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Embarkation: San Diego was smooth, parked at airport parking lot about 1 mile from cruise terminal free shuttle to terminal.

Cabin: We had a veranda balcony room seemed somewhat smaller than we had on the Maasdam. Limited storage space for 14 day cruise. Service was very good and timely.

Entertainment: Production shows OK but music is getting stale. Would be better if newer music was introduced into productions. Movies were provided in the "Screening Room" daily which proved to be useless with only 30 seats available. Considering that this cruise occurred during the Holiday Season and to Hawaii was amazed at the lack of Christmas and Hawaiian music or Hawaiian themed activities. Thankfully HAL did have Kaimoa who represented the Hawaiian culture and provided a lot of good information on Hawaii. Without his presence there were few if any Hawaiian activities. Needed more activities on ocean days and more interaction from cruise director.

Food: We had open seating and overall the food seemed better than we have had in the past. Pinnacle Grill excellent and well worth the extra charge. Should continue to offer flavored coffee in Lido.

Ports: All very good, was surprised how crowed and cosmopolitan Waikiki had become. Would skip in future.

Debarkation: Slow

Hawaii

Oosterdam Cruise Review by jdir315

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2011
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Embarkation: San Diego was smooth, parked at airport parking lot about 1 mile from cruise terminal free shuttle to terminal.


Cabin: We had a veranda balcony room seemed somewhat smaller than we had on the Maasdam. Limited storage space for 14 day cruise. Service was very good and timely.


Entertainment: Production shows OK but music is getting stale. Would be better if newer music was introduced into productions. Movies were provided in the "Screening Room" daily which proved to be useless with only 30 seats available. Considering that this cruise occurred during the Holiday Season and to Hawaii was amazed at the lack of Christmas and Hawaiian music or Hawaiian themed activities. Thankfully HAL did have Kaimoa who represented the Hawaiian culture and provided a lot of good information on Hawaii. Without his presence there were few if any Hawaiian activities. Needed more activities on ocean days and more interaction from cruise director.


Food: We had open seating and overall the food seemed better than we have had in the past. Pinnacle Grill excellent and well worth the extra charge. Should continue to offer flavored coffee in Lido.


Ports: All very good, was surprised how crowed and cosmopolitan Waikiki had become. Would skip in future.


Debarkation: Slow

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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VB 7032

cabin 7032, quiet, limited closet space for long cruise. TV at poor angle should be wall mounted to save space. Bed was better than expected and room service was excellent. Good balcony not the largest but good enough, should have two good chairs on the balcony not one good chair and its distance cousin.

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