Day 5 Aboard Holland America Rotterdam – The Private Cabana

On this voyage we made two visits to Half Moon Cay, the private island. Jane and I chose to stay onboard the second day. We had other plans.

We started with our usual in room breakfast followed by coffee at the Lido Market. About 9:30 we headed to The Retreat on Deck 12.

The Retreat is a private area consisting of about 20 tented cabanas, a hot tub, plush loungers and dining areas. At $45 per person on port days you can enjoy your private space for the day.

The cabana includes two loungers, pillows, robes, towels and slippers. There’s a table with fruit and bottles of mineral water. Although we used the space for dozing and reading, we heard others playing bridge nearby. It’s your own space.

About 11:30 a staff person asked if we would like to order lunch. They had the Lido Market menu, the NY Pizza menu and the Dive In hamburger menu. We ordered and lunch arrived about noon.

Rotterdam Private Cabanas lunch, Bryce Sanders

As 3:00 approached, we decided to try afternoon tea one final time. This required putting on more clothing. Tea led into 4:00 trivia with our team. This coincides with Happy Hour.

I slipped out about 4:30 because the Holland America origin story was being repeated on the World Stage. This is a story told live by our cruise director that is enhanced by a huge wraparound digital screen. It’s a very impressive and engaging history lesson.

At 8:00 PM we had our final night’s dinner in Tamarind. It’s the ship’s Asian specialty restaurant. I had shrimp tempura followed by wasabi crusted beef tenderloin.

After dinner, it was back to the Rolling Stone lounge to meet up with our trivia team table mates for drinks before turning in.

We had gotten our packing done before dinner. Upon returning to the cabin we set our luggage outside the door for collection. Minutes later, the elves had come and gone and our bags had disappeared. It was time for bed.


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