Oosterdam Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

not up to par to my previous cruise.

Sail Date: April 30, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

all of the ship facilities met my expectation. However, the food, excursions and the travel coordinator need much improvement. The food was directed mostly to presentation than to taste. Tasted more like precooked food, few times it was served warm/cold not hot. Food selection and taste was not near as good as Mediterranean food. Excursions were very expensive. The travel director should have been more informative and specific to those who elected not to use onboard excursions. local maps should have bee supplied to find their way on the islands.


Cabin / Stateroom
Room service was excellent. No complains, however one night there was no hot water, which was resolved once we called for assistance.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
could have done a better job on disembarkation. Long walk to bus shuttle, and not enough buses available for the long run to the port exit.
Ship Quality
work in progress all over the ship, at any time. certain ship area closed off due to painting and repairs. A constant smell of paint at times made it difficult. On the top floor, cabanas were being constructed dedicated to suites, no lounge chairs. I'm guessing area was restricted according to cabin selection.
Destinations and Excursions
Excursions I felt were very expensive. The travel director should have being more informative and specific to those who elected not to used onboard excursions. Local maps should have been available for the destination. We had to ask locals about transportation, which often was a few minutes walk away. An example: Mikonos and Santorini local bus only a few block outside the port was 1.80 euros to a main beach several kilometers away while the same excursion was more than 70 euros. A reap off in my account.
Onboard Activities
Main show was good, but after that it was sleep time. Bingo? Windows10 OS training? No major activities around the pool.
Entertainment was geared for the elderly couple, not the energetic ones.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Expected much better. Seemed the food was directed more to the presentation than to the taste. Tasted as precooked food. few times it arrived warm/cold not hot. Food selection and taste not near as good as Mediterranean food
Venice, Italy
Corfu, Greece
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
small town, nothing there to visit except the main street and the many tourist shops. Olympia was too far and on my trip the sites were closed due to local holiday.
Nafplion (Nauplion), Greece
Mykonos, Greece
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Santorini, Greece
Naples, Italy
We made it to Sorrento no tanks to the travel director. We were able to take the local bus a few hundred meters out side the port to the main train station and took the Metro to Sorrento. All information given from locals. The travel direction should have been more informative on how to get about and the cost of local transportation.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

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