Oosterdam Overview

Oosterdam Holland America Line
Oosterdam cruise ship from Holland America Line

Ideal for mature cruisers and seasoned travelers, Holland America’s  Oosterdam offers a sophisticated onboard experience with superior service that keeps cruisers coming back. Launched in 2003 and completely refurbished in 2018, Oosterdam features updated suites, new dining venues, and more entertainment than ever. Holland America has developed exciting experiences and amenities with international brands like Microsoft, the BBC, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Activities and entertainment on the recently refurbished Vista-class ship rival any member of the fleet. Spend the evening in the Music Walk, a multi-venue space that's home to B.B. King's Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, and the Lincoln Center Stage. Sample a cocktail created by the James Beard Award-winning mixologist Dale DeGroff. Test your luck in the casino. Sink into a theater chair while world-class singers and dancers perform your favorite hits.

Holland America is famous for its personalized service, premium amenities, and unique touches. These include a British-style afternoon tea that's served in the main dining room. Passengers enjoy spacious cabins with exceptional standard amenities, including complimentary 24-hour room service, premium Egyptian cotton linens.. Whether you're a first-timer or a long-time cruiser, Oosterdam is a top pick if you want to experience HAL at its finest.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Oosterdam's home territory covers the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle and the northern reaches of Alaska's Inside Passage. The ship is a phenomenal choice for an epic transpacific journey or a cruise that traces Captain Cook's steps across Australia, Hawaii, and Oceania. Additionally, this ship is a great choice for longer getaways in the 14- to 28-day range.

Before You Book

This ship is best for: This ship is best for mature travelers who want to relax and see the world.

You should know: Holland America caters to seasoned travelers and retirees. There are fewer options for families and active cruises who prefer nonstop entertainment, activities, and nightlife.

Activities on Oosterdam

Cruising with Holland America Line, travelers may discover that less really is more. When you aren't relaxing by the pool or planning your next shore excursion, take a moment to visit the casino or the duty-free shops. Maybe you'd rather learn tricks from the pros in a photo-editing workshop. Brush up your culinary skills with America's Test Kitchen, or sign up for a cultural immersion class hosted by Explorations Central. If you're traveling with the kids or grandkids, Oosterdam offers plenty of options. Club HAL offers parties, video games and more for children ages 3 through 17. On Holland America Line, activities and entertainment wind up around midnight. If you're a night owl, grab a DVD from the library to enjoy in your cabin after the nightclubs close.

Ship Highlights
  • Sea View pool and Lido pool
  • Adults-only Retreat sundeck
  • The Loft teen lounge
  • Club HAL childcare
  • Technology classes
  • Cultural workshops
  • The Main Stage theater
  • America's Test Kitchen culinary demos
  • BBC Earth Experiences edutainment
  • Music Walk entertainment complex
  • Lincoln Center Stage chamber music
  • B.B. King's Blues Club
  • Billboard Onboard nightclub
  • Activities inspired by O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Cocktails by Dale DeGroff
  • Wine tastings
  • Casino wagering
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Fitness center and sports courts


Oosterdam is a midsize cruise ship with 959 cabins that accommodate nearly 2,000 passengers. Rooms are available in 29 categories ranging from compact interior staterooms to spacious suites in the Signature, Neptune, or Pinnacle class. Plus, the ship has 136 connecting rooms for groups and 29 handicap-accessible cabins. Almost two-thirds of the ship's staterooms have private balconies. Cabins have a pleasant blue-gray color scheme with gold accents and earth-tone neutrals. Travelers enjoy luxurious Euro-style mattresses that are made by Sealy and topped with premium Egyptian cotton linens. Passengers in all classes can take advantage of complimentary fruit, free newspaper service, DVD rentals, shoe-shining services, and other perks. Based on Oosterdam reviews from Cruiseline.com members, the ship's staterooms have an excellent 4.4-star rating overall.


Holland America's Oosterdam cruise ship has an impressive selection of complimentary and specialty dining. Passengers can choose from six unique restaurants offering French, Italian, and American favorites. There's regionally inspired dishes developed by award-winning chef Rudi Sodamin and HAL's Culinary Council. Standout favorites include the reasonably priced Italian ristorante Canaletto. Canaletto serves a splendid repast featuring soup, salad, pasta, hearty entrees, and classic desserts. The Pinnacle Grill Steakhouse offers shareable sides, outstanding crab cakes, tender cuts of prime beef, and several fusion-style options. It's also a popular choice for an affordable and satisfying lunch. If you prefer complimentary dining, stick with the Lido Market buffet, the poolside Dive-In grill, or the Vista main dining room. The main dining room offers both traditional fixed seating and anytime dining.

Oosterdam Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: M
  • Total Passengers: 1,916
  • Total Crew: 817
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.35
  • Built: Aug 2003
  • Refurbished: Jan 2006
  • Number of Decks: 11
  • Total Cabins: 958
  • Cabin Categories: 29
  • Gross Tonnage: 82,305
  • Length: 936
  • Beam: 106


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 3.3
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.4
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 3.6
  • Service and Staff 4.7
  • Ship Quality 4.4
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958 cabins and 29 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(25 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 174 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $109/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(28 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 176 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $132/night
Balcony Balcony
(118 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 215 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $164/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(28 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 539 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $253/night

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Vista Dining Room Vista Dining Room
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Pinnacle Grill Pinnacle Grill
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Coffee Shop Coffee Shop
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Onboard Activities

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Vista Lounge Vista Lounge
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Beauty Salon Beauty Salon
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Thermal Suites Thermal Suites
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Ocean Bar Ocean Bar
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Wonderful staff..fine food..would do again by lizaellsworth

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Beautiful ship..midsized. Food and service are excellent. Talks bycCultural ambassador for Mexico were a highlught

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Great first cruise on Holland America (after 7 previous good ones with 3 other cruise lines) by sed46

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Best cruise ever. See other fields for details.

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No Activities or Production Shows by Akay4401

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The cruise provided us with a good weeklong getaway. But, there was little to do well on board. The cruise director did very little to make a weeklong holiday cruise special. It was Christmas and Hanukkah week. There could have been a holiday-themed production show on the main stage. The holidays were acknowledged in the daily printed schedule of activities, but that was all.

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274 Oosterdam Tips

Jun 05, 2013

Order in-room breakfast...fast and yummy. Don't have to wait in lines and walk around looking for what you want!

Mar 21, 2013

My favorite part of the ship is the Crows nest lounge

Jul 17, 2012

If you go all the way forward on Lido Desk , through the Spa ,on the right you will see a door that will take you outside , a good place to take photos and enjoy the view

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