Oosterdam Cruise Review by Seawoff: Thing you might want to know
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Embarkation: San Diego
All the usual stuff about embarking and disembarking, the food, the entertainment and programs on the ship are basically the same as stated by others.
This review is meant to give helpful hints.
The room: SY has three large closets. Hangers are provided. There are fold down shelves in each closet. There is also a safe in one of the closets.
There is one full size drawers under the foot of each bed.
There are six small drawers in the vanity and two large drawers in the desk.
There is extra storage in the vanity stool. Just take the top off and you will find a cavity to store stuff.
There are two night stands with two drawers each. One of the drawers locks.
There is a two shelf cabinet at the end of the couch.
The Bath room: Has two medicine cabinets with three shelve each. There is also abundant storage under the sink both on a large shelf which runs the length of the double sink and on the floor under the More shelf.
There is a cooler in the room under the TV. It is not a refrigerator but it does keep drinks cool.
We were three adult females and the storage was sufficient and plentiful.
The Electricity: Not good. The room had 3 plugs total. One in bathroom, one on vanity and one on the desk. You should bring your own power strips if you need more then three outlets.
We were on the port side of the ship. We had the sunrise on the way to Hawaii.
Once we turned the sun was on the other side of the ship.
In Lahaina we were on the sea side of the ship. In Maui we were again on the sea side of the ship. In Kauai, Hilo and Encenada were were on the dock side of the ship.
The food: It was good but at time bland, no salt butter. If you choose to eat in your room you can have the same meal as the dining room if you order within the first half hour the dining room is open. If you wish to dine in the Lido you get the same meal as the MDR however you serve yourself.
The Vista Lounge as well as the other venues are very well attended and if you want a good seat you better get there early.
Oosterdam: The ship is well kept, clean and comfortable. It is showing a little wear. Some chair arms looked warn, drape in the room were showing their age, The wicker footstools on the balcony were showing wear but this did not detract from our pleasure in any way.
The staff is excellent, Captain Van der Loo is charming and very capable. The Cruise director Eric is really good at his job. Our cabin steward Yedi was very accommodating. In fact the whole staff was friendly always with a smile and a hello. We did not eat often in the dining room due to the illness on one of our roommates but when we did the service was outstanding.
We used the Medical Facility twice. One of my room mates was gravely ill the first few days and the physicians and nurses were able to turn her around and restore her to enjoy the rest of the trip.
We had a flawless trip all things considered.
Looking forward to traveling again with Holland America. Less
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