The 1,916-passenger Oosterdam is part of Holland America Line's more contemporary Vista class. The crowd is a bit younger, though the vibe is still not party-hearty. Instead, do the New York Times crossword in the Explorations Cafe, read in a teak lounger on the promenade deck, or sip a cocktail in the piano lounge. New additions — including the gourmet burgers and hot dogs at Dive-In at the Terrace Grill — have kept the dining options fresh.
What We Love
B.B. King Blues Club: Easily the best entertainment offering on board, the live performances here every night by an all-star band raise the energy level with some serious blues.
Pinnacle Grill: The ship’s specialty steakhouse is one of the finest at sea — and also one of the best values. The nominal surcharge will get you a massive prime cut.
Best Known For
Culinary Arts Center: Learn to cook in the onboard venue, which was created in partnership with Food & Wine magazine.
Crow’s Nest: While many other ships are missing an observation lounge, Oosterdam has a 270-degree wraparound space overlooking the forward bow and beautiful passing scenery.
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Who It's Best For
Grandparents: The average age of the line’s passengers continues to decrease as the typical passengers share cruises with their younger family members. And while the kids facilities here still pale in comparison to the megaships, there are separate teen and kids clubs for organized activities.
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The Decor Is Dated: While the Waterford crystal globe suspended above the atrium and art deco elevator doors — inspired by the Chrysler Building — are sure to impress, the vibrant upholstery and golden columns feel tired.
Jason Leppert is a San Diego-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Travel Channel and Porthole.
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Oosterdam at a Glance
- Line: Holland America Line
- Class: Vista
- Number of Passengers: 1916
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 2003
- Refurbish Date: 2011