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First time to Alaska, which was stunningly gorgeous. Embarkation does not offer a separate line for suites, but went smoothly. Disembarkation was a breeze, going from cabin to departure gate at SEA in less than one hour. Dining room food was delicious, and reasonable portion sizes made it easy to pick all the choices you wanted. Service in the dining room was excellent but slowly paced, if that's not your thing Lido buffet had similar selections each evening. Reservations often weren't available between 6p-8p, but lines were short and a table for two could be had. Main stage entertainment was great, with great performances, quality costumes and popular songs through HAL's Billboard partnership. HAL's TV on-demand entertainment offered tons of reasonably current movies, and our Verandah Suite has a huge TV. Destination lectures added more dimensions to our Alaska experience, and cooking demonstrations in America's Test Kitchen were a fun change. We did not miss the belly flow contest or other such pool-side entertainment.

Understated small ship elegance with excellent service

Oosterdam Cruise Review by AAviator

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite
First time to Alaska, which was stunningly gorgeous. Embarkation does not offer a separate line for suites, but went smoothly. Disembarkation was a breeze, going from cabin to departure gate at SEA in less than one hour.

Dining room food was delicious, and reasonable portion sizes made it easy to pick all the choices you wanted. Service in the dining room was excellent but slowly paced, if that's not your thing Lido buffet had similar selections each evening. Reservations often weren't available between 6p-8p, but lines were short and a table for two could be had.

Main stage entertainment was great, with great performances, quality costumes and popular songs through HAL's Billboard partnership.

HAL's TV on-demand entertainment offered tons of reasonably current movies, and our Verandah Suite has a huge TV. Destination lectures added more dimensions to our Alaska experience, and cooking demonstrations in America's Test Kitchen were a fun change. We did not miss the belly flow contest or other such pool-side entertainment.
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Signature Superior Verandah Suite
Cabin SS 6052
Great cabin with a little extra space both inside and on the balcony. However, you are not able to see out of balcony door from some parts of the cabin, so if you love to gaze at the sea from the bed this may not be for you.
The TV was very large, and USB ports by the bed made it easy to charge devices overnight.
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