Holland America's Oprah Cruise Will Feature Special Singers and Speakers

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Originally posted by Hlitner
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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When I booked the Oct 28 NA cruise, I didn't realize it was an Oprah cruise. Had I known, I probably wouldn't have booked it; but the pricing was great when I booked it. It will give me a chance to finally cruise on the NA. Heck, it is only a 7 day cruise, I can deal with Oprah stuff that long. Plus the Oprah activities mentioned in a previous post, don't sound like they will even affect us.
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I am booked on the Nov. Koningsdam. I'm actually looking forward to having something additional to do on board. My last cruise on the Noordam left us with nothing but disappointment in terms of the on-board activities. I've never been on the themed cruise before so I might have another opinion after the cruise.
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I don't agree with you all. Love India Ire and Oprah. Nothing else to say.
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