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We chose Holland America for our first cruise experience. We are a newly retired couple who generally prefer land-based vacations. However we decided to try something different for our birthdays (just three days apart). The Oosterdam did not disappoint! Everything was awesome, from the amazing service to the great food, to the terrific verandah stateroom. We are already looking forward to booking our next cruise, with HAL. Getting on and off the ship was easy and quick. When we embarked in FLL we were on the ship within an hour of arriving at just after 11 am. The ship was beautiful, certainly not new but definitely clean and well-appointed. The Pinnacle Grill was our favourite restaurant with fantastic service and really great steak. We found the wine selection to be very good. The ship draws an older crowd but we much prefer that over a “party boat” or tons of kids in the pool area. Our cabin stewards Purr and Ono were simply fantastic, always helpful and really upbeat. An all-round awesome first cruise experience!

Awesome First Cruise

Oosterdam Cruise Review by robcressman

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We chose Holland America for our first cruise experience. We are a newly retired couple who generally prefer land-based vacations. However we decided to try something different for our birthdays (just three days apart). The Oosterdam did not disappoint! Everything was awesome, from the amazing service to the great food, to the terrific verandah stateroom. We are already looking forward to booking our next cruise, with HAL.

Getting on and off the ship was easy and quick. When we embarked in FLL we were on the ship within an hour of arriving at just after 11 am.

The ship was beautiful, certainly not new but definitely clean and well-appointed.

The Pinnacle Grill was our favourite restaurant with fantastic service and really great steak. We found the wine selection to be very good.

The ship draws an older crowd but we much prefer that over a “party boat” or tons of kids in the pool area.

Our cabin stewards Purr and Ono were simply fantastic, always helpful and really upbeat.

An all-round awesome first cruise experience!
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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 5093
We were amazed how much storage there was in the stateroom, more that most hotel rooms. And we loved having the balcony - it allowed us some privacy while getting some sea air.
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