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We travelled as a party of 9 and had really looked forward to seeing Alaska with Holland America. Boy were we disappointed. Every show, talk, movie on the cruise was an attempt to sell something. Although we are used to cruises and expect this to happen, their selling attempt was too blatant and started to ruin our experience. A season on the history of diamonds led to a pushy sales effort to sell items from the stores on the ship. We had the unfortunate opportunity to see a doctor on board, and he was incompetent, unethical, and tried to upsell medication like a cheap used car salesman. The food was tolerable, but got repetitive after a few days. By the 5th day we were dying to get off the cruise. The excursions were actually quite pleasant and we were happy to meet some locals. However, we also realize how much more expensive the excursions sold on the ship were compared to just getting off the ship and go with a local company.

Cheap attempt to upsell everything

Oosterdam Cruise Review by Jennywu1226

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We travelled as a party of 9 and had really looked forward to seeing Alaska with Holland America. Boy were we disappointed.

Every show, talk, movie on the cruise was an attempt to sell something. Although we are used to cruises and expect this to happen, their selling attempt was too blatant and started to ruin our experience.

A season on the history of diamonds led to a pushy sales effort to sell items from the stores on the ship.

We had the unfortunate opportunity to see a doctor on board, and he was incompetent, unethical, and tried to upsell medication like a cheap used car salesman.

The food was tolerable, but got repetitive after a few days.

By the 5th day we were dying to get off the cruise.

The excursions were actually quite pleasant and we were happy to meet some locals. However, we also realize how much more expensive the excursions sold on the ship were compared to just getting off the ship and go with a local company.
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