We are seasoned Carnival cruisers looking for a change, we are both retired in our mid 60's We cruised Oosterdam out of San Diego to Mexican Riviera. We are now hooked on HAL!
We drove to San Diego the day before departure and utilized a park n'cruise at Comfort Inn with free shuttle to/from the port. We walked the boardwalk at the San Diego Harbor and had a nice meal at Mitch's on the waterfront.
Cabin: we booked an obstructed ocean view room as we were testing the waters to see if we would like HAL. The room was very spacious, the couch was comfy, the bathroom had a tub and plenty of storage all the way around. An added plus was the automatic night light in the bathroom. Imagine our surprise when we were in Cabo San Lucas and the life boat outside our window was lowered to be used as a tender….what a view.
We were very happy with this cabin and location, mid ship deck 4.
Ship & Entertainment: what a beautiful ship, fresh flowers, even in the public restrooms! We never waited on an elevator or had to deal with overcrowding. No lines anywhere. Smoke free casino, another plus, entertainment was great, we especially loved BB King’s All Stars. Billboard Onboard and Lincoln Stage Live were also hits and full every night. The magician and comedian in the main lounge were very entertaining. The ship is in great shape and maintained beautifully.
Food: Over the top quality and quantity so much so that we dined in the dining room once for gala night surf n turf and duck breast. Service was amazing and very professional and we were always greeted with a smile. The food on Lido was beyond our expectations. We did not dine in any specialty restaurants.
General: Embarkation & Debarkation were a breeze. Wwe enjoyed Happy Hour each day with buying one drink and getting the 2nd one for $2. We did not get off the ship at any port stops which were PV, Mazatlan, Cab San Lucas. We saw whales and sea lions right from the ship. We walked the ship each day and the Explorations Cafe is a nice location for relaxing. The fitness center was busy every time we visited. The attention to details by the entire crew is exceptional. There were more than enough activities each day to stay very busy. We enjoyed everything about Oosterdam.
Spa: We did not visit the spa other than a walk thru.
We will be cruising again with HAL.
Very spacious with lots of storage. Large TV, refrig, hair dryer, comfy couch. Bathroom was large with full size tub and tons of storage. Elemis products in bathroom as well. Bathrobes available for use all week. Towel and linens were top grade.