This was our 5 th cruise to Alaska, our 21st cruise but our first time on Holland. Given some other reviews I was a little apprehensive but decided to go for it. We arrived in Seattle a day early and enjoyed our stay at the Fairmont. Holland collected our bags at the hotel and delivered them to the ship. Check in at the pier was very organized and many helpful agents to direct. Since we had a Deluxe Verandah Suite, there was a special check in counter and we were on board in less than 30 minutes. Our cabin was ready so we dropped our carry on bags and headed for lunch in the Vista dining room. Our cabin was on the fantail of the ship and had an enormous wrap around deck, dual sinks in the bathroom, a jacuzzi tub and more closet space than 2 people could ever want.
We had most of our meals in the main dinning room. We did not like the Lido buffet as the food selection was not that good and they do not offer trays to carry your food, so there is lots of back and forth traffic. Made it difficult to get your food, find a table, then go get your drinks, return to the table and then off again if you wanted dessert. Lido...not for us. The food in the Vista (main dining room) was very good and had a good selection. Our waiters were wonderful and kept everything flowing nicely. We made reservation in the Pinnacle and had a fabulous meal, worth the upcharge. We had room service which was just OK.
Our cabin stewards Maar and Waly, were outstanding and kept our room spotless. We took advantage of the Neptune Lounge and enjoyed the snacks and services. We could not handle the smoke in the casino which was a shame since we like to gamble. Wish they could make at least a portion of the casino smoke free. We had wonderful weather and calm seas which made sitting on our verandah a pleasure. The ports were great but we did not take many shore excursions once this was our 5th Alaska cruise and have done many in the past. We hope to return to Alaska again someday and will be sure to sail on Holland again. The Oosterdam did not disappoint.