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Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to the Panama Canal & Central America Holland America Line Oosterdam Cruise Reviews

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Leaving Corinto harbor.
Black Christ in Leon Cathedral, Nicaragua.
Fruit in Leon market, Guatemala.
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Panama Canal Transit Complete with Panama Buns
"There were also two excellent lecturers on sea days--one on Costa Rica (birds, amphibians especially) and one on Mexican history and culture--but I missed the America's Test Kitchen lectures and demonstrations that have in the past been a big part of why I liked Holland America.All Holland America ships have tried to cut costs in recent years, especially in the dining room, so the food was good but not spectacular...."Read More
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1-10 of 15 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to the Panama Canal & Central America Holland America Line Oosterdam Cruise Reviews


Avoid this ship and probably this cruise line

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jar46
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

This was our 12th cruise, 2d on HAL. What a disappointment! Ship is tired, scuffed, dirty and smelly. Needs a major renovation. Design is dated, but more important it's just old and not well maintained. The ambience of the ship transferred to many (but by no means all) of the staff, many of whom seemed just as tired as the ship and were simply going thru the motions. The food was ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


Great Food, Service, and Staff - Low Energy Activities

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The Producer
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

My wife and I just completed a 17-day cruise on February 22 on the Oosterdam from Fort Lauderdale (February 5) to San Diego. The food and service were great. The ship was clean and crisp. The staff was always friendly and helpful. The headliner shows each evening were top notch. The Lido Market was well organized, much better than other cruise ships. However, we probably will not book ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


Panama Canal Transit Complete with Panama Buns

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Gail MG
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

The Oosterdam is one of the older Holland America ships but is attractive, well maintained, and comfortable and has probably the best service, certainly the friendliest service, of any of the Holland America ships that we have sailed on. The officers, too, are unusually cordial and went out of their way to greet and chat with guests. What I liked best about this 17-day Panama Canal transit cruise, ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Great crew and service with cheap and poor quality food.

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richardsymms
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because it started in Ft. Lauderdale and ended 21 days later in Seattle plus we got a very large stateroom #8140 w a wrap-around deck on the stern. The first day for embarkation we felt the cruise line was not organized and although our luggage was labeled "priority" it was the very last on - not that it mattered but what did is we kept wondering if it would show up at all. ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


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TravelerinRenton
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We chose this cruise because we live in the Seattle area and love not having to deal with air travel at the conclusion, also because my husband can only walk with a walker. We were familiar with all the ports (only one tender port), and we like longer cruises. We booked the Signature Suite. We needed extra room for the walker and no accessible rooms were available. The first glitch we ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


HOLLAND AMERICA ELIMINATES ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS

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jzgold
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because hal hadn't disappointed on prior cruises, and because the ports were what we wanted to visit. unfortunately. Hal has changed their entertainment policy, eliminating the grand musicals of old, replacing them with, for example, a gymnast, a mini-harp player running around the audience, sitting in laps, an 8pm travel documentary, and a lame juggler. (the act was lame). ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Traveled with disabled person


Bad right from the start.

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trikester
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We wanted a Panama canal cruise and picked Holland because we wanted to try them. We have been on 7 cruises before this on other cruise lines. There must be something wrong with the stabilization system on that ship. It never stopped rocking. 15 days of walking like you were drunk. The night entertainment was cheap. Sitting through 45 minutes of piano playing by one man. On another night was ...
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Sail Date: November 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


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darkinterior
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

I am submitting the latest laundry package options for Oosterdam. I hope you find it helpful. These prices were current as of November 2017. Many times, laundry was returned clean in 12 hours, some times less. We had no issues with the quality of the laundry service. I will say that my entire family enjoyed the cruise very much. The Panama Canal was amazing. The staff was great and attentive. ...
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Sail Date: November 2017

Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom


Very quiet ship....

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appleation
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We chose this cruise because it would cover the Thanksgiving Holiday. We have already done a Panama Canal trip but had not gone all the way to the Pacific Side. Embarkation was a a surpprising "snap" The ship was in excellent condition for a ship the age of this one. and very clean The food was good,with nice menus. The Lido was not terrific for any meal accept for breakfast. The thing we ...
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Sail Date: November 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Fall trans canal - Up and over Central America!!!

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brucory
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

We took this cruise as an end of year celebration. There were plenty to choose from but the idea of this itinerary captivated us as we had the Panama Canal on our bucket list and this was the opportunity to enjoy an extended voyage on a vista class ship. It is unusual to get 19 nights on one of these ships unless you do a back to back cruise as they tend to do shorter, regular itineraries for a ...
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Sail Date: November 2009

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


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