My wife and I chose to cruise with HAL based on the excellent itinerary offered from Barcelona to Venice and all the amazing ports in between. We have taken 28 cruises prior to this cruise on June 5, 2018 with HAL. Most of our cruising has been in the Caribbean.
The boarding process on the HAL Oosterdam at the Port of Barcelona was amazing and the best we have ever experienced. There were many agents available to process the passengers and this portion of the cruise was a breeze. Once onboard the Oosterdam, it just got better. The Lido Market food service for breakfast, lunch and dinner was outstanding. There were several days that we did not return to the ship until late. Some of the days we ate in the Main Dining, which was excellent as well, but the Lido Market was a great alternate for dinner. There were so many choices at all servings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food was delicious in all areas.
The stateroom staff were awesome. The food staff were awesome. Our experience was nothing but amazing with the entire staff. Always greeted with a smile and "Hello!"
Our Verandah stateroom in 8001 was amazing. Beautiful and large room and had no issues during our 12 day cruise. Ivan and Tri took great care of us and always had our room in beautiful condition. Fresh fruit each afternoon and a king size bed that was as comfortable as home! No complaints here!
Excellent day walking the Corso Umberto in Taormina!
Excellent day climbing the city walls up to the old fortress.
Excellent day in Kotor!