Our flights were on Delta Air Lines. Check in at GR Gerald R. Ford went smoothly with the assistance of Annette. Service on the flights to and from Amsterdam was cheerful and friendly. Airline food needs no description. Each seat had its own screen with a good variety of entertainment available. The headsets were difficult to use. Mike gave up and took a nap. On the return, airport check-in at Schiphol went smoothly but customs and security lines in Detroit were very long. We parked in the new covered lot at Gerald R. Ford at a cost of $72 for the week.
The Salvinia is a relatively small ship accommodating 120 passengers, plus the crew. The ship size allows it to travel the canals and smaller waterways and visit the interesting villages along the way. Cabins are small, but arranged so that everything you need is close at hand and comfortable. Bouquets of tulips greeted guests when they arrived in their cabins and in the lobby and lounge. The ship has a small library, a variety of board games, an exercise bike, a whirlpool and sauna and a very pleasant lounge and sun deck (which unfortunately did not get much use due to the cold and rain). The food on board ship is good and plentiful. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and provided plenty of choices. Dinner is served family style and although not gourmet, was always tasty. Everyone seemed to enjoy the ship, the service, staff and food.
Motorcoaches were excellent, clean and quite new. The larger one that we were on several times had a bit of trouble negotiating a few of the narrow roads with tight turns that Ellen chose, but each time the driver managed it somehow to the cheers of his passengers. The drivers were excellent, polite and friendly—along with being extremely good at maneuvering the buses.