- Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
- Passenger capacity: 1,916
- Crew Members: 817
- Gross Tonnage: 82,305 grt.
- Length: 936 feet
- Beam: 105.8 feet
- Maximum Speed: 24 knots
- Dedicated: July 2003, by HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Officially christened in 2003 by Her Dutch Royal Highness, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, the ms Oosterdam is the second in our series of Vista-class ships. As such she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability.
Symbolic of Holland America Line's more than 135-year history of circumnavigating the globe, the centerpiece of the ms Oosterdam is a magnificent Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in a three-story atrium. First-time cruisers aboard this ship will quickly recognize the traditional touches that make Holland America cruisers regulars: a warm palette of colors accentuating an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, lovely flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs.
Guests on the ms Oosterdam will be able to "show and tell" their vacation memories through the Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Free workshops led by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" will show even the most novice camera or computer user how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create scrapbooks using a variety of Microsoft Windows and Windows Live services. Guests will learn how to share all their digital memories through email, blogging and social networking - so friends and family can see where they've been cruising even before they return home.
Join us aboard the ms Oosterdam for a Mexican Riviera cruise, scenic Alaskan cruises, or a Hawaiian cruise vacation.
The Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows: Guests will be able to "show and tell" their vacation memories, learning how to share all their digital memories through email, blogging and social networking - so friends and family can see where they've been cruising even before they return home. Free workshops taught by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" make it easy and fun, even for novices.
The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests.
Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening.
Vista Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options.
Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens.
Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties.
Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
Vista Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270 degree views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.
Club HAL: our dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 - 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.
The Loft: designed exclusively for teens (13 - 17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.
Please note that the staterooms shown below are samples only. Actual cabin decor, details and layout may vary by stateroom category and type.
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Holland America Line
For more than 139 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking our guests to exotic destinations around the world. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you've come to the right place. We are committed to our mission: through excellence, we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.
Today, Holland America Line's fleet of 15 elegant, mid-size ships offers more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents. Cruises include both popular and less-traveled ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand and Asia - as well as unique voyages to the Amazon, Antarctica and our extended Grand Voyages. Along with enticing destinations, we offer one-of-a-kind programs such as the Culinary Arts Center cooking demonstrations, Digital Workshop powered by Windows and The Collections of Holland America Line - specially chosen shore excursions to further enhance our guests' appreciation and understanding of the places they visit.
Holland America Line has a long and proud history of delivering extraordinary vacation experiences, and with our ongoing $566-million Signature of Excellence commitment, that experience is now better than ever. Signature of Excellence enhancements encompass virtually every area of our ships and range from new facilities and public spaces to added services and amenities.
Innovative programs and superior amenities have consistently placed us among the highest-rated premium cruise lines, earned us the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and one of the highest rates of repeat guests in the industry. We are very proud of these achievements and look forward to exceeding guests' expectations in every aspect of our operation.
Holland America Line also continues to set new standards for environmental leadership. Through hard work and dedication, Holland America Line earned its ISO 14001 certification in June 2006. As the internationally recognized standard for environmental management, ISO 14001 encompasses virtually every aspect of our ships' operations. Our commitment to it demonstrates our belief that the safeguarding of our guests, crews, ships and the environment in which we live and operate is not only the right thing to do, it is essential to the successful conduct of our business.
As part of our collective social responsibility, the company, employees, and guests have joined together to give back to communities and organizations around the world. Through the Ship to Shelter program, Holland America Line collects valuable and reusable goods from ships for donation to charities serving people in need. And together, guests and employees have donated over $3 million through our innovative On Deck for the Cure shipboard walks benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Whether it's donating shipboard items to an orphanage, cleaning up a neighborhood park, or donating money to disaster relief, Holland America Line and its employees share time and resources to make a difference.
Signature of Excellence is a promise from every Holland America Line employee to our guests - a commitment to provide a truly extraordinary experience and tremendous value. We invite you to experience our award-winning service, extraordinary accommodations, five star dining, entertaining onboard activities, and exotic destinations that can only be found on a cruise with Holland America Line. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Scores are based on a 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) rating system.
|Travel Date||Cruise Experience|
|September 2014||Experienced (6-10 cruises)|
Several staff were excellent, but not many of them
|Travel Date||Cruise Experience|
|October 2012||Expert (11+ cruises)|
This was extremely fast and smooth. It must have only taken about 15 minutes from the bag drop off to boarding.
Bearing in mind that the ship had just arrived from the Trans Pacific cruise and a good percentage of passengers were staying on board for New Zealand cruise.
This would have kept crowds down considerably at the check in desks.
We had a standard outside cabin on deck 1, #1045. We found it very comfortable and cosy. Everything we needed was here. Flat screen TV, mini bar, plenty of wardrobe space (for a ship) and the most comfy beds you could ask for.
In recent years we’ve opted for a balcony, but to be honest, on this cruise I actually preferred have the large picture window, given the weather outside.
Ship layout and decor:
We both found the Oosterdam well laid out and very easy to get around. It never seemed crowded, apart from the buffet and tenders etc.
The décor is very traditional, but I really quite liked this. You actually feel like you’re on a ship and not just on a floating hotel.
At age 43, I would have pretty much been the youngest adult passenger on board. In fact a few times, I was mistaken for a contract crew member on a break !!
The majority of people were from the USA and aged between 60 & 80. We were lucky enough to meet a great family from Canada with kids my daughter’s age. Given that there were only about 10 kids on board, my daughter forged this friendship on the first day. We basically did everything together, which really helped make our cruise fantastic !!
Food & drink:
The food in the main dining room was by far the best I’ve experienced on any ship. Actually one meal in particular (the rib eye fillet with lobster tail) was up there with best I’ve had at any restaurant ashore !!
On this ship everyone dressed for dinner, so a suit was essential.
The Lido buffet was our choice for Breakfast and lunch. The food up here was plentiful and always varied.
All the usual breakfast items were served, (continental and American). It did get rather crowded at peak breakfast times, particularly on port days and we had walk around for table some times.
The fresh sandwich bar was great for lunch, along with sushi. My daughter loved the pizza and pasta and of course the ice cream !!
Overall I thought the quality, selection and service of food was excellent.
Drink prices were reasonable too. I think from memory a bottle Budweiser or Stella beer was around $6.50 US.
Entertainment: All the usual cruise ship (slightly cheesy) shows were on in main theatre lounge. They were good quality however and everyone seemed to enjoy them.
If you are looking for a more organised entertainment programme then the Ootsterdam is not for you. You certainly won’t find any belly flop competitions on here. Personally I really enjoyed sitting by the pool without all the noise and pumping music or cruise director instructions.
There is also great little cinema on board showing a wide selection on movies all day and night.
Pool, Spa and Gym: Given the climate on this cruise (not above 5 degrees on the crossing to NZ from Hobart) the pool dome was used the majority of the time, making it an indoor pool. The water was kept quite warm though and the spa pool bloody hot !
Most days we were the only ones in the pool.
The Gym was excellent. Great views from the treadmill out over the bow. Although staying upright in swell was problematic. You can jog around the promenade deck. I can’t remember the exact distance, but I remember doing 13 laps was equal to 7 km’s.
There was a great free weights section, which was mainly unused apart from myself and the dance crew.
Although I didn’t use any on the spa facilities, it looked lovely and I felt better for just walking through it !
Kids Club: (by Charli, age 7)
The kids club is called Club Hal. There were only 9 kids in kids club. There were 2 teachers called Jeremy and Kate. Jeremy was really funny and Kate loved to do art with us. We sometimes went for ice cream breaks and sometimes went up to the sports court for relays and ball games. On Halloween we all got dressed up and went trick or treating around the whole ship. Then went back to Club Hal for a party.I think it was the best kids club ever and I didn’t leave until 10pm every night.
All in all we had a fantastic time on the Oosterdam.
She is a very well kept and clean ship. I’ve read other review claiming she is a bit worn and tired. Seriously, if you want to look for that stuff, you will find it. But given the amount of traffic from passengers, not to mention the pounding from the weather, I think the ship is in excellent condition.
If you’re looking for a relaxing, refined and traditional cruise experience then this is the ship for you
|Travel Date||Cruise Experience|
|January 2013||Novice (2-5 cruises)|
|Travel Date||Cruise Experience|
|March 2013||Expert (11+ cruises)|