Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Holland America
Sailing Date: April 15th, 2006
Itinerary: Mexican Riviera
The embarkation process was very smooth and we were on the ship in a matter of minutes. This being my first time on a cruise, I was in awe from the second we boarded. The ship was appointed with beautiful artwork and the decor was amazing. We found our room with out any problems and were surprised to find our luggage in them as soon as we opened the door. After unpacking we headed up to the lido deck for some lunch before the muster drill. Once again I was very impressed as the food was very tasty.
Our first port of call was Cabo San Lucas. My girlfriend and I opted to head out on our own to see the city and do some shopping. We were really impressed with Cabo as it was a fun town with lots to do. Our priority while in Cabo was having lunch and drinks at the world famous Cabo Wabo. The food was awesome. There are pictures of rockstars all over the walls and the margaritas were to die for. Cabo was our favorite port of call.
The next port we visited was Mazatlan. My first impression of Mazatlan wasn't very high. We docked in an industrial part of town and had to take a tram to the terminal where we were greeted by vendor after vendor trying to peddle their junk or get us to check out their timeshare. We beelined it for the first cab we saw and had him take us to Zona Dorado. We did a little shopping and and drinking and had enough.
The last stop on the trip was Puerto Vallarta. We anchored up outside of the harbor and tendered in. We decided to check out one of the ship sponsored excursions, "Town, Country and Tequila." We had Jose (Pepe) as our tour guide and were immediately laughing once on board the a/c'd bus. Our tour guide took us downtown and showed us PV and delivered his commentary with a lot of comedy. After the tour of the city we headed up to the Dona Engracia Tequila Farm in the highlands above PV. The tequila farm was gorgeous and we were able to try some of the best tequila I have ever tasted all while learning about how tequila is made. After the tasting we had the opportunity to buy some tequila. Word of caution, the tequila is pretty pricey. 2 bottles of Reposado ran $100 usd. The tequila is definitely worth every dollar. After our tequila tasting adventure we headed back into the city to swim on the beach and enjoy the sunshine.
Cruise director Que Hundermark and his staff did an excellent job on the cruise. They kept us very informed and had some great activities while underway. Our cabin Steward, "Deden" was amazing. His smile was infectious and his towel animals were always delightful.
Most of the crew on the ship was very kind and respectful, however I had 2 very negative experiences at the lido bar during my trip. I found the lido bar staff to be somewhat rude and standoffish. We were ignored several times while trying to order drinks. Sometimes our drinks would never show up and the barstaff would magically forget we ordered even though I had the receipt to prove it. The bar was rarely busy so getting our drinks shouldn't have been a problem. We brought this up to Suzzanne the bar manager and she quickly rectified the problem and apologized profusely. We never saw that bar tender agin throughout the duration of the cruise. Other than that the cruise was amazing and we had such a great time. I proposed to my girlfriend on the 3rd night which made this trip extra special. The Oosterdam is such a beautiful ship and we can't wait to go back.