Holland America Oosterdam Cruise Reviews

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Crazycatlover
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We had always wanted to go on a Mediterranean Cruise but never thought we could afford it. Last Spring we found a great deal for the 12-day Oosterdam cruise so we took advantage of it. We stayed in Barcelona for a few days before the ... Read more
Mary from Hawaii
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
4 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
On the Oosterdam...everyone was friendly and happy. Many employees (of all levels of employment) ate in the buffet area and got along with each other and the passengers. The stateroom (aft, end stateroom) was large and quiet. The room ... Read more
peter grant
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
23 forum posts
10 helpful votes
The old joke says HAL cruises are the ones on which senior citizens take their parents. But both groups are dying off, one by one, and the company can’t seem to define its replacement audience. I rate this cruise a B-plus, but ... Read more
DavidHarder
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We had a great stateroom, wonderful staff and above average food. Our stateroom was part of a refurbishment effort that installed a series of suites and verandahs in the stern.. Highly recommended. The staff was wonderful. Our cabin ... Read more
jnight
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we like Holland America and we liked the itinerary. We are more interested in exploring ports than ship-board activities and Holland America suits us for this purpose. We do not, for the most part, do ship ... Read more
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murraycr
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We often take a year-end cruise in the Mediterranean and enjoy visiting various ports along the way. This cruise focussed on the western Mediterranean and then crossed the Atlantic, ending up in Tampa. In all, we spent 39 days on the ... Read more
mike7742
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
The ship is very smart, plenty of room and facilities for allService first class - all crew always spoke with a pleasant greeting no matter what they were doing. Cabin (1123) excellent. We have been on cruises before,and always had an ... Read more
Keyser Soze
Member Since 2006
1 review
25 forum posts
4 helpful votes
A comprehensive review of OUR HAL EXPERIENCE on the 09/28/16 Oosterdam 12nt Mediterranean Dreams cruise follows. Summary: With the exception of the two very negative experiences, our overall HAL cruise experience was nothing out of the ... Read more
twovictorians
Member Since 2009
1 review
40 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Food was ever better than previous HAL cruises and we have done many (almost 5 star). Service was excellent and as delightful as ever. I understand that sometimes the 'open dining tables had slower than usual service, but during the set ... Read more
VMax1700
Member Since 2010
1 review
1,063 forum post
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I was not going to write a review of this trip until I saw another review and wondered were we on the same ship! Oosterdam was in excellent condition after her recent refit. Our stateroom was in good condition and ready for us as soon ... Read more
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janmader
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was my 12-13th cruise and we had heard that HAL was among the best -- we found them among the worst. Poor, absent, on the verge of unfriendly, service; room steward constantly complaining about being overworked. Truly awful, ... Read more
dailydelite
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This trip first attracted me because I was looking for a cruise that started in Venice and hopefully visited some ports in Greece such as Athens and the Greek Islands, This cruise filled the bill and was well priced. Overall, the ship ... Read more
circum95
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
10 helpful votes
Our third cruise, but the first with Holland America Line. Boarding as the usual stressful super heated mayhem. I wish cruise lines could learn something from Middle Eastern air carriers such as Emirates in that respect. The ship was clean ... Read more
Sheik
Member Since 2004
1 review
995 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We are 37 and 38 years old and have been on 22 cruises so far. We cruise with Celebrity, Azamara, Oceania and Royal Caribbean. This was our 3rd cruise with HAL and will be our last one. We are easy and always treat people with respect. ... Read more
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icini
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Last minute choice. Rather overpriced but it did tick the boxes and I enjoyed it greatly, would consider using HAL again if a cheaper alternative did not include the ports I wanted to see. Always managed to find a sun lounger, even on ... Read more
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ScorpioGeo
Member Since 2009
1 review
9 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We selected this itinerary because of the many stops on the Spanish coast. In that regard, it did not disappoint. Malaga / Granada was amazing.... Alicante was also a delightful port. Calvi turned out to be quaint and charming. ... Read more
PL56
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
7 helpful votes
My husband and I have cruised many times, but never with Holland America. We chose them as we liked the Riviera itinerary and it certainly did not disappoint, nor did the Oosterdam. The ship has just been re-done and is stunning. Very ... Read more
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3ssn
Member Since 2011
1 review
191 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We are a family of 4, mum, dad and twoo teenage daughters. This was our 6th cruise with HAL, all in the Med. The Oosterdam was recently refurbished in dry dock. She looked very fresh. We used anytime dining but with an angoing reservation ... Read more
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nsifiri
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
The ship was fine, the Neptune Suites seemed smaller and less well laid out than other ships on the Holland line. The entertainment was only OK at best, but perhaps that was because we only had 2 sea days. What was surprising to me, having ... Read more
iluvlabbies
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We had wanted to take a Mediterranean cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. Since we own 4 weeks with Marriott, we were able to use our vacation club points to choose this cruise. We booked this in the summer of 2015 and were able to ... Read more
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RicksClan 1
Member Since 2016
1 review
26 forum posts
This cruise review is done by RicksClan 2 but we only have 1 CC account because we have to have different emails. :} RicksClan 1 used to be Pioneer Scion but we just changed it....I am more wordy and write most reviews. Bucket list: ... Read more
marycath
Member Since 2012
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was an anniversary cruise and rather last minute. The ship had a recent refurbishment and looked splendid. The embarkation was quick and we went straight to our stateroom, a veranda on deck 8. The itinerary was mainly in the ... Read more
bobd56
Member Since 2011
1 review
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we love to cruise to Greece and this cruise offered ports we have not visited. We have been on 40 cruises and do three a year. This ship was very boring because there was little entertainment. One night they ... Read more
tthdoc1
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was our 8th HAL cruise and second time on the Oosterdam. Perfect size ship (82K tons, 2200 passengers) and has recently been renovated (built in 2003). Never felt like we were on a crowded cruise ship. We had sailed on the Oosterdam ... Read more
erikjoha
Member Since 2005
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for two reasons: Ports of call and price. The deal we got on this cruise for the 5 of us (Me and the wife, 3 kids (age 20,18,15) for 2 staterooms (Signature suite + large inside stateroom across from each other) was ... Read more
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