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Dear Delores and Anyone Else Who Might Be Afraid HA is Boring: Such posts are boring.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:28 AM
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young people can be boring ......
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Old August 15th, 2005, 08:38 PM
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One has time, lack of inhibiting responsibilities and good health.
One has the money necessary to buy oneself a place on a large ship cruising the open ocean for a certain amount of time the length of which you yourself have chosen-

where there is a cozy and comfortable room which is there only for your use,
where there is unlimited food of the highest caliber,
where there are smiling people willing to wait upon you day and night,
where there are endless activities among which you can choose at will,
where there are other people called fellow passengers willing to converse with you in a most friendly fashion,
where there is scenery to watch, decks to walk, books to read, a long, comfortable nap to take, a spa in which to indulge every sense.........

Yet , in the midst of all these riches
there is a person who claims to be...........B O R E D?

Lady, nobody wants to hear it.
Get a life!!!
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Old August 21st, 2005, 12:02 AM
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It gets boring after about 10:30 PM. HAL ships turn into ghost ships. Thourgh out the ship after about 10:30 you wont see more than a dozen or so passengers out and about. On our last HAL cruise, in one lounge there was a band playing with ONE person in the entire place listening to them. We then went to the casino, there were probably 5 people in there, that was about it. The rest were up at the late night snack.
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Old August 21st, 2005, 09:40 AM
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kvanriper - next time go to the Crow's Nest. That's where all the night revellers will be dancing and having fun.
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Old August 21st, 2005, 05:26 PM
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On the Maasdam, the crows nest was completly empty several nights. We checked on our way to the late night snack. There was not one passenger in the place.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 01:53 AM
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well you could look at this situation another way..perhaps HAL is becoming the new "love boat" and with their new bedding, couples are just retiring early to be romantic and get a great night sleep (VBG)..at least that was my excuse
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 10:38 AM
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Couldn't have said it better myself.
I'm sailing on February 19th and have decided to book HAL share program I won't know my cabin mate or my cabin until I board but that's okay with me I'm easy to get along with and don't plan on being BORED no matter what. I've cruised with HAL to the western caribbean and paid the single rate and it was great this trip is 14 days so the single rate was more than I wanted to pay thus the share program. Wish me luck
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Old August 29th, 2005, 08:19 PM
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Really, it is going to depend on the time of year you go and the lenght of the cruise!

YES, Holland America can be VERY BORING! On cruises 10+ days (especially when there are no school breaks) there is NOTHING to do after 11 o'clock! (Even when offered, very few if any attend.) No matter how people try to "spin" this, there really is a VERY VERY VERY OLDER crowd on these cruises.

Holland America is only good when you are happy entertaining yourself. They offer very little entertainment and at very limited times. If you read "The Daily" carefully, you will see there are times when there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO!

There are times we LIKE Holland America for those very reasons! Other times, we want more entertainment!

Just my opinion and trying to be honest. WSEA
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Old August 30th, 2005, 08:25 AM
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hurray for times when there is nothing to do!!!!! i don't see many of these times on shore! sometimes i think it is a sad fact of life that without endless 'noise' so many of us become bored.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 10:25 AM
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Holland America boring... no way.!.. all older people... no way! There were all ages on our ship (Veendam). Who needs to be entertained 24/7 on a ship! Just because Hal is more refined and classy doesnt mean its boring. We enjoyed ourselves long into the evening on our cruise and the variety in the bars was incredible. They had movies and shows and of course the casino. The best thing about Hal is that there isnt ppl everywhere you go. You can enjoy a quiet walk on the deck or join in on the fun with others. The only complaint I would have is that the pools close at 7pm (way to early). Now.... if you take an Alaska land tour...YES .... MOST ARE OLDER FOLKS.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 01:12 PM
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Holland America is probably more laid back ... more elegant ... but I wouldn't call it boring.

I think it all depends on the nature of the voyage. If you're on a seven-day Caribbean cruise, you're gonna have lots of families and "younger" folks. If you're on a 30-day Hawaii/South Pacific, you're gonna get more "mature" folks who can be away for that length of time. Oftentimes, the older the passenger complement, the less interested they are in a "wild" nightlife. Hence, the ship retires early ... around midnight or so.

I'm going on 50 ... so I guess I could be considered "mature" ... although my family would argue that based on some of the things I've been known to do ... I personally prefer to be up and doing stuff during the day when there are loads of activities on the ship, or we are in port. The lack of a nightlife after midnight doesn't bother me one bit. But I still wouldn't classify HAL as boring because of it. When you are on a longer voyage ... those that usually lack the nightlife after midnight ... you have to pace yourself anyway. Otherwise, you won't have the "get up and go" to do all the interesting things there are to do in port.

At least that's my take on it ...

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Old September 2nd, 2005, 05:18 PM
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HAL does not offer wet tee shirt or hairy chest contests, they do offer good food, well served, with variety -- they have more space per passenger than other lines, so they seem less crowded -- they have fresh flowers everywhere - and freshly squeezed orange juice at the breakfast buffet - things the more "active" lines lack. They have comfortable deck chairs on the promenade deck (just try to FIND a promenade deck on many Carnival ships) which most other lines do not -- they are not always promoting pay-to-play bingo and lotteries via continual announcements over the address system a la Norwegian ---yes, HAL probably aims at a slightly older crowd --the sort of passenger who remembers what service and attention to detail can mean. I am sure it is boring to teens and twenty-somethings who want to deafen themselves with endless rock music -- but I find that sort of crowd boring, and I am delighted that they prefer to go their own way.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 01:08 PM
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It may be that your friend is not particularly bright. I have been on everything from RCL and Windjammer to Crystal, with emphasis on Princess and Holland America and I have never been on a a "boring" cruise or a boring ship. Of course if your idea of a good time is to get fall down drunk and pass out in the passageways, then I'm sure anything short of a Nassau party boat would be "boring" for you. If, on the other hand, you are a normal human being of any age, stimulated by interesting people and interesting ports, you won't find HAL ships boring. Our next sheduled cruise in on HAL. It begins next April in Hong Kong, includes four ports in China, four in Japan, one in Russia, three in Alaska and ends in Vancouver. I am so excited I can hardly wait. I don't plan on being "bored." But then maybe my idea of entertainment isdifferent from yours.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 09:35 PM
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Shipboard activities after 10pm? How about return to cabin, brush teeth, undress, unwind and go to sleep? Those shore excursions leave early in the morning.
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Dear Old Navy Banker,

BRAVO................ to your statement.

BRAVO!

Couldn't say it any better!

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Old September 5th, 2005, 08:22 PM
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SandraW


My husband is really determined to celebrate our 30th with a day for a year cruise...so we are quite open to any options. We enjoy cruising for the overall on board experience.

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Hi Sandi: I'm maybe a bit late with this and you've probably found this cruise, if not, it might be just what you're looking for:

30 days - departing from the west coast, San Diego - January 2006 - HAWAII, TAHITI & MARQUESA ISLANDS - HAL ms Amsterdam.

I can dream can't I!




Thank you in advance...
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Old September 6th, 2005, 05:56 PM
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I could be wrong, but I think if a cruise has a lot of ports, the ship is more likely to be dead by midnight at the latest. People have been out exploring all day, doing excursions, whatever. By the time they get back to the ship, have dinner and maybe attend a show, they're beat ... no matter what age. The bed starts calling and they head back to their cabins.

It wasn't on HAL, but rather on Princess ... I noticed on a ten-day Caribbean itinerary, something like six ports in nine full days onboard, nightlife was a bit lacking ... most especially on port days. But on my Circle Hawaii cruise this past April, with many sea days, a lot of people were still out and about around the ship well after Midnight.

Guess it all depends, and nightlife could be lacking on just about any line.

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Old September 19th, 2005, 11:38 PM
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On Holland America cruises longer that a week there are boring times for anyone who does not want to spend quite a bit of time reading.

If you wish to have a variety of activities, you will not enjoy Holland America. Yes, Boring! ~WSEA~
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On Holland America cruises longer that a week there are boring times for anyone who does not want to spend quite a bit of time reading.

If you wish to have a variety of activities, you will not enjoy Holland America. Yes, Boring! ~WSEA~
Any long cruise has quite a few days at sea. Most lines, including HAL offer lectures about ports, history, culture etc. Once you've done the Carribean a few times (which is itself kind of boring, thats why people go on longer cruises) you are looking for something a litle more stimulating. If reading bores you, you may not be the type for such a cruise. We went on a 35 day cruise around South America and to Antartica a couple of years ago. I don't remember anyone being bored.
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I just back from an Alaska cruise on the Veendam. I am sorry but that was definately a boring ship. I am 46 and there where only a handful of people our age that stayed up past 10:00. You can definately say once 10:00 hit there wasn't much going on. Don't get me wrong the service was great but there just isn't that much activity on the boat. I have cruised with Carnival 3 times and I guess I just like more activity than Holland offers. There where an awful lot of older people on the boat. I am cruising with RCCL in 2 weeks so we will see how that goes. But I definately will never cruise with Holland again.
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I just back from an Alaska cruise on the Veendam. I am sorry but that was definately a boring ship. I am 46 and there where only a handful of people our age that stayed up past 10:00. You can definately say once 10:00 hit there wasn't much going on. Don't get me wrong the service was great but there just isn't that much activity on the boat. I have cruised with Carnival 3 times and I guess I just like more activity than Holland offers. There where an awful lot of older people on the boat. I am cruising with RCCL in 2 weeks so we will see how that goes. But I definately will never cruise with Holland again.
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Then you won't be seeing many of the more interesting parts of the world, becasue Carnival, Disney etc don't go there. You are a party guy, so stick to the dull 'ole Carribean if that's your style. (Now that's boring!) I've been on HAL twice, Crystal once, Orient twice, and Princess three times and I've never experienced the 10 PM cerfew you seem to think exists. The exception would be after a hard day in port with another busy day coming up very early the next day. Otherwise, sorry, I just don't believe it.
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On Holland America cruises longer that a week there are boring times for anyone who does not want to spend quite a bit of time reading.

If you wish to have a variety of activities, you will not enjoy Holland America. Yes, Boring! ~WSEA~
Any long cruise has quite a few days at sea. If reading bores you, you may not be the type for such a cruise.
Exactly what I'm saying, richstacy!

Since I can read anytime I wish elsewhere, I WANT to do something different on cruises.

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I just got back from the Veendam in August. Needless to say it is an older crowd on that boat. I am 46 and there weren't that many people that were up past 10:00. I was on a cruise to Alaska. The ship was clean and the staff was great. Just very boring to me. I will probally not go on another HAL cruise again. Maybe when I am 70. We will see
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There are "missing people" on every cruise line. A man disappeared off the Veendam in Alaska in the summer of 2003.

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I have a friend that is under the impression Holland America cruises are boring, that there is nothing to do after 10 PM. And that it is full of really old people? I've never been on a HA cruise, so am wondering if that is true or not. After all the missing people on RCI cruises, I'd like to avoid them in the future.
Delores (a guest yet!!!) posted on August 3 - haven't thoroughly checked but don't believe she's been back - Oct. 5th and the post it's still alive!!!!! now that'sVERY BORING!
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HAVING BEEN ON MANY CRUISES SINCE MY FIRST IN 1967, I HAVE TO SAY THAT HOLLAND AMERICA'S VEENDAM HAS TO BE THE MOST BORING SHIP AFLOAT. I LOVED THE PORTS OF CALL, BUT THE SHIPBOARD ACTIVITIES WERE VIRTUALLY NONEXISTANT. I'M SORRY, BUT BINGO, "ALREADY OUT ON DVD MOVIES", MORE BINGO, AND "HOW TO BUY TANZANITE" SEMINARS ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT. IF YOU WANT MORE ACTIVITY TRY NORWEIGIAN, COSTA, MSC, OR CUNARD. PRICE DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING. I PAID MORE FOR HOLLAND, AND GOT LESS!
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HAVING BEEN ON MANY CRUISES SINCE MY FIRST IN 1967, I HAVE TO SAY THAT HOLLAND AMERICA'S VEENDAM HAS TO BE THE MOST BORING SHIP AFLOAT. I LOVED THE PORTS OF CALL, BUT THE SHIPBOARD ACTIVITIES WERE VIRTUALLY NONEXISTANT. I'M SORRY, BUT BINGO, "ALREADY OUT ON DVD MOVIES", MORE BINGO, AND "HOW TO BUY TANZANITE" SEMINARS ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT. IF YOU WANT MORE ACTIVITY TRY NORWEIGIAN, COSTA, MSC, OR CUNARD. PRICE DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING. I PAID MORE FOR HOLLAND, AND GOT LESS!
We've been on Princess, RCCL, Crystal, Orient ,the old Royal, and windjammer. Holland America is the best all round unless you are looking for wet T-shirt contests. It's very hard to believe that the Veendam would be that much different from Volendam, Ryndam or Statendam. They now have wine tasting and detailed cooking classes among many other things. The longer cruises have historical, cultural and ecological lectures second to none. Besides, anyone who could get bored on a big beautiful ship on the ocean probably should stay home or go to Disneyland.
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We started cruising in the late 50,s from Miami and with some 30 plus cruises I have not found any of them boring and as a matter of fact have travelled on most of holland ships and have never been bored.If you are bored would suggest that you try another type of vacationand my opinion cruising sure beats staying at home.Would like to add some of those with more activaties have been less appealing due to the actions of the cruisers.Happy cruising and we will continue useing Holland as one of the top cruise lines.
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I too would like to know the answer to that, We are going on the Amsterdam in March to Hawaii. This is our first time on Holland America. Have been on Princess and Royal Carribean so far and thought we would give them a try. We are in our mid forties
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