CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Oosterdam Eastern Caribbean October 24, 2004

We booked our HAL cruise with great expectations, however the Oosterdam just didn't live up to those expectations. Embarcation went quite well, even with the new security in place. We stood in line for perhaps 45 minutes, but then quickly cleared onto the ship. Our cabin was O.K., but very, very small, and without much drawer space available. We booked an inside minimum, and were bumped up to deck seven which was a very nice location.

The food overall, was without much imagination, somewhat bland, and not many choices. The filet was exceptionally good, and very very tender however.

Entertainment was the highlight of the cruise, and was quite good. The big shows were outstanding, and the comedians and singers also very very good.

Service in the dining room was marginal at best. The waiters and bus persons seem to have too many tables, and since the tips are "automatic" they now have no incentive to deliver the service that they once gave. Our cabin steward, did do a great job. We never saw him, but the cabin was always spotless, and made up.

To sum it up, I won't do HAL again, unless it is a bargin, or perhaps on one of the smaller ships. Think I'll stick to Celebrity, or Princess.

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