Holland America's Oprah Cruise Will Feature Special Singers and Speakers
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I want to clarify my previous remarks . My issue is not with Oprah....but simply with any cruise that hosts any large special interest group. Large groups demand special treatment...which includes the ability to reserve public lounges (and other spaces) for their exclusive use (i.e. Private functions). That means that others on that cruise are closed out of multiple venues........you might consider a cruise where you are not treated like a 2nd class cruiser.Totally agree, Hank, spot on.
I want to add to this two situations that I experienced: One on the last voyage of the Ryndam before refitting to a P&O property. The second was the Island Princess on its way to a refurb outside Venice.
In both cases our fellow passengers (a large group) were ship yard workers. Not only did they eat in the Lido in their work clothes, but they closed spaces that were normally used as pax venues. They, in both cases, were pulling up corridor rugs. On the Ryndam the library, games, books, etc. were boxed up right under our noses, as was Cafe silverware and glasses (coffee shop).
I might add that the Ryndam was sailing into unknown waters and the excursion people gave out misinformation that turned us into clueless wanderers in the streets of the Middle East..and in Sri Lanka, a very impossible docking that was especially awkward for elderly and mobility challenged guests, being in a distant industrial zone...a late change from the downtown dock.
Like your scenario: these situations were unsettling and an annoyance.
Bookers: do your homework.
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