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1. Lack luster entertainment. The cruise director was extremely boring. Trivia games were not entertaining. Overall, there was nothing to do on the ship. DJ the comedian was good. The magician Leone Ettien was good but tried to sell his magic kit which was very tacky. The friday 7p show was terrible. 2. Staff was unfriendly. Wait staff Cleaned dirty dishes on dining tables instead of going into a private area. 3. Gala nights were not at all exciting to the extent that we didnt even dress up for the 2nd gala night. 4. Timing for dinner was very inconvenient. Main meals (lido market) stopped at 2p and 8:30p for dinner which was very odd. 5. Club Hal was cancelled? The kids room was a pathetic little conference room. Unclear as to why the arcade space was limited to 7-17yr old kids during most of the day. Having at least that space for all kids would have been helpful but let's be clear, the arcade was limited and ultimately boring. With 300 kids on board, one would think more of an effort would be made to entertain them. Staff did not change duvet covers even if they were stained. We had chocolate stains on our bedding throughout the cruise. The shops were over -priced and lacking in style. The Thanksgiving sale was a joke. This experience was terrible and we will never go on HAL.

Boring

Oosterdam Cruise Review by Dee vy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
1. Lack luster entertainment. The cruise director was extremely boring. Trivia games were not entertaining. Overall, there was nothing to do on the ship. DJ the comedian was good. The magician Leone Ettien was good but tried to sell his magic kit which was very tacky. The friday 7p show was terrible.

2. Staff was unfriendly.

Wait staff Cleaned dirty dishes on dining tables instead of going into a private area.

3. Gala nights were not at all exciting to the extent that we didnt even dress up for the 2nd gala night.

4. Timing for dinner was very inconvenient. Main meals (lido market) stopped at 2p and 8:30p for dinner which was very odd.

5. Club Hal was cancelled? The kids room was a pathetic little conference room. Unclear as to why the arcade space was limited to 7-17yr old kids during most of the day. Having at least that space for all kids would have been helpful but let's be clear, the arcade was limited and ultimately boring. With 300 kids on board, one would think more of an effort would be made to entertain them.

Staff did not change duvet covers even if they were stained. We had chocolate stains on our bedding throughout the cruise.

The shops were over -priced and lacking in style. The Thanksgiving sale was a joke.

This experience was terrible and we will never go on HAL.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin D
Cabin was ok. Bed was marginally comfortable. Bunk bed mattress was hard as a rock.
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