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Oosterdam Review

4.0 / 5.0
1,071 reviews

Great Music, but Not the Typical Holland Crowd

Review for Alaska Cruise on Oosterdam
EZ Wash
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2019
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

We selected this cruise because it was raining in San Diego the week after New Years and we decided to treat ourselves. We were on a family vacation and it was too rainy so we did the illogical thing and jumped on an Alaskan cruise in May, the rainy season. We live in Eastern Washington so a Seattle departure and a short trip were the most critical elements. Sunday to Sunday works. We both had been on Alaskan cruises before so this wasn't about anything other than a nice boat ride in spring. We knew we wouldn't be taking any excursions because only flight related ones appealed and the weather is not predictable enough to spend that kind of money for marginal ceilings. So we rode the boat for the experience. And we had a great time. While not night owls, we spent every evening moving back and forth between the BB King venue and the pianos in the Billboard Onboard section. Made it worth the trip. Stage shows were fine, but we don't care much for magicians, even though the young lady was good, and dance troupes don't grab our hearts, and again they were good. The comedian did a great job with audience participation, but that meant he picked people from the crowd, so we absented ourselves. Our travel agent suggested an aft cabin and picked one for us on the stern. Loved it. Yes, there is motion. Yes, it is the ocean. Decks are slightly larger on the stern. Had it been warmer, this would have been even better, but we had some chilly times so indoors was the choice. Liked the stern so much we booked another one for our next adventure. Ship was in great shape, clean, constantly being cleaned, and bright and reasonably cheery. (Day before our departure the Oosterdam bumped another Holland ship in Vancouver, slight damage, but just below our room) We were contacted when the crew was going to be working below to repair the cosmetic damage to the ship, great communication. Public areas were great, as well. Service wonderful with attentive, positive folks everywhere, except maybe the guy at the dining room check in. Tough job. No big deal. Food was great when it was great, okay part of the time, and never lousy. Gala nights were the best food. The Lido was more hit and miss. Best food was generally anything Asian. Might be comfort zone for staff. American breakfast was okay, step above Best Western free breakfast, but not a full flight better. Lots of other options. Our last Holland cruise was through the Panama Canal so longer cruise. That trip did not have a huge number of ball cap, ragged jeans, with Jack Daniels shirts. We had some of these. (sorry for the stereotype) Things like lines, personal space, and gentle conversation weren't what I was used to, but this was only apparent on the Lido. Crowd management was a bit rough there as far as seating went. Too many large tables with one person sitting while unseated guests were searching for a table. In defense, this was the first Alaska cruise of the season and was a sell out, so maybe some ramping up. Same was true for first destination. Disembarking was rough with some frustration. Later ports were better. We had a great time, met some wonderful folks, enjoyed wonderful entertainment and signed up for more, just on a different ship going elsewhere. No knock on the Oosterdam, just wanted something different and smaller.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Cabin VB

Great location. Bigger deck. Couch, table, the usual. Slightly larger due to location on stern. Twins joined to make a queen, but the valley wasn't comfortable. Plenty of storage and a nice, tight little bathroom. It's a ship.

Port Reviews


Possible to walk most places after shuttle downtown from ship. We walked through the National Forest and then to the Raptor Center. Great information and beautiful birds up close. Some folks took advantage of the low tides and walked out and played with the shoreline. Bear repair facility also accessible without doing a ship excursion. I prefer birds to bears, so didn't take the five mile trek.


Gorgeous when the sun is out. Walk Creek Street, climb the stairs, and look down onto the ship(s). Four in town this day, three from Holland. Most fun was sitting on Lido watching planes take off and land from the harbor. Constant traffic as tourists see the fjords from these little guys. That would be the excursion I would book.


beautiful harbor and stunning buildings. Victoria is a walking city. Price of shuttle to town is way too much, $15. Walked it in twenty five minutes and I'm overweight and almost seventy. (I did breathe heavily) Mostly flat with slight grades. Unfortunate the stop comes at 6:00 pm.


Grew up and lived in Seattle so not a fair question. Visit Pike's Place (the Market to locals) maybe go up the Space Needle. More time? Get out of Seattle and take a ferry ride somewhere. Head to Mt. Rainer, go to Hood's Canal, just experience the area.

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