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Sydney (Australia) Holland America Line Oosterdam Cruise Reviews

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Holiday from Hell!

Review for Oosterdam to South Pacific

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Pamela J

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

My husband & i have recently returned from a 22 night cruise from sydney to vancouver, on holland america oosterdam. the cruise was then continuing onto alaska. We were really looking forward with great anticipation to this 22 day cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We have done many cruises over the past number of years, and have always enjoyed it. We have continued to go on ...
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Sail Date: April 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


First Time on HAL

Review for Oosterdam to Transpacific

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Mobi Cruiser

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Our first HAL cruise, re-positioning from Sydney to Vancouver. The price was right and there were plenty of sea days which we like. Boarding was easy as there were quite a number of transit passengers that had boarded in New Zealand. Our first impression of the internal areas of the ship were 'Dull and Dark` with a capital D. It has an interior decor that just sucks up the light and makes ...
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Sail Date: April 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Disappointing, as I have always loved Holland America.

Review for Oosterdam to South Pacific

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Sensational Traveller

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

We have sailed on Holland America many times but this was the most disappointing. Firstly the same cruise a year ago was the same price and was 29 days with 7 more port stops which was excellent. Secondly it appears to us as guests that Holland America is trying to cut costs by reducing the number of staff in the dining room and Lido. We mostly had to wait for a table in the dining room and ...
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Sail Date: April 2015

Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (partial sea views)


Not the Best Cruise Experience

Review for Oosterdam to Australia & New Zealand

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Madamcyn

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

We embarked in Sydney fron the new White Bay cruise terminal, which was ok but disappointed not to be in Circular Quay. Was not allocated a cabin till checking in despite asking for a good cabin when booking a year earlier. We were on deck one , near the bow, but the cabin was ok. We were on anytime dining, the food was not great, there was only 3 nights out of 14 that we could say we really ...
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Sail Date: March 2015

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom


Masking Tape Maintenance

Review for Oosterdam to Australia & New Zealand

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Opinionator

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

Before I begin, I want to make it clear that Holland America is an above average cruise company which I have travelled with before without incident and with all my expectations being met or exceeded. Normally we travel with Cunard. We booked a Neptune class suite on the Oosterdam for the Sydney to Auckland cruise last year expecting a great holiday on fine ship with a premium stateroom. We ...
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Sail Date: March 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Nice Cruise but not our best....

Review for Oosterdam to Australia & New Zealand

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sensrock

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

This was our 9th cruise to date, all on Holland America. The weather was very nice, the ports were lovely & all in all we had a great time. We had a Signature Suite stateroom, on the starboard side of the ship. It was lovely and we were very happy with it. I'll start with the positives: - excellent service, from our stateroom stewards and from the staff in the dining room. A special ...
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Sail Date: March 2015

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


A Disappointing Experience on a Good Itinerary

Review for Oosterdam to Australia & New Zealand

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GDJ

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

This was meant to be a special trip but it did not turn out that way, nothing like the 'excellence' promised. The combination of the ship condition and some aspects being well below the marketing statements was disappointing and only offset by good staff service and a great itinerary. The entertainment was below par, all overstated show and poor quality entertainers. Food in the Lido buffet ...
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Sail Date: March 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Holland America, you are fantastic!

Review for Oosterdam to South Pacific

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luvtocruise2015

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

This was our second Holland America cruise in less than a year as last year we did a magnificent 24 day Mediteranean Cruise on the Noordam. The Oosterdam is the same size and with an almost identical layout,so we felt at home as soon as we were on board. Embarkement in Sydney was a little slow,but this was beyond the control of HAL due to unusual circumstances. The ship had to contend with ...
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Sail Date: March 2015

Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite


A cyclonic cruise

Review for Oosterdam to South Pacific

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hbr2@bigpond.com

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

An amazing experience, given that Pam and Nathan were in the vicinity. We were very fortunate to have a great captain (Capt. Peter Bos), who kept us all informed of the risks and dangers of Cyclone Pam. We had to abandon one port, (Port Vila), pick up another (Isle des Pins), and were not able to access another, due to cyclone's wave damage to a pier. Our stateroom was always very clean and tidy, ...
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Sail Date: March 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


Uniformly Poor Experience on the Oosterdam

Review for Oosterdam to South Pacific

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kenjin

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Unlike our experience with a 30 day cruise on HAL's Statendam to Hawaii and French Polynesia in 2014, this vessel, its physical resources, staff and Master were uniformly disappointing. We are fans of smaller vessels but found the 1200 passengers Statendam to be adequately fitted with sufficient comfortable deck facilities for both inside and outside activities. The 1900+ passengers Oosterdam was ...
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Sail Date: February 2015

Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom


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