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From the get-go, Holland America's Vista Class has suffered a bit of an identity crisis. This is not unexpected from a design intended to bridge the gap between Holland America's venerable passengers and ...
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sheekar
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Being an avid traveler and having travelled the world, this trip by far was the most absolute worst cruise I have ever taken. For starters I would have expected that Holland America would send one of their nicer, not to mention newer, ... Read more
Malloy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Pros: - Impeccable service staff (one exception - see cons) - Great food, nice variety of dishes and chef discoveries - Nice destination ports - Professional and very entertaining artists, musicians and dancers Cons: - 2 ... Read more
dkali@dccnet.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
After travelling on a number of cruise lines I had 3 bad experiences with Holland America. It does not matter the ship because its the same attitude. May 2013 (Alaska) with friends, September 2014 (Alaska) with my parents and December 2015 ... Read more
Zelicious
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
The other reviews are correct in stating that the ship is due for dry dock. My understanding is that it will be refurbished this Spring. Yes, there was a threadbare patch on our stateroom carpet. With that being said, however, we had ... Read more
Ayden
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
125 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We returned last night from what will now be referred to as 'the trip from Hell on the Oosterclunk'. I will start out by saying we have taken 28 cruises on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Azamara, and in the past 12 months, two ... Read more
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Good-Cruiser
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I was looking forward to this cruise for over a year. We were originally booked on Eurodam in November but had to be rebooked on Oosterday for some reason. (I think the Eurodam was chartered, perhaps?) In return, we received a cabin ... Read more
Reefnut
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was our ninth cruise and 5th with Holland America line. After reading some of the reviews I was a bit worried but HAL did not disappoint. Yes to start the ship is older and could use some maintenance here and there but so is most ... Read more
Offenbachrm
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was our 7th cruise, 4th on HAL, and 3rd on the Oosterdam. Our first cruise was on Carnival in 1987, and that experience was so bad it took me 23 years to convince my wife to try another cruise. When we started cursing again it was ... Read more
nevis82
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Embarkation was very organized and efficient. Cabins ready at check in. Small verandah cabin (5027) - beds as usual long enough but quite narrow for one person. They could install wider ones if they took out just one side table. Reasonable ... Read more
Bob Murphy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
My wife and I have cruised 15 times several with Celebrity ,Norwegian , Royal Caribbean , one Carnival several Holland America .This cruise was a total disappointment the first two nights the toilet backed up smell was evident we ... Read more

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Khyran SK
Member Since 2014
1 review
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After some negative comments on previous reviews we were pleasantly surprised at our Oosterdam experience. The ship may now be 'older' but it has been renovated and we found the décor and layout comparable if not better than some ... Read more
kevingastreich
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
325 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
This was our third Holland America cruise, our first to the Caribbean. Although the Caribbean isn’t my favorite itinerary, Holland America is DEFINITELY my favorite cruise line! We flew in a day early and stayed at the ... Read more
mman
Member Since 2011
9 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Just returned from 10 day Southern Caribbean on Oosterdam. While it was a good cruise overall there was nothing exceptional about it either. The ship itself is in good shape but it is dated. Most areas are clean and maintained very well. ... Read more
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Higntn
Member Since 2013
1 review
24 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our 4th HAL cruise and 2nd time to Alaska. We had done the route out of Seattle the last time so wanted to try the inside passage out of Vancouver. This was the last cruised for the year out of Alaska and was a little worried ... Read more
Ttomred
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This our my 3rd cruise. We've gone with 2 other cruise lines in the past and loved every minute. Sadly I can't say the same about the Oosterdam. Let me start by saying our stateroom was wonderful and the crew was wonderful. The lay out ... Read more

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AW from E-Town
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The inhospitable environment created by the leadership of the Oosterdam ruined our Holland America cruise experience! We were sold a drink package that was difficult to use. DO NOT buy the Signature Drink Package. This ship only ... Read more
kelsey10
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What a huge disappointment this cruise has been. We usually cruise with Norwegian and we made a mistake by trying Holland. I would rate this ship with a low level grade similar to a comfort inn. There are too many really good cruise ships ... Read more
Rutgers80
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
After my 3 day land tour and torture of the 10 hour bus ride from Denali I was looking forward to just relaxing on the ship. I was not disappointed. The cruise was everything I wished for - relaxing, good food and plenty of things to hold ... Read more
DHY
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Never having been on a cruise before We listened to many people rave about Holland America and selected them. We really enjoyed the trips off the ship and listening to the tour guides. The tour guides were very good but the bus rides ... Read more
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Marlene Ingenthron
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was not our first cruise and compared to the others we were on, it was very disappointing. We were not impressed with the food. Selections were very repetitious, often not hot and not that tasty on the Lido Deck. There were more ... Read more

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Colleen and Steve
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I arrived at the Vancouver Airport at 11am. Were met and welcomed by a HAL rep who arranged for a cab to the Pan Pacific. The Pan Pacific allowed us to check in immediately and our luggage was taken to our room. Nice ... Read more
auldBrocher
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
After spending a glorious week weatherwise in Vancouver, we boarded the ship at 12.30. Our stateroom was ready and our luggage arrived soon after. In the meantime, our cabin stewards knocked to welcome us aboard and introduced themselves, ... Read more
montpa271
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We have been on several Holland American cruises and I must say this was the worst ever. The room stewards were great as was the captain but the cruise director and the chef left a lot to be desired. First I will take on the food. ... Read more
travgurl
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
751 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We began our cruise tour in Fairbanks. I must say that the land and sea portion were done very well by Holland. We stayed at the Westmark in Fairbanks, the McKinley Chalet and the Westmark in Anchorage. All of the accommodations were ... Read more
flaed
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had a wonderful trip. Went to Vancouver and stayed in a super hotel, the Fairmont Waterfront. They parked the ship right in front of our hotel. Boarded the Holland-America's Oosterdam on Sunday the 19th and sailed at 4pm. Next day was ... Read more
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