Booking - Direct with HAL. Price similar to other agents.
Boarding – We boarded in San Diego. Nowadays, the detail work is done online from home so the process was quick. About an hour after arriving at the terminal we were in our stateroom. Gone was the typical crowding into the upper deck cafeteria while awaiting stateroom to be prepped.
The ship – Oosterdam is showing its age despite a 2016 refurb. The passageways were full of scratches and dents from luggage. I saw places where the walls had drip marks at the bottom, like someone sprayed surface cleaner and allowed it to run. Ten minutes out of San Diego, the ship began a steady rocking motion which intensified through the night. The next morning I expected to see white caps but the sea was calm. This is my tenth cruise (not counting two years on an aircraft carrier) and I've never been bounced around this much. Many veteran cruisers agreed.
Nothing to do here. It's a necessary stop to comply with the Jones Act.
Walked through the seaside restaurants & shops district. Ate lunch at a nice beach front place. Rented segways and had a lot of fun.
Took a bus that ran a circle to some shops, Waikiki Beach and elsewhere. Handy and no charge.