Sunday, November 2, 2008

2008 - Oct. Holland America Oosterdam Mexican Riviera Cruise: Cabo; Mazatlan; Puerto Vallarta

Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2008:

This was my sister's and my 2nd sisters' cruise. We enjoyed the short Baja cruise that we did a couple years ago so much that we decided to go for a 7 night cruise this time. After much surfing on the internet, we decided on giving Holland America a try. Not that we were unhappy with Carnival, but this had the ports, dates, and debarkation city that we wanted. The price wasn't bad, either, at about $650/person for an inside cabin. As it got closer to our departure date and after final payment, I did find a cheaper fare, so I called them and asked if they could do anything about that and Holland America moved us to an obstructed oceanview cabin (4061-HH). I actually liked the room---full length windows so lots of light came in.  I think my sister disliked it for that reason. She's prone to migraines and likes the total darkness of the inside cabins even in the middle of the day.

Our room was a nice size, for a cruise ship - approximately 197 sq. ft. The beds were very comfortable.  It had a lot of nice touches in these cabins: small loveseat, chair, adjustable height coffee table, hair dryer, flat screen tv, bath robes, makeup mirror, basket for room stewarts to put fruit in if you request it, even trial sized Elemis shampoo, conditioner, and lotions. I don't really remember who our steward was, but he did a good job. The one thing about the room that we both were a bit bothered by was the wierd picture of lobsters used as decoration.