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My husband & i have recently returned from a 22 night cruise from sydney to vancouver, on holland america oosterdam. the cruise was then continuing onto alaska. We were really looking forward with great anticipation to this 22 day cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We have done many cruises over the past number of years, and have always enjoyed it. We have continued to go on cruises as our preferred holiday, because we have thoroughly enjoyed the 'total' experience. However on this cruise, after one week at sea, it soon became evident that this was not going to be the wonderful trip we had saved for & hoped it would be. my husband became very unwell with a 'virus' that was going around the ship. He started on some antibiotics that we had taken away with us 'just in case' we were unwell while we were away for a month. After spending 3 days in bed, and still no better, he visited the ship's doctor. The infirmary was so busy they were making appointments! He was given a different antibiotic, and we received an account for $us180.00. I would say that at least 50% of the passengers & some crew, came down with this debilitating coughing virus. why is it that cruise ships can't draw in the fresh sea air into the air conditioning system, instead of recirculating the germ infested stale air. Even the so called 'fogging' they say happens at night doesn't fix the problem!!! Washing hands to combat bugs is one thing , but the greater problem is in the air that you breath all the time. The remainder of our time away in vancouver & hong kong was totally ruined because my husband was still unwell & by then i had also contracted the same thing. All we could do was to wish our time away to get back home. On our return home, we visited our doctor who said we had influenza, and no antibiotic would be effective for that. We have both spent the past 4 days in bed trying to recuperate! We will never do another holland america cruise again. We would like holland america to refund us 10% of our cruise cost, (we have written to them, but don't think we will ever hear from them), as we were unable to go to the dining room , the evening shows, or partake in the activities provided on the ship. On the positive side our cabin stewards & the staff were all very pleasant and helpful. Joybells.

Holiday from Hell!

Oosterdam Cruise Review by Pamela J

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2015
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
My husband & i have recently returned from a 22 night cruise from sydney to vancouver, on holland america oosterdam. the cruise was then continuing onto alaska.

We were really looking forward with great anticipation to this 22 day cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

We have done many cruises over the past number of years, and have always enjoyed it. We have continued to go on cruises as our preferred holiday, because we have thoroughly enjoyed the 'total' experience.

However on this cruise, after one week at sea, it soon became evident that this was not going to be the wonderful trip we had saved for & hoped it would be. my husband became very unwell with a 'virus' that was going around the ship. He started on some antibiotics that we had taken away with us 'just in case' we were unwell while we were away for a month. After spending 3 days in bed, and still no better, he visited the ship's doctor. The infirmary was so busy they were making appointments! He was given a different antibiotic, and we received an account for $us180.00. I would say that at least 50% of the passengers & some crew, came down with this debilitating coughing virus. why is it that cruise ships can't draw in the fresh sea air into the air conditioning system, instead of recirculating the germ infested stale air. Even the so called 'fogging' they say happens at night doesn't fix the problem!!!

Washing hands to combat bugs is one thing , but the greater problem is in the air that you breath all the time.

The remainder of our time away in vancouver & hong kong was totally ruined because my husband was still unwell & by then i had also contracted the same thing.

All we could do was to wish our time away to get back home.

On our return home, we visited our doctor who said we had influenza, and no antibiotic would be effective for that. We have both spent the past 4 days in bed trying to recuperate!

We will never do another holland america cruise again.

We would like holland america to refund us 10% of our cruise cost, (we have written to them, but don't think we will ever hear from them), as we were unable to go to the dining room , the evening shows, or partake in the activities provided on the ship.

On the positive side our cabin stewards & the staff were all very pleasant and helpful.

Joybells.
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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VC 5075
The cabin stewards always had our cabin maintained extremely well.
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