February 25, 2006
Second time out on the Oosterdam--previously sailed April, 2005. Ship/crew excellent in every way. Popular 7 day Mexico cruise-ship very full; not as many youngsters as previous cruise. Food was very good to excellent in dining room; also enjoyed the Pinnacle Grill 2x during the cruise.
Holland is testing a "casual" dining concept--passengers seem to like it. Previous 5:45 and 6:15 pm dining is now a casual-come anytime between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. Don't think the dining room waiters are thrilled about it-for larger tables with parties of 2 put together and they don't all arrive at the same time can make the orders/food delivery a little hectic, but the previous process was somewhat difficult also--everything coming out of the kitchen at the same time, etc.
San Diego embarcation/disembarcation was a breeze--this is a great cruise at a reasonable price point-note it get's warm in Mexico by April!