Oosterdam Cruise Review by UTRugrats3: Springbreak 101 with Teens
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Springbreak 101 with Teens
I took a spring break cruise in March with my three teenagers. They are experienced cruisers; I am not. I listened to their feedback on room size and location and tried to match their requirements with my needs. We got a deal on a veranda suite room. The proximity to the Neptune lounge was a plus.
Stateroom and Staff: clean, spacious room with enough room for all of us and our "stuff". Loved the veranda, and being able to have private space to get away to. Room stewards were outstanding. We followed the suggestion of a cruise ship friend/employee, and brought along a bag of chocolate candy. We placed a handful of candies on our pillows in the morning, along with a note of thanks for the room stewards. They were thrilled with their suprises. It was an inexpensive way to show appreciation for keeping the ice bucket filled, and extra towels in the bathroom. We had a chance to meet the Captain a couple of times, and enjoyed his sense of humor. I didn't expect him to be so young. More His reply " Not all ship Captains look like Father Christmas!". JT our Cruise Director was a true professional. We wondered if he ever had "down" time?
Food: great eats in the Neptune lounge and at the Pinnacle grill. The cappucino/latte machine in the lounge made my day. We had early dining each day, which gave us the evening free to be with friends or see the show. Lido grill was always crowded, and lines were everywhere at mealtime.
Kid activities: We were at the beginning of the spring break time, with only 100 kids under 18 on board. The activities for the teenagers over 13 were good. I didn't worry about where they were in the evening, and they didn't seem to get bored. They had a prom one evening, counted the number of stairs in the staircases leading to the Loft, etc.
Entertainment: The biggest surprise was the Indonesian crew review. It gave all of us an opportunity to take in some of their culture and customs. We loved it. Negatives: The spa is expensive, even with discounted pricing towards the end of the week. I didn't appreciate the follow up phone calls, urging me to sign up for more treatments. Our waiter called us the evening before the customer satisfaction survey was to be turned in, and asked us to grade his service as a "9". Awkward.
Disembarcation took forever. Non-compliant passengers who had not settled their accounts or tried to avoid Immigration slowed things down. The lines to get off the ship seems to go on forever. Not a great way to end our vacation. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Tio Sports in Cabo San Lucas provided the gear and boats. Cheaper to use them directly than through the cruise ship. Clean operation, English speaking guides. Clean restrooms at their beach/office location.
Port Security is also very evident here, with the same military presence at the docks. We were instructed to keep away from the cruise ships when we were out in our kayaks.
The water in Mazatlan around the beaches looked murky. We didn't go in.
The traffic in the city gets very congested in the afternoon. This is important to keep in mind if you are trying to get back to the ship in time.
Ship time was Pacific time. Puero Vallarta was on Central time. This can be confusing for passengers.
There is a super Wal-Mart directly across the street from the docks.
It is worthwhile getting up early to watch the docking process, especially as the long-shore men secure the lines.