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  1. What like the following information please Where is the Welcome Onboard Mariner Society Reception held and is it still between 2-3PM? Is the Mariner Champagne Brunch at noon and is it in the Lower or Upper Dining Room (read it's in the Main Dining Room and if true which is the Main)?
  2. Just off the Oosterdam and I am posting some comments about various aspects of the cruise. This will be about the food. My history of cruising began back in the late 1980s and have cruised most winters since. The last 10 or so have been on HAL. Typically we do the late seating fixed time as we like the more casual pace as well as getting to know the wait staff and having them get to know us. In fact we have enjoyed the MDR experience so much we do not use the specialty restaurants or Lido for dinner I have always been a defender of HAL's food despite reading many complaints over the past few years on this board. Sadly, I must join the complainers. I found the MDR food mediocre this cruise. Some examples were a catfish fillet that was described as lightbreaded with cornmeal and spices. In reality it was something I could get in my local Kroger's frozen fish department in a box. Overbreaded and over deep fried. The next night was a "regional specialty item" - pepper pot soup. May have been the worst cruise item I have ever had. A few pieces of overcooked meat cubes (likely leftover short ribs from the previous night) over which a dilute beef broth was poured. Yes we found out about the $10 charge for an extra entree when my wife wanted to add a lobster tail to a veal chop rather than have the surf and turf. I got the surf and turf. The lobster tail was not bad but the "turf" may have been the worst version of a steak I have ever had anywhere. It seem like a filet you might get an an Applebees and then sliced into thirds. Must have been all of 3 oz. And no cold soups the entire cruise - these used to be the best part of the dining experience for me. We had breakfast in the PG - excellent service and the food was okay but as you know nothing different from the MDR. We did lido for lunch a few times, again not too bad but no smoked fish or tropical fruits ever. My first cruise in 25 where I was disappointed overall in the food.
  3. On the March 30th Oosterdam sailing, our family has booked the family cabana. It's been 6 years since we've rented a cabana. My question is: Where do we check in to receive access to this area? Front Desk or the cabana area itself? Thanks.
  4. I'm going on an Alaskan cruise in July on the Oosterdam. Does anyone know if they have karaoke?
  5. What is the Hydro pool? There just isn't much info on the website. i am sure it costs to use but I can't find that info either. Anyone on here use it recently on the Oosterdam and know the costs? Thanks!
  6. We will be boarding the Oosterdam next Saturday and I have a question about laundry. As there are no self serve laundry facilities aboard the ship, do they offer the "full bag" special during the 7 night cruise? if so, what is the cost? In addition to the 7 nights on the ship, we will be gone another 5 nights so will definitely need laundry done. Thank you
  7. Having only been on Carnival before this, the last cruise I was on I so enjoyed watching the depth of the water on our cabin TV. Is something like that available on the Oosterdam also? Thanks guys!!
  8. We are veterans of 58 cruises with 20 on HAL. Thought I'd give a little review of our Nov 24-Dec 1 cruise on the Oosterdam, we have now sailed on all the Vista class ships and the Oosterdam just became our favorite ship. The ship to us is just a little prettier than the other Vista ships, the decor was outstanding. The ship was spotless, probably the cleanest ship we have sailed on. I believe the ship is now 13 years old and is in great shape. Service everywhere on board was outstanding from the MDR to the cabin steward to the Ocean bar to guest relations to the Lido buffet. Embarkation and dis-embarkation were both a breeze. Kudos to Alvaro who was the main server in the Lido buffet line, very friendly with always a smile on his face. The food in the MDR and the Lido were to us the best food we have eaten on a ship. Can't comment on any of the specialty restaurants as we passed on them. Entertaiment was very good in the Mainstage with a very funny comedian/magician and another comedian. Production shows were very good. We have now seen BBC Planet Earth twice now and HAL needs to give us more entertainment and skip stuff we can see on on TV at home on the National Geographic channel. We love the 3 other entertainment venues as they always have great performers in BB Kings, Billboard On board and Lincoln Center. I'm not going to review the ports as the only place we left the ship was in St. Thomas as I have a thing about watches and always buy one in St. Thomas to add to my collection, St. Thomas is the greatest place on earth to bargain with the salespeople. San Juan is also a favorite of ours but we were just there in September so decided to stay on board. Could care less about Turk and Caicos. Our only problem on the cruise was an issue with hot water in our cabin, it was tepid until I complained on Sunday and we had hot water for 2 days with back to tepid most of the remaining time. Passengers in other staterooms on our deck had the same problem but everybody else we talked to had no problem. Any questions, feel free to ask.
  9. A while back, I found the rarest of things, a Caribbean itinerary with four, yes four ports, I’ve never been to despite having cruised in that region eight times previously on Carnival, Celebrity, RC, Princess and Norwegian. This is on the Oosterdam for winter 2019. When initially researching the ship last winter, I found quite a few negative reviews, but also some hope for improvement with the scheduled dry dock that occurred several months back. I figured I’d wait and see how the reviews seemed post dry dock before pulling the trigger, and now that I’m revisiting this, the reviews are still decidedly mediocre post-dry dock. For example, the overall June sailing CC rating is only 3.4 stars with a number of harsh comments. So, before deciding anything, I thought I’d see if any very recent travelers on Oosterdam have any further info or opinions to share? My last cruise was a disappointment on the older Jewel of the Seas and I don’t want to repeat that experience.
  10. Wondering if anyone knows what times the evening show times might be on the March Caribbean sailing on the Oosterdam? Thanks!
  11. Are there cabanas for rent by the week on the Oosterdam like there are on the Eurodam? And if so, what is the cost?
  12. Anyone been on the Oosterdam recently? We have been on many HAL ships and are considering a Panama Cruise in April on the Oosterdam and wonder about the library and a movie theatre now , two important features we always loved about HAL as they really made our trip. Not interested in the National Geographic shows, we have seen them so many times, they need to offer something new.
  13. Is BB King venue gone? This listing I found of entertainment on the Oosterdam: Entertainment Vista theater Casino Crow's Nest lounge/nightclub Lincoln Center Stage classical music lounge Billboard Online music lounge Queen's lounge/Culinary Arts center Hudson card room Stuyvesant room Screening room Club HAL kids club Club HAL gameroom The Loft teens club
  14. DH and I recently sailed on a 7-day Oosterdam Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Last time we sailed on HAL was on the 10-day Zuiderdam Panama Canal itinerary in Nov. 2016. I was amazed at how passengers were so much more casually dressed on the O than on the Z or on previous HAL cruises. Not making a judgement comment at all, just an observation. We brought more casual clothes ourselves than usual and I worried we would feel out of place. Not at all. We live in FL, so drive to the ports and not a question of having to bring extra clothes on planes. Many people changed back into shorts after dinner, too, when in the past most dressed up for dinner and stayed that way after dinner. DH was turned away at dinner because he had on shorts, but he just returned to our NS and changed into long pants. We started cruising in 1994 and dressed to the nines on gala nights and DH wore coat and tie for other dinners. This was our 48th cruise overall, 8th on HAL, and it has been interesting to observe how the times have changed in regard to dress. We sail mostly on Carnival and the same is true on those cruises, too. We don't mind it a bit!
  15. This was our 8th HAL cruise, 48th cruise overall, first time on the Oosterdam, and 5th Neptune Suite. The ship was in good shape, dinner at the Pinnacle Grill was very good, Lido Buffet food was also very good (especially the Italian station and ice cream), room service breakfast was excellent, and the crew was exceptional. Having said the good things, one of the bad things was our horrible location for a Neptune Suite (Deck 4 way aft with a wrap around deck). We always book specific Neptunes on Deck 7 close to the Neptune Lounge because I have mobility issues. However, in order to receive a great casino rate and free casino Fun Play, we had to book a Guarantee. At booking, I told the agent about my mobility issues and she said she would send a message to the Inventory Dept. with my request to be assigned a Neptune between the forward and mid elevators. I also contacted the Special Needs Dept. with my request. We received our cabin assignment a week before sailing and it was 4180....as far from everything as possible. I called HAL immediately and explained my situation. The agent gave me the Inventory Dept. fax number and told me to send them a letter with my situation and ask for another assignment. Well, a better assignment didn't happen and my cruise was definitely impacted by our horrible location. Also, that Neptune was much smaller and with so much furniture it was hard to get around without knocking into something. The casino was way forward and didn't go every day because of the walking distance (I did have a rollator to help me get around), but I ended up bringing home all the casino cash I brought with me due to good luck on the slots, so a good thing. The casino is tiny and crowded. We ordered room service breakfast every morning (love those free Mimosas), ordered MDR dinner through the Neptune Lounge Concierge most evenings to eat in our suite, and had most lunches in the Lido Buffet. Never did get to the MDR, so can't comment on service. Enjoyed the Lincoln Center Stage musicians, the Billboard had a good male piano player but were horrible singers, especially the female who couldn't carry a tune, DH said the magician wasn't very good. Definitely not the professional singers/dancers shows as before on HAL. Passengers with mobility issues did not have to attend the muster drill at the lifeboat stations - we could sit in a lounge nearby and crew members demonstrated the life jacket stuff for us and we could hear the safety information on the PA system. Lesson learned was not to ever book a Guarantee if you have mobility issues and need to be located mid ship. We have booked Neptunes before with casino rates and always got to select our cabin, so this booking Guarantee was a surprise. I won't do it again in spite of a fantastic offer and free casino money. My mobility issues are fairly new and walking long distances or standing for a long time are somewhat difficult. The Guarantee for the Neptune Suite was not worth it as it negatively impacted the cruise for us.
  16. New to HAL - Cruising on the Oosterdam on August 4, 2019. What can anyone tell me about the Test Kitchen? I was so excited to read about it, but I can't find too much info. I am just starting to learn to cook and think it would be fun to go to class or whatever they do. Thank you for the answer!!
  17. We booked a guarantee on Holland American Oosterdam. Just got our cabin assignment and it's an accessible room. Not what we wanted but was told the ship is sold out. Has anyone experienced a accessible cabin, where you happy with it?
  18. Does anyone know if Oosterdam has non dairy choices at their coffee bars such as almond milk, coconut milk or soy?
  19. Has anyone recently sailed on Holland America's Oosterdam and do you have a drink menu for this ship? I am trying to decide if I want to buy the drink package and would like to know the costs of drinks. I would especially like to know what kinds of beers they have onboard. I like IPA's but will also be happy with a good pale ale. Also, do you know if the drink package is for the entire ship including the Main Dining Room? I would love to have wine with dinner. Any information you can give me would be appreciated.
  20. Just returned from the 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on Oosterdam. Had a great time, and looking forward to taking another one. But wanted to consult the hive mind to see if anyone knows or can find out more about an incident onboard on 31 Jan. That evening (a sea day, after leaving St. Thomas the previous afternoon) at about 8:00, the cruise director came on the PA and announced that there was a medical situation involving a passenger. An urgent blood transfusion was needed, so she asked any passengers with type A+ blood who were registered as blood donors to come to the Hudson room immediately. About a half-dozen passengers got up and left the mainstage immediately, the show started a few minutes late, and I half-expected to hear a medevac helicopter overnight. The next day (yesterday) was at Half Moon Cay. About 2:30 in the afternoon, as we were preparing to leave, the captain announced on the PA that an attempt had been made to medically evacuate the patient, but weather conditions in Ft Lauderdale prevented launching the chopper. We would therefore make for Ft Lauderdale at best speed with an ETA of 5:00 this morning. Watching the location display on the in-cabin TV was showing cruising at 21 kts, the fastest I'd seen on the trip. This morning, after we docked (at about 7:00), the cruise director announced that the patient had been transferred to the hospital and was in stable condition. Anyone know any more detail about this situation? And just how advanced are the medical facilities onboard?
  21. my sister got off the Oosterdam on January 19th, and just made it home yesterday due to the extreme winter storms. She was telling me tonight that the aft pool -Seaview pool- was closed the entire cruise that week. Has anyone experienced this before? The aft pool/deck happens to be our favorite place to hang on sea days and though we don't cruise until March 16th, but it is a concern for us with our upcoming cruise.
  22. Hope no one was going through withdrawal waiting for the next sail a way! It's been a few days but there are 6 ships in port for this day and one of them is a blue hulled beauty. The Oosterdam is scheduled to be at pier 26 and will be doing 2 itineraries. The first one is the 7 day Tropical Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Mar d1700); Key West, Florida (17 Mar 0800-1600); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (19 Mar 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (20 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Mar a0700) And the 2nd is the 14 day Tropical/Western Caribbean: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (16 Mar d1700); Key West, Florida (17 Mar 0800-1600); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (19 Mar 0800-1700); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (20 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (22 Mar 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (23 Mar 0700-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Mar 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (26 Mar 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (27 Mar 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (28 Mar 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (30 Mar a0700 Other ships in port are the Majesty Of The Seas (pier 18), Celebrity Infinity (pier 25), Carnival Conquest (pier 04), Caribbean Princess (pier 02) and Adventure Of The Seas (pier 29). The webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com & https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com No other sailings for this day that I am aware of. Next up are the Niew Statendam and Koningsdam (Port Everglades) & Nieuw Amsterdam (San Diego) on March 17th.
  23. Looking for anyone recently on the Oosterdam to see what the current shows, and entertainment are. Was there a comedy show? What is the current musical show? We are sailing March 16th and my sister on January 12th. Thank you!
  24. We are considering the Oosterdam, we would be new to the line, have done Carnival, NCL and MSC and found plenty to do with the kids (11&13)..is the Oosterdam okfor kids/have activities/waterslides?
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