Great 7 days Mexico riviera cruise with HAL

Oosterdam Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5

7 Night Mexican Riviera Holiday (San Diego Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 21, 2019

Ship: Oosterdam

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This is only my 2nd cruise with the first only for 4 days and more than 15 years ago. I found the experience great and would definitely do it more often. It is a great way to travel for a solo traveller. Only one issue that I think could have been better is activities and entertainment. I may try another cruise line for my next one.


5 out of 5
Fast and smooth

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food in main dining room was wonderful, a lot of options, and changed menu daily. Mexican lunch near the lido pool was great even though it was the same every day. I had 1 dinner at the Pinnacle gril. I did not enjoy the main course as much, but that's just me. It is a nice high end restaurant with personal service.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Overall not enough activities and not at the quality I would have liked to see. Billboard music - great idea with good potential. Quality of the specific performers we had was not as good. B.B. King club - this is the performance I liked the most. Only issue was a lot of repeating of the same songs every day. Main stage shows - just OK EXC talks - great. Very informative and I enjoyed it. Lincoln Center stage - awesome.


I covered in the section above.

Children's Programs

No children with me

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Really nice service all around, and very efficient.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean. Good signage to find your way around.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very clean. Was serviced pretty much immediately after I put the sign on.

Ship tip

Plan your day with the when and where published each night for the following day. Also I found the Navigator on line to be a great tool. Use over the browser though. The app is not good and disconnecting all the time.

Ports of call

San Diego, California Did not visit port

Just for embarkation and disambarkation.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Sail to land end and arch was good. I wish I would have done more there.

Mazatlan, Mexico

4 out of 5
Excursion booked NOT through the ship was not that great. I didn't find the city walk to be too enjoyable. Stone island was great and lunch there on the beach was surprisingly good.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Did the whale watching on speed boat excursion which was great. We had few really close encounters. I wish I would have done more here as well.


5 out of 5
Again smooth and very efficient
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