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This cruise was so relaxing, a no-brainer.

Embarkation---very smooth. Outside fence of pier it's a little confusing but they are helpful. The line moved fast. Get there early, if Holland has cleared the ship on time from the past cruise, they board early. Took very little time to board.

We did open dining so we went to make a reservation for the first night at Canaletto-Italian Restaurant. There was some confusion at our 8:00pm reservation time but we figured it was because of it being the first night. Service was very slow. But we spoke to others that said the service the second night was much faster. Made another reservation for the last night and the service was spot on. All the meals we had both nights were very good. Dessert surprise was delicious.

The open dining was a little weird. They only seemed to have reservations available for 5:15 or 7:45. But we figured out there were never any lines so we just started going when we wanted. Sometimes they seat you downstairs with the open dining and sometimes they took us upstairs to eat with the 2nd seating people.

We ate at the Pinnacle Grill one night---absolutely fabulous. One of the best meals that we have ever had, along with the best service. Worth the $20 pp.

Shows---The singers and dancers were good. The magician, impressionist and comedian were good. Some complained about the comedian but we loved him.

Bingo was good because they haven't gotten into the "machine" craze like the other cruise lines.

The best thing on the ship?------SERVICE The Indonesian/Filipino crew were fantastic. Very helpful and really friendly. Always saying hello when they passed you.

Cabins---quite roomy, closet space good. Drawers under beds and couch. Still space for the suitcases under the beds though.

All in all a great cruise, really a good value for the price.

Relaxing, Relaxing

Oosterdam Cruise Review by trip4u

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2011
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
This cruise was so relaxing, a no-brainer.

Embarkation---very smooth. Outside fence of pier it's a little confusing but they are helpful. The line moved fast. Get there early, if Holland has cleared the ship on time from the past cruise, they board early. Took very little time to board.

We did open dining so we went to make a reservation for the first night at Canaletto-Italian Restaurant. There was some confusion at our 8:00pm reservation time but we figured it was because of it being the first night. Service was very slow. But we spoke to others that said the service the second night was much faster. Made another reservation for the last night and the service was spot on. All the meals we had both nights were very good. Dessert surprise was delicious.

The open dining was a little weird. They only seemed to have reservations available for 5:15 or 7:45. But we figured out there were never any lines so we just started going when we wanted. Sometimes they seat you downstairs with the open dining and sometimes they took us upstairs to eat with the 2nd seating people.

We ate at the Pinnacle Grill one night---absolutely fabulous. One of the best meals that we have ever had, along with the best service. Worth the $20 pp.

Shows---The singers and dancers were good. The magician, impressionist and comedian were good. Some complained about the comedian but we loved him.

Bingo was good because they haven't gotten into the "machine" craze like the other cruise lines.

The best thing on the ship?------SERVICE The Indonesian/Filipino crew were fantastic. Very helpful and really friendly. Always saying hello when they passed you.

Cabins---quite roomy, closet space good. Drawers under beds and couch. Still space for the suitcases under the beds though.

All in all a great cruise, really a good value for the price.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 6125
Good balcony, great location, quiet despite being near elevators. Plenty of closet space, tons of drawers.
Observation Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews