Oosterdam / Holland America Line / Michel Verdure
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Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

The 1,964-guest Oosterdam is the second ship in Holland America Line's Vista class, which set a more contemporary tone for what was to come over the next two decades. Still, the crowd on board remains solidly age 55-plus and the vibe is hardly a party scene — although a 2018 refurbishment added nightlife venues Billboard Onboard and Rolling Stone Lounge, which are quite popular and often rollicking. Oosterdam has just two specialty restaurants in addition to its main dining room, but the ship’s casual eateries — including the gourmet burgers and hot dogs at Dive-In — keep the culinary options approachable and fun.

What We Love

Live Music: Whether you’re a fan of pop classics or rock anthems, Oosterdam has you covered. It is home to two music venues, the always-packed Billboard Onboard and the young-at-heart Rolling Stone Lounge (which has replaced B.B. King’s Blues Club on all Vista-class ships). Guests can also enjoy live music by a contemporary trio in the Ocean Bar.

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. Once per cruise guests can also reserve a table for the pop-up Morimoto at Sea by “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, located within Pinnacle Grill.

Best Known For

World Stage: While Oosterdam’s theater isn’t quite as dazzling as the ones on Holland America’s newest ships (Rotterdam, Nieuw Statendam, and Koningsdam), which feature 270-degree LED screens for special effects, guests can expect to enjoy both classic and contemporary music and dance performances. 

Crow’s Nest: Who doesn’t love an observation lounge? Oosterdam has a 270-degree wraparound space overlooking the forward bow and beautiful passing scenery.

Who It's Best For

Grandparents: During summer and holiday school breaks, the average age of the line’s guests dips as the usual contingent of retirees brings along younger family members for a multigenerational vacation. Yes, the kids facilities on board still pale in comparison to those of megaship competitors, but there are separate teen, tween, and kids clubs for organized activities. And Oosterdam was the first Holland America ship to debut High Score!, a family game room featuring air hockey, Skee-Ball, arcade games, and more

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The Daytime Vibe is Mellow: While there are lectures and other activities (such as pickleball) to enjoy, many guests are content to tackle 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.