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4 out of 5

Getting there is half the fun. by 19viking46

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We were going to Vancouver,  BC  for a eeek and saw the OOSTERDAM was picking up passangers in San Diego and stopping in Victoria and Vancouver.   We have never cruised with Holland America before so this would be a good opportunity to try them out.  It was a good choice.  Met some wonderful people and was taken care of in excellent fashion by the crew of the OOSTERDAM.   

 

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5 out of 5

Sunshine is a must! by gilliandearmond

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

After seven months of winter in the north west sunshine is really needed, and we got plenty of that on our cruise from Tampa, through the Canal and up the west coast all the way back to Seattle. From embarkation to disembarkation Holland America had everything well ordered with excellent, non-intrusive service every step of the way. The ship was beautifully clean and well maintained, the staff were friendly and helpful and the food was good. All in all, a great trip. We especially appreciated the general lack of noisiness and the very tasteful background music around the ship, as well as the various onboard entertainments.

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5 out of 5

Last Caribbean cruise of the season - not up to HA standards by mplus1

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

 Well usually cruise in January and February and when I scheduled this March cruise I did not realize it was the last cruise of the season.  It seems that they were not staffed as they should be, long lines in the Lido and very, very few activities during the day.  Our cabin  seem to be in poor repair, many cracks in the bathroom sink, also many cracks in the bathtub and much rest on the veranda.  I think if they're going to run a cruise and it be so under their typical standards they should do something to compensate you in someway.  My husband and I rarely got to have breakfast or lunch together and less we ate in the dining room because we were always waiting in lines to get an omelette or a salad in the Lido. They would have two omelette station is open but only one person working there, to salad station is open but only one person working to fill the orders.  We were both, extremely disappointed in this cruise him we help on my cruise HA again They will Return to their normal standards of good service 

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3 out of 5

Holland Oosterdam by mcclarywe

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The rooms are clean, the food was the best, but the cruise is better set up for older people.  Age 70 and up.  There was not much to do with young kids.  The dress code for dinner are set up for older people ( suit and tie)  not casual.  

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4 out of 5

Old Timers Cruise by ljspike

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Dining accommodations could have been better.  Seated at table for eight and only four showed.  Gentleman at our table got sick and vomited on two occasions.  He then fell while getting up from the table.  Unfortunately I did not leave the table on the first occasion, felt sorry for other couple, did not want them to be alone.

The cabin and Neptune lounge was the best part of our cruise.

Thank you Chaney.  If and when we cruise again we will call you.   

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1 out of 5

Review on Holland America cruise by king842

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

There were problems with stateroom toilet and took days to fix. Also, charges to stateroom that I didn't charge.  We didn't stop at last island due to another ship took the dock we were to disembark and no back up plan, that meant 2 days at sea.

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5 out of 5

Amazing Trip! by matzsm

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

This trip was so perfect for me! It gave me much needed break, and time to refresh! I was able to visit beautiful locations, have phenomenal experiences, and the advantage of a dedicated professional staff! Happy

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5 out of 5

Great food & Ride by hwlorl

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

The food was excellent and well presented. The dinning room stewards and room stewards were extremely friendly and helpful. The ship could stand some updating, it is showing signs of wear.

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5 out of 5

nice cruise by jamesr451

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

Just wanted to get away and have a change of scenery, this cruise fulfilled that desire. Not the most exciting or interesting shore stops, a couple of stops put us in the cruise lines "Disney World" with diamond and emeralds shops galore.  Overall it was a great cruise and Holland America was wonderful as usual.

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5 out of 5

Fantastic Voyage by m18obrochta

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The cruise line onboard crew and staff were outstanding in all regards. Only downside were the stops at San Juan, St Thomas and Grand Cayman...too many ships in port and crowds onshore were huge.

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5 out of 5

Great Time Cabin 7091 by rkak8078051

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

My husband and I found that the extra money on a Neptune suite was really worth it!  We enjoyed the treats always available in the lounge and the ladies were always helpful.  Our room was spacious and the steward kept it clean and tidy.

 

Enjoyed the dancers/singers and the excellent pianist.  I don't appreciate the appeal of a ventriloquist.   Loved the BB King show.

Favorite was the Culinary Arts.  I did the hands on cooking class with lunch and we had a terrific time!

 

We both use walkers so I'd recommend a suite close to the lounge.

I'd recommend this cruise but unfortunately it won't be back in Tampa.

 

I hope they bring another Vista ship to Tampa soon.

 

 

 

 

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5 out of 5

Cruising with sisters.... by ulrich

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I just returned from a week cruise in the Western Caribbean on the Oosterdam with my two sisters. We had a suite that accommodated all of us perfectly - I'd highly recommend it for access to the Neptune Lounge, extra meal options, extra service options in the suite and a host of other 'perks' that come with a suite. I've cruised before but never experienced the level of service and quality of all of the crew on this ship. It was wonderful and we are going to do it again.

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4 out of 5

review of cruise by shouser177

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The shop was small but very nice.  The Pinnacle Grill was our favorite, food great, and service even greater.  We would highly recommend this restaurant.  Only negative was housekeeping, and there were a few days where our rooms were not even made up until 5:30 P.M.

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3 out of 5

Disapointing by jessbeaty

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Traveled with friends who had never taken a cruise before and I was responsible for getting them on Holland. I booked them a veranda and I selected an inside as I was originally going to travel alone.  A friend decided at the last minute to go with.

 

From day one, the veranda cabin didn't have hot water at the sink or shower.  We contacted maintenance and they fixed it for one day.  It reverted to tepid at best in both the sink and shower.  Our inside cabin suffered the same fate as we had no hot water at the sink and it was tepid to warm at best even after "repairs".

 

The biggest disapointment was the "Vista Dining Room".  On three seperate occasions one of our group ordered his steak "rare".  When our meals were brought to the table his steak was "well done".  Of course they replaced it but by the time he got it a second time the rest of us had finished our meal. 

 

The entertainment was also disappointing.  The piano players in the "Billboard" did not project over the piano's even with microphones.  The "Lincoln Center" performances were a joke.  Performed in the main open passageway outside the "Vista Dinning Room"  were constantly being interrupted by noise and people passing by on their way to the dining room.

 

The only positive part of the trip were the bartenders, Tanjo and Tony in the Crows Nest Bar.

 

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5 out of 5

Well organized by HappyTwosome

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The activities for the week were available online at no charge from time of embarkation, as were menus, accounts, and more.  It made it easy to make plans and look forward to appealing events and programs.  The service onboard was excellent and the ports offered lots of options that were clearly explained by the ship's staff.  

 

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4 out of 5

Good cruise by MarieTheroux

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The wait staff was exceptional on the 3rd floor Vista dining room - so personalized, hospitable, and welcoming. They were literally my favorite part of this trip. The Indonesian songs they sang for my Grandma's 80th birthday and my aunt and uncle's anniversary made the trip. I never lacked for food, water, or beverages. So kind and warm. Areas of improvement would be entertainment/ live music for all ages. Going into this cruise, I knew I would be among the "younger" crowd, but it would have been nice to have things going on at night more geared towards all ages.

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3 out of 5

Cost cutting shows on MS Oosterdam by Chicagocruiser2

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We chose the Oosterdam to escape a cold winter because it docked at both Honduras (Roatan actually) and Guatemala, new ports for us. Shore excursion at Roatan (Gambola Botanic Garden+) was enjoyable, but very little available in Guatemala besides the port gift shop. Chaccoben ruins in Costa Maya were also a nice stop.The cabin's couch should have been replaced 3 years ago, but per usual the ship staff were friendly and efficient. Only entertainment we attended was the magic/comedy show- other nights not too much to offer. Unacceptable lines for dinner service and off-loading for shore excursions the 1st couple of days thankfully improved. Activities staff seemed very cut down from previous HAL cruises. Various other activities offered- but we enjoyed relaxing instead.

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2 out of 5

The Floating Nursing Home by NCListheBest

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Average age onboard ship was 75+-onboard activities was sitting playing trivia,or sitting waiting to eat or sitting listening toclassical music or sleeping in a deck chair.Read 5 books on the cruise-my wife knitted a scarf & 1/2 a sweater-The crew were the friendliest people on board & the food was just okay-stick with the main dining room or Lido

 

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5 out of 5

Ms Oosterdam by Oosterdamcruise

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Enjoyed everything that Holland America had to offer. The food and entertainment was top notch. The billboard area on the ship was brand new and very large with many seats.

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5 out of 5

Relaxing time cruising the Southern Caribbean islands by Wings18

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

Cruising on the Oosterdam was a great experience.  We understood that there would be an older crowd and found it to be so.  That is not to say, however, that this was in any way a dull cruise.  There was a lot to do while on board and the ship offers many places to gather and activities.  You can enjoy tea every afternoon, great happy hours in the Crow's Nest or Ocean Bar, classical performances on the Lincoln Center stage, culinary demonstrations sponsored by the Food and Wine magazine as well as dueling pianos, a fun Blues bar and entertaining shows in the main theater.  This ship was very clean and quiet.  Perfect for a two week get away.

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