Holland America Oosterdam Cruise Reviews

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864 Holland America Oosterdam Cruise Reviews
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bboz
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
I will start with the bad, and end on the positive. BAD: Food quality was not good. I would say it was adequate to slightly sub-par. This was my first Alaska cruise, and the last time I did another cruise was in 1994, so I may ... Read more
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AnnArborMHT
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
17 helpful votes
Cruised Alaska on the Oosterdam in June 2017 with three young adults age 17-22 and three mature adults; here's what worked and didn't for us. Adult entertainment i.e.., Lincoln Center, BB Kings and American Kitchen were excellent, the ... Read more
Guitarjess
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We're first time cruisers & went with my parents for a 3 generations cruise(6 adults + 3 teens). There were not many kids on the ship, but that was ok with us. The kids utilized the HAL kids clubs and enjoyed their time away from the ... Read more
Jofannie and Mark
Member Since 2009
1 review
109 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Our very first cruise back in August 2003 was on Holland America's Amsterdam and we've been hooked on cruising ever since. Since then, we've taken 21 more cruises on a variety of different lines with Princess being the one we've taken most ... Read more
extex1
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
My husband contacted our cruise specialist, and they set the whole thing up. Dennis had previously researched the HAL website, and knew what he wanted before booking. We had an aft-Neptune suite. Em and disembarkation were as expected. ... Read more
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david_honig
Member Since 2010
1 review
14 helpful votes
There are several things to like about the Oosterdam - the decor is fantastic, I really enjoyed the co-branding with America's Test Kitchen. Their on-board enterainment system (free) had a better collection of movies that I have on with ... Read more
nattga
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
16 helpful votes
Having set sails with RCCL, NCL, and Celebrity, I tried not to set my standard too high because I know that HAL is going to be different and more traditional. After spending a week on Oosterdam, I can break it down and say things that I ... Read more
AAviator
Member Since 2012
1 review
9 forum posts
7 helpful votes
First time to Alaska, which was stunningly gorgeous. Embarkation does not offer a separate line for suites, but went smoothly. Disembarkation was a breeze, going from cabin to departure gate at SEA in less than one hour. Dining room ... Read more
mforgey
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed April 2017
I traveled with 3 friends. We decided on this cruise because it was a good deal and we all have Alaska on our "Places to see" lists. Embarkation and disembarkation went as smoothly as possible I thought. This was my first cruise ... Read more
Hsmama
Member Since 2016
1 review
216 forum posts
29 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
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 party consisted of 4 ... Read more
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BCranger
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
40 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We thought we might be taking a risk going on a Holland America cruise with our young children, but felt like we needed a holiday and this itinerary fit the bill. It was a 4 day cruise from San Diego to Vancouver. Our children, ages 6 ... Read more
heathman
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
33 forum posts
9 helpful votes
I booked this cruise in December as a gift to my husband who had, until now, never cruised. We wanted to try a short, 5-day, cruise to make sure he wouldn't become deathly ill from motion sickness and to just give him a taste for sailing. ... Read more
Callie28
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
13 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise because we love to end up at home, no travel day at the end. We had been on ship in January and you can view my rave review on this site. We loved the whole experience. It was an eye opener, all the changes in a ... Read more
booboocruiser
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
9 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Our 9th cruise, 2nd on HAL. Our first cruise was on HAL 18 years ago and we've always compared our cruises to that first one. We've been looking forward to cruising on HAL again. We've cruised on Princess, Royal, Carnival and Norwegian. ... Read more
leebrownIU
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
260 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was a fine cruise. I went solo, but met many people and had a good time. I am a faithful Holland American fan, and this cruise affirmed my affection for HAL. Why? The ship had good food, good service and a traditional style of ... Read more
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beach1948
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
For my wife and me (in our 60’s), this was our 22nd cruise (our 8th cruise on HA and our 2nd on Oosterdam). Our first cruise on Oosterdam was a year ago (before its recent renovation). The most notable improvements have been in ... Read more
Kathrand14
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose Holland American because we like the size of the ship as well as the departure port. This was our first voyage on Holland American (we have cruised more than 15 times on various lines. We booked a Neptune Suite and we must say ... Read more
justin trottier
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our first cruise as a newly married couple. We chose this cruise line over its competition because of its excellent reviews. The service was exemplary, the food was impressive in quality, quantity and diversity. The ship was ... Read more
vccarmi
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
36 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because it leaves from Tampa (live in the area) and because of the unique itinerary to Central America and Key West. We were pleasantly surprised with how nice and how clean the ship is. The crew was "friendly ... Read more
Capt Bob
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
3 helpful votes
I have been cruising Holland America for many years and have watched the service and food go down hill to what I would say was second rate.On this last cruise I had no hot water for 12 out of the 14 days of the cruise. Others complained ... Read more
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Jcounsellor
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
I booked this cruise last minute for my daughter's spring break from college. I have been on over 25 cruises including Holland, Norwegian, Celebrity, Royal, Disney and Carnival. Each experience is different and this happened to be one of ... Read more
mpolachek24
Member Since 2015
1 review
38 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have taken a Holland America cruise in the past, in January 2016 on Nieuw Amsterdam to be specific, for the 'Dancing with the Stars' theme cruise early that month. We were impressed by the quality of the line back then and knew we had ... Read more
Weightless
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
49 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Embarkation was the fastest we have ever experienced. We were pleasantly surprised to find our cabin ready when we boarded. The cabin and bathroom was clean. Staff pleasant and helpful. Didn't care for the old world decorations.. We ... Read more
JRICHD
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our first cruise, we chose it because the dates met our schedule and the itinerary went to some of the less popular western Caribbean ports. We had heard that Holland America was known for catering to an older clientele but as ... Read more
SeaNStars4Me
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
27 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I am a youthful 52 year old single woman who took this cruise "solo". I have only been on one other cruise and it was on Carnival. I will say that Holland America was definitely an "older" crowd. The vast majority of ... Read more
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