Overall a more upscale clientele than Princess, but by no means the level of Crystal. Also, because it was Thanksgiving, lots of large families with children. I am a 4 time Mexican Riviera cruiser on 4 different lines. The Verandah room was very spacious and our stewards were very helpful. We booked too late for a specific seating and had open seating. It was very difficult to get a seat after 6PM unless you wanted an 8pm reservation. One night we waited an hour for a table. Service was spotty. One waiter told us after waiting a long time between courses that there was a "struggle in the kitchen". This was the situation for the first 3-4 days of the trip. The shows were good, but not as large a production as other lines. The wine tastings and demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Center were good. Not as much to do on board as there was on Princess or Crystal. Disembarkation was very organized, and we were off the ship in fifteen minutes. We have left our car in an open parking lot two blocks away twice with no problems.
Oosterdam Thanksgiving cruise
Sail Date: November 01, 2009
Pros: Food, spa services, room size above average
Cons: Food service average and slow, our room was changed to a much "rockier" at the extreme aft of the ship requiring my 88 year old mother to hike from one end of the ship to the other several times a day. Also residual cigarette smoke in the room gave me a bad allergic reaction the entire cruise.
Recommends Oosterdam? Yes!