CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Oosterdam Eastern Caribbean October 10, 2004

Embarkation went smooth and we felt real good to get on early and tho we could not go to our room were able to eat upstairs while we looked out at a Princess line that stretched down the block in the hot sun unable to even start getting on til the standard time.Thanks Hal for letting us on into public areas.

Entering the room we too thought Hey no Drawers. But 3 closets (Two hanging areas and one with shelves) Hey look here two drawers in each night stand. look here two drawers pull out of the couch bottom and wow 2 big drawers come from the base of the bed.I didn't bring more than this did you? The 6th deck balcony had the most comfortable furniture we ever had in 11 cruises. Our 8pm dinner mates were Fantasic and we became fast friends to the point we cancelled our alternate dinning reservation to stay with them and later found out they too had changed plans.there were 6 of us and we shared some tours and swapped books as we finished them.

The crew: waiter and bus boy were pleasant and accomidating but a bit shy.Their service was fine. The wine steward was more outgoing and very helpful and remembered everything we liked from night to night. The Room steward did his job but we seldom saw him.We had an excellent repore with a waitress in Northern lights lounge who even sang to us when we meet her at the beach and joked with her. We also established a joking relationship with one of the photographers that carried thru to our tablemates. The food was satisfactory. I loved the hazlenut coated fish. A couple times I thought the vegetable portions were a bit small.And the waiter's recommendations were right on on a couple of not the best dishes of the day. I liked all the shows we saw especially the 50's 60's production. But I really loved the crew show and could have sat thru it twice. Too bad some didn't give it a shot. Those kids put their all into it, running right back to work after. The Rice planting skit was hilarious, I even watched it again next day on tv and still laughed as hard.The songs and dances from their countries were wonderful.

Our hike in Tortola's rain forest was so fun because of a great guide who said it is your tour and you will be the entertainment. And he drew us in volunteering a leader and a caboose and having us make up the narration about what we were seeing before he gave the correct narration. The group really got into it.Then we all went to the beach. A fabulous day. Half moon cay was a very relaxing day and in spite of the hurricanes that had just been there they had it all presentable to us with a few missing roofs and such.

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