Holland America Oosterdam Cruise Reviews

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TakesNotes
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Many of us were surprised to find that this was a big band cruise with the "Harry James Orchestra" playing nightly. Those who like big bands were in their glory with the 12 instrumental musicians, a bandleader and a female ... Read more
howndder
Member Since 2005
1 review
798 forum posts
11 helpful votes
I am writing this review to let others know what actually happened to "me" alone, on the Trans-Atlantic Crossing of Holland America's "Oosterdam". I took Holland America this time, (my 23rd Tans-Atlantic) because my ... Read more
nycwebdude
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
15 forum posts
16 helpful votes
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: My cruising history - this was my 16th cruise (1-Carnival/1-Celebrity/3-Norwegian/11-Royal Caribbean). I decided to try HAL because I was looking for a little "step up" from RCL for things like ... Read more
Adtchris
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 helpful votes
We live in Florida and chose Tampa as the easiest port for us to get to (4 hour drive). The cruise was good, ports in Western Caribbean a bit new and undeveloped but the overall experience on the ship more than made up for the raw ports. ... Read more
toomuchsnow
Member Since 2010
1 review
7 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
A week off the Oosterdam and thought I should finally write my first review/story, since I read a lot of other people's experiences. Firstly, we are a family of three, early fifties with a teenage daughter who will be attending ... Read more
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Buffett123
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
17 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
First was not going to write a review since ship is doing a transatlantic and then dry dock but after looking over some of the last reviews I thought they were unfair and totally misleading. This was our 9 cruise on five different lines ... Read more
Popeyesmom
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
16 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Hi everyone! Just got back two days ago from a 10-day Caribbean cruise on Holland's Oosterdam. It was our 3rd trip on the Oosterdam and our 10th cruise overall. My husband and I agreed that it was one of the (if not the) best trip we've ... Read more
Capemarie48
Member Since 2012
1 review
20 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was a "collector cruise" We went to the Southern, then a short trip to the Western Carib, with a stop in Ft. Lauderdale after 11 nights. The first 11 days the ship had many, many elderly people, lots of wheelchairs, ... Read more
bags r packed
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our 64th cruise on a variety of ships including 5 world cruises but the first and last on HAL. The weather was great, accommodations comfortable, some great ports for fun in the sun, embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. ... Read more
rajkr74
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,783 forum post
2 helpful votes
This was our 9th cruise with Holland and we were not disappointed again. Staff was excellent as usual with smiles and hellos every time we passed them in the halls. The ship was in better condition than we expected since she was headed to ... Read more
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Jucy
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This cruise was supposed to be my honeymoon but my husband of 8 Months passed away before the cruise. I am glad I did go on the cruise as I promised my husband on his dying bed I would! This cruise was excellent, the food was delicious and ... Read more
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bestofXs
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
22 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The Oosterdam was constantly being cleaned by staff BUT, it is in desperate need of a refurbishing (will be done in April) Rugs & furniture in room & public areas, many pool lounge chair pads need replacing. Should have been done ... Read more
CORealtor
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
126 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We just returned from the 10 night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Holland America’s Oosterdam from January 29-February 8, 2016. With snow forecasted to increase in Colorado, we decided to don our Denver Bronco’s Jerseys and head ... Read more
Zeno
Member Since 2003
4 reviews
5,242 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Background: Us: middle aged couple Husband very active and fit, wife recovering from knee surgery - so not so active or fit Pre-Cruise Hotel: 1 night at Rodeway Inn. I am not sure why so many people complain about the Rodeway. ... Read more
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July_Cruiser
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
142 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Ship: I was aware of the upcoming dry-dock so worn carpets and loose wall coverings were to be expected. I was not pleased to have workers scraping paint and varnishing while I was eating breakfast outside by the pool. Workers were wearing ... Read more
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beach1948
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
For us (ages 68 and 66), this was our 20th cruise (with various cruise lines). For most cruises over a week in duration (and especially upon Holland America) the average passenger age is quite “senior”. We found ourselves ... Read more
Pepperharris
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
My husband & I have cruised at least 12 times prior to this on other cruise lines but decided for our 25th anniversary we would book with Holland America based upon their reputation as a 5 star experience. Boy did we ever make a ... Read more
Weighanchor3
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
After reading some less than favorable reviews I felt compelled to write this review. First off and seriously, this may be THE best vacation Holland America has ever delivered. We cruise quite frequently and exclusively with HAL. HAL is ... Read more
Culbles
Member Since 2016
1 review
43 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We enjoyed our trip to the southern Caribbean in late December 2015 (Christmas trip) on the Oosterdam. But one bad experience spoiled it for us. My wife booked our cruise a long time in advance of the departure date and booked our ... Read more
sheekar
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
9 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
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Malloy
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
5 helpful votes
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
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
129 forum posts
8 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
4 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
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