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Embarkation was smooth, with a ship this size I don't think long lines at check-in is as much of a problem. Ship condition was great, with the room feeling fairly standard (other than a full bathtub and a little more space in the bathroom than on Princess/Celebrity). Service was great throughout the ship. MDR food was excellent, with lunch and dinner buffet routinely rotating so as to feature new items. Main theater dancers and singers were top notch! Smaller stage performers were all solid, but not our taste in music. Western Caribbean itinerary was fairly standard: Half Moon Cay, Falmouth Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel. HMC was very enjoyable. Falmouth was badly overcrowded with limited options, and our shore excursion (VIP Bamboo Beach Club) was a 3 hour bus ride round-trip for 3 hours on the beach... with big crowds, no umbrellas/shade, and friendly but slow food and bar service. Grand Cayman was also very crowded, but pleasant. Cozumel was fairly routine, biggest thing of note was the later arrival time (as scheduled) with a late departure allowing dinner in port. More kids than normal on a HAL cruise due to it being a holiday sailing. I can see how people would describe a non-holiday sailing as feeling "slow-paced" and our sail had less planned activities for younger pax than would be found on Princess. Atrium featured a tree and gingerbread display that were both quite ornate and pretty! New internet packages are expensive, social package is $14.99/day and only allows 200 mb on a handful of "allowed" social media sites (no email or general browsing!) Disembarkation was smooth and routine. I'll happily consider HAL for a future cruise, along with Princess and X, and I put $ down on a future cruise credit too.

Very nice holiday cruise - lots of kids onboard

Oosterdam Cruise Review by jb008

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Embarkation was smooth, with a ship this size I don't think long lines at check-in is as much of a problem. Ship condition was great, with the room feeling fairly standard (other than a full bathtub and a little more space in the bathroom than on Princess/Celebrity). Service was great throughout the ship. MDR food was excellent, with lunch and dinner buffet routinely rotating so as to feature new items.

Main theater dancers and singers were top notch! Smaller stage performers were all solid, but not our taste in music.

Western Caribbean itinerary was fairly standard: Half Moon Cay, Falmouth Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel. HMC was very enjoyable. Falmouth was badly overcrowded with limited options, and our shore excursion (VIP Bamboo Beach Club) was a 3 hour bus ride round-trip for 3 hours on the beach... with big crowds, no umbrellas/shade, and friendly but slow food and bar service. Grand Cayman was also very crowded, but pleasant. Cozumel was fairly routine, biggest thing of note was the later arrival time (as scheduled) with a late departure allowing dinner in port.

More kids than normal on a HAL cruise due to it being a holiday sailing. I can see how people would describe a non-holiday sailing as feeling "slow-paced" and our sail had less planned activities for younger pax than would be found on Princess. Atrium featured a tree and gingerbread display that were both quite ornate and pretty!

New internet packages are expensive, social package is $14.99/day and only allows 200 mb on a handful of "allowed" social media sites (no email or general browsing!)

Disembarkation was smooth and routine.

I'll happily consider HAL for a future cruise, along with Princess and X, and I put $ down on a future cruise credit too.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VD 6144
Cabin featured a full bathtub and more space in bathroom than many lines have. Balcony was nicely sized, with room for two chairs with separate foot stools and a small bistro table. Cabin was in good repair; hair dryer didn't work but we didn't care.

Unobstructed views, didn't notice any unusual cabin noise or vibration. Did often have odd faint food smells in cabin, not unpleasant to us but bacon, fresh bread, and garlic were a few that came up at points during the cruise
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