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Oosterdam is a medium ship, carrying 1916 passengers and 817 crew, and sails from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida and Venice, Italy.

Sails from:

Venice, Italy , Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida , San Diego, California

Cruises to:

Alaska - Inside Passage , Caribbean - Eastern , Europe - Mediterranean

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4.2 out of 5

I don't think I'm the target audience for this cruise by eolyn

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

I'm in my 30s and perhaps that is the problem, I know that we are not the target audience for this cruise. We went with my father in law who is in a wheel chair and I will say that they did a reasonably good job at making things work for him. I suspect better than other lines. Their ground staff was in constant confusion and no one really knew what was going on, getting things resolved took multiple phone calls. Our pre-cruise hotel was oversold and holland completely dropped the ball on that and the transfers. The post cruise transfer was also really poorly managed and required standing the sun for 3 hours with our bags. But - they did have options for people in wheel chairs and it more or less worked out. At one port, they didn't have any employees in the terminal and sent us the wrong direction killing 30 minutes of our tour. The activities onboard were the worst I've ever experienced. I don't know if the cruise director has any additional staff helping her, but I only ever saw her. They didn't really schedule any activities, certainly nothing after 8pm. Many days were spent reading since there was nothing to do other than seminars trying to get your money or live classical music. Trivia was only scheduled in the middle of dinner every day. no Karaoke. no other little things to do to pass the time. Feedback was provided via their mobile "app" but no one ever followed up. Speaking of the mobile app, it's not a mobile app, but a web page really. Carnival (their parent company) has a brilliant mobile app which includes chat and other feature and the ability to message people. While holland has this function, it doesn't notify the other person, which makes it useless. The food and service was second to none, mostly. Things are a bit confusing since they try to offer additional service over other lines - like you can't put food on your own plate at the lido, they get you drinks and such, but they don't have the staff to really handle this efficiently, so I ate breakfast without drink 2 or 3 times. Being a bit more pushy would have likely worked to help me. High end food options were everywhere, smoked salmon on the lido buffet in the morning, real, quality lobster tails in the main dining room, etc. Note that breakfast in the main dining room was actually a bit worse than the lido breakfast. It didn't have any additional options, actually less options. All in all, it was a good cruise, but I don't think I'm their target audience. I wouldn't pay a premium for this cruise over NCL for example.

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3.4 out of 5

The little issues added up! by richardom5

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Lots of little issues that added up to make for a poor experience

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4.6 out of 5

Great cruise/HORRIBLE WIFI by leem012456

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Cruise and crew were fantastic. WIFI was the worst I have ever seen.

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4.8 out of 5

Wonderful Cruise-- Would definitely do it again! by leumk01

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I have been on 3 cruises prior to this one and this is definitely one of the top two. It's hard to beat Disney, especially when cruising with small children. However, I did not have small children along this time and cruising in Europe is definitely much different than cruising in the Caribbean. It's hard to choose a favorite since this cruise was so different from the Disney cruise but those two are definitely my top two!

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4.9 out of 5

Magnificent Mediterranean Cruise by Colleenwoodhous

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Staff on ship were fantastic!! Table 89 waitstaff were experts, engaging and really made it fun to go to dinner! I also need to mention Archie, one of he bar tenders we had at nearly every bar we went to, he is a an amazing mixologist as well as entertainer!! And I have to say that Vara and Jez in the explorers lounge are treasures!! Thanks for a great vacation!!

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Dec 23, 2017

No laundry facilities on ship. Laundry service offered by ship is expensive. Pack accordingly.

Jun 28, 2017

It seemed to be an older group but that was ok. many we met were on a multiple trip to Alaska - we enjoyed it.

May 10, 2017

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.

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