Good ship, great ports: Oosterdam Cruise Review by jpetjr

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Good ship, great ports

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: San Diego
We arrived in San Diego on Friday night before our cruise and checked into the Courtyard Marriott on Landing Road near the airport on the recommendation of my sister who lives in San Diego. The hotel provided a free shuttle from the airport and this Courtyard is new and very nice. The breakfast buffet the next morning was delicious and well worth the cost.

My sister dropped us off at the terminal about 1:30 PM and we only waited 5-10 minutes in line to get checked in. Holland America allows you to take wine on board and we took 5 bottles, including champagne, and went straight to our room, which was ready. We had booked a superior veranda suite which was roomy and had a huge balcony with a table and 2 regular chairs and 2 more comfortable padded chairs. We liked our room and were pleased with the stewards, even though we rarely saw them. One morning we ordered breakfast room service and it was delivered early and hot.

The Oosterdam is a nice ship, but is showing some More wear and tear. We ate primarily in the main dining room and all meals were good. The menu selections were numerous, but the service was spotty. We ate at the Pinnacle Grill one night and it was a nice atmosphere, but the food was about the same caliber of the main dining room.

We enjoyed the Elton John impersonator the best of the shows we attended. My wife went to several technology workshops and was very impressed with the instructor and what she learned about her computer and camera. Only one sea day was warm enough to be outside and we enjoyed the adult pool deck. However, it was crowded and only one small hot tub was working.

Christina did an excellent job discussing the various ports and was available each day to answer individual questions. She was very helpful and researched the location of a spa that I asked her about. We really enjoyed all of the ports and I will review them individually in the port review section.

Disembarkation was a breeze and the luggage handling went without a hitch and we took at taxi to the airport which was cheaper than the shuttles.

In summary, the Oosterdam is a good ship and an excellent value for the money. It is not as nice as Celebrity Solstice, but then again, it is not as costly. Less

Published 03/09/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

Another great port. We hired one of the many glassbottom boat/water taxis to take us to see the arches and coastline. The boat dropped us off at Modeno Beach and we walked to the marina area where we went to CaboWabo and then had lunch at Ole Ole which was good. The tender boats from the ship were comfortable and easy to access.

We were a little concerned after reading about some safety issues here, but we felt completely safe the whole time and thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Mazatlan Frank which we booked on our own. I recommend him highly and he can arrange whatever you want to do in Mazatlan.

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We went on a zip line jungle tour with Los Veranos canopy tours and it was outstanding. Instead of booking ahead we got a tour van driver to drop us off at their office which was about a 15 minute ride from the cruise terminal. We enjoyed the 35 minute bus ride to the "jungle" and got to see the beautiful coastline. At the conclusion of the tour we ate at the restaurant overlooking the river and enjoyed the food and Pacifico beer. They also had a small collection of animals and will let you have your picture taken with a monkey, snake and iguana. After we returned to the tour office, we walked down to the beach and had a great couples massage at a beachfront hotel spa. We walked down the beach walk and had a cab take us by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons' former homes.

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