This was our second Holland America cruise in less than a year as last year we did a magnificent 24 day Mediteranean Cruise on the Noordam. The Oosterdam is the same size and with an almost identical layout,so we felt at home as soon as we were on board. Embarkement in Sydney was a little slow,but this was beyond the control of HAL due to unusual circumstances. The ship had to contend with cyclones Pam and Nathan while we were on board, but our Captain Peter Bos,did a fine job of keeping us away from rough waters. We did have to miss Port Vila,which was devastated by the Cyclone and we also missed Dravuni Island as we were unable to tender due to damage to the pontoon. We did however,go to Isle of Pines,which was beautiful. However, we were quite content to stay on board and enjoy the facilities.
The food was consistently delicious and plentiful and service was always friendy and efficient. The Oosterdam is very well maintained and well laid out. Entertainment on board was very good with the highlight being the incredible BB King Blues Band which appear in the Queens Lounge most nights. We never missed their show and these guys & girl are world class performers. A special mention of Ping Rose,Poyee Yancy and Michael Holt from the band who are great friendly guys and incredibly talented.
We have been so happy with Holland America on our 2 cruises (38 nights) that we wouldn't consider travelling with anyone else and have already prepaid a deposit for our next cruise.
There were 3 couples in our group and we all booked Signature suites which are spacious,well located,very well fitted and beautiful with a large balcony, shower,spa bath,twin basins and everything you could want. One couple was lucky enough to get an upgrade to a Pinnacle Suite which was absolutely spectacular and probably better than most 5 star hotel rooms.