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Oosterdam Cruise Review to Caribbean

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 80

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
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14 Night Western / Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 08, 2018

Ship: Oosterdam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 1113

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

A 14 day back-to-back Eastern and Western Caribbean cruise is a great way to see a variety of locations within one trip. The excursion in Fort Lauderdale between the two trips gave us an unexpected way to see something different on the mainland. Kept same cabin and same wonderful cabin stewards for the whole trip and thoroughly enjoyed the entire Holland America staff.


5 out of 5
Easiest embarkation we've ever had. We were on the ship much earlier than they said we'd be.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We always enjoy the variety of the buffet and the available to customize our meals. We did enjoy several wonderful dinners in the main dining room as well. Love the flexibility to decide when and where to dine. Excellent prime rib and tenderloin meals on this trip.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Loved the Microsoft Digital Workshop programs with Georgia. I learned so much more about Windows 10 and other Microsoft programs. Enjoyed America's Test Kitchen and Chef Faye was just great. The Oosterdam had a Naturalist on board for this cruise named Laurie. She was a delight and offered informative presentations on the wildlife. Such a pleasure!


4 out of 5
Loved the comedian. The singers and dancers were good too.

Children's Programs

No children on trip

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff were fabulous. Great cabin stewards and attentive servers in both the buffet and main dining room.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Oosterdam is one of the four Vista class ships, which I believe are the best ships in the line. Cabin layouts are well organized and comfortable. Public areas are easy to locate and the ship is big enough to be spacious, yet small enough to feel cozy. Love all 4 of these ships.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The large interior stateroom is wonderful. This particular cabin does have some minor mechanical noises but, in general, the noise is not an issue. It is well worth it to have the shape and size of this cabin. Roomy with good seating area.

Ship tip

Download the PDF of the deck layout and print in color to help learn the locations of your planned activities. Have a great time!

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5
Did the Sawgrass Recreational Park Excursion on our layover in Fort Lauderdale between our two halves of the trip. Excellent adventure with airboat ride and "zoo" like activities with rescued animals. I held a 2 year old alligator for a great photo op!

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) Did not visit port

Sea too rough to take tender boat. Seen before.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

4 out of 5
Docked in beautiful bay. Relaxed by the pool.

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

Could not visit due to high seas. Tender operation cancelled.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Took the Fury Catamaran Sunset Cruise. Loved it. Margaritas, beer and sodas included. Sailors taught line dancing on the deck and got a great photo of the sunset. Also got a great view of other cruise boats docked in several areas around the port from a vantage point I'll probably never see again. Nice trip!

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Did a van tour around the entire island. Wonderful local guide that explain the history of the island.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Took the basic bus trip but thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sights. Great photo opportunity with the statues of past presidents who visited the island during their presidency. Unexpected fun.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the drive on the left side of the road in the taxis made from Ford trucks. Adventured on our own to Fort Christian and took a tour with the director named Levi. Knowledgeable and charming man who provided a great history of the fort and the island. A must see for anyone interested in the history of the island.


5 out of 5
Cruise line did an excellent disembarkation. Only issue was the decreased port authority/customs people due to the government shut down. Added about an extra 30 minutes to the process but made the flight with no issue.
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