ms Oosterdam: Oosterdam Cruise Review by TraelorMex

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ms Oosterdam

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: San Diego
Just off the Oosterdam (opronounced 'Oh'sterdam) (Jan 28-Feb 18). Visited Mexico and Hawaii.

As veteran HAL cruisers we love HAL. Here are our 'likes': typical HAL experience. Food was GREAT! Service, ditto. Staff ditto. Ship, excellent shape. Ships's personnel continually cleaning and polishing. We very much appreciate HAL offering religious services on board...thanks HAL. BIG SURPRISE: HAL coffee was very drinkable. Up till now all the coffee on any cruise was at best exceedingly low quality and almost on this cruise was a very pleasant surprise :)

Dislikes: First time at sea for so long a spell, 5 days one way, 5 days another. We thought this would not be a problem but neither one of us were very happy sittin on board for so long a time. (I know this is not HAL's blame). Seas were VEY HEAVY going to Hawaii. Missed HILO (big island) due to conditions. Almost fell outa bed couple times :( (If you are reading this and More questioning whether or not you would 'enjoy' lengthy times on board and are wondering how crossing the pacific to Hawaii might be, you may not want to take this cruise).

Was very upset that Mazatlan was cancelled. HAL's response that it was due to pax 'safety' is a bunch of baloney. (odd though it may seem, one of the main reasons we signed up for this cruise was the stop in Mazatlan....and the other reason was the stop in the only island we have not guessed it, the big island!)

If you ever decide to cruise from San Diego, do get there a day early and visit the greater San Diego area. We had a wonderful time visiting the huge open air farmer's market (little Italy) and the 'gaslight' district. Old town was very nice as well.

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Published 02/25/12

Cabin review: VD6148 Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

4168 cabin 4168 VERY SMALL. No room to move around. If you are a single traveler this will be your cup of tea. Room also has no desk or bureau for clothes. on the plus side, it is close to an emergency exit :|

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Port and Shore Excursions

Local folks we met were very nice. Stopped here from 8pm-11:59pm. Not sure WHY we even stopped here as most of the shops were closed (which surprised me). If your looking for lots to do and experience the real Mexico, this aint your port.
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Very nice island. Took a private 'photography tour' of island and it was delightful. Great pix too :)
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great little island. do be sure to check out the local artisans by the unbelievably HUGE banyon tree in the town square. local shops are worth a visit on front street. vendor's are all very nice and warm in their greetings. So much to do here in Maui really needs two or three days to just scrath the surface.
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