Oosterdam Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

Crusing on the Oosterdam

Sail Date: December 11, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

The staff was warm friendly and helpful I would gladly tip them. But the cruiseline policy is that we are charged $44 per day for two adults and two children for tips. It is mandatory. Why not just build that into the price of the cruise and pay the staff well? It seems slimey to do it that way. If we wanted to stand in a long line and fight it we could have, but I don't begrudge the staff. I just think it could be handled differently.

Pros: The service and food was great. Lots of smiling staff to help us.

Cons: Being charged for shipbpoard costs upfront for four people, before I ever spend a cent - then having it credited back to us.

Recommends Oosterdam? Yes!

Children's Programs
Five dollars per hour per child to keep them entertained seemed a bit high. We wanted to play with them - not leave them off. But the sport activities were limited and the gear was broken.
Ship Quality
Ship is nice. Sports equipments is old and needs to be replaced. Ping pong balls were smashed, shuufleboard pucks were broken, sticks were missing parts. Seemed a bit cheap.
The shows were good, magician was fun, could be more for kids to do without having to pay $5 per hour each. We didn't want to leave them off with someone else. We just wanted to do activities with them.
Food and Dining
Great food and staff. Nice healthy selections.
Cabin / Stateroom
Four people in a room - we were clean comfortable and slept well.
Service and Staff
What nice indonesian staff they use! Great English skills, willing to help, always smiling.

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