Overall, an enjoyable cruise!: Oosterdam Cruise Review by mauiedin87

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Overall, an enjoyable cruise!

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: San Diego
This was our second HAL cruise, first time on the Oosterdam. Embarkation was very fast and really well organized. HAL has its act together. Our obstructed oceanview cabin on Deck 4 amidships left ample space above the lifeboat. The safety drill was held an hour before sailaway. Names and cabin numbers were called and marked off lists. Almost everybody paid attention to instructions.

We found the food in the MDR excellent, compared to our 16 cruises on many other cruise lines. Even going for low-fat, low-cholesterol was easy and delicious. Early fixed seating being so popular, the dining room was crowded and quite noisy. The tables are very close together.

We sailed into a howling storm with 35 ft waves right the first night and a lot of people got very sea sick. We were happy to be on a lower deck amidships and rode it out with our usual SeaBands and ginger pills. The first 24 hours the dining room was sparsely populated.

We found food and service to be More excellent. The 3 times we ate in the Pinnacle Grill were truly superb, exquisite, you name the adjective. We never ate in the Lido except for one breakfast before an early shore excursion.
HAL's beds are luxurious compared to other lines'. We slept wonderfully well. We spent a lot of time in our cabin reading, especially on "rocky" days. The ship was not as overly air-conditioned as some, but our cabin was cozier.

We'd hoped on lots of dance practice but that did not happen, either because it was a struggle to stay upright or the dance floors being used for other things and thus full of chairs. But we enjoyed the Neptunes, who switched from the "golden oldies" to our more up-tempo favorites once they got to know us.

We found the ship to be spotless and very elegant in a subdued and classy way. The crew and staff were wonderful and genuinely friendly.

A couple of the shore excursions were very disappointing but I've sent in a review about them separately.

Disembarkation on April 15 was the fastest and best organized we have ever experienced! We were off the ship in 10 minutes after our color and number were called, and that included customs! We're very impressed with HAL and the Oosterdam. Our favorite ship so far. Less

Published 04/18/12

Cabin review: 4065

4065 was a great place to be during the stormy beginning of our cruise. Comfortable cabin size with sofa and chair, wonderful bed, plenty of view despite "obstructed ocean view". Plenty of light. Nice-size bathroom with tub. Plenty of closet and cabinet space but too few hangers. Liked the desk with its make-up mirror. Very quiet cabin location, but close to everything.

Port and Shore Excursions

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Nice, even the second time there. Excellent tour guide. Great plumes of smoke coming from the caldera. Miserably cold and rainy though.


Mob scene! Good food and very good show, but 1200 people is quite a crowd. During the show it poured and continued to rain most of the evening. An expensive disappointment, but I was the one who picked it so I should not complain.
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Lyon Arboretum

Our favorite excursion of the entire cruise. Gorgeous rainforest with some strenuous hiking, but such natural beauty and an excellent tour guide.

Hollywood - Hawaii

Small van tour, very expensive. Saw movie locations from Gilligan's Island, Fantasy Island, None but the Brave, South Pacific etc. We did not like that the tumble-down ruin of Coco Palms Resort was given a half hour, but less than 5 seconds to Jurassic Park as we drove by at 60 mph. Not even a photo stop. Very disappointed! Definitely not worth the money.

Maui Ocean Center

Had seen it before, but thoroughly enjoyed it again. Highly recommended! Just beautiful!

Maui Tropical Plantation

Loved the Maui Ocean Center but the Maui Tropical Plantation was a little underwhelming, although certainly recommended for mobility-impaired folks and first-time visitors. Happy to see the Made on Maui store on the premises (but easily missed since it's quite small).

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