I truly love the Pinnacle Class Holland America Ships. I love the layout, the cabins the, the crazy artwork, and most of all the Music Walk in the evenings. I’ll be honest, I am not really a pool person, so I didn’t use either the outdoor or indoor pool, but I did have a massage in the spa. The service was gracious and helpful. The one thing that was surprising was that unbeknownst to us before we boarded the ship, we were required to wear masks when not eating or drinking as a precaution against Covid 19 on our 24 night cruise. We first learned of this when on embarkation day they were handing out masks at the buffet. I have cruise with a mask before and it is tolerable, but I just whish they would have told us before we boarded.
Overall, the services was attentive and personable, despite the fact that all the crew still have to wear masks. I can’t wait for that protocol to be removed. We love to see the smiling faces.
We had to tender in many of the ports on this cruise, and the crew did an excellent job of helping those with limited mobility on and off the ship.
Highlights of the ship include the BB King Blues Club, with a fantastic live band, Helipad Viewing platform, Tamarind Specialty restaurant facing the wake, two story main dining room, Club Orange dining room for suite guests and paid upgrade guests, Dutch Cafe, Casino, Lincoln Center Stage (Shared with BB King), Rolling Stone Rock Room with a great band playing the best hits of all time, and the Billboard on Board Piano Lounge. My pictures of the indoor pool area were taken on the day they had a wild kingdom of towel animals.
The ship has an interesting collection of art. The aft stairways featured fashion themed art, the mid ship stairways featured music themed art and the forward stairsways featured featured mostly variations on classical art pieces. The rest of the art scattered throughout the ship was mostly music theme.