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Having cruised many times, this was my first trip with Holland America. As a suite traveler, embarkation and disembarkation processes were the most facilitating. The suite was well appointed and with ample space. The room was clean and with more than adequate close space. The shower and jacuzzi tub were both extremely clean. The Neptune Lounge was a God send. The young ladies who managed the lounge were efficient and pleasant. A place to have issued solved quickly without a long line at the pursers desk. I had a cocktail reception for 7 others in my traveling party. Abigail , one of the Neptune hostesses, made all the arrangements. Delivery of the hot and cold hors d'oeuvres was quite prompt. Every thing was nicely arranged. The Pinnacle Grill was well worth the $30. The food ,service and attention were notably distinctive. The Royal Dutch High Tea and the Indonesian Tea were quite special. However no Devonshire cream with the scones. The shops were not well appointed. Appeared rather common and with not much variety. Overstocked to some extent. I did not utilized the Lido Restaurant too often. One day they happen to run out of juice glasses and tea cups. A 10 minute wait before they were replenished. I did not participate in any organized tours. There were some days of high waves. disappointedly the ship creaked very often . The closets doors opened frequently with the rolling making a sound as if some one was knocking at the cabin door. HAd to get out of bed a few times to close the doors ,as well as make sure that no one was at the cabin door. Annoying!! The Formal Nights lacked some of the usual festive atmosphere. Some fellow travelers and their children ignored the dress code "FORMAL" and opted for the jeans and polo or tee shirt attire. HAL needs to address this faux pas. Overall, I had a pleasant cruise. The niceties of the Neptune Lounge was well worth it.

Oosterdam - Mexican Riviera

Oosterdam Cruise Review by secmd

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2007
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite
Having cruised many times, this was my first trip with Holland America. As a suite traveler, embarkation and disembarkation processes were the most facilitating.
The suite was well appointed and with ample space. The room was clean and with more than adequate close space. The shower and jacuzzi tub were both extremely clean.
The Neptune Lounge was a God send. The young ladies who managed the lounge were efficient and pleasant. A place to have issued solved quickly without a long line at the pursers desk. I had a cocktail reception for 7 others in my traveling party. Abigail , one of the Neptune hostesses, made all the arrangements. Delivery of the hot and cold hors d'oeuvres was quite prompt. Every thing was nicely arranged.
The Pinnacle Grill was well worth the $30. The food ,service and attention were notably distinctive. The Royal Dutch High Tea and the Indonesian Tea were quite special. However no Devonshire cream with the scones.
The shops were not well appointed. Appeared rather common and with not much variety. Overstocked to some extent.
I did not utilized the Lido Restaurant too often. One day they happen to run out of juice glasses and tea cups. A 10 minute wait before they were replenished.
I did not participate in any organized tours.
There were some days of high waves. disappointedly the ship creaked very often . The closets doors opened frequently with the rolling making a sound as if some one was knocking at the cabin door. HAd to get out of bed a few times to close the doors ,as well as make sure that no one was at the cabin door. Annoying!!
The Formal Nights lacked some of the usual festive atmosphere. Some fellow travelers and their children ignored the dress code "FORMAL" and opted for the jeans and polo or tee shirt attire. HAL needs to address this faux pas.
Overall, I had a pleasant cruise. The niceties of the Neptune Lounge was well worth it.
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