  An older type TV and no fridge but that didn't bother us . We were on flexible dining and really enjoyed that , the food was average , nothing that I considered memorable but my vegetarian partner enjoyed what they ordered.
The service was friendly but it could be slow especially if you had breakfast in the main dining room.
What was disappointing was the activities and evening entertainment .There was no production team only a mixture of guest entertainers , some were quite dreadful .  HAL were concentration on their EXC programme but the zodiac boats onboard were only in use about 3 times .  The lecturers , although experts in their field, were pretty poor speakers.  We enjoyed the trivia and met some lovely people .   A mixture of ports of call , some very workaday with very little to see . Kitiva island was great .
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