The Good Old Ship Oosterdam
Oosterdam Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia
Review SummaryThe itinerary was appealing\, but could have been improved by eliminating one NZ city and adding Hobart\, Tasmania.
There beverage policies were not appealing. Their new corkage policy is wildly unpopular with their HAL stalwarts. Only being able to pre-order room beverages but not after you get on board is also unpopular. Viking allows one person to buy the beverage package\, but HAL requires both parties to buy it even if the other person doesn't drink. Does this eliminate abuse? Yes\, but it also puts honest cruisers off.
Food and Dining
Two days before a port\, I tried to book an additional excursion. The desk was not staffed. We filled out the form and dropped it in the slot. We never heard back one way or another about our request. With other cruise lines\, there is normally excursion staff available or a concierge to schedule additional excursions. You know\, I thought this was in a cruise lines self interest.
Service and Staff
The wireless internet rarely worked and then in limited locations. It worked in my room once.
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Room size
Cons: Maintenance on a aging boat