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Paul H

Age: 52

Occupation:Sales Manager

Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Oosterdam

Sailing Date: March 26th, 2005

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

Overall we were very impressed with the quality of the staterooms and service on board the Oosterdam. The staterooms were elegant and the bed mattresses were superb. Our stateroom attendant kept the room spotless. Use of the fold out bed for our 3rd passenger was a hassle. We prefer the fold down beds offered by Carnival and Princess. The food was above average but below the quality of the Grand Princess on trip we took two years ago. Cruise Director Jason Venner is best in the business. The evening shows were hilarious. There were some quirky things that we didn't care for on Holland America. There was no ATM machine on board although the Front Desk could accommodate a cash advance against a credit card. We also thought it was stupid that an additional designated amount could not be assigned for our stateroom attendant or our main waiter in the dining room on our master billing. Front desk told us to do cash. The Lido Deck buffet was great. Seafood in the dining room was superb but the buyer for beef needs to find another supplier. The beef tenderloin was simply put, awful. There were plenty of fun activities on board. This was one of our top 3 cruises that we've taken. The Oosterdam is a great ship. You will really enjoy your 7 day cruise experience on it!



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