5 Holland America Oosterdam Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Western

Never take a back to back cruise again. The evening entertainment was almost identical on both of the voyage legs. Watching a video in the main theatre while an orchestra played is not our idea of "entertainment" on a cruise ... Read More
Never take a back to back cruise again. The evening entertainment was almost identical on both of the voyage legs. Watching a video in the main theatre while an orchestra played is not our idea of "entertainment" on a cruise ship, Could have stayed home and watched it on some TV or You Tube channel. The comedienne, while being good, repeated her act on second week. Other cruise lines can do a 14 - 15 day trans Atlantic cruise and never repeat the entertainment. The service in the deck 2 dining room was terrible. 2 hours to get an evening meal??? and not much better at breakfast. Laying carpet in the common areas during the day was a total inconvenience to the passengers. This could easily have been done during the night, or could the workers not work the night shift? The embarkation process really sucks. Being held in a large room until your number is called is not a welcoming experience after you have had a long day of travel. Most of the above concerns were also voiced by other passengers. WE have been on many cruises but this has been our worst experience. This was our first cruise with Holland America and will probably be our last with that cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Delbert McClinton's 23rd Sandy Beaches Cruise was considered by most, the best vacation of their lives. The talent on board the ship was amazing. Delbert McClintons band, The Mavericks, Marcia Ball, Wayne Toups, The McCrary Sisters ... Read More
Delbert McClinton's 23rd Sandy Beaches Cruise was considered by most, the best vacation of their lives. The talent on board the ship was amazing. Delbert McClintons band, The Mavericks, Marcia Ball, Wayne Toups, The McCrary Sisters were just a few to name. The Seaview Pool was transformed into an outdoor theatre where many artists performed. This cruise was for music fans who got to meet up close, their favorite performers who mingled with the guests onboard as a big family. Unfortunately, the weather from the start was not cooperating with the outdoor activities. The waters heading to Grand Cayman from Tampa were rough and slight rain hampered some of the outdoor shows. The stop in Jamaica was cancelled because of rough waters. All in all, a little liquid sunshine, the event was a giant success and everyone can't wait for the next Sandy Beaches cruise January 6, 2018. Thank You Delbert & Friends for making this happen. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our 5th Holland Cruise in 3 years. Can see lots of changes- no bread pudding, no speciality teas, no Indonesian crew show. The things that used to make Holland special. The Oosterdam was nice as it has been drydocked and ... Read More
This was our 5th Holland Cruise in 3 years. Can see lots of changes- no bread pudding, no speciality teas, no Indonesian crew show. The things that used to make Holland special. The Oosterdam was nice as it has been drydocked and received upgrades. Was looking forward to Billboard Live- was not a fan- perhaps because the entertainers were not that good. Adaigo was replaced by a quintet- seems to have lost some in the transition. Seems HAL is trying to go more mainstream, but at a cost. Service was top notch as usual. 3rd year in a row sailing HAL for New Year's Eve and saw cutbacks there as well. No beads, no noisemakers. Guatemala was an industrial port- very poor town on the excursion we took. Little French Key in Roatan is not to be missed! Not a bad cruise, not just the best. Will be trying other lines now! =( Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We sailed out of Tampa, Florida on December 9th headed for a seven-day cruise to the western Caribbean. Embarkation was really smooth at this port and with Holland America. We had a beautiful balcony cabin on Deck 8, the Navigation Deck. ... Read More
We sailed out of Tampa, Florida on December 9th headed for a seven-day cruise to the western Caribbean. Embarkation was really smooth at this port and with Holland America. We had a beautiful balcony cabin on Deck 8, the Navigation Deck. Love the balcony as we enjoyed many views during the day and a beautiful full moon at night. The cabin was in a great location. It was located in the aft corner, and had very little to no outside noise nor a lot of traffic outside of the cabin. This cabin was plenty big enough for two people. I would not want to have more than two in the cabin, however. The cabin was very clean and always kept super tidy by our wonderful room attendants, Budi and Eko. They also provided superior service and accommodated any request we made. New wall-mounted televisions with several movie selections has been added. This was a wonderful modification, so points to Holland America. The ship itself was decorated beautifully for the Christmas holidays. The great thing about taking a cruise the week before Christmas is that the ship is already decorated and you don't get stuck paying the higher rates cruise lines charge for the cruising the week of Christmas. You get to enjoy all of this the week before for less money. We did notice some wear and tear with the ship being older. They had some water leaks in various parts of the ceilings and some of the carpets looked a little tired. The food in the Lido Market was really good. I especially enjoyed the salad bar which seemed to be open all day. These salad bars are great additions. All meals were served by the staff. The burgers at the Dive In outside of the Lido were excellent as were their fries. Highly recommend this. We ate in the vista Dining room on the two formal nights and the food was very good. We did north end, however, that the Lido Market seemed to have the same food that was on the menu in the vista dining room. Would have liked to seen different menus for both. The entertainment was excellent. B.B King Blues was excellent as always, and we enjoyed this a couple of nights. The HAL singers and dancers were the best I've seen on sandy HAL cruise to date. Loved the new show with all of its beautiful colors. Highly recommend this. The magician was not good, so this was a disappointment, but the comedian was very funny and enjoyable. The dueling pianos and singers were wonderful and everyone seemed to enjoy them every night. We also listened to the chamber music (string quartet and piano) one night, and it was top-notch. We honestly could care less about the art exhibits and shows/sales on Hollands ships. Would love to see more for a younger crowd as far as entertainment and offerings. Holland attracts older travelers, meaning many in wheelchairs and walkers. We tried not to let this bother us, but we were almost ran over a few times with wheelchairs. We bought two ship excursions which are always way overpriced but we enjoyed the snorkeling at Mahogany Bay, Honduras and at Costa Maya Mexico. We also loved Key West and the beautiful Costa Maya port. Unfortunately, we also stopped at st Tomas de Castillo, Guatemala. This was an ugly port and most excursions were several hours away. Wished this itinerary would have stopped in Belize rather than this nasty port. We did buy an outside excursion to the ruins and enjoyed it, but it was a very long trip from the port. De-embarkation on the last day went exceptionally smooth and professional. Would recommend this cruise overall. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I will never travel Holland again. Been on many cruises nothing for young adults going on. I`m 57, took my 35 year old son on his first cruise. They double charged all our guest credit cards. My son said first and last for him. He call ... Read More
I will never travel Holland again. Been on many cruises nothing for young adults going on. I`m 57, took my 35 year old son on his first cruise. They double charged all our guest credit cards. My son said first and last for him. He call it the Gray Pride cruise.Bad food, Customer service could not even figure my or my sons bill right.Finally found someone that could so we cashed out two days early. Also ordered a bottle of crown for our room 2 weeks early. didn`t come for 24 hours later give or take 2 or 3 hours. They kept saying its on it`s way.Cabin was good for stateroom. Men who cleaned room great. Worthy of a good tip. Nothing much going on at night.No pool party activity. That was the first for me,even through I`m not a big partyier. If your not over 65 don`t take this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oosterdam Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.5 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.2

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