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Oosterdam Cruise Review
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Oosterdam Cruise Review by whalle01

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2017
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite

We have cruised may times previously and with many different lines. We choose our operator depending upon the itinerary and this was the reason for our first cruise with HAL, although we had heard good reports in the past.

This was a 14 night Caribbean voyage from Tampa and the majority of passengers were America. The average age was older than other ships we had sailed in and the overall atmosphere was quieter than usual. No silly games round the pool etc.

This was a mid-sized ship with just under 2,000 passengers but plenty of room around the decks.

The food was much better than other lines we have sailed with and the Gala Nights reflected that, fillet mignon and lobster tails!! The entertainment around the ship was also very good and varied with guest artistes featuring in the main theatre. BBKings showroom ws particularly excellent.

We cannot fault the service, cabins (signature suites), entertainment or the food and drink.

The best cruise for a long time.

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Signature Superior Verandah Suite

Excellent facilities and plenty of room. Large balcony.

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