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To be quite honest, the overall concern was our budget. This cruise was relatively inexpensive. Check! Embarkation was a very smooth, if noisy and crowded, operation for us. The counter person was very friendly and helpful. The ship was very clean the entire time we we aboard. Our steward kept our room remarkably clean and stocked. He came twice a day, unless the privacy tag was on the lock. Oh, and he left towels folded into the shape of animals on our bed. We enjoyed that. The dining experience was pretty good. The Lido buffet was a little crowded when we went, but not terribly so. We paid for the signature dining package, and ate at the Pinnacle Grill, and Canaletto Restaurant. They were delicious! We found the dining room to be quite nice, and we wish we would have eaten there more often. The entertainment aboard was quite good, as well. We did a game show, the magician, Postmodern Jukebox, a comedian, dueling pianos, and Lincoln Center Stage. The comedian was really funny! Lincoln Center Stage was kind of amazing. All of them were well worth checking out. Do as many as you can fit in. Our shore excursions were really fun! In Puerto Vallarta, we did the shopping, church, and tequila excursion. It was a very interesting experience. It's really cool to see some of the real Mexico. Our guide said he would show us Mexico, "with, and without makeup." He delivered. A word of advice. Be aware of the fact that the locals are there to make money. The vendors on Cuale Island can be priced very high. The tequila experience was was really fun as well. They do a presentation, and you take a little shot of several tequilas of varying quality and flavor. Yes, flavor. The coffee was our favorite. At the end, they press you, fairly gently, to buy tequila. We also did Mazatlan's Sea turtle and private beach excursion. Wow, this was one of our favorites. You drive through the countryside, and reach the resort via farmland. You are told all about the turtles, and then move to the beach. I'm not sure if this is standard, or just during our visit, but we only simulated releasing the sea turtles. We put them down, and they scurried towards the water before being picked up by the workers. They warned us during the presentation, but it was a little sad not seeing them reach the ocean. Speaking of the ocean, WOW! We went to the resort, ate lunch, and spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach. Some went the the pool, but we swam in the beautiful waves for hours. It was warm, and the waves weren't too high, and the water was clear. Truly a remarkable experience. There was a potentially off putting thing, though. When we went to pay for lunch, the waiter brought a check booklet without a receipt, and told us it would be 250 pesos. We offered our card, and he balked. When we said we had no cash, he took the card away and came back with a receipt. This time, for 120 pesos! I feel like he was trying to give himself quite a tip. Cabo San Lucas. We did the Swim with the Dolphin shore excursion. It was one of the most exciting, and memorable things we've ever done. Highly recommend it. One note, on our trip, for our anniversary, there was an offer to receive a diamond necklace for free from a shop in Cabo. We were obviously a little dubious. We went to the store, and presented the coupon. They actually gave us a necklace! It had a teeny tiny, "rough," diamond and I'm not sure how quality the metal of the necklace and chain are, but they really gave us one. It was certainly just a way to get the tourists away from the dock, of course, but we got a necklace! Look, everything you do, and everywhere you go, they are after your money. Not really in a bad way, but you are a tourist, and they are out to make a buck. They will press you to take a fishing trip, ask directly for tips, and generally try to get you to spend your money. Just say yes or no, be aware of the exchange rate, and move on. We were never harassed or pushed extremely hard. When we said no, they backed off.

What a great first cruise!

Oosterdam Cruise Review by lordredmoon

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
To be quite honest, the overall concern was our budget. This cruise was relatively inexpensive. Check!

Embarkation was a very smooth, if noisy and crowded, operation for us. The counter person was very friendly and helpful.

The ship was very clean the entire time we we aboard. Our steward kept our room remarkably clean and stocked. He came twice a day, unless the privacy tag was on the lock. Oh, and he left towels folded into the shape of animals on our bed. We enjoyed that.

The dining experience was pretty good. The Lido buffet was a little crowded when we went, but not terribly so. We paid for the signature dining package, and ate at the Pinnacle Grill, and Canaletto Restaurant. They were delicious! We found the dining room to be quite nice, and we wish we would have eaten there more often.

The entertainment aboard was quite good, as well. We did a game show, the magician, Postmodern Jukebox, a comedian, dueling pianos, and Lincoln Center Stage. The comedian was really funny! Lincoln Center Stage was kind of amazing. All of them were well worth checking out. Do as many as you can fit in.

Our shore excursions were really fun!

In Puerto Vallarta, we did the shopping, church, and tequila excursion. It was a very interesting experience. It's really cool to see some of the real Mexico. Our guide said he would show us Mexico, "with, and without makeup." He delivered. A word of advice. Be aware of the fact that the locals are there to make money. The vendors on Cuale Island can be priced very high. The tequila experience was was really fun as well. They do a presentation, and you take a little shot of several tequilas of varying quality and flavor. Yes, flavor. The coffee was our favorite. At the end, they press you, fairly gently, to buy tequila.

We also did Mazatlan's Sea turtle and private beach excursion. Wow, this was one of our favorites. You drive through the countryside, and reach the resort via farmland. You are told all about the turtles, and then move to the beach. I'm not sure if this is standard, or just during our visit, but we only simulated releasing the sea turtles. We put them down, and they scurried towards the water before being picked up by the workers. They warned us during the presentation, but it was a little sad not seeing them reach the ocean. Speaking of the ocean, WOW! We went to the resort, ate lunch, and spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach. Some went the the pool, but we swam in the beautiful waves for hours. It was warm, and the waves weren't too high, and the water was clear. Truly a remarkable experience. There was a potentially off putting thing, though. When we went to pay for lunch, the waiter brought a check booklet without a receipt, and told us it would be 250 pesos. We offered our card, and he balked. When we said we had no cash, he took the card away and came back with a receipt. This time, for 120 pesos! I feel like he was trying to give himself quite a tip.

Cabo San Lucas. We did the Swim with the Dolphin shore excursion. It was one of the most exciting, and memorable things we've ever done. Highly recommend it. One note, on our trip, for our anniversary, there was an offer to receive a diamond necklace for free from a shop in Cabo. We were obviously a little dubious. We went to the store, and presented the coupon. They actually gave us a necklace! It had a teeny tiny, "rough," diamond and I'm not sure how quality the metal of the necklace and chain are, but they really gave us one. It was certainly just a way to get the tourists away from the dock, of course, but we got a necklace!

Look, everything you do, and everywhere you go, they are after your money. Not really in a bad way, but you are a tourist, and they are out to make a buck. They will press you to take a fishing trip, ask directly for tips, and generally try to get you to spend your money. Just say yes or no, be aware of the exchange rate, and move on. We were never harassed or pushed extremely hard. When we said no, they backed off.
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