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After some 15 cruises with Princess we have recently become unhappy with some of the changes be made by them and decided we would reach out to HAL and see if we could find a new home with them. We thought that they catered to an older and perhaps a more sophisticated demographic which we found to be quite incorrect. We looked forward to our Chirstmas cruise on the Oosterdam but unfortunately we left the ship quite disappointed. Likes: Friendly officers & crew Well trained and friendly PSD staff Easy Check in Meals generally tasty Breakfast dishes excellent Good buffet lines Complimentary after dinner specialty coffees albeit not brewed Linen hand towels in public restrooms Gents being handed jackets on formal nights Santa Gifts for children on Christmas Balcony furniture Table fully set in MDR Size and shape of coffee cups in MDR Brewed coffee in MDR and throughout the ship....free No steward carts in hallways Very comfortable beds Towel animals on bed each evening Full hot breakfast available from room service Wine stewards in MDR Not being hustled for drinks around pool areas Scooped ice-cream available free Juice available free in buffet Fully tiled cabin bathrooms Medicine chest in bathroom Glass holders in bathroom Adjustable table in cabin Coffee, tea, cookies set out for bridge players and CC meeting Dislikes: Tables in outdoor bars and buffet areas left un-bused and dirty for long periods Unexciting production shows Lack luster entertainment No Laundromat Closing of MDR on sea day for Mariner's luncheon MDR closed on port day, no help for H/C person in Lido buffet Very crowded MDR for dinner Dinner service extremely slow; dinners took full two hours each night Number of out of order fixtures in public restrooms bathroom Small atrium No refund of FCC after 4 years Very small accessible cabins No onboard wheel chairs for disabled; must rent at cost of $200 for 7 days Very limited shops and boutiques Crow's-nest Lounge used for too many activities...coffee bar, library, dance classes, trivia contests, internet lounge, meeting room...... Large columns blocking views in Vista Theatre Glasses and bottles in pool area Poor condition of Lido poolside lounges. Very limited cabin closet space Bath soap, shampoo and conditioner in dispensers Limited drawer space Very small ice buckets....ice melted before happy hour Cabin fridge used for mini-bar Wines more expensive than other lines Running out of pool towels in late afternoon Dinners often cool Meat often tough Smoking including cigars permitted Onboard activities poorly organized and equipped No note paper in cabin Dirty glasses not removed from cabin in evening. San Diego is such a poor terminal non US Citizens, including Canadians MUST report to USINS at 0645 with passports, not withstanding HAL and INS having passport and NEXUS information months ahead. Gentlemen allowed in MDR at diner in shorts and t-shirts.

Why the O was a No

Oosterdam Cruise Review by Putterdude

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2011
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
After some 15 cruises with Princess we have recently become unhappy with some of the changes be made by them and decided we would reach out to HAL and see if we could find a new home with them. We thought that they catered to an older and perhaps a more sophisticated demographic which we found to be quite incorrect. We looked forward to our Chirstmas cruise on the Oosterdam but unfortunately we left the ship quite disappointed.

Likes:

Friendly officers & crew
Well trained and friendly PSD staff
Easy Check in
Meals generally tasty
Breakfast dishes excellent
Good buffet lines
Complimentary after dinner specialty coffees albeit not brewed
Linen hand towels in public restrooms
Gents being handed jackets on formal nights
Santa Gifts for children on Christmas
Balcony furniture
Table fully set in MDR
Size and shape of coffee cups in MDR
Brewed coffee in MDR and throughout the ship....free
No steward carts in hallways
Very comfortable beds
Towel animals on bed each evening
Full hot breakfast available from room service
Wine stewards in MDR
Not being hustled for drinks around pool areas
Scooped ice-cream available free
Juice available free in buffet
Fully tiled cabin bathrooms
Medicine chest in bathroom
Glass holders in bathroom
Adjustable table in cabin
Coffee, tea, cookies set out for bridge players and CC meeting

Dislikes:

Tables in outdoor bars and buffet areas left un-bused and dirty for long periods
Unexciting production shows
Lack luster entertainment
No Laundromat
Closing of MDR on sea day for Mariner's luncheon
MDR closed on port day, no help for H/C person in Lido buffet
Very crowded MDR for dinner
Dinner service extremely slow; dinners took full two hours each night
Number of out of order fixtures in public restrooms bathroom
Small atrium
No refund of FCC after 4 years
Very small accessible cabins
No onboard wheel chairs for disabled; must rent at cost of $200 for 7 days
Very limited shops and boutiques
Crow's-nest Lounge used for too many activities...coffee bar, library, dance classes, trivia contests, internet lounge, meeting room......
Large columns blocking views in Vista Theatre
Glasses and bottles in pool area
Poor condition of Lido poolside lounges.
Very limited cabin closet space
Bath soap, shampoo and conditioner in dispensers
Limited drawer space
Very small ice buckets....ice melted before happy hour
Cabin fridge used for mini-bar
Wines more expensive than other lines
Running out of pool towels in late afternoon
Dinners often cool
Meat often tough
Smoking including cigars permitted
Onboard activities poorly organized and equipped
No note paper in cabin
Dirty glasses not removed from cabin in evening.
San Diego is such a poor terminal non US Citizens, including Canadians MUST report to USINS at 0645 with passports, not withstanding HAL and INS having passport and NEXUS information months ahead.
Gentlemen allowed in MDR at diner in shorts and t-shirts.

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