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Holland America Line ms Oosterdam Review

Holland America's modest-sized Oosterdam promises an outsized experience.

September 19, 2013
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Cabin Overview

We found six main cabin types to choose from on Oosterdam—Interior, Ocean-view, Verandah Suites, Signature Suites, Neptune Suites, and five Pinnacle Suites that average 1150 square feet, plus balcony. About two-thirds of the Oosterdam’s cabins have balconies, more than we’ve found on most Holland America ships, while the remaining cabins are either Interiors or Ocean-Views. Within each category are price variations, primarily based on location and/or view.

Interior cabins can be as small as 151 square feet—pretty tight quarters, if you ask us—so it’s worth discussing actual cabin size with a Holland America rep (or a travel agent) before locking in your booking.

Our Cabin: Obstructed Ocean-View

We chose an Ocean-view cabin for this cruise, and to save a few extra dollars to opted for one advertised as a “fully obstructed” view on Deck 4 (all other Ocean-views were found on Deck 1). This meant we had a lifeboat blocking most of our sea view; there were also a few cabins classified as offering “partial sea views,” but gauging from the one next to ours even these seemed pretty limited.

But we were fairly happy with our quarters. We had a floor-to-ceiling window, somewhat like a door leading to a balcony (minus the balcony), providing sufficient natural light we crave during the day. Fronting the window was a sheer, which provided adequate privacy when pulled, and there was a curtain that blocked out all light.

We measured our cabin at about 186 square feet, slightly larger than the 174-180 square feet shown on Holland America’s website. Our bed was a plush Sealy Posturpedic mattress, or rather—two mattresses joined together. The seam was apparent, even covered by a pillowtop. There were pillow-level reading lights on either side of the bed—not bright, but still useful. On either side of the bed were small nightstands with drawers, plus a phone. Additional lighting included a fluorescent blub above the window, plus a vertical bulb above the desk.

The narrow desk was built into one wall and opposite was a five-foot-wide sofa with worn fabric. There were two outlets at the desk, one 115-volt, one 220-volt, but no others in the room. Fronting the sofa was a coffee table—its height could be adjusted, and it was just large enough to fit a meal for two. The older TV model was a 20-inch screen—slightly smaller than we like for viewing from bed, and the unit did not pivot. Under the desk was a small cabinet containing a hair dryer (First Class 1600) that could be plugged in at the desk and a selection of glasses—cocktail, wine and champagne; we used a few of ours and they were not usually replaced.

The closet space was sufficient, with shelves that could be folded up, allowing space to store luggage upright or additional garments on hangers. In addition to the dinky safe, there was a wicker basket where we could leave our shoes for shining—a welcome amenity not found on most mainstream cruise ships. A curtain could be drawn separating the small closet/hallway area from the sleeping area, providing dressing/bathroom privacy for a non-couple that might be sharing the room. The ice bucket was refilled twice daily by our cabin attendant.

If our bathroom was bland in décor, it offered a couple nice plusses. There was a bathtub, adequate for a proper bath (45 inches long and 16 inches deep) and the bath products were by Elemis. A plug for shavers only could be switched to accommodate 110V or 220V.

We had only a couple quibbles with our room. There was a fan over the bed that whirred through the night, a little more loudly than it should have. The leather chair at the desk wobbled badly and needed a tune-up.

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Cabin Amenities

Bathtubs are available in all cabins except Interior. Standard features throughout all cabins include terry cloth bathrobes, a basket for fresh fruit on request (apples, bananas, pears and oranges), shoe shining service, lighted makeup mirror, ice bucket refilled daily and small safe. All cabins have a flat-screen TV and DVD player. A library of nearly 1000 recent and classic movies and TV shows are available on DVDs, loaned at the front desk and delivered to cabins on request. Free popcorn on request, along with candies, chips and snacks for $1.

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Holland America Line. Note that photos below have been provided by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Large or Standard Interior
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, shower. Approximately 151-233 sq. ft.
Stateroom amenities include:
Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens
Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage
100% Egyptian cotton towels
Premium massage showerheads
5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
Complimentary fresh fruit on request
Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
Flat-panel TV and DVD player
Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service

Verandah
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 212-359 sq. ft. including verandah.
Stateroom amenities include:
Our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens
Luxurious bathrobes for use during your voyage
100% Egyptian cotton towels
Premium massage showerhead
5x magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer
Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
Complimentary fresh fruit on request
Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
Flat-panel TV and DVD player
Ice service

Signature Suites
2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 372-384 sq. ft. including verandah.
Include all the stateroom amenities, plus:
A variety of firm, medium and soft pillows
No-host mini-bar for easy entertaining
Personalized cruise stationery
Oversized bath towels
One-touch telephone concierge service
Fresh flowers
Complimentary DVD library

Neptune Suites
2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 500-712 sq. ft. including verandah.
Suite amenities include:
Use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge and personal concierge service
Complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise
Complimentary sparkling wine served in the Neptune Lounge upon embarkation
Complimentary bottled water provided in suite at embarkation
Gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night
Cold hors d’oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request
Binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise
Cocktail party with ship’s officers
Priority boarding for tendered ports of call
Special disembarkation service
Priority dining and seating requests
Exclusive daily breakfast service
High tea service in suite on request
Elegant wooden clothing brush, lint remover and shoehorn for keeping clothing immaculate
Fragrant bath salts and exfoliating loofah mitt for an invigorating shower experience
Neptune Lounge: A very special amenity exclusively for guests cruising in a Neptune or Pinnacle Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialize with other suite guests and enjoy the personalized service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.

Pinnacle Suites
Bedroom with 1 king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah with whirlpool, pantry, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, microwave, refrigerator, guest toilet, private stereo system, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 1,150 sq. ft. including verandah.
Include all the suite amenities, plus:
Neptune Lounge: A very special amenity exclusively for guests cruising in a Neptune or Pinnacle Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialize with other suite guests and enjoy the personalized service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.

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