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This was our 2nd cruise (both on Holland America). My husband and myself. We booked a balcony stateroom. At the last minute we upgraded to Club Orange. It was worth it even though the staff isn't 100% familiar with it. It is a new rollout. We were in Stateroom #5185.(this was an upgrade from our original balcony cabin) This ship is very similar to the Eurodam, which we were on to Alaska in June. My one worry was that it would be super hot on the ship (Mexico was in the 90's) but this was not a problem at all. Our room was very comfortable. The entertainment was good, we love the Lincoln Center Stage and the talented young artists they provide. I think we went to all but 2 of their concerts. Our food was good...we had a table for 2 in the main dining room and our neighbors were a cute family of 4 and very friendly. We went to 2 wine tastings on board and they were both really knowledgeable and the food pairings were perfect. All of the staff on board are really friendly and work so hard. Give them some cash $ for their hard work and they are so appreciative. We got room service most mornings, especially on port days. The Club Orange gave us priority tender boarding so this was easy. The private tour of the kitchen was really interesting. We had dinner at the Pinnacle Grill one night and it was worth it. Try the bacon clothesline! All in all a relaxing cruise with no complaints. We didn't hang much at the pool decks as they were kind of crowded...just go up one deck and there are tons of chairs that are empty. America's test kitchen cooking classes are fun.
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Sail Date: October 2019
Cabin Type: Balcony
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Destination: Mexico
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Holland America Oosterdam

59 reviews
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Common Areas (1,293)
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Itineraries for this ship
Itinerary
7 Night Cruise to the Mexican Riviera
Departure date
Saturday, 11/30/19
Route
San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego
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Overview

About
Passengers: 1,964   |   Crew: 812
Passengers to crew: 2.42:1
Passengers to space: 43.6:1
Launched: 2003   

Decks

  • Deck 1
  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
Additional decks
Deck 1 layout
Cabins
  Interior Stateroom (J)  
  Interior Stateroom (K)  
  Large Ocean-View Stateroom (F)  
  Large Ocean-View Stateroom (D)  
  Large Ocean-View Stateroom (C)  
  Large Ocean-View Stateroom (DD)  
  Large Ocean-View Stateroom (E)  
 
Amenities
Guest Services
EXC Tours
Atrium
The Mainstage
Women
Future Cruises

Cabins

    Balcony
    Cabin size: 212 - 359 sq. ft.
    Connected rooms: 110
    Accessible rooms: 0
    Maximum passengers: 4
    Number of cabins: 495

    Activities & Entertainment

    Activities (27)
    • Afternoon Tea
    • America's Test Kitchen Cooking Classes
    • Art and Craft Classes*
    • Art Gallery*
    • Beer Tasting*
    • Cigars Under the Stars*
    • Digital Workshop*
    • Digital Workshop Computer Classes
    • Explorations Central Port Lectures
    • Fitness Center
    • Fitness Classes*
    • Greenhouse Spa & Salon*
    • Happy Hour Drink Special*
    • Hot Tubs (5)
    • Hydro Pool*
    • Hydrotherapy Pool*
    • Martini Tasting*
    • Onboard Lectures
    • Pools (2)
    • Solo Traveler Get-Togethers
    • Sports Courts
    • Team Trivia
    • Wine Tasting*
    • The Retreat*
    • Club HAL
    • Club HAL
    • The Loft
    Entertainment (13)
    • Afternoon Musical Concerts
    • B.B. King's Blues Club & America's Test Kitchen
    • BBC Earth Onboard Features
    • Billboard Onboard
    • Casino*
    • Explorer's Lounge
    • Feature Movie Matinees
    • Lincoln Center Stage
    • Live Nightly Music
    • Screening Room
    • The Mainstage
    • The Mainstage
    • The Mainstage
    Dining (14)
    • The Dining Room - American
    • The Dining Room - American
    • Gallery Bar - Art Bar*
    • Lido Market - Casual
    • Explorations Café - Coffee Bar*
    • Dive-In - Fast Food
    • Crow's Nest - Forward Bar*
    • Canaletto - italian*
    • Lido Bar - Pool Bar*
    • Sea View Bar - Pool Bar*
    • Pinnacle Grill - Steakhouse*
    • Pinnacle Bar - Steakhouse Bar*
    • Neptune Lounge - Suite Guests
    • Ocean Bar - Traditional bar*
    * May require additional fees
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    We have been on 3-4 Holland America Ships. This one was average. We went on a spring break Caribbean vacation with 12 people. We had requested to have one large table for dinners and found when we arrived we were split up. Our father was not happy with this. On day 2 they
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    This cruise had the worst service we ever had on Holland America. We are a 5 Star Mariner member, Which means we have cruised HAL a lot. It appeared to us that HAL was focused on onboard revenue than on providing it's passengers the service that they used to provide. They had
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    Flew to San Diego and were met at airport by ship's rep. Transported with luggage to the ship and boarded. Left that evening for Cabo San Lucas. The UFO group had a daily itinerary set up that kept us busy every day. The meals were great, the crew was fantastic and our stops
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    This was our 2nd cruise (both on Holland America). My husband and myself. We booked a balcony stateroom. At the last minute we upgraded to Club Orange. It was worth it even though the staff isn't 100% familiar with it. It is a new rollout. We were in Stateroom #5185.(this
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    We were thrilled with this cruise not only for the wonderful ports of call but also for the entertainment on board. We liked the classical quintet, four strings and piano, that was from the Lincoln Center. They were five extremely talented (and beautiful) young ladies. We
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