My wife and I just got back from our 1st cruise, we enjoyed the experience very much, we had an interior room which was smaller than the photos but was very comfortable and not an issue the bed was a delight to sleep in . Our room stewards wer fantastic and offered advice as to the best places in port for free WiFi.
We ate most mornings and nights in the Vista dinning room as the food was just amazing and a different menu each night, the staff on every part of the ship worked very hard to keep it clean and fresh daily as well as always smiling and polite. The tender process was very efficient and no problems at all.embarkation and disembarkation is well organised and very quick not an issue as I thought it would be.All the ports were great and most organised a free shuttle bus with locals giving a running commentary. We only booked 1 shore excursion as most we found to expensive to book on ship but we used the port time to walk and explore the each port ourselves, we found that most of the museums were either free or only gold coin donations and were worth the time to explore them it helped get a great feel for the city and it's history, don't be afraid to use the public transport system as we used the bused to travel about often . When researching we could not find any info on the laundry costs as the Oosterdam does not have any available for passenger use but after a few days we spoke to our room stewards about this and found out that for $98 we had unlimited use just fill the bag with the form after organising it with the desk not an issue and worth it, if we had known this before the cruise it would have saved taking to many clothes.
Overall it was a great experience and we enjoyed very much.
We did our own thing in Dunedin we just walk around enjoyed the city did the markets, we walked up Baldwyn street (the steepest street in the world) ( great excuse for a heart- attack) very pretty city
This was our only cruise line excursion we did, we did the Art Deco tour, 1 hr bus tour then 20 min doco in the deco museum the a 1 hr guided walking tour, full of insight in the history of this pretty town.