Oosterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5

14 Night Western / Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 08, 2018

Ship: Oosterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise. We are now loyal HAL patrons. My husband says, "We were treated like a rich relative with a terminal illness." (I suspect they were trying to bump us off with the French Onion Soup!)


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Every meal at the MDR and buffet was excellent, except the French Onion Soup. The FOS was revolting: no onion flavor, no onions, just some herbal broth.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The Thermal Suite was our favorite "activity".


5 out of 5
LOVED B.B. King's Blues Club. We went to two shows every night! Also enjoyed the excellent Lincoln Center artists.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Faultless staff.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I liked the "musicwalk". Staff were always working to maintain the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Good size cabin and a tiny extra space on our balcony. Loved having a bathtub!

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port

no interest

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) Did not visit port

I was a redhead and have no interest in sunbathing.

Montego Bay, Jamaica Did not visit port

It was a container port. Unfortunate reviews by past cruisers led us to believe there was nothing to attract us. Comments by fellow cruisers said it was awful. Some were hijacked on a 45 minute bus ride which should have been 10 minutes while they were pressured to go to another "better" beach resort. Others reported ganja sellers violently arguing with security at a private beach for access to passengers. One snuck in, waded into the water to sell joints and did not want to take "NO"for an answer.

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

Captain considered tendering would be dangerous.

Cozumel, Mexico

1 out of 5
Touristy, of no interest. We love the real Mexico and had our driver take us 5 hours inland.


5 out of 5
Perfection. We disembarked at Cozumel where we were met onboard by Immigration and Customs officials. Of course, we were the first off the ship. Absolutely seamless!
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