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Oosterdam Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Embarkation
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Oosterdam
4.0 / 5.0
1095 reviews

Pros
The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard
Cons
Lacks attractions for active cruisers
Bottom Line
Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

About

Passengers
1,964

Crew
812

Passenger to Crew
2.42:1

Launched
2003

Shore Excursions
457
Sails To
Alaska, Australia & New Zealand, South Pacific
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Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Contributor

Oosterdam Overview

First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "ooh" along with an "aah," but the name of the ship is pronounced OH-sterdam. The pronunciation is just about the only thing that remains Dutch about the ship, as the line has done away with Royal Dutch High Tea and, rather than a Dutch cafe, the ship sports a modern coffee bar. Despite a soft spot for tradition, Holland America is updating its ships to keep up with modern times, and Oosterdam is no exception. With craft cocktails in the Gallery Bar, fresh seafood at Rudi's Sel de Mer pop-up restaurant and the irresistible charisma of B.B. King's Blues Club, Holland America's new touches have breathed fresh life into this ship in exciting ways.

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One change that Holland America-loyal cruisers might not be ready for is the removal of Oosterdam's library. This is part of a fleetwide trend that is replacing somewhat stuffy reading rooms by incorporating books, research materials and digital guides into a space called the EXC Lounge (EXC stands for Explorations Central), which is located on Deck 10 in the Crow's Nest. You'll still find crossword puzzles, games and novels, but also a greater focus on the ports and destinations, and what you can see and do there.

A high point on this ship is service, which is prompt and consistent. Whether the matter is room repair requests, dietary restrictions in the dining room or mingling with the talent onboard, interactions were positive and genuine. We saw the same smiling faces across different venues depending on the time of day, and we were always remembered and addressed like acquaintances. Little things like having a last-minute spa appointment accommodated or seeing the cruise director ashore, still greeting and interacting with passengers, gave the cruise the carefree vacation feeling that people crave when they board a ship. Unfortunately, one exception was in B.B. King's each night after the final set. The assistant cruise director doing the DJ-ing, refused to take requests and played music that quickly scared everyone off the dance floor.

What Holland America chooses to invest in, it succeeds at producing well. A night watching an episode of the documentary series "Planet Earth," accompanied by the Lincoln Center Stage musicians in the main theater is a treat and makes use of the cruise line's partnership with BBC Earth. Other partnership-based activities or attractions you might notice around the ship include Oprah's Book Club discussions, cooking classes with America's Test Kitchen and cocktails designed by renowned mixologist Dale DeGroff. These collaborations touch upon dining, entertainment and enrichment -- and, many times, they offer a combination.

The best part about the changes to Oosterdam, and the Holland America fleet overall, is that the concepts being introduced -- including the Music Walk -- work really well for cruisers who are already fans of the line, as well as first-time passengers. The upgrades are thoughtful and, rather than serve as a temporary jolt of energy to attract attention, the partnerships and enhancements feel more like a natural progression for a notoriously traditional line that's keeping up with the times.


Top Oosterdam Itineraries

Oosterdam
15-day australia & new zealand

Sydney (Australia), Eden (Australia), Burnie, Melbourne, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Auckland

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Fellow Passengers

In addition to the retiree-age passenger base that Holland America is known for, Caribbean itineraries attract a much larger mix of young couples and families than on other routes. On our sailing to the Bahamas and Dominican Republic, a wedding party noticeably infused the ship with youth and vitality. European itineraries on Oosterdam skew older, except during school holidays in the summer months, when it's more common for families to be seen with children in tow. Regardless of the route, Oosterdam primarily attracts a North American audience.


Holland America Oosterdam Dress Code

Daytime: The dress code is casual during the day, especially on warm-weather sailings.

Evening: At least one "Gala Night" occurs per cruise, on which passengers are required to dress in more formal collared shirts and slacks or dresses/skirts in any main dining or fine dining venue. The buffet is offered as a dining alternative for those who don't wish to dress up. On other nights, the dress code is a step up from casual, with shorts and jeans giving way to slacks, skirts and sundresses.

Not permitted: T-shirts, swimsuits, tank tops and shorts are not allowed in restaurants or public areas during evening hours -- though we've definitely seen allowances on the shorts and T-shirts rule.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Holland America Line.


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Oosterdam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.04
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.53.8
Family4.03.7
Enrichment4.53.5
Service4.04.3
Value For Money4.03.9

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Holland America Oosterdam departs from Seattle, Sydney, Auckland, Honolulu, San Diego and Fremantle

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Cruises on Holland America Oosterdam start from £969 per person.

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Holland America Oosterdam won 35 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Dining and Best for Embarkation in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Fitness
  • 2013 Best Overall
  • 2013 Best for Cabins
  • 2013 Best for Dining
  • 2013 Best for Embarkation
  • 2013 Best for Entertainment
  • 2013 Best for Service
  • 2013 Best for Value
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Holland America Oosterdam Member Reviews

Gail MG
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Or was the Oosterdam just not equipped for a demonstration kitchen?... Read More
Hallzee
Sail Date: Mar 2020
This was out first cruise, and after much study, decided on HA Oosterdam. We went with teo other couples, and had a GREAT time. Embarkation in San Diego was seamless.... Read More
Hogladyrider
Sail Date: Feb 2020
We enjoyed everything about Oosterdam. Spa: We did not visit the spa other than a walk thru. We will be cruising again with HAL.... Read More
patrout38
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Service was out of this world on the Oosterdam! Our cabin attendants were polite, funny, and catered to our every need.... Read More

Holland America Line Fleet

Maasdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

594 reviews

Holland America's stately Maasdam launched in 1994, but has gone through two major refurbishments in 2006 and 2011, adding contemporary features.

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Rotterdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is a throwback to earlier cruise ships compared to most megaships built after 1995.

Veendam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

The last of Holland America's Statendam-class ships, Veendam blends a modicum of hipness with the strong traditional flavor that HAL's known for.

Volendam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


The 1,432-passenger Volendam has had a couple of refurbishments since its 1999 debut, one in 2006 and one in 2011, which saw a ship-wide spruce up.

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Amsterdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Built in 2000, Amsterdam is smaller than the line's Vista and Signature classes of ships and a recently had Canaletto, a casual Italian eatery, installed.

Prinsendam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Prinsendam, Holland America's smallest vessel offers destination-immersive itineraries and superb value for money.

Zuiderdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


As cruise lines add a dizzying array of features, Zuiderdam maintains Holland America's satisfying and enjoyable, although not particularly surprising, experience at sea.

Westerdam

Although it's not a new ship, Holland America's Westerdam continues to do what the line does best -- balance the traditional cruising experience with updated, contemporary amenities.

Noordam
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Holland America Line aims to strike a balance between classic and contemporary, and the intimate, 2,000-passenger Noordam, christened in 2006, manages this well.

Eurodam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Traditional and upscale; emphasizes music and gourmet dining; features Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Onstage, B.B. King's Blues Club; holds about 3,000.

Nieuw Amsterdam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Traditional emphasis on gourmet dining, live music and an impressive art collection; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center and B.B. King's Blues Club; holds fewer than 3,000.

Koningsdam
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Upscale; emphasis on music and gourmet dining; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center, Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King's All-Stars Band; holds about 3,500.

Nieuw Statendam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Holland America welcomes a second ship to its Pinnacle Class in 2018. Nieuw Statendam will follow in the footsteps of Koningsdam, the line's largest ship.

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