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Holland America Line Oosterdam First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Oosterdam
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

30

Very Good

9

Average

5

Terrible

1

Cruise type

Family Cruises

154

Senior Cruises

98

Romantic Cruises

83

First-Time Cruisers

48

Repositioning Cruises

34

48 Holland America Line Oosterdam First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


Hsmama avatar

Hsmama

1 Review Written

35 Helpful Votes

Fantastic Vacation

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First of all, we are Cruise Noobs. Never cruised before,never thought we would like the experience. But we wanted to visit Alaska,and so we decided this would be the best way to celebrate our 28th anniversary. Our ...
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Sail Date April 2017


Mulffy avatar

Mulffy

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Loved Alaska and the Oosterdam

I travelled with my family (daughter, son-in-law and two of my grandchildren). I had no idea what cruise line to choose, having never cruised before. They picked HAL, and said it would be more my style. We booked ...
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Sail Date May 2013


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Buffett123

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Sailway

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 ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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Colleen and Steve

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Alaska / BC Land / Sea Jouney

My wife and I arrived at the Vancouver Airport at 11am. Were met and welcomed by a HAL rep who arranged for a cab to the Pan Pacific. The Pan Pacific allowed us to check in immediately and our luggage was taken to ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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DHY

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

First Cruise a Disappointment!

Never having been on a cruise before We listened to many people rave about Holland America and selected them. We really enjoyed the trips off the ship and listening to the tour guides. The tour guides were very ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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SeaDog70s

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Average in Some Regards

First Time Cruise; 40th Anniversary Celebration. With nothing to compare to, these opinions are based on a comparison to the views of others on Cruise Critic, as well as a comparison to the marketing of Holland ...
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Sail Date July 2015


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marek gil

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Not So Happy

My first time on cruise.Generally satisfied but taken by surprise that had to pay for plain water even from my room fridge. Alcohol OK but water? Also charges of 15% for service in bars or to servants-low ball. ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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fireye

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

First Cruise

This was our first cruise. We decided, with the recommendation of Charlene, our AAA travel agent in Minneapolis. to do the D3C "Double Denali" sea/land tour and were not disappointed. I was a bit concerned at first ...
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Sail Date August 2014


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wakey47

1 Review Written

First cruise experience

I have never cruised before but my wife and I wanted to visit the inside passage of Alaska and this is really the only way to do it. Not being cruisers, we normally like to road trip, we went in very green and ...
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Sail Date June 2014


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debkaysmith

9 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

HAL's Oosterdam to Alaska

We are seasoned cruisers with 20+ cruises under our respective belts, both in our mid-50's. We traveled as a party of eight with our adult children aged 24 to 41 years. This is the fifth time we've visited Alaska, ...
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Sail Date June 2014


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Rtarraran

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Fantastic cruise

My wife and I just got back from our 1st cruise, we enjoyed the experience very much, we had an interior room which was smaller than the photos but was very comfortable and not an issue the bed was a delight to ...
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Sail Date March 2014


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SLOWCLAP

1 Review Written

A review of the Oosterdam (First time cruisers!)

We are still recovering from our first cruise experience! We had a wonderful time aboard the Oosterdam and found that we really had two holidays in one. We understand now why so many people do countless cruises year ...
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Sail Date December 2013


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bomberal

1 Review Written

First Cruisers

This was our first cruise and Holland America had been recommended by my brother so we had a bit of background on what to expect. The first sighting of the ship on Sunday 8 December from our airport shuttle service ...
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Sail Date December 2013


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jandreacola

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Wonderful cruise to Alaska

We had a wonderful cruise on the Oosterdam. We did our best to enjoy everything we could as the days flew by. We took full advantage of Seattle by arriving several days early. We toured through the city on our own. ...
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Sail Date August 2013


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PDXGreg

1 Review Written

From A+++ rating to C-....Beware of HAL deceitful practice

As this was my very first cruise, I was very excited and looking forward to cruising on the Osterdam. However, my excitement was squashed when I showed up and discovered that the regular paying passengers were ...
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Sail Date July 2013


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SeattleCruiseLovers

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great First Cruise, but Lots of Seasickness!

This was our first cruise, and overall it was a wonderful experience because of the breathtaking scenery, the outstanding service, and the yummy food. However, we were unprepared for the degree of seasickness we ...
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Sail Date June 2013


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BackslashAZ

1 Review Written

Fabulous 1st-time Alaska Cruise - Seattle > Juneau > Sitka > Ketchikan

Our Seattle to Juneau to Seattle cruise aboard the Oosterdam was the best vacation I can remember. We're new to cruising and this cruise has spoiled my wife and me for any other type of vacation. We're already ...
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Sail Date June 2013


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4Moppy

2 Reviews Written

Fun on ms Oosterdam

Here’s my first attempt at writing a review, although it’s untimely, I still wanted to let readers know about our experience. It was our first cruise and we chose ms Oosterdam, part of Holland America’s fleet ...
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Sail Date June 2010


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Annie.P

2 Reviews Written

No rating

Great First Time Cruise Experience!

We were an extended family group which included 6 children between 3 - 11 and 8 Adults 35 - 65, across 5 cabins. Oh yes - and we were all on our first cruise! The other members of our party were in cabins that ...
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Sail Date January 2013


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HermioneGingold

1 Review Written

Oosterdam

On March 3, 2013, our day of departure, we arrived early at Barangaroo Wharf 5 in order to beat the crowds. Once there, we had an orderly check-in and then were asked to assemble with a group of about forty people. ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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Wastegirl

1 Review Written

Lived up to expectations, very relaxing

Emabarkation Late embarkation due to previous cruise being a charter but as we arrived early we were on board before it got too busy. Leaving from temporary terminal at Barangaroo was not perfect but did the job. ...
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Sail Date March 2013


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CentralCoastie

1 Review Written

Cruising in a wheelchair - Oosterdam

We had a lovely first time cruise with our disabled daughter on the Oosterdam. But like any holiday there were problems that we were unprepared for. The help that we received from most of the staff was exceptional. ...
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Sail Date January 2013


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alwayscruise123

1 Review Written

A fun trip

Cruising is something everyone should do at least once. According to fellow passengers who had been on many, this cruise was above average. We enjoyed it. Contrary to the early reviews, you won't be sorry you did ...
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Sail Date July 2012


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carolinablueskies

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

To All You Naysayers

After reading so many negative reviews on this ship, we almost didn't book it, but at the last minute decided to give it a shot. We flew into Seattle the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn across from the ...
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Sail Date June 2012


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BBCSR53

1 Review Written

Our Very first Cruise

This was our first cruise (wife); I was originally going to book on line, but I decided to go with an agent. I booked this tour in early February for a departure of 3 June for 7 days. I read many of the posts on ...
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Sail Date June 2012


Oosterdam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.04
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.53.8
Family4.03.7
Enrichment4.53.5
Service4.04.3
Value For Money4.03.9
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