This was out first cruise, and after much study, decided on HA Oosterdam. We went with teo other couples, and had a GREAT time.
Embarkation in San Diego was seamless. It did help that Neptune Suite affords you priority boarding. :-) The Neptune Lounge had a very nice welcome champagne and hos d'hoeuvres party as well.
Side note: the Neptune Lounge is a quiet place to relax; also, there is a Concierge there for ANYTHING you need of staying in the Neptune or Pinnacle Suites. They TAKE CARE of you!
Not a lot of entertainment choices, but that's fine. We saw a magician and a comedienne, and both were fine. Our only complaint was the that Lincoln Center Theater had performances at 7:30 pm or so - each night we were at dinner, so we missed.
This is NOT a cruise for children. We saw few. There are a few BORED looking teenagers. This is a cruise for the 50 and up crowd - and that's fine with us.
The ship is in good condition for the most part - but is showing its age here and there. Teak wood decking is a bit weathered here and there on the Lido deck around the pools and hot tubs. Overall though everything is spic 'n span. The ship is nice.
The Crew is OUTSTANDING. Over our 7 days on board, almost without exception, each crew member would greet you as you passed with a smile and salutation. Our cabin Stewards greeted us by name whenever they saw us. The people are incredible on the Oosterdam.
The buffet is rather pedestrian. We only ate there for breakfast. The Dining Room is very nice, and we opted for the "Up Charge" rooms a couple nights. The Pinnacle Grill was the best $35 pp I have ever spent! Our server Mile was super nice, and what a pro!
I really enjoyed the Dive In! burgers for lunch by the Lido Deck pool.
We LOVED this cruise so much that we have booked the same ship and stateroom for Alaska in August!
We loved our stateroom, and have booked the exact same one for an Alaska cruise in August. Our Stewards, Amin and Epul were working 24/7 it seems. Always smiling and catering to our needs; they kept our cabin spotless. Since it was midships (and on deck 7) very quiet and little motion from the sea.
Embarkation/Debarkation was as smooth as could be at the beginning and end of our cruise.
We got a van and driver for all day, and he took us to a couple "locals" places for lunch and then drove inland to San Sebastian.View All undefined undefined Reviews
There were six of us - we got off the ship and got a van for four hours for $150 US; the driver just acted as a tour guide and drove us around hte city and took us to his "favorite" lunch spot... Coincidentally, there were a few other tour vans at that restaurant too (yeah... I get how that works), and it was good.View All 66 City Tour Reviews
Our friends had been to Cabo a few times before, so we went ashore and did a local Cantina Crawl.