Oosterdam

3.9 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: M     Refurbished: 11 yrs ago    
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Oosterdam is a medium ship, carrying 1916 passengers and 817 crew, and sails from Tampa, Florida and San Diego, California.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Trip of a Lifetime

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I can't say enough good things about this cruise. Everyone we encountered on the Oosterdam was delightful. The staff made a huge fuss of my 5 year old nephew and there was a Kid's Club he could attend all day (heaven for him; a great break for the adults). There were loads of great activities on the ship, the shore destinations were fantastic, the ship was spotlessly clean and everything was extremely well organized. The food was excellent--great variety and quality. All of the common areas were lovely--the cafe & library, the bars, the observation areas, the theatre, etc. I really don't have a single complaint (which is unusual for me because I'm horribly picky). 

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3 out of 5

Alaska Cruise

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Alaska was so AWESOME. The cruise was so so.Most of the staff were polite, friendly and helpful. The cruise director(dictator] is more like it.He sucked His name was Andy.He made anouncements sending people to disembarck in the wrong place. He also got some of the times wrong on certain activities. Him and his partner called the bingo numbers way TOO FAST.Boy I wish I had his job.Anyway enough about him. The ship was old and made alot of noises on a sea that was very calm.Our cabin was 2 floors below the pool deck. Every morning at 5:30 a staff member started dragging chairs across the deck.I wear earplugs when I sleep and it still woke me up. Finally I ignored my wifes reluctantcy and I went up and complained to him. It stopped-FOR 1 DAY. The cruise was after school was out for summer so there were some kids aboard. This didnt bother me but what did bother me was that they allowed kids to play inside an enclosed lounge.I went there for peace and relaxation and these kids were so noisey.The food was O.K.Not the best. Not too many different options unless you chose to specialty dine. The entetainment was fair at best.I guess you get what you pay for I could not afford a different line.Dispite all this I did really enjoy it however I would not sail with them again unless the deal was incredible.

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5 out of 5

Such a good time!

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Loved the Oosterdam, but then I always enjoy the HAL ships. BEST cabin! Inside, #1123...on the main deck, all the way at the back, only share a wall with one other cabin, it is remarkably big! I paced off about four feet from the end of the bed to the closets, plus there is a table, a banquette-type love seat, and a chair. 

 

All for me. Loved it. Feel like following the Oosterdam and booking that cabin each time. 

 

Alaska is delightful, especially Sitka and Ketchikan. However, I surely enjoyed visiting the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau. Took the whale-watching excursion in Victoria and saw many whales! 

 

The piano quintet in the Lincoln Center Stage was phenomenonally good. I made almost every one of their performances. If you enjoy strings, you are in for a treat. 

 

Great ship and and a great route! Really want to do it again. ;^)

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

The Team on the Oosterdam Were Awesome

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Each member of the Oosterdam crew was professional and pleasant.

 

Entertainment was excellent.  Wish there was a bit more for some of the early afternoons at sea.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

would like to go again

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.the staff in all areas of the ship was outstanding, food was very good with beautiful presentation and many choices to be had.stateroom was adequate for w/c accessibility. could not find even a quiet corner away from blaring music, shouting guests or running kids. the boat really needs an adults only quiet space to get away from the din.

we did have a very nice trip even though I had to spend many hours in the room for quiet time...too bad I couldn't afford a balcony room, missed a lot of the scenery having an interior room

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4 out of 5

Cruise

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The piano quartet was amazing.  The specialty restaurants and the waitstaff in these restaurants were as good as a 5 star restaurant. The room service is wonderful for breakfast and chamomile tea and cookies and bedtime.  The comfort of the signature suite was very nice.  However the tile in the bathroom had some mold at grout along the lower portion near the tub. 

The itinerary was great.  The waitstaff in the main dining room was not as attentive as some other ships.

The overall experience was very good and we would travel Holland America again.

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5 out of 5

our first cruise -- celebrating my parents' 50th anniversary

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This was our first cruise, and we went with my parents and our teen daughter.  We had a great time!  Overall, it was amazing!  

 

THE PROS:  The staff was amazing, always smiling and speaking to you, always ready to help with whatever you needed, and they even remembered our names!!!  Everyone was very accommodating.  My daughter was completely spoiled with room service :)  Our room was perfect....loved the balcony!  We had dinners in the Vista dining room, which was beautiful and had great food.  The staff made a special effort to celebrate my parents' anniversary, bringing them cake and singing to them.

  

THE CONS:  I wish we could have spent more time in the Alaskan towns.  The Lido deck casual dining was way too crowded, hard to find a seat sometimes and lengthy lines.  Mattress on the sofa sleeper was very uncomfortable.  

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5 out of 5

Amazing

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I really enjoyed Juneau and Ketchikan as well as Victoria BC and Hubbard Glacier.  I didn't like Sitka as much and returned to the ship early.  The food was excellent as well as the staff and onboard activities. 

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3 out of 5

Alaska Cruise

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Enjoyed the trip.  Alaska was the last state that I needed 

to visit to complete going to all fifty states.  The ports of

call were good with the exception of Sitka.  Not much there.

Could have spent more time in Victoria.   A+ for ships 

emphasizing sanitation.  Food service was sometimes 

crowded.  Entertainment was okay but not memorable.

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2 out of 5

Alaska Hubbard Glacier 7 night

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We booked a cabin with "ocean view" that looked into the center bottom of a life boat.  Had to pay considerable more to actually get an "ocean view".  Be aware you get charged $13.50 per person per day to have a cabin and they charge $3.95 + tax to have a bottle of drinking water in your cabin.  Staff was good but management was not.  Food was OK and scenery was great.  Will use a different Cruise Line next time.

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Lido

The Lido Deck features the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, hydro pool, Terrace Grill, Lido Restaurant, Lido Buffet, Canaletto Restaurant, Lido Pool, Lido Bar,...

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The Lower Promenade Deck features the Odyssey Restaurant, Lower Vista Dining Room, Explorer's Lounge, Vista Lounge, Queen's Lounge, casino, piano bar,...

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The Promenade Deck features the Upper Vista Dining Room, Vista Lounge, Half Moon, Hudson, Stuyvesant, Ocean Bar, Java Corner, Erasmus Library, internet...

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The Observation Deck features the Crow's Nest, Oak Room, golf simulator, Kid Zone, Wave Runner, and game room.

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kiwikathy1
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

If you are going to have room service in the mornings, order it in the morning, do not fill out the card that you put on your door the night before. We did this once and it was cold.

ljspike
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Recently updated and suite cabin was better than expected.

DrCalm
Contributor Level: Purser

The observation deck is great for quiet and contemplation almost anytime of day. Views were phenomenal.

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Price

M

Size

Aug 2003

Built

11 yrs ago

Refurbished

1916

Total Passengers

2.35

Crew to Passenger Ratio

11

Number of Decks

958

Total Cabins

68

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