2 Holland America Oosterdam Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Alaska

This was a great trip overall the port selection is perfect & everyone should go on this venture - just maybe with another cruiseline. Glacier Bay Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan & and very brief stop in Victoria. Oosterdam was just OK ... Read More
This was a great trip overall the port selection is perfect & everyone should go on this venture - just maybe with another cruiseline. Glacier Bay Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan & and very brief stop in Victoria. Oosterdam was just OK - Checkin and departure - very very fast and organized. Food service and dining a major let down - so we ate off ship a good amount of the time. The rooms (5139) was very nice and a good size for two people, both closets are good size and we are over packers. First the good things clean, gym huge, walking desks and outdoor time perfect. Pool choices & lounges are many and fun & there was not the "saved" lounges we see so much - plenty of space. Casino was fun as well. So off to the bad & I am not one that spends lots of time on the dining but this just never worked for us. We had the open seating which was either full or changed for that night, we tried the extra fee "grill" and it was 1 hour to get salads started and 3 hours to finish dinner - got our $20.00 per person refunded, the buffet never seemed to be in full service - one area here and there were open (could have been our timing) but only two hot entrees at 7:30 to pick from - a bit weird. Enjoyed the Canneloni (sp?) reservation but no $$ dining very small and enjoyable. The shopping was terrible on board including the art shows (I guess I just love Princess & how they organize this) The gym and spa was very nice & they ran some great specials all days - wait until day 3 to book the spa - better deals.Arrived in Seattle a day early to explore (very fun) stayed at the Marriott Waterfront AAA rates were $205.00 - very easy for getting around the city (pikes market 5 min, space needle 30 min walk) and also a $7.00 shuttle to the ship which is out on Pier 91 - nice treat again.Overall we will do this again within 2 years just will move back to Princess or NCL. Do not miss this experience in Alaska Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
This was our second trip to Alaska -- the first being on Princess, so we were anxious to compare the two, as we enjoyed Princess very much. We were a bit worried because it seemed to have rained for a couple of weeks before our ... Read More
This was our second trip to Alaska -- the first being on Princess, so we were anxious to compare the two, as we enjoyed Princess very much. We were a bit worried because it seemed to have rained for a couple of weeks before our sail, but we ended up with beautiful weather at every single port, even Ketchikan, where not one drop of rain fell! We even wore short sleeves in Juneau so our helicopter ride over the glaciers was money well spent! Our cruise through Glacier Bay was one of the highlights of our trip. It was chilly, but we braved the chill and stood out on the bow for almost the entire time. The ship stopped in front of the glacier for a long time. We saw it calve two or three times. We returned to our room and sat on the balcony for the rest of the time, as our side of the ship faced the glacier. Perhaps it was the time of year, but we saw a lot of whales from the ship, including a whale that breached right in front of the rail where we were standing! The service was perfect. Every person working there who we interacted with was friendly and appeared to sincerely care that we were having a good time. Our room stewards were wonderful and a person who seemed to be the manager of the Lido never failed to stop by our table to ask how things were going. The only slight irritation was the food service (not the actual food -- which was very acceptable). Although it was said that the food in the Lido would not be self serve for the first 48 hours, in reality, the hot food was never self serve (you could serve your own salads, drinks, breads and desserts). I would not have had a problem with being served, but it slowed the lines down to almost a crawl. The servers couldn't hear what people were saying, you ended up trying to point at what you wanted, they didn't know how much to serve. At one point, it seemed the line for pasta never moved and I gave up. There were large sections of the restaurant that were closed or limited at what seemed to me to be busy times. That didn't seem to be a problem at breakfast which always ended up to be a very relaxing way to start the day. I've read reviews of how old and worn everything is. The ship did looked used, because it was, but I don't think anything looked so bad that it ruined the ambiance. I thought it was very pretty. Our room was always spotless, the bed was very comfortable (unlike Princess' beds which were very hard) and there was a lot of storage space in the three closets and under the bed. We did spend $35 on the cruise DVD because we so enjoyed the one from the Princess cruise, but I would say DON'T waste the money. Although we were led to believe it was from our cruise, only a very small portion was. Most of it seemed to be recorded from a Mexican cruise! It didn't capture the uniqueness of our cruise at all. It was disappointing and a waste of money. All in all, it was wonderful and we would certainly sail again on HAL! Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
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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