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Never take a back to back cruise again. The evening entertainment was almost identical on both of the voyage legs. Watching a video in the main theatre while an orchestra played is not our idea of "entertainment" on a cruise ship, Could have stayed home and watched it on some TV or You Tube channel. The comedienne, while being good, repeated her act on second week. Other cruise lines can do a 14 - 15 day trans Atlantic cruise and never repeat the entertainment. The service in the deck 2 dining room was terrible. 2 hours to get an evening meal??? and not much better at breakfast. Laying carpet in the common areas during the day was a total inconvenience to the passengers. This could easily have been done during the night, or could the workers not work the night shift? The embarkation process really sucks. Being held in a large room until your number is called is not a welcoming experience after you have had a long day of travel. Most of the above concerns were also voiced by other passengers. WE have been on many cruises but this has been our worst experience. This was our first cruise with Holland America and will probably be our last with that cruise line.

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Oosterdam Cruise Review by CribGuru

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Never take a back to back cruise again. The evening entertainment was almost identical on both of the voyage legs. Watching a video in the main theatre while an orchestra played is not our idea of "entertainment" on a cruise ship, Could have stayed home and watched it on some TV or You Tube channel. The comedienne, while being good, repeated her act on second week. Other cruise lines can do a 14 - 15 day trans Atlantic cruise and never repeat the entertainment. The service in the deck 2 dining room was terrible. 2 hours to get an evening meal??? and not much better at breakfast. Laying carpet in the common areas during the day was a total inconvenience to the passengers. This could easily have been done during the night, or could the workers not work the night shift? The embarkation process really sucks. Being held in a large room until your number is called is not a welcoming experience after you have had a long day of travel. Most of the above concerns were also voiced by other passengers. WE have been on many cruises but this has been our worst experience. This was our first cruise with Holland America and will probably be our last with that cruise line.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 5098
The cabin décor was very bland, could use some colour. The glaze on the bath tub was removed in some areas. The tub should have been replaced some time ago, On the positive side, there was plenty of storage space and our cabin stewards, Ali and Astrid, did a super job. We really enjoyed Ali's "towel animals".
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