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We chose this cruise because we have never been disappointed with HAL, and they continue to provide excellent service and MDR dining, which are the two areas that we scrutinize when cruising. The great service continues at most levels from room stewards to managerial staff, with a personal touch in knowing your name. Dining in the MDR has always been semi-gourmet, with small portions like very expensive restaurants, so order a side of steamed veggies. The buffet needs improvement, with more proteins and less carbohydrates. The entertainment is very limited on a seven day cruise, with only two production shows with dancers and no singers. The other activities (cooking class, classical music) can only seat thirty people. Huh?! Be ready to self-entertain while onboard. If you want to save money, book your shore excursions at the port or before the cruise. It is the classic case of a cheaper price for the same product. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well, and if you carry your luggage off the ship, you well get off at a early time.

Excellent Cruise

Oosterdam Cruise Review by Mr. Spock Kirk

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We chose this cruise because we have never been disappointed with HAL, and they continue to provide excellent service and MDR dining, which are the two areas that we scrutinize when cruising.

The great service continues at most levels from room stewards to managerial staff, with a personal touch in knowing your name.

Dining in the MDR has always been semi-gourmet, with small portions like very expensive restaurants, so order a side of steamed veggies. The buffet needs improvement, with more proteins and less carbohydrates.

The entertainment is very limited on a seven day cruise, with only two production shows with dancers and no singers. The other activities (cooking class, classical music) can only seat thirty people. Huh?! Be ready to self-entertain while onboard.

If you want to save money, book your shore excursions at the port or before the cruise. It is the classic case of a cheaper price for the same product.

Embarkation and disembarkation went very well, and if you carry your luggage off the ship, you well get off at a early time.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VC
Very good cabin with shower and bath. There was room under the bed to store our luggage
and balcony was large.
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