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We chose the cruise since it was the first, non-luxury cruise to leave for Europe. We had plans that were fixed on us arriving before a scheduled event. My husband had arrived in the U.S. on the Holland America Rijndam in 1956, from Europe when he and his mother left Austria to meet up with his dad who had gone ahead to get a job, place to live, etc. So, it was a nostalgic trip and the cruise company was informed of this before we left, so at one of the Captain's Club receptions, my husband was called up to be recognized for his 60th year anniversary of crossing the Atlantic on a Holland America ship! We were very pleased with the Oosterdam, a good size for us, and love that it did not have too many "bells and whistles" (no climbing walls, wave pools, or too much organized activities) while it did have good music- Jazz, blues, swing, big dance band & this really appealed to us. The lecutres about the ports left a lot to be desired, since it was purely tuned to those going on scheduled tours. We always want to explore on our own, so we had to do our own research when we got off the ship at each port. They can do a better job of that. The excursion desk was less than helpful and less frirendly about it than they should have been! I give the ship itself, the captain, crew and Holland America an excellent rating, since they were the most personable crew, the ship was a perfect size and we had the best table mates ever. Everyone we met was interesting, seemed informed and very open. the food could be a bit more exotic, such as Riistafel with some spices. The variety could have been more so. It was good food, but we expected a bit better variety.Too much like all the other cruise lines in the dining room. The buffet had some more far eastern dishes each day and that was good for lunch. The cafe in the library area should be larger to serve the specialty coffees. One or two servers were there and the space should be enlarged to handle more than one customer at a time. We are planning on a 2nd Holland America cruise in 2017, we really like the "class" of passengers who seem to choose HA. At the embarkation we had to sit down and wait for our group. I had never experienced that before with RCCL, Celebrity or Princess, but it worked well and luggage was delivered very quickly to our cabin. All in all a wonderful experience.

Anniversary Cruise to Europe

Oosterdam Cruise Review by NuGrad67

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2016
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)
We chose the cruise since it was the first, non-luxury cruise to leave for Europe. We had plans that were fixed on us arriving before a scheduled event.

My husband had arrived in the U.S. on the Holland America Rijndam in 1956, from Europe when he and his mother left Austria to meet up with his dad who had gone ahead to get a job, place to live, etc. So, it was a nostalgic trip and the cruise company was informed of this before we left, so at one of the Captain's Club receptions, my husband was called up to be recognized for his 60th year anniversary of crossing the Atlantic on a Holland America ship!

We were very pleased with the Oosterdam, a good size for us, and love that it did not have too many "bells and whistles" (no climbing walls, wave pools, or too much organized activities) while it did have good music- Jazz, blues, swing, big dance band & this really appealed to us. The lecutres about the ports left a lot to be desired, since it was purely tuned to those going on scheduled tours. We always want to explore on our own, so we had to do our own research when we got off the ship at each port. They can do a better job of that. The excursion desk was less than helpful and less frirendly about it than they should have been!

I give the ship itself, the captain, crew and Holland America an excellent rating, since they were the most personable crew, the ship was a perfect size and we had the best table mates ever. Everyone we met was interesting, seemed informed and very open.

the food could be a bit more exotic, such as Riistafel with some spices. The variety could have been more so. It was good food, but we expected a bit better variety.Too much like all the other cruise lines in the dining room. The buffet had some more far eastern dishes each day and that was good for lunch. The cafe in the library area should be larger to serve the specialty coffees. One or two servers were there and the space should be enlarged to handle more than one customer at a time. We are planning on a 2nd Holland America cruise in 2017, we really like the "class" of passengers who seem to choose HA. At the embarkation we had to sit down and wait for our group. I had never experienced that before with RCCL, Celebrity or Princess, but it worked well and luggage was delivered very quickly to our cabin. All in all a wonderful experience.
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Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)
Cabin HH 4074
Well laid out, the obstructed view was ok, it let light in and we could look over the lifeboat to see how rough the sea was or if it was raining or windy. It seemed like it had plenty of floor space to get around while 2 of us were dressing.
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