No Activities or Production Shows

Oosterdam Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

2.7 out of 5
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7 Night Mexican Riviera Holiday (San Diego Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 21, 2019

Ship: Oosterdam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 1012

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

The cruise provided us with a good weeklong getaway. But, there was little to do well on board. The cruise director did very little to make a weeklong holiday cruise special. It was Christmas and Hanukkah week. There could have been a holiday-themed production show on the main stage. The holidays were acknowledged in the daily printed schedule of activities, but that was all.


5 out of 5
Smooth and easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was abundant, but not special. We liked the holiday cookies , egg nog ice cream and stollen (a nice touch).

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
There were no activities other than those intended to sell spa treatments and items from the onboard shops. ( We take cruises to get away from our computers, not to go to computer classes) Trivia games were scheduled during dinner, so we could not participate. There were no crafts of fun contests.


2 out of 5
There were no Broadway-style production shows with singers and dancers. The magician and comedian were scheduled on two different days to fill time. We did enjoy the classical string quintet on the Lincoln Center Stage. There were no crafts or games.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Outstanding service. Very poor job by the cruise director.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Older ship, but clean and well-maintained. The pool area on the Lido deck needs to be revarnished. The indoor pool is now a “pay only” concession. Jacuzzi tubs on deck were filled with unsupervised children. The pool was loud and rowdy due to large numbers of unsupervised screaming and running children.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Fully handicap accessible with room for two mobility scooters inside. The dirt did not have an automatic door opener switch, which was a bit of a challenge for us upon exiting and entering.

Ship tip

Bring plenty of books, games or puzzles because the cruise director is very weak and there are no activities.

Ports of call

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Did not visit port

Could not disembark because the tender could not accept our mobility scooters.

Mazatlan, Mexico

1 out of 5
Mazatlan is still a bit scary because of crime related to the Sinai’s drug cartel. We are not comfortable exploring there.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

3 out of 5
We went shopping in Puerta Vallarta.


4 out of 5
Smooth, fast and eady
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