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Sailed on Oosterdam 2/18-2/25/06...excellent ship with the most friendly staff and crew that I have come across in forty years of cruising. I asked the Hotel Manager if he gave them all Happy Pills every morning...each and every one of them were always smiling and most helpful. Embarkation was a breeze, at 3:30pm we went from curb to our cabin in five minutes. The ship was clean and neat in all areas. The cabin service was excellent each day with plenty of fresh fruit on the table. The Dining Room and Lido both had excellent food and service. The Pinnacle Grill was a mixed bag...excellent one nite and mediocre another! The service and food were perfect on the second nite of the cruise, but on the fifth nite it was a disaster with poor service and food problems. The chef undercooked the Halibut which was cold and raw in the center then he cooked it again in the microwave oven turning it into rubber...the baked Alaska also was a problem as they left pieces of the paper wrapper on the ice cream inside of the dessert...not acceptable in an upscale dining room with a $20 per person surcharge. The Pinnacle experience did not alter the fact that everything else on this fine ship was excellent. Kudos to DJ Matt and Asst. Cruise Director Adam for outstanding people skills.

Oosterdam - Mexican Riviera

Oosterdam Cruise Review by Hal San Diego

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2006
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Sailed on Oosterdam 2/18-2/25/06...excellent ship with the most friendly staff and crew that I have come across in forty years of cruising. I asked the Hotel Manager if he gave them all Happy Pills every morning...each and every one of them were always smiling and most helpful. Embarkation was a breeze, at 3:30pm we went from curb to our cabin in five minutes.
The ship was clean and neat in all areas. The cabin service was excellent each day with plenty of fresh fruit on the table. The Dining Room and Lido both had excellent food and service. The Pinnacle Grill was a mixed bag...excellent one nite and mediocre another! The service and food were perfect on the second nite of the cruise, but on the fifth nite it was a disaster with poor service and food problems. The chef undercooked the Halibut which was cold and raw in the center then he cooked it again in the microwave oven turning it into rubber...the baked Alaska also was a problem as they left pieces of the paper wrapper on the ice cream inside of the dessert...not acceptable in an upscale dining room with a $20 per person surcharge.
The Pinnacle experience did not alter the fact that everything else on this fine ship was excellent. Kudos to DJ Matt and Asst. Cruise Director Adam for outstanding people skills.
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