Oosterdam is beginning to show its age, but neither more nor less than any other ship from the early 2000's with only a single refurbishment.
Cuisine choices are good to excellent, though the open seating option seems to present problems for both the kitchen and the waitstaff. The Canaletto option is inexpensive but good, while the Pinnacle can be either very good or superb.
The hotel is once again under the direction of Mr. Deering, with whom we sailed on the same itinerary back in 2005. Our only problem was a somewhat chaotic debarkation owing to delays presented by Customs and Immigration.
This ship is definitely not in direct competition with either Disney Wonder or Carnival Splendor on the same route. It is not as noisy and crowded as the Splendor or best suited to families as is the Wonder. In short, it is the only solid standard medium-priced all purpose ship for a wide variety of guests in this market.
We had few problems either on board or More
at the two ports visited. A large contingent of physically challenged passengers was in evidence, which could have been problematic but was not. A typical senior on a walker jumped three feet into the arms of a crewman as our tender heaved upwards at Cabo. Less
Typically a bit shabby for its age, but not oppressive for a window cabin. Very quiet with the AC providing white noise to conceal all the hallway bumps in the night. For economy book an obstructed view cabin, which isn't all that bad when you consider it saves up to $200 among the other windowed cabins. Verandahs can often be had for about the same price close to sailing dates.
A wonderful port for a short visit, but only if you can walk about a mile forth and back into the shopping area. Lots to see and do.
The remaining problem is that this port requires the use of tenders, which seems to get worse every time we have been here. The harbor traffic is fierce, and when two or more ships are in port the crowding increases exponentially.
A day trip to Todos Santos to see the original Hotel California was a real treat.
This is a great port as cheap shopping lies right across the street from the dock in the Wal-Mart. Next door is a full service mall. Tours into the town were plentiful, as were taxis, so no expensive shore excursion was necessary.
We would like to see Mazatlan come back to the itinerary, which is apparently slated for next year with the Zaandam.