We traveled from Seattle to Vancouver by chartered bus that was arranged thru our travel agency.AAA in Seattle (Tina & group) does a wonderful job of taking care of everything. Boarding in Vancouver was easy & cabin was ready when we arrived. 8147 is a very nice cabin located starboard side aft Our cabin stewards were fantastic (Topic & Trish). Room was always clean, seemed like these two never rested. Dry cleaning & laundry service came with our room & it was efficient, prompt with nothing lost.
We had read from previous critics that the Oosterdam was dirty & in need of repair in many areas. We found none of that. The ship was very clean, with what I would consider normal wear on the furniture. Pool areas were constantly being cleaned, towels were prevalent & lounge chairs were always available. Water temperatures were keep at 86F the entire cruise. Even in cold, rainy conditions. the large pool has a covered roof & is maintained at a very comfortable temperature.
Since we had booked a SA category room, our dining choices were expanded. The Neptune lounge is a wonderful place to have a quick snack or breakfast. The staff in the lounge were more than helpful & will make it unnecessary to have to ever go to the front desk for anything. Another nice feature is the Pinnacle Grill, were breakfast is served for SA staterooms. We ate most lunches in the Lido dining hall & its a buffet style service. For the first 48 hours of every cruise, the Lido staff serves the food but after that, its mostly self serve. We found the salad bars to be good, large selection of specialty salads. the Italian buffet was also very good. One recommendation would be to relocate the soups to the salad bar area. They are currently located with the entrees & the line is very long there for someone just wanting soup. Dinners in the Vista dining room were excellent. Our servers were Wan & Nur. They discovered the first night what you wanted & it was always there every night.
As was previously written, the lounge shows were average. One exception was Bill Harris, a TV reporter for those who remember him. His afternoon chats about Hollywood, MGM Studios & specific movies were well attended & fascinating. A prior write up said that the ship is always selling something & that might be true, Photo Department is at every occasion to take your picture & the gallery shops are always open at sea. Most everything is "discounted" & no sales tax. There is no pressure to buy anything, its just available. We especially enjoyed the Art Auctions run by Conrad, Mitch & Vi. Again, you need not bid on anything but the knowledge about the modern day artists is interesting.
In summary, this cruise catered to an older crowd but it was a relaxing experience on a very lovely ship.