Oosterdam Cruise Review by richardsymms
- Sail Date: April 2019
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite
The first day for embarkation we felt the cruise line was not organized and although our luggage was labeled "priority" it was the very last on - not that it mattered but what did is we kept wondering if it would show up at all. But note that the disembarkation was very well organized and fast.
Holland America has figured out how to make money - we paid $150 for water, $300 for internet (it is just $150 if you stick to social media only) and they must have saved a lot by purchasing low quality food. The Gala Dinner with filet mignon and crab béarnaise was the worst with crab nearly too spoiled to serve a piece of meat that was not filet mignon but some grass-fed animal's "surprise."
Some meals were good but spaced well apart and the Lido food began to taste the same no matter what you took.
The crew was very well-trained and friendly.
Our Neptune suite was ok but I do not believe this ship was updated in 2017 or 2018 as it was worn pretty well including our suite.
The ports of call were good and although many were shipping ports, I understand it is hard to find dock space for a ship sized like Oosterdam. The people we encountered onshore were very friendly.
We will use another cruise line for our next cruise maybe we just expected better like we got on the Ruby Princess last year.
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The deck was wonderful and if you needed shade, usually the side or the aft view had it - along with some breeze.