Oosterdam Cruise Review by Harvestmoon1950
- Sail Date: November 2019
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Too many days at sea ( 12 ) which would be ok except the ship had a very poor entertainment program. The evening shows on the first leg were poor quality, better on the return leg, but still not great. The daytime presentations were uninteresting to most, spotty in number, - who wants to do towel folding, teeth whitening, sarong tying? The days at sea were boring, other than Trivial pursuit. The return leg offered Test Kitchen, a big hit, as there was little else during the day. They need to organize some decent lectures - not just try to sell us on other HA cruises! and jewelry, spa packages!
Warning, this cruise has a great many elderly passengers, many in wheelchairs, walkers, and patience is a must. Its tough to be seated at dinner with a table of people in their 80's and 90's - many of whom cannot hear, and are not converse. Just a heads up.
The Gym was a fallure. Of the 10 treadmills, 4 were " out of order " along with 2 elliptical, and of the remaining 4 had screens that did not work or only partially worked. We asked them to make the spin bikes available to offset this, but management did not do that. The spin bikes remained locked up until spin class ( you pay for that - and we observed two classes with one only participant) Many passengers just gave up on the gym, one morning I waited at 8 am behind 4 others, for a working treadmill. When you are captive on the boat this is unacceptable, and deck walking can be a challenge to substitute in wind and cold. Very under impressed with the facility and the absence of effort to remedy the problem. ( blamed on waiting for parts - ridiculous, the machines are old and should be just replaced)
There is a safety issue in my opinion regarding boarding the Tenders for the shore visits. As an experienced Ferry captain, it is my opinion many of the senior and limited mobility passengers should not have been allowed on the tenders. The small exit area was blocked by wheelchairs, walkers and in one case a scooter. In the event of emergence ( there was quite a swell in Lahaina ) there is no question some of the passengers could not have climbed out, The crew boarding the Tenders let anyone on board. There should have been an officer present advising many of the elderly, hardly mobile, they would not be allowed to board. This is an accident waiting to happen.
The cabin stewards, servers in the Dining Room, and Dining Room supervisors were first class. Food was good, although some dining room meals were not very appetizing or no one commented on the food being anything more than " good" or " ok" Just be aware!
The stops in Hawaii made the cruise, as we could get off and do things. This particular cruise do to its duration at sea and lack of on board activity, would be better suited to very senior, limited mobility passengers. We heard many negative comments from people under the age of 75-80 and virtually unanimous dissatisfaction with the above issues.
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