Gloucester and Holland America Eurodam
Trip Start Sep 18, 2011
16Trip End Oct 09, 2011
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Now as for Gloucester, I had an unfavorable impression of this stop based on comments on cruise message boards. I realize now I need to just be overly careful when I read those reviews. Hey it wasn't Bar Harbor for touristy or Halifax for old grand churches although it had some nice ones but it was a very quiet peaceful New England town with a working fishing port
As I wrote the above I mentioned tendering, for folks who have not cruised that involves boarding some of the ships life boats to be brought into a dock at the port the ship is anchored at off shore. So there is no wharf or dock big enough for a cruise ship and only the small life boats can be used. Small is relative by the way as the Holland America ones used for tendering can hold 110 passengers. Bar Harbor, Gloucester, and Newport are all tender ports on this voyage. It really was handled very efficiently and we never had to wait more than a few minutes to get one leaving the ship or returning to it
As the cruise is coming to an end I thought I would take a few minutes to compare Holland America to Carnival the only other cruise line I have gone on. I would have to give the nod to Holland on the food for presentation, taste and choice not by a lot but really at least for me but I think they do very well especially in their main dinning room. As for shipboard activities it's hard to say but probably Holland gets it for me only because the craft, computer and in many cases lack of activities is more attractive to me as I like the quiet music in the bars and during the day to read and have my own time with family and by myself. Yet Carnival has a general air of be more upbeat and active with more to do during the day and in it's own way it's fun to watch even if many of the events I don't care to participate in. So if you like to read and be with others that do Holland might be right for you. That is to to say that I could not always find a peaceful spot to read on Carnival because I could just that I had to purposely look for the quiet spots on Carnival and they were pretty much all over on Holland. If Betty White is your image of a pin-up than Holland definitely is for you if it's important and you are looking for a little younger fitter look go for Carnival.
So in the end which would I pick? Either really I just enjoy the service, the wonderful food, the ability to see shows in the Mainstage nightly and the freedom to spend my time as I want. I found not trouble with doing any of that on either line so for me it will itinerary and price that stills decides my choice of cruises at this time no a particular line.