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  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Mazatlan
  • Day 5
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Diego

Oosterdam

Oosterdam - Holland America Line

Pros

The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

Cons

Lacks attractions for active cruisers

Bottom Line

Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please


Cruise Reviews

We took this cruise with another couple, long-time friends and traveling companions, booking two balcony cabins with adjoining doors and balconies, and we had a very good time. We were nervous about the weather sailing south down the ... Read More
We took this cruise with another couple, long-time friends and traveling companions, booking two balcony cabins with adjoining doors and balconies, and we had a very good time. We were nervous about the weather sailing south down the coast, but needn't have been, because the weather was gorgeous and the seas were very smooth. Boarding was wonderfully efficient - we arrived at the port a bit earlier than advised to, and were on board and eating a lovely lunch in a little less than an hour. Our cabins, and the entire ship, were clean and well maintained, and we all appreciated the slightly subdued decor (nothing glitzy or over the top) built around gorgeous caste aluminum elevator doors and beautiful floral displays on every deck. Contrary to some reviews, we all found the food to be excellent in every included dining area - the Vista main dining room (where we had open seating) was attractive, comfortable, and offered lovely views and the Lido Market buffet was spacious and nicely decorated, had great views, and offered an amazing selection of different varieties of food in specialty areas - Asian and South Asian treats, salads, pastas, a carving station, sandwiches, burgers, ice cream and desserts - you name it, they offered it. The musical entertainment, in several venues (BB King's, MainStage, Lincoln Centre Stage), was also varied and geared to many different tastes - classical music, show tunes, rhythm and blues, dance standards and a stand up comic who offered great humour combined with marvelous fiddling (at one of her shows she was accompanied by her lovely and very talented 11 year old daughter). Our favourite spot for chatting and watching the sights was the Explorations Lounge on the Observation Deck, and we had a great time playing cards in the Lido Market buffet area after the 9pm show, as they continued to serve tasty food (their French fries and home made potato chips were perfect card-playing snacks). In typical cruise line fashion, HAL does overcharge for all alcohol (the dining room's wine bottle charges were utterly ridiculous), but the four of us aren't serious drinkers, so we made do with a fairly reasonable 6 bottle wine package to accompany our dinners and were happy enough because we drank lots of craft beer in every port. Our traveling companions both enjoyed the Casino, and my husband and I really enjoyed the beautiful outdoor pool and hot tubs (the ship has an indoor pool and hot tubs as well, with a retractable roof). None of us experienced the hard sell mentioned in a previous review (but we didn't attend the History of Diamonds presentation), and we appreciated that the on-board photographer was quite respectful if you just said "No, thank you." The icing on the cake, though - and Holland America should be proud - is their truly exceptional service, offered by every crew member we met. Friends of ours have always recommended Holland America and we hesitated sailing with them because we've had less then happy experiences with mid-priced cruise lines, but this cruise made us understand their preference. We would not hesitate to sail with Holland America on the Oosterdam again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We travelled as a party of 9 and had really looked forward to seeing Alaska with Holland America. Boy were we disappointed. Every show, talk, movie on the cruise was an attempt to sell something. Although we are used to cruises and ... Read More
We travelled as a party of 9 and had really looked forward to seeing Alaska with Holland America. Boy were we disappointed. Every show, talk, movie on the cruise was an attempt to sell something. Although we are used to cruises and expect this to happen, their selling attempt was too blatant and started to ruin our experience. A season on the history of diamonds led to a pushy sales effort to sell items from the stores on the ship. We had the unfortunate opportunity to see a doctor on board, and he was incompetent, unethical, and tried to upsell medication like a cheap used car salesman. The food was tolerable, but got repetitive after a few days. By the 5th day we were dying to get off the cruise. The excursions were actually quite pleasant and we were happy to meet some locals. However, we also realize how much more expensive the excursions sold on the ship were compared to just getting off the ship and go with a local company. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
THE GOOD: Very efficient at embarking and disembarking passengers smoothly. Smiley, welcoming and attentive staff. Very clean and comfortable stateroom. Good entertainment (we watched the dancers). Several choices of bars and lounges, ... Read More
THE GOOD: Very efficient at embarking and disembarking passengers smoothly. Smiley, welcoming and attentive staff. Very clean and comfortable stateroom. Good entertainment (we watched the dancers). Several choices of bars and lounges, all with excellent service. Pretty good food. NOT SO GOOD: I couldn't help compare this ship with the one I sailed on 20 years ago. It was nothing like as luxurious. The opulent art and sculptures are gone. The decor, once tasteful, is pedestrian. The colour schemes horrible. The cuisine, once out of this world, is ho-hum. No ice sculptures. No Baked Alaska. No movie house. No jazz pianists in the lounges. No afternoon Dutch tea. No midnight chocolate extravaganza. I think I know what happened. Cruise passengers were once refined, cultured and discriminating. Now they are not. People from all walks of life come to party, gamble, drink and overeat. Because of the changing demographics and lowering of standards, Holland America has eliminated the niceties. What an awful shame! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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