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Oosterdam Cruise Review by Putterdude

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Member Name: Putterdude
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Cabin Category: VD
Cabin Number: 4052
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 2.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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Why the O was a No
After some 15 cruises with Princess we have recently become unhappy with some of the changes be made by them and decided we would reach out to HAL and see if we could find a new home with them. We thought that they catered to an older and perhaps a more sophisticated demographic which we found to be quite incorrect. We looked forward to our Chirstmas cruise on the Oosterdam but unfortunately we left the ship quite disappointed.


Friendly officers & crew

Well trained and friendly PSD staff

Easy Check in

Meals generally tasty

Breakfast dishes excellent

Good buffet lines

Complimentary after dinner specialty coffees albeit not brewed

Linen hand towels in public restrooms

Gents being handed jackets on formal nights

Santa Gifts for children on Christmas

Balcony furniture

Table fully set in MDR

Size and shape of coffee cups in MDR

Brewed coffee in MDR and throughout the

No steward carts in hallways

Very comfortable beds

Towel animals on bed each evening

Full hot breakfast available from room service

Wine stewards in MDR

Not being hustled for drinks around pool areas

Scooped ice-cream available free

Juice available free in buffet

Fully tiled cabin bathrooms

Medicine chest in bathroom

Glass holders in bathroom

Adjustable table in cabin

Coffee, tea, cookies set out for bridge players and CC meeting


Tables in outdoor bars and buffet areas left un-bused and dirty for long periods

Unexciting production shows

Lack luster entertainment

No Laundromat

Closing of MDR on sea day for Mariner's luncheon

MDR closed on port day, no help for H/C person in Lido buffet

Very crowded MDR for dinner

Dinner service extremely slow; dinners took full two hours each night

Number of out of order fixtures in public restrooms bathroom

Small atrium

No refund of FCC after 4 years

Very small accessible cabins

No onboard wheel chairs for disabled; must rent at cost of $200 for 7 days

Very limited shops and boutiques

Crow's-nest Lounge used for too many bar, library, dance classes, trivia contests, internet lounge, meeting room......

Large columns blocking views in Vista Theatre

Glasses and bottles in pool area

Poor condition of Lido poolside lounges.

Very limited cabin closet space

Bath soap, shampoo and conditioner in dispensers

Limited drawer space

Very small ice melted before happy hour

Cabin fridge used for mini-bar

Wines more expensive than other lines

Running out of pool towels in late afternoon

Dinners often cool

Meat often tough

Smoking including cigars permitted

Onboard activities poorly organized and equipped

No note paper in cabin

Dirty glasses not removed from cabin in evening.

San Diego is such a poor terminal non US Citizens, including Canadians MUST report to USINS at 0645 with passports, not withstanding HAL and INS having passport and NEXUS information months ahead.

Gentlemen allowed in MDR at diner in shorts and t-shirts.

Publication Date: 01/12/12
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