A Great Cruise!
Oosterdam Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean
Sail Date: June 24, 2009
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Review SummaryWe have sailed on the ms Oosterdam in Alsaka twice before this cruise. We were pretty excited to be sailing on the ms Oosterdam once again in the Mediterranean.
The ms Oosterdam was in dry dock prior to our embarkation in Venice. The changes was obvious when we came aboard in Venice - new carpeting in public areas, the new Culinary Arts Center (it wasn't there in 2006), and the re-configured staterooms. Otherwise, the ship looked pretty much the same as it did back in 2006.
One thing that we both noticed is the ship seemed to vibrate a lot more while under way than we remembered. We are not too sure if it was an imbalanced prop or maybe we have become more sensitive to vibrations but there was a definite difference.
Food and Dining
First is the selection of meals in the Lido Dining Room was not as extensive as we remembered. It seemed as though the selection repeated themselves at least three times during the twelve day cruise.
Finally, the use of trays in the Lido Dining Room is visably missing. We think this was multi-fold... to save weight hence less fuel consumption, save labor cost in cleaning the trays, and finally to control how much food is taken by each passenger since each passenger must carry their plates and drinks to the table.
Service and Staff
The head waiters came around every night to check on the service and food quality which is a great improvement over previous cruises.
Our servers never forgot to ask us how our food was or if we needed anything further.
Our room stewards Ali and Alim were just fantastic!
Cabin / Stateroom
Our only "negative" point would be that our stateroom balcony was just above the top of the lifeboats. This prevented us from seeing the ocean passing below us and was a minor distraction when looking outside.
Pros: We liked some of the selected ports of call for this cruise.
Cons: We didn't like the amount of time allowed in some of the selected ports of call.