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This is our sixth cruise- second on Holland America. I am 54 and travelled with my husband who is 55. Sailed on New Year's Eve cruise out of San Diego. Spent pre-cruise night at Holiday Inn Bayside- nice hotel picked us up from airport within 5 minutes of calling and transferred us to ship next morning. Embarked at about 11.30 am- no waiting in line- we were on board within 5 minutes. Made reservations for Pinnacle for first night- it is only $10 per person and $20 per person for next cruise nights. Had a leisurely lunch at the Lido restaurant and spent time out on Lido deck until announcement to say staterooms were ready- this was about 1 pm. We had stateroom 8064 which is mid-ship and 2 cabins away from elevators. I am a light sleeper and can honestly say heard no noise from elevators. This cabin is very well situated and same size as other staterooms we have had on other cruise lines of this category. Plenty of closet space and bathroom was a good size with small bathtub and mirror cabinet for toiletries. Very comfortable bed. First night dinner in Pinnacle was very good- had fillet mignon which was perfect. Had baked alaska which was ok- nothing special. Service was very good but no better than in Vista dining room. Don't think meal is worth an extra $20- $10 is about right. The food on this cruise was excellent- from the self service Lido to the Dining room. The cruise was fully booked yet there were no lines for the self service stations and we always found a table to sit at. The food in the Vista dining room was excellent as was the service. The open dining worked very well for us- we were on second sitting and went in anytime between 8 pm to 8.45 pm - depending on what was going on and what we felt like doing. Whatever time we went in the service and food were just as good. Spent sea days sunbathing- there were always plenty of loungers available considering there were so many people on the cruise. New Year's Eve was excellent. Most people made the effort to dress up-the dinner was wonderful and from about 11.30 pm free champagne was served. The main celebration was in the Vista lounge where there was live music and a balloon drop at 12. The decorations were a delight- they had gone to a lot of effort to make the ship look extra special. Ports of call were ok- not as nice as Caribbean but that is only my opinion. Went on Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta- made arrangements with local company at dockside- $40 per person for 4 hours and this included free drink and food. Saw plenty of whales and dolphins which was really exciting. Would recommend to anyone. Other ports of call had the usual thing- mostly shopping!! There were some nice beaches though. The entertainment was ok but nothing special- there were two productions put on by cruise singers and dancers, a magician, an impressionist and one night was evening of singing and dancing put on by Filipino crew. The best entertainment for me was the talent show entered by guests on cruise- done like American Idol with a panel consisting of cruise director and 2 other entertainment staff members. The service on this cruise was EXCELLENT. The cabin steward was very good- we never saw him but he always knew when we were not in the cabin to service the room. Never used room service so cannot comment on that. As I have already mentioned, service in the Dining room was very good from the waiters to wine stewards. Disembarkation was also a breeze- you wait in your cabin until you are called. Once we had cleared immigration, we found our luggage very quickly- this is very well organised in colour and number zones. We stayed post cruise night at Holiday Inn on the Bay. This is across the road from the port and all we had to do is wheel our luggage there- took only a few minutes. Though it was only 9 am- they had a room for us and we checked in right away and were free to explore San Diego. The next morning there was a shuttle to the airport. Sailed on the Zuiderdam last november and although it is Oosterdam's sister ship it is not as nice. The Oosterdam is more elegant and the food much nicer. Would recommend this ship to anyone and would definitely sail her again.

Oosterdam - Mexican Riviera

Oosterdam Cruise Review by amber1002

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2005
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
This is our sixth cruise- second on Holland America. I am 54 and travelled with my husband who is 55.
Sailed on New Year's Eve cruise out of San Diego. Spent pre-cruise night at Holiday Inn Bayside- nice hotel picked us up from airport within 5 minutes of calling and transferred us to ship next morning.
Embarked at about 11.30 am- no waiting in line- we were on board within 5 minutes. Made reservations for Pinnacle for first night- it is only $10 per person and $20 per person for next cruise nights.
Had a leisurely lunch at the Lido restaurant and spent time out on Lido deck until announcement to say staterooms were ready- this was about 1 pm. We had stateroom 8064 which is mid-ship and 2 cabins away from elevators. I am a light sleeper and can honestly say heard no noise from elevators. This cabin is very well situated and same size as other staterooms we have had on other cruise lines of this category. Plenty of closet space and bathroom was a good size with small bathtub and mirror cabinet for toiletries. Very comfortable bed.
First night dinner in Pinnacle was very good- had fillet mignon which was perfect. Had baked alaska which was ok- nothing special. Service was very good but no better than in Vista dining room. Don't think meal is worth an extra $20- $10 is about right.
The food on this cruise was excellent- from the self service Lido to the Dining room. The cruise was fully booked yet there were no lines for the self service stations and we always found a table to sit at. The food in the Vista dining room was excellent as was the service. The open dining worked very well for us- we were on second sitting and went in anytime between 8 pm to 8.45 pm - depending on what was going on and what we felt like doing. Whatever time we went in the service and food were just as good.
Spent sea days sunbathing- there were always plenty of loungers available considering there were so many people on the cruise.
New Year's Eve was excellent. Most people made the effort to dress up-the dinner was wonderful and from about 11.30 pm free champagne was served. The main celebration was in the Vista lounge where there was live music and a balloon drop at 12. The decorations were a delight- they had gone to a lot of effort to make the ship look extra special.
Ports of call were ok- not as nice as Caribbean but that is only my opinion. Went on Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta- made arrangements with local company at dockside- $40 per person for 4 hours and this included free drink and food. Saw plenty of whales and dolphins which was really exciting. Would recommend to anyone.
Other ports of call had the usual thing- mostly shopping!! There were some nice beaches though.
The entertainment was ok but nothing special- there were two productions put on by cruise singers and dancers, a magician, an impressionist and one night was evening of singing and dancing put on by Filipino crew. The best entertainment for me was the talent show entered by guests on cruise- done like American Idol with a panel consisting of cruise director and 2 other entertainment staff members.
The service on this cruise was EXCELLENT. The cabin steward was very good- we never saw him but he always knew when we were not in the cabin to service the room. Never used room service so cannot comment on that. As I have already mentioned, service in the Dining room was very good from the waiters to wine stewards.
Disembarkation was also a breeze- you wait in your cabin until you are called. Once we had cleared immigration, we found our luggage very quickly- this is very well organised in colour and number zones.
We stayed post cruise night at Holiday Inn on the Bay. This is across the road from the port and all we had to do is wheel our luggage there- took only a few minutes. Though it was only 9 am- they had a room for us and we checked in right away and were free to explore San Diego. The next morning there was a shuttle to the airport.
Sailed on the Zuiderdam last november and although it is Oosterdam's sister ship it is not as nice. The Oosterdam is more elegant and the food much nicer. Would recommend this ship to anyone and would definitely sail her again.
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