Oosterdam Cruise Review by MagTravel
- Sail Date: September 2008
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)
The Oosterdam is one of four Vista class ships on Holland America. It is medium sized ship with lots of options for all ages. The decor is not as gaudy as the Westerdam and it has the usual HAL crew, the most eager to please bunch of folks in the world of cruising. They really want to make your trip special. We enjoyed the entertainment and the option of two shows nightly. The shore excursions are expensive but worth it if you want to experience Alaska. Being on a budget trip, we opted for self guided tours in Juneau and Sitka. We highly recommend the Russian Archangel dancers show and the gift shop featuring local artists in Sitka. The lumberjack show in Ketchikan was great fun with one of the actors presenting me with a very large round of freshly chopped wood. The art shows and auctions on board were informative and did not push purchases. The casino and library were also favorite spots for us on the ship. High Tea was as special as always.
Speaking of food; we ordered coffee and juice every morning in our cabin. It was delivered on time with a smile. Following a mile or two of deck walking we went to the Lido for a wonderful breakfast. Sometimes it was hard to find a clean table but a simple request for assistance from the dining room staff always found us a good spot. Lunch in the Lido or on the deck is great with a huge selection for all ages. Dinner was a pleasure every night because HAL has finally gotten the "Dine As You Wish" act together. We didn't even make reservations except for the Pinnacle Dinner. We were seated promptly and with interesting dining companions every night. The food was very good with portions down sized from landside restaurants. The Pinnacle continues to impeccably serve lovely meals and make special memories. Lunch in the Pinnacle is a bargain for those cruisers really watching their dollars.
Disembarkation Day always arrives too soon but on this cruise it was painless. We received instructions on the television and in printed forms delivered to our cabin. We had breakfast in the Lido and returned to our cabin to wait for the call to leave. Our luggage was right where it was supposed to be, we cleared customs and headed for the cab stand. Our flight home was on time and we were back on the East coast before the end of the day. Another wonderful trip with Holland America, the best value in the cruising industry today.
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