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Oosterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

3.2 out of 5

7 Night Alaskan Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 30, 2019

Ship: Oosterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7037

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Sorry but after cruising on ALL the big name cruiselines multiple times, we think Carnival is the BEST in almost all categories.


5 out of 5
quick and easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
we almost exclusively ate in the main diningroom. the service was average but slow. the teams are tending to too many tables so they are not able to fill drinks and clear plates quickly . the food was only average except for the surf and turf night which was the best meal of the cruise. The buffet was too crowded to enjoy and seating was very hard to find. We only tried the lido buffet once and said “forget it!” There is no conveniently located self serve ice cream. You have to wait in a long line for a server to dispence scooped ice cream. Also, the pizza was gross! The hamburger/hot dog lines were so long and so slow that after one time we never went back. The hours of breakfast in ALL venues was NOT acceptable!!! You cant get breakfast anywhere past 9:00 am ( a couple of days was 9:30) That is ridiculous!!! We are on vacation and want to sleep in and have a late breakfast around 11:00am. Room service i think was available until 10:30 but with a VERY VERY limited selection of hot breakfast food.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
the only enjoyable activities were the nature lectures given by the cruise director in the mainstage and a couple of the americas test kitchen demonstrations. there were literally no activities during the day. the daily paper that listed activities had nothing but sales motivated activities like trying to sell you spa or fitness sessions or sales in the different shops. It was pathetic.

Greenhouse Spa And Salon

1 out of 5

not a good flow or serene atmosphere. in fact all the foot traffic on that deck was funneled through the spa front desk area- very crowded

Massage / Steam Rooms

1 out of 5

they spent a lot of time before and after trying to sell me $200-$500 worth of product and services. This time i believe came out of the 50 minute massage time. My massage was not good. She didnt work on the areas i asked her too. she dawdled getting stones and oil during the massage and once when she wasnt massaging i peeked from under the cloth over my eyes and she was wiping up the floors instead of massaging me. This was a complete rip off. We were going to book a couple of treatments, but after this first one we decided not to waste any more money in the spa.

Hydro Pool

1 out of 5

hydo pool is supposed to be set at body temperature. it is NOT a hot tub!! so many cruise ships have the temp way too hot! also, the jets/bubbler was broken for about three days of this sailing.


1 out of 5
the evening entertainment was practically non-existant. All you could do was visit three music venues which were not timed well enough to go from one to the next and be able to get a seat. the times overlapped. The dueling piano bar was very fun but the session was only 45 minutes and you couldnt get a seat. Same thing with the lincoln concert stage. very good performances if you could get a seat. (the auditorium was temperature extremely hot and stuffy-poor air circulation) And the BB King blues club performers were awful. they just screeched. We dont like blues or jazz but we gave it a try (for lack of anything else to do except go to bed at 8:30?) we lasted for 1 and a 1/4 songs before we couldnt stand to listen to the screeching singers another second! Furthermore, the evening shows in the mainstage were PATHETIC !! Out of seven evenings there were 2 good shows- the comedian and the dancers. The magician was a terrible magician. you could easily figure out how he did each trick. and his tricks were simple, low tech, beginner magician kit level tricks. Horrible! The dancers were only scheduled to perform on two nights and the second night the show was cancelled because one of the performers got hurt. Why dont they have back up performers? And one more activity that we usually enjoy ( deck top movies) was not offered at all. They dont have a jumbo screen on deck.


1 out of 5

The atrium on this ship was down in the basement deck 1 and was dark and cramped. not a nice place to gather. the atrium on other ships is usually a lovely central gathering place with a bar and music and couches to watch people.

Children's Programs

no kids in our party

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
staff was the best thing the cruise had to offer. they were always polite, friendly, and willing to help

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
the ship was very pretty and clean

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
cabin felt smaller than carnival cabins - maybe it was the layout? the dressing/ closet area was extremely cramped. the bathroom was cramped because they put a tub in there instead of just a shower which is all you need. Also the bathroom enamel surfaces were very old, dingy, and cracked! I liked the enclosed medicine cabinet vs carnival’s open shelves.

Ports of call

Cruise Puget Sound

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
walked around and had lunch and dinner. food was good

Cruise Hubbard Glacier Did not visit port

the fog was too thick so captain gave up for the safety of everyone and the vessel. No big deal. we have seen the glacier on celebrity two years prior and it not that spectacular.

Sitka, Alaska

5 out of 5
beautiful city and surrounding views. we were here on july 4th and got to watch their Parade. lots of fun. transportation to town was provided free of charge.

Ketchikan, Alaska

2 out of 5
boring bunch of shops with all the same crap. town / shop fronts all made to look like a logging town. very boring port

Victoria, British Columbia

3 out of 5
we are only here in the evening. this would be a good all day port. Also, YOU HAVE TO PAY $15 TO GET YOURSELF FROM THE DOCK TO TOWN!! What kinda crap is that?


4 out of 5
we reallyliked being able to wait patiently in our cabin until our group was called to disembark. We hate fighting with the masses , waiting forever for an elevator, and lugging our bags down to a central holding area like the theater until our group is called.
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