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Oosterdam Cruise Review by stampmouse

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Member Name: stampmouse
Cruise Date: September 2007
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: dd
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 2.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5+
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Oosterdam - Alaska
Was expecting a bit more from my first holland cruise. Some of the public areas were in need of painting and repairs. Our cabin had scratches on the wall and the shower head would not stay in place.

The food was ok but not great. The lobster in particular was not good at all chewy, hard and the servers didn't come back around till it was dessert time. That was the other problem they didn't come around much offering coffee or anything else. the tables were seated VERY close together making it very difficult to get in and out.

Thought it was strange that they did so much general housekeeping of the public areas, like vacuuming and cleaning windows and rails between the hours of 9 and 9. Usually you rarely see this being done on other ships.

Lack of service in the bar areas was abundant until after 3pm. If you wanted coffee or coke you pretty much had to go to the lido deck, even in the casino area no coffee. plenty of wine and martinis to go around though. Would not recommend the drink cards alcoholic or non alcoholic

The entertainment was pretty good though there were times especially between 2 to 6 that there were little to no activities. Especially the days at sea which was very odd. Maybe the last cruise of the season is suppose to be like that.

Loved that they had an "on the deck for a cure" breast cancer walk on the ship. great idea.

The cabin boy was great very attentive. Even when the room filled with smoke at one point. Apparently something to do with the air conditioning and the smoke stacks not sure but it only lasted about an hour.

Had one lido deck attendant that was awesome Honkey Dorey knew everyones name. The lido area was great food but the tables were not cleaned very fast sometimes going 20 min or more before they were cleaned.

ports of call were good. Even the change in plans due to high winds turned out for the best.

embarkment and disembarkment went very smoothly.

photographers were not the best many photos never made it to be sold and some that did had parts of heads cut off. LOVED that they offered more 5 x 7 photos bought more because of it.

Nothing major but not perfect all in all still had a great time

Publication Date: 10/07/07
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