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3.9 out of 5

First Cruise by atinflorida

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Thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise, loved the decor and the classic design of the ship. Not too busy but always plenty of things to do.

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4.5 out of 5

Excellent ship, Excellent Beaches, except for Jamaica. Shore Excursions = loss of money by berardiandre

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The ship is very nice, with entertainment for all ages. Yes, it has loud music by the pool, but you will always find a quiet room to read a book or to chat with your spouse or friends. Excellent food. Negative points are the useless stop in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the shore excursion to Isla Pasion, Cozumel. The beaches are nice in both places, but: a) Jamaica has nothing in far from being a nice and calm place like the other ports of call. Maybe other ports in Jamaica wold be better (Last year I went to Ocho Rios, which was much better). b) The beach in Isla Pasion is very nice but the food is really bad, the open bar is a scam, and the stay at the island could be 2 hours more - with no impact in the time to be back onboard.

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4.3 out of 5

Nice trip by sandc1987

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We are a married couple with 12 cruise experiences on multiple lines. We said we would not take Holland America again because of the lack of daily activities, but the price was good on this cruise so we tried it and were satisfied. We brought our own entertainment on board ( books, card games, puzzles, podcasts, video games etc) and this helped. We walked 3 miles daily on the ship ( nice promenade deck) and played some pickle ball ( equipment and facilities were not optimal). We enjoyed the anytime dining and evening entertainment. We upgraded to a suite and I feel this really improved the quality of our trip. The balcony cabins I saw on this ship were quite small and the balconies one of the smaller in the industry for this level. The support staff on the cruise were excellent and I never had a bad experience with them. I did have a bad interaction with the excursion planning staff and I recommend not using them. The naturalist was knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed his lectures. I wish there were more. We booked this cruise to enjoy BB King's blues club, but the singers were focused on R and B and soul. More blues please! I can not recommend the Billboard piano players. As a singer, I found them both weak and their harmony frequently off. Plan to be in your cabin early as the activities die off after 11 pm but with a nice balcony, large flat screen TV and in room movies, this was pleasant. Enjoy!

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5 out of 5

Consistently High Quality Service on Holland America Oosterdam by Miguele4

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Loved my cruise vacation on the Oosterdam! Loved the Cruise Director Becca Newton, the Captain and his staff who were always visible and engaging.

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4.6 out of 5

Relaxing cruise by jblank2123

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This was our 68th cruise. We had a great time enjoying the quiet and great ship. We always love Holland America

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4.7 out of 5

Great cruise! by carmenpeterbarn

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Great cruise! Nice temperatures. Friendly staff and crew. Food was great. Music was Great. The Retreat was fabulous and the spa.

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4.2 out of 5

Great service but underwhelmed by other things by rroy1152

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Overall, I would give it a B rating. Not impressed with the ship itself, the entertainment was not impressive (except for the musical revue). The food was excellent and the service was among the best we've experienced.

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3.8 out of 5

Once in a lifetime by Onceinalifet

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Just not my cup of tea. But you don’t know up until you try. The activities were just not of interest for the most part. The crew were all very wonderful though.

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4 out of 5

The Oosterdam is an old... by jojo625

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The Oosterdam is an old gal, and she does not disappoint. Everything from getting on to disembarkation went well. The food, service, entertainment, staff, cabin were all good. I had such a great time and the weather couldn't of been any better. Met so many great people during the week.

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4 out of 5

Just off Oosterdam. Pros... by SusanStarrs

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Just off Oosterdam. Pros include a well maintained ship and very attentive service. Cons include not many activities and a lack of common space where seating is limited and hard to get in some situations. This is definitely geared toward an older crowd as most areas close by 10. Additionally, there was no live music and no fun activities at the pool at any time. Food on the ship was hit and miss. The premium restaurants like Pinnacle Grill and Canneletto were divine. However, the main dining option had some serious ups and downs. I do think the Lido buffet served wonderful, high quality food. There were lots of varieties of food but it closed way too early. Room service was fast. The Dive In Grill was a real treat! The shows were just fine, what few of them there were. We especially liked the comedian. Our favorite spot was The Crow’s Nest on the 10th floor. It is a very relaxing place to visit and read until it closes at 10:00.

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4.3 out of 5

First cruise by karenjerry

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We enjoyed our first cruise and are looking forward to the next one. We are an older couple that were looking for relaxation and not non-stop entertainment. Oosterdam provided what we were looking for, but may not be a good fit for families.

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4.3 out of 5

Great cruise by barbarkrugler

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Great cruise the food was good not great service slow mai. Dining room they should include internet or have area for free

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3.4 out of 5

We had a fabulous time! by smthornock

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We had a lovely time and will definitely look at future cruises with Holland America. Loved the cruise director Becca.

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4.6 out of 5

Exceptional service and cruise on Holland America by wulfie2

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

This is our first time on Holland America but it will not be our last. This line draws a more mature, low key crowd with few to no kids. It was quiet, low key and lovely. Just our style!

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4.6 out of 5

Terrific by golfguy

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Thoroughly like the size of the ship. Not too many young kids. Mostly older fun adults. It was great meeting people from all over the country and in Canada. That's why I like doing cruises

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3.4 out of 5

Most Boring Ship EVER! by Lanmantx

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The Oosterdam was a boring ship designed around catering to the older less active cruisers. There is chamber music, the have a BB King blues club that never palpated Blues! The most attended thing on the ship was the America’s Test Kitchen demo! The casino opens at noon and closes early! There are limited gaming tables. The Hold’em poker table is ELECTRONIC! No dealer, no cards, no chips! BORING!

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2.6 out of 5

Good but not great! by christopheragen

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No more Holland for us! 3 of 4 ports cancelled and they had no back up plans....just sailed for half the trip. Mainstage entertainment was bad...(BB King's Jazz Club only highlight). Excursions were averge at best

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4.8 out of 5

Best vacation ever by eldigphoto

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Our first cruise. We were with the Mercy Me group. Approximately 1/2 the ship was with Mercy Me. Due to high winds and rough water we only made 1 scheduled port and lost 1 stop. But our amazing captain moved us to 2 other ports for our safety. We have heard this rarely happens. We enjoyed our time so much we will be cruising again next year too.

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4.3 out of 5

Holland American Oostadam cruise fits our age group by brightonbrooks

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It was a great experience and will use the cruise line again

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4.7 out of 5

Beautiful Oosterdam by Miguele4

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We love sailing on Holland America. The Oosterdam is a beautiful ship and service is always excellent.

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