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  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Pinnacle-Suite-CatPS - The Pinnacle Suite (Penthouse Veranda Suite) aboard Holland America Line rewards you with about 1,296 square feet, including aprivate  veranda, kind bed, oversize whirlpool bath, living room, mini-bar, floor-to-celing windows, large-screen TV and concierge service.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Signature-Suite - A Signature Suite aboard your Holland America Line ship runs 273 to 456 square feet, which includes a private verdanda, one queen or two lower beds, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • room-service-oosterdam.jpg - Room service comes at no additional cost on Holland America's Oosterdam.
  • Holland-America-Oosterdam-in-Alaska - Holland America's Oosterdam sails by the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.
  • oosterdam-in-sitka.jpg - Holland America's ms Oosterdam docked in Sitka, Alaska.
  • Holland-Oosterdam-Sydney - Holland America's Oosterdam sails to Sydney and other ports in Australia.
  • oosterdam-atrium2.jpg - A Waterford crystal globe highlights the gold gilt opulence of the three-deck atrium on ms Oosterdam.
  • Holland-America-Oosterdam - Embark on Holland America's Oosterdam for a Mexican Riviera cruise, scenic Alaskan cruise or a Hawaiian cruise vacation.
  • shrimp-ravioli-canaletto.jpg - A shrimp ravioli entrée at the specialty restaurant Canaletto on ms Oosterdam.
  • lamb-chops-canaletto.jpg - Lamb chops served at Canaletto on Holland America's Oosterdam.
  • escargot-sur-la-mer.jpg - Escargot served at specialty restaurant Sur la Mer aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • waiter-canaletto.jpg - Ajeng, our friendly waiter at Canaletto aboard an ms Oosterdam sailing to Alaska.
  • carpaccio-appetizer-oosterdam.jpg - A carpaccio appetizer served in the Vista dining room aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • soft-shell-crab-oosterdam.jpg - Soft-shell crab served in the Vista dining room aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • lemon-tarte-canaletto.jpg - Save room for dessert! A lemon tarte at specialty restaurant Canaletto on ms Oosterdam.
  • pinnacle-bar-cocktail.jpg -  A blue cocktail served in the Pinnacle Bar during a cruise on ms Oosterdam.
  • tomato-pinnacle-grill.jpg - A beefsteak tomato appetizer with basil, red onion and pesto, served at Pinnacle Grill on Oosterdam.
  • beef-carpaccio-canaletto.jpg - Beef carpaccio with Grana Padano shavings at Canaletto on ms Oosterdam.
  • appetizer-canaletto.jpg - An appetizer dish at the specialty restaurant Canaletto aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • specialty-restaurant-chef.jpg - Amit Asthana, the specialty restaurant chef on ms Oosterdam, during dinner at Canaletto.
  • pistachio-sorbet-canaletto.jpg - A to-die-for pistachio sorbet dessert at Canaletto on ms Oosterdam.
  • specialty-dessert.jpg - A specialty dessert at Italian dining venue Canaletto on ms Oosterdam.
  • vista-dining-room-oosterdam.jpg - The Vista dining room serves as the main formal dining room on ms Oosterdam.
  • Holland-America-Pinnacle-Grill - In the mood for refined, romantic and intimate dining? Head to the Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-Pinnacle-Grill - Make reservations for an intimate meal graced by luxurious appointments such as Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Family-Style.jpg - Head to Canaletto for authentic Italian fare that celebrates "spartire" (Italian for "sharing").
  • HAL-Canaletto-Grilled-Lemon-Thyme-Seabass.jpg - A grilled lemon thyme sea bass served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Paparadelle-with-Shrimp.jpg - Paparadelle with shrimp served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Poached-Pear.jpg - A poached pear dish served at Canaletto on your Holland America cruise.
  • HAL-Canaletto-Veal-&-Sage-Polpettini.jpg - Veal and sage polpettini, a Pugliese specialty, available at Canaletto on your Holland America sailing.
  • HAL-Land-&-Sea.jpg - Pair a surf-and-turf dish with a glass of wine on your Holland America sailing.
  • HAL-Pinnacle-Caviar.jpg - Care for caviar? Head to the upscale Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
  • jambalaya-oosterdam.jpg - A jambalaya entrée served in the Vista dining room aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • dive-in-hamburger.jpg - A hamburger at the Dive-In at the Terrance Grill on the Holland America ship Oosterdam.
  • lido-bar-oosterdam.jpg - Seats at the Lido Bar overlooking the Lido Pool on ms Oosterdam.
  • pasta-entree-canaletto.jpg - Pasta with clams and shrimp served at Canaletto on the Holland America ship Oosterdam.
  • cannoli-canaletto.jpg - Cannoli served for dessert at Canaletto aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • scallop-sur-la-mer.jpg - A seared scallop pre-appetizer served at Sur la Mer on ms Oosterdam.
  • lincoln-center-stage-violinist6.jpg - Anna Vosbigian, violinist with Lincoln Center Stage, performs on ms Oosterdam.
  • lincoln-center-stage-viola2.jpg - Sarah Greene on viola during a Lincoln Center Stage performance on Oosterdam.
  • lincoln-center-stage-cellist.jpg - Rosanna Butterfield performs on cello during Lincoln Center Stage on Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-artwork.jpg - A modern artwork outside the Gallery Bar on ms Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-gallery-bar.jpg - Inside the Gallery Bar aboard the Holland America ship Oosterdam.
  • greenhouse-spa-oosterdam.jpg - For a surcharge, guests can rejuvenate mind and body at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • lido-pool-on-oosterdam.jpg - A handful of kids play in the Lido Pool on ms Oosterdam.
  • Holland-America-Oosterdam-Atrium - The centerpiece of Holland America Line's Oosterdam is a Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in a three-story atrium.
  • oosterdam-stairwell-art.jpg - Guests on ms Oosterdam can see art in the stairwells such as this replica of a historic coin showing seafarers battling rough waters in a masted ship.
  • Philip-V-terracotta-on-Oosterdam.jpg - A terracotta statue of France's King Philip V, dating to the early 1800s, on ms Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-explorations-cafe.jpg - The nook adjoining the Explorations Cafe and Crow's Nest on ms Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-casino.jpg - Some casino action on ms Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-tea-time.jpg - Canapes offered visitors during tea time on ms Oosterdam.
  • Capt-Robert-Jan-Kan.jpg - Robert Jan Kan, captain of ms Oosterdam, on the deck of the Holland America ship.
  • Crow's-Nest-Bar-on-oosterdam.jpg - The bar in the Crow's Nest aboard Holland America's ms Oosterdam.
  • statuary-oosterdam.jpg - Statuary and artwork line the passenger decks of Holland America's Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-aft-pool.jpg - The aft pool of Holland America's ms Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-spectators-hubbard-glacier.jpg - Passengers at the bow of ms Oosterdam taking in Hubbard Glacier during an Alaska sailing.
  • oosterdam-atrium.jpg - A Waterford crystal globe atop the three-deck atrium on ms Oosterdam.
  • bb-king-all-star-band-performing.jpg -  The B.B. King All-Star Band performing on Holland America's ship ms Oosterdam.
  • retreat-on-oosterdam.jpg - The Retreat is an adults-only sanctuary for an extra fee on ms Oosterdam.
  • Greek-myth-statuary.jpg - An example of the classic statuary seen on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.
  • Thomas-Kinkade-artworks.jpg - Thomas Kinkade artworks on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.
  • park-west-art-auction.jpg - A Park West art auction during a sailing on ms Oosterdam.
  • pete-bijou.jpg - Pete from Las Vegas with his service dog Bijou aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • americas-test-kitchen.jpg - A cooking demonstration in America's Test Kitchen on ms Oosterdam.
  • squid-towel-animal.jpg - A squid towel left for guests during turndown service on ms Oosterdam.
  • aveda-eucalyptus-oil.jpg - Some cruisers swear by Aveda eucalyptus oil for warding off seasickness.
  • lincoln-center-stage-violinist.jpg - Anna Vosbigian, violinist with Lincoln Center Stage, performs on ms Oosterdam.
  • lincoln-center-stage-viola.jpg - Sarah Greene on viola during a Lincoln Center Stage performance on Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-bell.jpg - A bell commemorates an early voyage on ms Oosterdam as passengers view the Hubbard Glacier.
  • Capt-Robert-Jan-Kan-2.jpg - Robert Jan Kan, captain of ms Oosterdam, on the deck of the Holland America ship.
  • oosterdam-athena-statue.jpg - A statue of Athena, from North Europe in the late 1800s, on ms Oosterdam.
  • portraits-for-sale.jpg - Cruise passenger portraits for sale on ms Oosterdam.
  • oosterdam-cruise-card.jpg - Here's the kind of cruise card you'll be issued after you board your cruise.
  • Sophia-Fiori-diamonds.jpg - Sophia Fiori diamonds can be had on Holland America's ms Oosterdam.
  • Holland-America-Casino - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Club-HAL - Tweens ages 8-12 have access to Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties at Club HAL aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-teak-deck-chairs - Pull up a teak lounge chair, relax and take in the view from the deck of your Holland America ship.
  • Holland-America-Crows-Nest - The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Piano-Bar - Enjoy music with a talented and comedic keyboard host playing requests at the Piano Bar aboard your Holland America Line cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Aft-Pool-1 - Have fun in the sun and take a dip in the Aft Pool aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Lido-Pool-Midship - The sculptural figure of dolphins at the Lido Pool aboard Holland America's Westerdam, Noordam, Oosterdam and Zuiderdam.
  • Holland-America-Culinary-Arts-Center -  Improve your cooking skills from a roster of celebrated chefs as part of Holland America's Culinary Arts Center Program, presented by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Holland-America-Casino-2 - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Wine-Tasting - You can try a variety of different wines, including HAL's own label, at a wine tasting bar during your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Culinary-Arts - Enhance your kitchen skills by signing up for a Culinary Arts Center demonstration kitchen on your Holland America cruise.
  • frog-towel.jpg - A frog towel left for guests during turndown service on ms Oosterdam.
  • bb-king-all-star-band.jpg - Tim Timmons and Tabitha Speight of the B.B. King All-Star Band during a sailing on ms Oosterdam.
  • turtle-towel-animal.jpg - A turtle towel animal left during turndown service on ms Oosterdam.
  • theater-audience-oosterdam.jpg - Theatergoers enjoying a BBC Earth production during a sailing on ms Oosterdam.
  • Erin-Duffey-cruise-director.jpg - Cruise director Erin Duffey during formal night on Holland America's Oosterdam.
  • La-Rambla-Barcelona - La Rambla is a main hub for shopping, dining and sightseeing in central Barcelona.
  • hubbard-glacier-tour-boat.jpg - A small tour boat passes along the edge of Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Oosterdam: Wide-ranging itineraries on stylish ship

Our review

Snapshot

Oosterdam, which made its maiden voyage in 2003, may not be the youngest belle at the ball, but she's anything but stodgy. On a recent sailing to Alaska, the 1,900-passenger ship felt comfortable and just modern enough for a weeklong journey filled with scenic wonders on shore and culinary and entertainment discoveries on board. 

A small tour boat passes along the edge of Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA small tour boat passes along the edge of Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Symbolic of Holland America Line's 140-year history of circumnavigating the globe, the centerpiece of the ms Oosterdam is a Waterford crystal globe, grandly displayed in a three-story atrium. First-time cruisers aboard this ship will quickly recognize the traditional touches that make Holland America cruisers regulars: a warm palette of colors accentuating an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, priceless artwork and antiques and a full wrap-around teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs. In short, you'll find a combination of old-world style and modern comforts.

Who will like sailing on Oosterdam

Oosterdam appeals mostly to Holland America's core demographic: mature, sophisticated, well-traveled couples, the majority of whom have sailed with Holland America before. But there were also two or three dozen children on board, riveted to the Lido Pool, and a large number of nature lovers who wanted to take in the grandeur of Alaska. 

Where Holland America's Oosterdam sails

Oosterdam's sailing schedule hits many different parts of the world including Alaska, the Mediterranean, Oceania, Australia and New Zealand, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Hawaii, the Pacific West Coast, the Panama Canal and the Mexican Riviera — take your pick!

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A humpback whale in Auke Bay, Alaska, identified as Sasha, a regular visitor.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA humpback whale in Auke Bay, Alaska, identified as Sasha, a regular visitor.

Where I went & what I loved

Hard as it is for even me to believe, this was my first cruise to Alaska, so my family and I decided to take Oosterdam's 7-day Inside Passage itinerary from Seattle to Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Victoria, B.C. and Hubbard Glacier. We loved every one of the destinations for different reasons: Juneau for its charming downtown at the foot of majestic fog-shrouded peaks, Ketchikan for the thrilling ziplining adventure through spruce and cedar treetops, Sitka for its nature conservatory and mirror lakes, Victoria for its wonderfully accessible seaside walkways and charming cafes. (Tip: Check out Nourish Cafe, 225 Quebec St., right on the waterfront, for farm-to-table goodness.) An hours-long encounter with majestic Hubbard Glacier, with its blue ice and frozen tundra, was teeth-chattering but a raw reminder of the Alaska ecosystem's fragility. The four-hour whale-watching excursion in Auke Bay with Gastineau Guiding was also well worth it.

An hours-long encounter with majestic Hubbard Glacier, with its blue ice and frozen tundra, was teeth-chattering but a raw reminder of the Alaska ecosystem's fragility. The four-hour whale-watching excursion in Auke Bay with Gastineau Guiding was also well worth it.

 

Ajeng, our friendly waiter at Canaletto aboard an ms Oosterdam sailing to Alaska.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableAjeng, our friendly waiter at Canaletto aboard our Oosterdam sailing to Alaska.

Dining on Oosterdam

Dining proved to be one of the highlights and unexpected pleasures aboard Oosterdam, with reservations easy to make and a pleasant variety of choices. The ship offers both As You Wish (anytime) dining as well as set seating times. 

Master chef Rudi Sodamin oversees a kitchen that offers extensive dining options, including "light and healthy" items, continental and ethnic cuisines, and vegetarian dishes. The alternative dining venues cost a bit extra but I found the added value well worth it. 

  • Vista Dining Room: The main dining room, open for lunch, breakfast and dinner, offers top-flight service and typically a choice of seven dinner entrees plus appetizers, soups and salads. Look for tried-and-true standbys for the most part. For us, winners included the carpaccio, raspberry soup and soft shell crabs.
Escargot served at specialty restaurant Sur la Mer aboard ms Oosterdam.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableEscargot served at specialty restaurant Sur la Mer aboard ms Oosterdam.
  • Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue with seating for 144 offers a sophisticated dining experience in a classy setting. Aside from the Bulgari china, Riedel stemware, Frette linens and a top-notch wine list, Pinnacle leans heavily to exquisitely cooked steaks and seafood, including king salmon and rock lobster. Try the steak entree. Cover charge: $35 per person.
  • Rudi's Sel de Mer: One night during a seven-night sailing Pinnacle Grill transforms into a South-of-France seafood brasserie featuring a modern take on French classics such as fruits de mer, salt-encrusted Dover sole, rack of lamb, scallops and bouillabaisse. Cover charge: $49 per person.
  • Canaletto: We wound up at an almost empty Canaletto on the first night of the cruise and returned three nights later, when fellow passengers had discovered this Italian gem. The 54-seat venue, cordoned off from the rest of Lido Market, offers a wide choice of antipasti, pastas and fish entrees. Buffalo mozzarella made for a yummy appetizer, the lamb chops were cooked to perfection, and the desserts — including a lemon tarte and cannoli — were worth the trip to the gym on board. Cover charge: $15 per person.  
Save room for dessert! A lemon tarte at specialty restaurant Canaletto on ms Oosterdam.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableSave room for dessert! A lemon tarte at specialty restaurant Canaletto on ms Oosterdam.
  • Lido Market: This informal buffet-service venue offers great sea views for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties. We made it our go-to spot for breakfast but skipped it altogether for dinner.
  • Dive-In at the Terrace Grill: For lunch at poolside, you can't beat Dive-In with its cooked-to-order gourmet burgers, hot dogs and fries.

 

Inside the Gallery Bar aboard the Holland America ship Oosterdam.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableInside the Gallery Bar aboard the Holland America ship Oosterdam.

Bars & lounges

You won't find a shortage of bars and lounges aboard Oosterdam. Choices include the posh Gallery Bar (pictured above), stylish Ocean Bar, cozy Pinnacle Bar, Explorer's Lounge next to Lincoln Center Stage and the Lido Bar and Sea View Bar on the deck 9 next to the two pools. The Neptune Lounge is available to Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah Suite guests. The Queen's Lounge served chiefly as the venue for the B.B. King All-Star Band shows. 

 

Anna Vosbigian, violinist with Lincoln Center Stage, performs on ms Oosterdam.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableAnna Vosbigian, violinist with Lincoln Center Stage, performs on ms Oosterdam.

Entertainment highlights

In addition to the winning cuisine and diverting excursions, I was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of the entertainment on board. Just after the cruise ended I posted video interviews of the lead singers in the B.B. King All-Star Band and with three of the musicians with Lincoln Center Stage. Here were some of the entertainment highlights:

  • B.B. King All-Star Band: We came back three nights to hear this tight ensemble, which played some blues but mostly funk, Motown, reggae, Supremes, Elvis and even some jazz. Don't miss them!
  • Lincoln Center Stage: I've always loved the classics — and have even attended New York Philharmonic concerts in Lincoln Center — so I was taken with the quintet's performance of 14 different programs with a repertoire that ranges from familiar classics to pop hits from Coldplay, the Police, Queen and Radiohead. And more than a few cruisers who weren't concert-goers stopped by and were swept up by the musicianship. Bravo!
  • Alaska in Photos: On our cruise, we loved the beautiful high-def nature short produced by BBC Earth with an accompanying live classical ensemble.

There was also piano music, a comedian who was fairly entertaining and a cast of Billboard Onboard performers singing familiar pop hits whom we found less than enthralling. 

 The B.B. King All-Star Band performing on Holland America's ship ms Oosterdam.
JD Lasica / Special to Cruiseable The B.B. King All-Star Band performing on Holland America's ship ms Oosterdam.

Activities on board

Some of the top activities on Oosterdam during our sailing included:

  • Lido Pool: Warm days with light, salty breezes are made for lounging poolside with an icy beverage in one hand and an epic novel in the other. Depending on the weather, the retractable glass roof may be open or closed.  If you prefer, there's always the aft pool. 
  • Crow's Nest: Gotta say, we loved spending time atop the ship taking in the 270-degree views of the passing landscapes and seascapes during the day.
  • The Culinary Arts Center: The ship's state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offers interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by master chefs or culinary guests. The sessions that we saw were packed.
  • Game shows: Cruise director Erin Duffey keeps the action moving with daily trivia contests in the Crow's Nest.
  • The Greenhouse Spa & Salon: The award-winning spa features thermal suites, a hydrotherapy and thalassotherapy pool, heated ceramic lounges and more. There's an extra cost to use it.

Fun could also be had at the casino, watching big-screen movies, playing cards and bridge, art auctions, learning Windows 10 and one of our favorites: afternoon tea time. Note that Holland America doesn't do the amusement park at sea thing, so you won't find waterslides, bumper cars, rock climbing or simulated skydiving.

 

A Signature Suite aboard your Holland America Line ship runs 273 to 456 square feet, which includes a private verdanda, one queen or two lower beds, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Courtesy of Holland America Cruise LineA Signature Suite aboard your Holland America Line ship runs 273 to 456 square feet, which includes a private verdanda, one queen or two lower beds, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Staterooms

On an Alaska cruise, you really need to snag a veranda stateroom to watch the passing show, but we like balconies on just about any cruise. On Oosterdam 639 of the cabins have balconies — that's two-thirds of all staterooms. Our balcony stateroom, coming in at 200 square feet, was a tight fit for three people (including a teen) but had all the amenities we needed: two double beds, a sofa bed, small desk, TV offering a handful of cable channels (MSNBC, CNN, ESPN) plus an on-demand catalog of movies that weren't half bad. The bathroom had a nice shower-tub combo that offered shower gel, conditioner and shampoo.

Other room options include the posh Penthouse Verandah Suites (1,000 square feet plus 318-square-foot balconies). Deluxe and Superior Verandah Suites come in at 398 to 700 square feet if you include balcony footage. All suites feature dressing rooms, sofa beds, whirlpool tubs, separate shower stalls and dual vanities.

The ship also has 154 Standard Inside cabins (170 to 200 square feet) and 165 Standard Outside cabins (185 square feet).

Family-friendly activities

Holland America welcomes children, but it's not known as a cruise line that appeals to families with young kids. That said, you'll find:

  • Club HAL, the dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages 3 to 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.
  • The Loft, designed exclusively for teens (13-17) to socialize and hang out with people their own age. The Loft was empty during our voyage. 
A great sculpin, or double ugly, along with a Pacific wire crab (top right) and two dozen colorful sea urchins captured and documented before they were returned to Auke Bay in Alaska.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA great sculpin, or double ugly, along with a Pacific wire crab (top right) and two dozen colorful sea urchins captured and documented before they were returned to Auke Bay in Alaska.

Environmental note

Oosterdam embraces the latest industry and environment-friendly technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability.

Internet

To be candid, Internet sucked throughout the voyage — which is still par for the course for most cruise lines today, alas. Wi-fi download speed topped out at 1.16 Mbps and upload speed was 0.38 Mbps. At times I couldn't get online for 10 straight minutes or more. I waited until I was on shore to upload most of my photos and videos to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, though I did have one troubling incident where my iPhone's signal was hijacked by Cellular at Sea.

Gratuities

Expect to pay $13.50 per person per day for the excellent service you'll receive if you stay in a veranda, oceanview or inside cabin; those staying in suites pay $15 per person per day.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: ms Oosterdam
  • Where: Alaska

  • What: Signature Suite
  • Where: Decks 5, 6, 8

  • What: Lido Pool
  • Where: Lido Deck
  • A waterford crystal globe displayed in a three-story atrium.
  • Take a stroll on the full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs.
  • Hawaii, Oceania, Alaska or the Panama Canal... take your pick!
  • Visit the Cigar Room reminiscent of a Victorian society club.

Top dining options on board

Pinnacle Grill

  • Style: Pacific Northwest
  • $35 additional cost per person
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

Canaletto Restaurant

  • Style: Italian
  • $15 additional cost per person
  • Open: Dinner

Vista dining room

  • Style: Wide variety of cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

1,916 Passengers [?]
865 Crew
11 Decks
2003 Maiden voyage
82,305 Tonnage [?]
936 Length in feet
106 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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