Saturday, October 10, 2015

Everybody Knows The Capitan Lied

Holland America

We started with Holland America because of our Travel Agent.  I was 66 at the time and Holland America has a lot of old farts that sail on it. Like your first love the first trip was exciting and wonderful.  We assumed that they would alway deliver that level of service and behavior.  Within 3 months we took a longer voyage through the Panama Canal from San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale and back.  I was excited that we would look for whales at the Magdalena Sanctuary. It was the end of October.  Although clearly on the trip itinerary the Captain said there weren't any whales there, way to early for them, so we would skip the sanctuary on this trip. That was going down, coming back we skipped it again with no comment.

 Then there was the holland America ground trip where we didn't go down the Yukon River as promised for a day.  Not told until the day before.

Then there was the Boston to Quebec and return when we were not let on the boat for 6 hours after we should have boarded.  the Capatain said the were slow getting into Boston because blather blather blather.  I had already googled the ship and found from the CDC it was under quarantine until the two dozen sick people embarked and was completely cleaned. So were were short about 20 staff which made service really not so good, and the Captain told shit tales everyday about the problems.  The crux of the crap was they skip our cruise day in the Saguenay-StLawrence Marine Park where the resident  Beluga lived and gave us an "extra day" in Quebec which was misery.

I won't go through the 42 day disappointment across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean which was majorly closed for the winter.
So I took my two sons and daughter in law on a Alaskan cruise that was a total loss compared to what it should have been...
Now these are the shit things that happened. Sixty percent of all these trip were really good.  Ten percent were excellent.  But one out of three times they fucked up somehow.  Seriously that is way too much for the cost of the time.
Not sure I'll do so much of the Holland America stuff
 any more.  Maybe If I treat it as a way to go from A to B, I'll go...vacation cruises,Naw, probably not.

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