Having cruised with HAL before I had previously rated them my favourite cruise line but although we had a fantastic time standards seemed to have slipped . Oosterdam is a lovely ship but looking a bit neglected with torn carpet and seating in the theatre. I was expecting a festive atmosphere
(promised my grand daughter fantasic Xmas decorations ) but when we disembarked on 19th Dec staff were only just putting them up!! Entertainment was ok but where were the lunchtime live music performers and deck parties (only 1 pool party in 14 days). The singers and dancers were great and the highlight for us were the dance band Ben and the Hal Cats....they were great at all genres and engaged their audience to participate in all their shows. My 15 year old grand daughter had agreat time but only because her group of teenagers made their own fun The Loft activities as advertised never seemed to happen....youth staff need to be more in tune with their age group.
Dining experiences were not the best, the food was good but the service not what I have experienced previously on Volendam and Veendam, often having to ask the waiters for missing items such as cutlery and chase up the wine waiter to bring back our wine refills before dessert.
In summary I enjoyed the cruise but it was not quite up to standard.
While I am a devoted cruise junkie, I must say that this cruise was a bit of a disappointment. What really got me feeling cheated was the fact that I paid for two people ( as I was on my own) and there were people on board who paid a fraction of the price I paid - however, I did not get rewarded in
any way for paying a premium on the fare. Other cruise liners give you double the rewards as is only fair. I have no idea what rewards I got, if any as it was not mentioned at all and my boarding card colour did not reflect the multiple cruises I have done in the past. However, I do recommend the spa. the service was great! Also, the food was not too bad.
Looking for a holiday where you can totally relax and forget about the hassles of life? Look no further, book a cruise! Cruising is an incredibly relaxing holiday and extremely good value. Besides your alcohol and land tours etc everything is included. Imagine room service for the length of your
journey - well with cruising you can have this as part of the deal. My cruise was a Hollland American ship from Sydney to the South Pacific. The departure through the heads of Sydney Harbour is magical and from that moment it's total relaxation. A cruise is a mixture of sea and land days. The sea days are wonderfully organised by the crew and you can do as much or as little as you want. The days on land allow some great touring and once again the flexibility of doing your own thing or being organised as part of a bigger tour. The food is a highlight - lots of restaurants to choose from and bars as well . The happy hours are a great way to save money as well. The entertainment is first class with a nightly shows which entertains everyone. All in all a hassle free holiday from the moment you board to the time you embark. Forget the hassles of airports - departing and arriving is a dream! Enjoy!
The Oosterdam offers a more intimate cruise with space for just 1,916 guests and 817 crew members. She is 936 feet long and cruises at 24 knots, and is powered by a diesel-electric plant for energy efficiency.
There are five types of rooms available on Oosterdam; Interior, ocean view, veranda, signature suites and neptune suites.
Every room comes with luxurious beds, a sitting area, a flat-panel TV and DVD player, complimentary fresh fruit and Egyptian cotton towels. The high-end range of suites are very spacious with whirlpool baths, floor-to-ceiling windows, worktables, and a 24-hour concierge service.
At the heart of the ship is the three-storey Atrium where you will find a massive Waterford crystal globe to celebrate the 140 years of Holland America cruises around the world. This classic and traditional piece of decor sets the scene for much of the atmosphere on board Oosterdam.
You can relax in the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, spend time in the thermal suite, take a dip in the hydro pool or lido pool, keep fit in the fitness centre, get your heart racing in the casino, watch a live performance in the Vista show lounge, or play a little mini-golf at the Loft.
There is also an elegant piano bar and several other lounges where you can sit back for a chat and a drink.
Enjoy a casual lunch by the pool, a glamorous dinner at Canaletto, 24-hour room service or anything in between.
All Holland America's ships offer As You Wish dining, which allows you to choose whether you prefer the traditional seating times for meals, or a more flexible dine-when-you-wish itinerary.