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Oosterdam Cruise Review by motyash

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Member Name: motyash
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Hawaii
Cabin Category: VD
Cabin Number: 4167
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Circle Hawaii
Embarkation: Took a shuttle down to San Diego and boarded the ship with no problems or delays at 12:00PM or so. Our cabin was already ready which was nice.

Cabin: We were in Cabin VD 4167 which was an upgrade from a VH guarantee initial assignment. The cabin was clean and well kept through out the cruise. Plenty of storage space. Because of the cabin location on the ship (adjacent to employee stairway), it's balcony is double the size of a balcony for same cabin category. A definite plus!.

Food: We had an open seating arrangement. The food at the dining room was fair but the service was at times lacking. Long waits for the food, miscommunication with the servers that seemed to be inexperience and very young. The food and service and the specialty restaurants (Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto) on the other hand, was very good. We hardly used the Lido/Buffet restaurant (crowded and not user friendly). The only place on the ship one can get a good cup of coffee was at the Exploration Cafe (Deck 10). It is unfortunate that it was located in the same area were the library and the computer room were. There was never a seating room available to enjoy the coffee, particularly on sea days.

Entertainment: Both production shows and the individual performances were very good. Movies were shown in the "screen room" which had only 30 seats!!!. Although the movies were offered few times during the day, there was never a seating available.. particularly on sea days.

Ports: There was plenty of information available on all the ports we were about to visit. We chose the HAL Pearl Harbor tour in Honolulu which was well organized and very interesting. . On the rest of the islands we travel independently.

Disembarkation: Somewhat disorganized. Seemed like people left the ship at will, not necessarily per the disembarkation color codes that were provided.

Summary: All in all a relaxing and timely cruise for us. The sea days going and coming back seemed "long". We were fortunate that the ocean was relatively calm.

Publication Date: 12/28/11
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