A mid-sized Holland America Line vessel, the Oosterdam cruise ship is an excellent ‘all-rounder’, offering everything you would expect from a ship in this size category. From fine dining to relaxing day spas, a holiday on board the Oosterdam will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
The ship underwent a refurbishment in 2009, bringing her up to speed with Holland America’s ‘Signature of Excellence’ campaign. A new bar was added, as well as two new eateries, a library, a movie room, enrichment facilities and 34 new cabins.
The interior décor on board Oosterdam is there to be admired. The designers have chosen bold, bright colours such as red, orange and gold, creating a feeling of luxury and decadence. The public areas are light and spacious, but thanks to the attentive service, the atmosphere on board is warm and intimate.
The ship is 936 feet long and has 11 passenger decks. Her maximum capacity is 1,918 passengers, and maximum cruise speed is 24 knots. She set out for her maiden voyage from Rotterdam in 2003.
Oosterdam restaurants and bars
Master Chef Rudi Sodamin ensures the food on Oosterdam is delicious, innovative and fresh. A little spice here, a little sweetness there, the menus across the ship’s four restaurants will delight your taste buds.
Between the ship’s main dining room, the buffet and the specialty dining spaces, you will find all of your favourite classic dishes on board, as well as an impressive range of vegetarian options. You may choose to dine at specific seating times (5.45pm and 8pm in the Vista Dining Room), or make the most of ‘As You Wish’, Oosterdam’s flexible food service arrangement.
The Oosterdam bars are all warm and welcoming, especially the three-deck Vista lounge, with its plush red and gold interiors. Alternatively, the Piano Bar always draws a good crowd, thanks to the exceptional pianists, while the Northern Lights Disco is perfect for letting loose on the dance floor.
Things to do: Activities and entertainment on board Oosterdam
After a holiday on board the Oosterdam cruise ship you could come home a culinary genius, thanks to ship’s Culinary Arts Centre. In partnership with Food & Wine Magazine, this Centre offers a range of culinary classes, from cake decorating to garnishing.
If cooking isn’t your thing, then you might want to focus on your computer skills instead. Microsoft offers a Digital Workshop, the perfect chance to learn some tips and tricks from technology experts. There are seminars on photo editing, blogging and everything in between.
In addition to these two flagship enrichment programmes, guests can also entertain themselves with art auctions, language classes, sporting pursuits, trivia games and more.
Oosterdam itineraries and shore excursions
The Oosterdam’s schedule takes her all around the world; you could find her anywhere from Alaska to the Panama Canal. The excursions are therefore different in each location. One thing they do all have in common is their wonderful variety; no matter where the destination, the excursions have been carefully selected to suit a range of ages and interests.
Example shore excursions include whale watching in Vancouver, ziplining in the Caribbean and shopping in Seville.
Whether you go for stateroom or suite, the Oosterdam rooms are all clean and comfortable and feature basic amenities such as televisions, DVD players, programmable safes, minibars and hair dryers. You will also be guaranteed a good night’s sleep in a ‘Euro-top’ bed.
The Oosterdam’s interior cabins, of which there are 154, are a great affordable option, including all the features mentioned above, and generously measuring between 170 and 200 square feet. The 165 outside cabins are of a similar size (185 feet).
Space is the main reason to choose a suite, as these range from 398 to 700 square feet (or 1000 square feet if you go for the Penthouse). It is important to note the suites do not come with butler service, however guests will have access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge.
The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible stateroom shown here. To view schematics of specific accessible staterooms please check Deck Plans.
The configuration of Accessible Staterooms may vary from the non-accessible stateroom shown here. To view schematics of specific accessible staterooms please check Deck Plans
Some cabins have full ocean views. Please use cabin numbers to verify.
Located on Deck 2 - Lower Promenade deck
The ship’s two dedicated enrichment areas, the Digital Workshop and the Culinary Arts Centre, are two of the best daytime entertainment options. More relaxed activities include watching a movie in the cosy cinema (free popcorn provided), enjoying a leisurely game of Ping Pong or trying your luck in an organised casino tournament.
Both of the Oosterdam’s pool areas are worth a visit; the largest one is located on the Lido Deck and features three whirlpools and caters for families, while the other is in an adults-only section of the ship.
The fitness centre is a good place to let off some steam – either use some of the gym’s equipment, such as treadmills and bikes, or join a group fitness class. Alternatively the basketball and volleyball courts are good spots to get the body moving.
Come night fall the Oosterdam really comes to life, with guests swapping swimsuits and spa treatments for fine dining, live music and dancing.
The Vista Lounge plays host to excellent shows and live performances. While the performances vary throughout the year (and of course by location), most sailings will include a show by Stiletto Entertainment, a Holland America Line production group. There is also usually a comedy night, as well as magic shows.
Other great Oosterdam bars include the Northern Lights Disco - the best spot on ship to bust out your dancing moves - and the Piano Bar.
The Oosterdam cruise ship is a family-friendly vessel, with several designated youth areas. Teenagers are bound to love The Loft, a teen club, while younger children will have a ball at Club HAL. There are organised youth programmes for three age groups (kids, tweens and teens), but parents may choose to find their own family friendly fun on board.
Families can’t go past the pool area for a great day out, while the video arcade is open to both kids and adults. Be sure to keep an eye on the movie schedule for family-friendly flicks, or make the most of your in-room DVD player for rainy day entertainment.
Mum and dad also have the option of enjoying a relaxing night out sans the kids, thanks to nighttime group babysitting. On some sailings private in-cabin babysitting may also be available.