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Oosterdam Cruise Review
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A cyclonic cruise

Oosterdam Cruise Review by hbr2@bigpond.com

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2015
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

An amazing experience, given that Pam and Nathan were in the vicinity. We were very fortunate to have a great captain (Capt. Peter Bos), who kept us all informed of the risks and dangers of Cyclone Pam. We had to abandon one port, (Port Vila), pick up another (Isle des Pins), and were not able to access another, due to cyclone's wave damage to a pier.

Our stateroom was always very clean and tidy, and nothing was too much trouble for our room stewards.

We were still able to participate in shipboard activities, shopping, presentations, shows etc., given that we gained an extra sea day due to the Cyclone.

The greater majority of staff who served us in the various dining rooms were very courteous and helpful. There were also some staff who 'stood out' from the others due to their passion and expertise in service, wine service and menu knowledge etc.

We arranged a mixture of HAL and private tours, and found we saved money by arranging them onshore.

The range, quality and experience of both invited and HAL entertainment staff was impressive, diverse, and enjoyable overall.

Our disembarkation was smooth and went like clockwork.

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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

A very comfortable room for the two of us We used the verandah many times - even saw whales from there!.Parts of the external railing are starting to need repair though.

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