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Having a Blast on Oosterdam

Thanks to HAL guest Adrienne Murphy for sending us this note and photos of her recent cruise.

Here are some pictures from my recent Mexican Rivera cruise on the beautiful Oosterdam! I’ve been reading the blog for a while now and I’ve noticed that it’s rare to see content on a cruise from a teen’s perspective – and I’m sure there are plenty of parents and grandparents reading who are curious as to what it would be like to sail with a teenager. I took my first cruise when I was 4 months old, and have gone on one or two each year since then, earning me my copper medallion a couple years ago. I’ve truly enjoyed meeting new friends of all ages and from all over the world on each HAL cruise I take. I traveled with my mom, grandmother, and baby sister on this most recent one. Enjoy the pictures! – Adrienne Murphy

The view of San Diego from Deck 10 right after embarkation.

Making new friends in the Loft on the first formal night!

Hanging out at the Aft Pool - there were always chairs available and the pool was the perfect temperature!

One of my new friends helping out a Lido steward.

Lovely Puerta Vallarta.

Kudos to our dining room steward, Janno, for being so accommodating to my baby sister! He brought her a fruit plate on the first night and asked which fruits were her favorite so that she could have more of those the following night. He always brought us extra napkins and he made the baby laugh a lot! Here she is eating mussels.

The hot tubs at the Aft Pool were where we spent much of our time in the day. There were some hilarious Pool Olympics games and Music Trivia too. It was great to be able to meet other (slightly older) passengers and compile generations of musical knowledge in Music Trivia!

Ice carving!

Our dining room steward Janno!

Here we are with the doorman, Win. He enjoyed meeting the baby since he has one of his own back home!

Having some laughs with dining room stewards after the farewell dinner.

Shout out to DJ Aaron in Northern Lights!! He was the best!

I really enjoyed how the Lido has become more diverse in its breakfast offerings over the years. I remember when there was just one buffet line, but now I had to choose between the omelette station, eggs benedict station, waffle station, continental breakfast line, traditional breakfast line.

The stateroom I shared with my grandmother - very comfortable and spacious for an inside cabin. However, with so much to do around the ship, I didn't spend a whole lot of time there!

  • Almuth

    Thank you for writing from the perspective of a young traveler ! That should encourage parents/grandparents to include cruising in their choice of family vacations!! Well done !!!!

  • Linda Itami

    Dear Ms. Murphy,
    Your photos and commentary make me want to take my grandchildren on a HAL Cruise in the near future! Keep on posting and keep on cruising with your grandmother! I especially liked the picture of your baby sister eating mussels!
    Ms. Linda Itami

  • Heidi

    Three generations will be traveling to Alaska in a few weeks, including my 20 month old daughter. Reading your blog, plus others, has eased my concerns about traveling with a little one.

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