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Ship: I was aware of the upcoming dry-dock so worn carpets and loose wall coverings were to be expected. I was not pleased to have workers scraping paint and varnishing while I was eating breakfast outside by the pool. Workers were wearing face masks to protect them from the strong odors. Cabin 5023: Very small – smallest inside cabin we’ve had in over 30 cruises. Other inside cabins we have had on this same class of ship are configured similar to the outside cabins, but this one was sideways and has awkward floor plan. The cabin steward kept it very clean and towels were replaced daily. Bed sheets were good and bed comfortable. This cabin has a noise problem, the back wall must back up to a storage room. On nights where the sea was rolling there was a loud banging on the wall next to the bed. Something in the storage room behind it needed battened down to prevent the battering noise during rolling seas. Yes, we mentioned it to the cabin steward and he asked his supervisor to check out what the cause of noise was. We even asked the captain about the noise on his Q&A session but nothing was done. Entertainment: Loved the steel drum player, Junior, and the accompaniment from a great vocalist! I took advantage of several steel pan lessons. Comic had the same routine that we heard on the Noordam a year ago. Mentalists – 2 different mentalists, one for each segment, both were rather boring for the length of the show. Ship’s singers and dancers – Don’t miss the “Roadhouse” show if it is offered on your segment of the cruise. Filipino Crew Show – Best show of all! Piano Bar – We attended Piano Man Van every night and especially enjoyed his farewell show in the underutilized Crow’s Nest. His replacement for the second cruise was Piano Man James and we only attended one time on that segment. Adagio – Although the room was always full with people waiting, with buzzers, for their dinner table; the strings always seemed to be on break when we wanted to listen. Can’t comment on if they were good or not. (We loved a different duo that played on Prinsendam a couple years ago and listened every evening back then). Lido Pool – The piped in music by the pool was obnoxious and loud. It would be so pleasant to eat breakfast and just enjoy the sunshine and waves rather than being subjected to the “Beach Boys loop”. The steel pan & vocalist were great when they played and sang their live music by the pool. B.B. King Blues Club – First segment of cruise the group was mediocre, but they left the ship and a new group came one. The second group was fantastic – especially Adam, the trumpet player, and both the male & female vocalists. The group needs to play more different songs so that they don’t repeat the same sets so often. Very talented group. Entertaining indeed. I recommend “Impact Noise Reduction Earplugs” to attend all musical shows. Holland America seems to believe louder is better even after continued complaints about the volume. We bought our ear plugs specifically because we loved the B.B. King Blues Club group last year on the Noordam and wanted to better enjoy them. Good music ear plugs add to your enjoyment. Age of Cruisers: Their niche is older people even if management is in denial. Average age is mid – 70’s. Dress: Well dressed crowd! Some seemed unaware of the new dress down “gala” nights. I left my tux at home and just wore a sport jacket and tie for gala night. You could enter the dining room with just a collared shirt but I was glad I had my tie with me. There were many guys in tuxes especially on the first leg of our cruise. Lido: Pasta made to order is excellent and hot. Ice cream – ask what else they have if you don’t see many flavors listed or if you want a sorbet and don’t see one listed. Caribbean Fish Chowder very good! First cruise the Jambalaya was great but on second leg it was like glue so take a chance on it and maybe it will be a great batch. Made to order omelets were good and selections were listed which seemed to speed things up. Another thing I liked was that there were now 3 burners instead of 2 for the skillets and 2 worker omelet teams that really speed up the process nicely. Had salads for lunch on port days – would have liked more variety on the non-lettuce selections. Dining Room: We had 8:00 Fixed Seating. Appetizers were better than entrees. We liked cold fruit soups. Our waiter was very good. Lobster was good on the first leg but not so much on the second leg. The waiter did have to deal with a “special” table that was far from us that night so we understood the situation that one evening and the rest of our meal was good. Mariner’s Brunch – much ado about nothing. Last cold quiche for me. Skip it. Teas: Indonesian still nice. Dutch tea – nothing special anymore. Embarkation – Ship was very late getting in but that was not HAL fault. Wife only had a yogurt for breakfast in anticipation of the ship’s lunch. Was starved by the time we finally got to board the ship around 3:00. We got to salad bar and some food on our plate and the announcement came for the mandatory lifeboat drill so could not enjoy the salad, wolfed down just enough to hold us until after the drill. Not a great start to wait in a holding area for hours. Pre-Cruise Hotel: Recommend the Rodeway Inn as they found out about the late arrival and called the rooms of everyone scheduled for the shuttle to the Oosterdam to tell us that they would extend the checkout for free to everyone that was on Holland America. They also notified us that our free 10:00 am shuttle to the pier would be transferred to the 1:00 time that would still be a free shuttle. Other people told us they had to wait in the terminal from 9:00 because their hotel checkout & hotel shuttles didn’t accommodate the late arrival. Kudos to the Rodeway Inn, we arrived at the pier at 1:30 and our wait was much less! Disembarkation – They got everyone off the ship early and quickly so they could do a deep cleaning because of Norovirus that had been a problem the last 5 days of the cruise. Norovirus: Remember even though the ship promotes Purell, it does nothing against Noro. Use soap and water and wash your hand often! Summation: We were overall happy with this cruise and would do it again. Liked the ship and the itinerary. Their crew is very friendly and the waiter and cabin steward always called us by name. Good memories.

Oosterdam B2B January 18 – February 8, 2016

Oosterdam Cruise Review by July_Cruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom
Ship: I was aware of the upcoming dry-dock so worn carpets and loose wall coverings were to be expected. I was not pleased to have workers scraping paint and varnishing while I was eating breakfast outside by the pool. Workers were wearing face masks to protect them from the strong odors.

Cabin 5023: Very small – smallest inside cabin we’ve had in over 30 cruises. Other inside cabins we have had on this same class of ship are configured similar to the outside cabins, but this one was sideways and has awkward floor plan. The cabin steward kept it very clean and towels were replaced daily. Bed sheets were good and bed comfortable. This cabin has a noise problem, the back wall must back up to a storage room. On nights where the sea was rolling there was a loud banging on the wall next to the bed. Something in the storage room behind it needed battened down to prevent the battering noise during rolling seas. Yes, we mentioned it to the cabin steward and he asked his supervisor to check out what the cause of noise was. We even asked the captain about the noise on his Q&A session but nothing was done.

Entertainment:

Loved the steel drum player, Junior, and the accompaniment from a great vocalist! I took advantage of several steel pan lessons.

Comic had the same routine that we heard on the Noordam a year ago.

Mentalists – 2 different mentalists, one for each segment, both were rather boring for the length of the show.

Ship’s singers and dancers – Don’t miss the “Roadhouse” show if it is offered on your segment of the cruise.

Filipino Crew Show – Best show of all!

Piano Bar – We attended Piano Man Van every night and especially enjoyed his farewell show in the underutilized Crow’s Nest. His replacement for the second cruise was Piano Man James and we only attended one time on that segment.

Adagio – Although the room was always full with people waiting, with buzzers, for their dinner table; the strings always seemed to be on break when we wanted to listen. Can’t comment on if they were good or not. (We loved a different duo that played on Prinsendam a couple years ago and listened every evening back then).

Lido Pool – The piped in music by the pool was obnoxious and loud. It would be so pleasant to eat breakfast and just enjoy the sunshine and waves rather than being subjected to the “Beach Boys loop”. The steel pan & vocalist were great when they played and sang their live music by the pool.

B.B. King Blues Club – First segment of cruise the group was mediocre, but they left the ship and a new group came one. The second group was fantastic – especially Adam, the trumpet player, and both the male & female vocalists. The group needs to play more different songs so that they don’t repeat the same sets so often. Very talented group. Entertaining indeed.

I recommend “Impact Noise Reduction Earplugs” to attend all musical shows. Holland America seems to believe louder is better even after continued complaints about the volume. We bought our ear plugs specifically because we loved the B.B. King Blues Club group last year on the Noordam and wanted to better enjoy them. Good music ear plugs add to your enjoyment.

Age of Cruisers: Their niche is older people even if management is in denial. Average age is mid – 70’s.

Dress: Well dressed crowd! Some seemed unaware of the new dress down “gala” nights. I left my tux at home and just wore a sport jacket and tie for gala night. You could enter the dining room with just a collared shirt but I was glad I had my tie with me. There were many guys in tuxes especially on the first leg of our cruise.

Lido: Pasta made to order is excellent and hot. Ice cream – ask what else they have if you don’t see many flavors listed or if you want a sorbet and don’t see one listed. Caribbean Fish Chowder very good! First cruise the Jambalaya was great but on second leg it was like glue so take a chance on it and maybe it will be a great batch. Made to order omelets were good and selections were listed which seemed to speed things up. Another thing I liked was that there were now 3 burners instead of 2 for the skillets and 2 worker omelet teams that really speed up the process nicely. Had salads for lunch on port days – would have liked more variety on the non-lettuce selections.

Dining Room: We had 8:00 Fixed Seating. Appetizers were better than entrees. We liked cold fruit soups. Our waiter was very good. Lobster was good on the first leg but not so much on the second leg. The waiter did have to deal with a “special” table that was far from us that night so we understood the situation that one evening and the rest of our meal was good.

Mariner’s Brunch – much ado about nothing. Last cold quiche for me. Skip it.

Teas: Indonesian still nice. Dutch tea – nothing special anymore.

Embarkation – Ship was very late getting in but that was not HAL fault. Wife only had a yogurt for breakfast in anticipation of the ship’s lunch. Was starved by the time we finally got to board the ship around 3:00. We got to salad bar and some food on our plate and the announcement came for the mandatory lifeboat drill so could not enjoy the salad, wolfed down just enough to hold us until after the drill. Not a great start to wait in a holding area for hours.

Pre-Cruise Hotel: Recommend the Rodeway Inn as they found out about the late arrival and called the rooms of everyone scheduled for the shuttle to the Oosterdam to tell us that they would extend the checkout for free to everyone that was on Holland America. They also notified us that our free 10:00 am shuttle to the pier would be transferred to the 1:00 time that would still be a free shuttle. Other people told us they had to wait in the terminal from 9:00 because their hotel checkout & hotel shuttles didn’t accommodate the late arrival. Kudos to the Rodeway Inn, we arrived at the pier at 1:30 and our wait was much less!

Disembarkation – They got everyone off the ship early and quickly so they could do a deep cleaning because of Norovirus that had been a problem the last 5 days of the cruise.

Norovirus: Remember even though the ship promotes Purell, it does nothing against Noro. Use soap and water and wash your hand often!

Summation: We were overall happy with this cruise and would do it again. Liked the ship and the itinerary. Their crew is very friendly and the waiter and cabin steward always called us by name. Good memories.
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Cabin K 5023
Cabin 5023: Very small – smallest inside cabin we’ve had in over 30 cruises. Other inside cabins we have had on this same class of ship are configured similar to the outside cabins, but this one was sideways and has awkward floor plan. The cabin steward kept it very clean and towels were replaced daily. Bed sheets were good and bed comfortable. This cabin has a noise problem, the back wall must back up to a storage room. On nights where the sea was rolling there was a loud banging on the wall next to the bed. Something in the storage room behind it needed battened down to prevent the battering noise during rolling seas. Yes, we mentioned it to the cabin steward and he asked his supervisor to check out what the cause of noise was. We even asked the captain about the noise on his Q&A session but nothing was done.
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