This was our first cruise with Holland America and our first Transatlantic cruise. The itinerary was like none we had seen and we were excited to be going to 16Ports! We were impressed with how quickly and smoothly the embarkation and disembarkation went. The Oosterdam was in dry dock prior to our departure from Fort Lauderdale. The two week refit in the Bahamas included:
New bottom paint
Bow thruster overhaul
Our cabin, 6015 was forward. Our next cruise we will pick a location more mid ship. We did hear more noise and movement in the forward area. Especially so at the end of the crossing when the seas kicked up to 16-18 foot seas with 45 knots. She was definitely making noise and rocking. The earplugs we brought came in handy. The noise we heard was like someone rolling a bowling ball down a hall and then it hit the wall. Additionally, there was loud creaking noises, which we found out later is the boat metal flexing and torquing. Other than a few days, the boat was very comfortable. The walls in the room were marked up from luggage, they will need tending to at next drydock. Carpet was good to fair. If they cleaned them they would probably look great!
Roman Theatre, walked in town. Short stop only half a day. Wish we were there longer
Montserrat, la sagrada familia, gaudi walking tour, park guell
best of pisa and lucca. awesome day
pompeii, amalfi coast, sorento and lunch
on our own, walked the town wall and had nice lunch in old city
Did walking tour on our own.
Burano, Murano boat tour. stayed in Venice for a few days