It's been a few years since we've cruised on Holland America. Our last cruise on Royal Caribbean was not good so for our next cruise we chose HAL. Overall HAL provides good value for the money. Everyone has different cruise expectations and HAL checks many of our boxes, though not all. We will continue to experience different cruise lines.
For us, we cruise to spend time with our family. We enjoy the food, the destinations, shore excursions, and to be at sea. We do not care for drinking, partying, and childrens entertainments. For us, HAL is a good choice.
This review is of the Oosterdam May 5 Alaskan Explorer cruise from Seattle.
Not bad for interior. You can walk all the way around the bed unobstructed. The bathroom is a bit larger than other cruise ship bathrooms. The curtain removes that "shower in a cigar tube" feeling of the hard shell showers on other lines. Storage is adequate but not generous. Good sized TV. Mini fridge that you can ask to have the liquor etc to be removed and you can put your own stuff in there. There is no couch, but it does have a chair. I guess this is the trade off for the larger bathroom.
Nice city. Clean, lots of places to walk and bike. Downtown is quite charming.