She not only saw it, but saw it several times, as she describes in her review.
Share your love of cruising…
Whatever it is you enjoy most about cruising, being able to share the experience with friends is when the magic truly comes alive.
We’re offering readers the opportunity to introduce a friend to cruising on Saturday May 10, 2014 on an exclusive Holland America Line ship visit!
You’ll have the chance to get onboard Holland America’s 1,260-guest ms Ryndam, where you can experience what this premium line has to offer first-hand on their mid-sized ships — and share this with up to three guests of your choice who are new to cruising.
Here are some highlights of your visit:
How do I enter? It’s simple!
You: If you want to learn more about Holland America Line, and would like to bring a friend with you who is new to cruising, just send us an email with your name, and the number of tickets you require.
Your guest(s): Remember, this is all about sharing the cruise experience, so we ask that your guests are new to cruising.
The itinerary for the day includes:
9.30 am – Arrive at Cruise Terminal 1, Port of Dover in preparation to board – don’t forget that you’ll need to be able to get yourself to the Port – and bring your passport or photo driving licence with you, so please bear this in mind when applying!
10:00 am – Self-guided tour of ship
11.15 am – Be seated for 3-course lunch
1:00 pm – Presentation
2:00pm – Disembark
For your chance to attend the ship visit simply email us at: email@example.com stating “Holland America Ship Visit” in the subject line. Please include the names of up to three friends or family members to accompany you.
For more information on Holland America Line visit: www.hollandamerica.co.uk
Terms & Conditions
The contest is open to legal residents of the United Kingdom who are 18 or older at the time of entry and have a full and valid passport or photo driving licence. The deadline for entries is 5:00 pm on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Only one entry per person will be accepted. For the full Terms & Conditions, please read here.
There is, perhaps, no more stereotypically Dutch landscape than what you’ll see on the way to the Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands’ most famous fields of tulips. Windmills, both modern and vintage, dot the roadside, and the water they help to manage is everywhere. Over half of The Netherlands, or “Low Countries” famously, lies at or below sea level, and the Dutch have been masters of draining their land with elaborate dykes, canals and pumping stations for over 400 years.
The payoff on this trip, though, is the flowers, and in spite of the fact that it’s early in the season (we visited Keukenhof in mid-March), a mild winter means that rolling fields of velveted, technicolour tulips, daffodils and hyacinth welcome us to Keukenhof.
Mid-April is even better; it’s prime flower time at the moment. Cruisers coming by ship or by riverboat will flock to Keukenhof by the thousands for the two-month season that runs from March 20-May 18.
As a veteran ocean cruiser, I am quite familiar with the ins and outs of some of the biggest ships on the seas. But while I’m not quite a river cruise “virgin” — I had previously taken an overnight on Viking River Cruises a few years ago — my recent overnight on AMA Waterways’ new ship, AmaPrima, opened my eyes to some of the quirks that come with river cruising.
At the risk of seeming naive, here are some of my observations:
Some member reviews are so comprehensive and helpful, that we really feel we have to shout about it!
One such is from jollyhollys, who describes in great detail her recent cruise onboard Costa Serena.
She divides it into three sections: Positive, Negative and Even better if, and very clearly outlines (right down to the hairdryer!), what she likes and doesn’t like.
Cruise ships are awash with a multitude of onboard activities. From the traditional deck games, bridge, bingo and trivia quizzes that bring out varying degrees of competitiveness, to all-singing all-dancing shows and movies under the stars.
And that’s before you even tackle the rock-climbing walls and watersports on all-action cruises or strike a pose in your best bib and tucker for the ship’s photographer.
In fact, the exhaustive list of things to can be, well, exhausting. It really is a case of so much to do, so little time.