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Background - we are in our mid to late 50's, retired, married for 30+ years, this is our 8th cruise but first time on this ship and this itinerary. We arrived in San Diego the morning of the cruise (flew via Southwest Airlines). We were at the San Diego Port for Embarkation at 11am, the porters took or 3 very large suitcases and we proceeded inside to check in. Weather was overcast and chilly (dare I say cold at 57). Check in was a breeze, we waited about 15 minutes and started on board. We were directed to the Neptune Lounge but our suite (7058 was directly across from the Neptune Lounge doors) was ready and so we went right in. It wasn't but a moment before our room steward came in and introduced himself. I slipped our steward $20 for speedy luggage delivery and by 12:30 our luggage was in our cabin. We proceeded up to the Lido for a bite of lunch. Embarkation day is tough as everyone is trying to get a feel for the ship. We had no problems filling up on great food and meeting our fellow cruisers. We then went into the dining room to see where our table was located (table for 2 lower, late 8:30 seating) - perfect. Since this was our first time on a Vista Class Ship, we walked around best we could and decided what we would do our first night onboard. Back to our cabin and the Neptune Lounge - our Deluxe Verandah Suite was wonderful but we weren't expecting it to be so much smaller than the Maasdam (also had a suite). Both the cabin itself and the verandah were noticeably smaller. On the upside, the amount of storage boggles the mind, we had 150 pounds of luggage and never came close to filling up the closets and shelves least of all the drawers and nooks and crannies - Wow!! The other upside was the Neptune Lounge (there wasn't a Neptune Lounge when we were on the Maasdam). We used this space more than any other space on the ship. Everything we asked of the concierges was carried out with grace and ease except for paring down the hors dourves we had arranged for each evening.........on this topic - way too much food was delivered each evening at 6pm especially since there was also food right out our door in the Neptune Lounge. Unless you are a heavy eater, don't order hors dourves to be delivered to your suite. The first day at seas was too cold to utilize our wonderful verandah and so instead we used this day to better acquaint ourselves with the Ms. Oosterdam. Of course some of our time each day was spent in the casino - which I thought was a perfect size. The machines although not as loose as ones I've found in Vegas, weren't all that tight either - we had a good time. We saw some big winners throughout the cruise so it can happen, just didn't happen to me. I also entered a slot tournament and thought it was terribly disorganized - a waste of money to be sure! Cabo San Lucas was beautiful and we loved our day there. We did a catamaran excursion through the ship and it was perfect. We got to see probably a half dozen or more whales breaching, we got up close and personal. There was an open bar onboard (limited) and chips and fresh salsa - great! The excursion people were kind and funny and just generally a great group of people. We enjoyed this 3 hour trip very much!!! After the catamaran we took a taxi into town - very beautiful and no vendors bothered us at all. Mazatlan was a disappointment. The port is industrial (shipping containers and such) and you have to take a tram in order to get out of the port area but first you have to make your way (intentionally) through the masses of vendors and private excursion people in order to get into the shopping venue. Needless to say, we didn't stay long at all and headed back to the ship - disappointed. Puerto Vallarta is lovely. The port area is very nice and there is a shopping venue right there (the vendors are pushy but you can get almost anything you want right there). We booked a shore excursion through the ship of an Overview by motorcoach. This excursion was a disappointment. Puerto Vallarta is a large city with much to see and do even without beaches and such. This excursion required a great deal of walking (not difficult for us but was for the majority of the passengers) and we really didn't see that much in 3 hours. The next time we visit this port we will do it on our own and go into the city center for shopping and eating and drinking and we will savor each and every moment. The streets all over PV are cobblestone, old cobblestone, charming. We found everyone we met in PV to be very kind and informative and most spoke at least some english. The last two days at sea were spent enjoying our cabin and the ship itself, indulging in eating, drinking, and just general relaxation. Debarkation was smooth - we were given the first color off (our flight was at 12:30) to get off at 8:30am. We were up, showered, had breakfast and waited in our cabin until our color was called. We waited probably 10 minutes in line and started off the ship, we were at the airport before 9am - seriously. There were two other ships in San Diego this morning - Carnival Spirit and Silver Seas' Shadow. Because we checked in online during our last day at sea and it was early when we debarked, checking in luggage was a breeze, only one person ahead of us at Southwest. Within 45 minutes the airport was a zoo and continued that way until we left at 12:30 (probably was still that way at 5pm but we didn't see it). Was a wonderful cruise and I would do it again with this ship, this crew, this itinerary in a flash!! NOTE: The best part of this cruise however was the people I met onboard at our rollcall prior to the cruise - we are "private" friends now and hopefully we will cruise together again. To Mary & Dick - You made this cruise for us - Thank You!!

Great Ship, Crew, Itinerary!!!

Oosterdam Cruise Review by Spot

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2007
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite
Background - we are in our mid to late 50's, retired, married for 30+ years, this is our 8th cruise but first time on this ship and this itinerary.
We arrived in San Diego the morning of the cruise (flew via Southwest Airlines). We were at the San Diego Port for Embarkation at 11am, the porters took or 3 very large suitcases and we proceeded inside to check in. Weather was overcast and chilly (dare I say cold at 57). Check in was a breeze, we waited about 15 minutes and started on board. We were directed to the Neptune Lounge but our suite (7058 was directly across from the Neptune Lounge doors) was ready and so we went right in. It wasn't but a moment before our room steward came in and introduced himself. I slipped our steward $20 for speedy luggage delivery and by 12:30 our luggage was in our cabin.
We proceeded up to the Lido for a bite of lunch. Embarkation day is tough as everyone is trying to get a feel for the ship. We had no problems filling up on great food and meeting our fellow cruisers. We then went into the dining room to see where our table was located (table for 2 lower, late 8:30 seating) - perfect. Since this was our first time on a Vista Class Ship, we walked around best we could and decided what we would do our first night onboard.
Back to our cabin and the Neptune Lounge - our Deluxe Verandah Suite was wonderful but we weren't expecting it to be so much smaller than the Maasdam (also had a suite). Both the cabin itself and the verandah were noticeably smaller. On the upside, the amount of storage boggles the mind, we had 150 pounds of luggage and never came close to filling up the closets and shelves least of all the drawers and nooks and crannies - Wow!!
The other upside was the Neptune Lounge (there wasn't a Neptune Lounge when we were on the Maasdam). We used this space more than any other space on the ship. Everything we asked of the concierges was carried out with grace and ease except for paring down the hors dourves we had arranged for each evening.........on this topic - way too much food was delivered each evening at 6pm especially since there was also food right out our door in the Neptune Lounge. Unless you are a heavy eater, don't order hors dourves to be delivered to your suite.
The first day at seas was too cold to utilize our wonderful verandah and so instead we used this day to better acquaint ourselves with the Ms. Oosterdam. Of course some of our time each day was spent in the casino - which I thought was a perfect size. The machines although not as loose as ones I've found in Vegas, weren't all that tight either - we had a good time. We saw some big winners throughout the cruise so it can happen, just didn't happen to me. I also entered a slot tournament and thought it was terribly disorganized - a waste of money to be sure!
Cabo San Lucas was beautiful and we loved our day there. We did a catamaran excursion through the ship and it was perfect. We got to see probably a half dozen or more whales breaching, we got up close and personal. There was an open bar onboard (limited) and chips and fresh salsa - great! The excursion people were kind and funny and just generally a great group of people. We enjoyed this 3 hour trip very much!!! After the catamaran we took a taxi into town - very beautiful and no vendors bothered us at all. Mazatlan was a disappointment. The port is industrial (shipping containers and such) and you have to take a tram in order to get out of the port area but first you have to make your way (intentionally) through the masses of vendors and private excursion people in order to get into the shopping venue. Needless to say, we didn't stay long at all and headed back to the ship - disappointed.
Puerto Vallarta is lovely. The port area is very nice and there is a shopping venue right there (the vendors are pushy but you can get almost anything you want right there). We booked a shore excursion through the ship of an Overview by motorcoach. This excursion was a disappointment. Puerto Vallarta is a large city with much to see and do even without beaches and such. This excursion required a great deal of walking (not difficult for us but was for the majority of the passengers) and we really didn't see that much in 3 hours. The next time we visit this port we will do it on our own and go into the city center for shopping and eating and drinking and we will savor each and every moment. The streets all over PV are cobblestone, old cobblestone, charming. We found everyone we met in PV to be very kind and informative and most spoke at least some english.
The last two days at sea were spent enjoying our cabin and the ship itself, indulging in eating, drinking, and just general relaxation.
Debarkation was smooth - we were given the first color off (our flight was at 12:30) to get off at 8:30am. We were up, showered, had breakfast and waited in our cabin until our color was called. We waited probably 10 minutes in line and started off the ship, we were at the airport before 9am - seriously. There were two other ships in San Diego this morning - Carnival Spirit and Silver Seas' Shadow. Because we checked in online during our last day at sea and it was early when we debarked, checking in luggage was a breeze, only one person ahead of us at Southwest. Within 45 minutes the airport was a zoo and continued that way until we left at 12:30 (probably was still that way at 5pm but we didn't see it).
Was a wonderful cruise and I would do it again with this ship, this crew, this itinerary in a flash!!
NOTE: The best part of this cruise however was the people I met onboard at our rollcall prior to the cruise - we are "private" friends now and hopefully we will cruise together again. To Mary & Dick - You made this cruise for us - Thank You!!
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