Great service but underwhelmed by other things

Oosterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
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7 Night Tropical Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 02, 2019

Ship: Oosterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8098

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, I would give it a B rating. Not impressed with the ship itself, the entertainment was not impressive (except for the musical revue). The food was excellent and the service was among the best we've experienced.


5 out of 5
Quick and efficient

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Everything good but wished they labeled the food better at the buffets. Very slow service at the grill "Dive In"... guests were complaining.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Hot tubs too small, pools were ok. Big problem (on every ship, though) is that people claim and hog lounge chairs all day.


2 out of 5
Very disappointed overall. Only enjoyed one show (musical revue); other days included a preview (really?) and a BBC nature movie accompanied by orchestra.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great all the way around from Bagus (room steward) to waiters (Win and Darta) and generally others throughout the ship.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Underwhelmed by atrium compared to other ships. Not enough seating in theatre (wasted space on main floor)

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very happy. A couple issues (stained sheet, flickering light) but they were resolved promptly.

Ship tip

Lower your expectations if you have sailed on other cruise lines (except the service).

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Used Park N Go and they are very good. Pretty easy to embark.

Key West, Florida

4 out of 5
We've been there before so knew what to expect. No excursion but enjoyed strolling around.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Loved the market area. Great waterfall hike excursion, incl guides.

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
No excursion. Been there before... walked around, spent time on beach, went to Margaritaville for a drink.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Really liked this little island paradise. Beautiful beach, nice cookout.


5 out of 5
Best so far on any cruise. Liked that we were able to stay in our room until the self assist was called.
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