ms Oosterdam

ms Oosterdam Review and Specifications

Specifications of ms Oosterdam

Year built2003  /  Age : 16
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassVista
Building costUSD 400 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorHolland America Line
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)285 m / 935 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage82305 gt
Passengers2024 - 2429
Crew817
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks11
Cabins1012
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2016
Sister-shipsMS Noordam, MS Westerdam, MS Zuiderdam
Christened byHRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

Current itinerary / position of ms Oosterdam

ms Oosterdam current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer. Prices start from USD 791 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 Aug, 2019 and ends on 25 Aug, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
18 Aug 16:00    Departing from Seattle, Washington hotels
20 Aug 13:00 - 21:00    Juneau, Alaska
21 Aug 14:00 - 18:00    Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
22 Aug 08:00 - 16:00    Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
23 Aug 07:00 - 13:00    Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
24 Aug 18:00 - 23:30    Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
25 Aug 07:00    Arriving in Seattle, Washington hotels

Review of ms Oosterdam

Launched in 2003, ms Oosterdam is the 2nd Vista-class Holland America cruise ships, together with ms Westerdamms Noordam, and ms Zuiderdam.

History - construction and ownership

Holland America Line (HAL) is a Seattle-based cruise company owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Between 1873-1989, HAL was a Dutch cargo and passenger shipping company operating regular Transatlantic crossings between Holland and the Americas. HAL was founded in 1873 as "Dutch-American Steamship Company" headquartered in Rotterdam Netherlands. In 1989, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation for around EUR 530 million. Among the company's assets are the Westmark hotel chain (Alaska-Yukon), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses-logistics) and Half Moon Cay (Caribbean private island).

Holland America MS Oosterdam cruise ship

The 82,305-ton, 1,848-passenger cruise ship ms Oosterdam went through a "Signature of Excellence" dry dock in 2009. Constructive changes included the addition of thirty-four new cabins and the development of a new Pinnacle Bar, accessible both as a pre-prandial watering gap for those dining in that Holland America signature alternative dining facilities, and, for the first time, to all other cruisers as well. There were also added a new library-cum-coffee bar-cum Internet Café, a new alternative Italian restaurant, new intimate screening room, and dedicated enrichment amenities.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Oosterdam itinerary program is based on Alaska cruises from Seattle WA in the summer. The ship also operates on South Pacific Islands sailings, Australia and New Zealand voyages from Auckland and Sydney. MS Oosterdam visits Hawaii on repositioning crossings between Alaska and Australia. In 2017 HAL shifts Oosterdam from Europe to Alaska.

Cabins

MS Oosterdam has a total of 959 cabins (of which 162 Suites, 478 Balcony, 154 Inside rooms) in 30 grades. Most ms Oosterdam staterooms are 210-360-sq.foot balcony rooms. Nearly 70% of ship's accommodations have private balcony views. 29 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard ms Oosterdam are the Pinnacle Suites (1150 ft2).

Implemented fleetwide in 2019, "Club Orange" program provides exclusive amenities to Suite passengers booked in categories Neptune and Pinnacle. Bonus perks by this program include:

  • priority services (check-in, disembarkation, tendering, dining reservations)
  • 24-hour concierge service (assistance, information, reservations)
  • exclusive dining venue (serving complimentary Pinnacle Grill breakfast and Dining Room dinner, plus exclusive dishes)
  • dedicated Concierge Desk (Guest Services and Tours)
  • room service (a la carte breakfast menu with complimentary gourmet dishes - including smoked salmon, steak and eggs)
  • sparkling wine (embarkation day), Club Orange tote bag, premium bathrobes (cabin use, available for monogramming and purchasing).
  • Club Orange Restaurant is part of the Main Dining Room (designed as separate VIP dining section).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Oosterdam's Vista Dining Room is a 2-deck venue at the aft end of the vessel. One deck is allocated for the guests who choose conventional fixed-seating dining and the other for open seating (passengers can either make a reservation or simply walk in). For those who prefer to be seated at small or large tables should use the reservation system. Breakfast consists of made-to-order waffles and eggs, plus the usual baked goods and cereals. Lunch offers starters, mains and desserts. Entrees might include salmon piccata, Swiss steak and stuffed bell pepper. A daily "express combo" caters to those who are in a hurry. One of HAL traditions is the Afternoon tea, served in the upper dining room daily. Three themed teas - Cupcake, Indonesian and Royal Dutch - are served once during a sailing. Signature dishes available nightly feature Caesar salad, French onion soup, grilled salmon, roasted chicken and broiled strip loin. There is at least one vegetarian entree plus a full vegetarian menu with vegan selections, which should be ordered the night before.

Follows the complete list of ms Oosterdam restaurants and food bars.

  • Pinnacle Grill (145-seat reservations-only seafood/steakhouse restaurant with fine wines selection; free for passengers under 12 yo). The venue transforms into “An Evening at le Cirque” once per cruise via a partnership with NYC “Le Cirque” French restaurant.
  • Vista Restaurant (1045-seat, aft Dining Room; features open seating Breakfast and Lunch, two Dinner options – 2 fixed seatings or “Any Time” dining between 5:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
  • Terrace Grill (fast food pool bar; complimentary)
  • Lido Restaurant (446-seat complimentary buffet restaurant; offers self-service Breakfast 6:00 a.m. -11 a.m., Lunch 11:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Afternoon Tea, and Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Canaletto Restaurant (Lido Restaurant annexe; operates as an Italian restaurant for Dinner, reservations required).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Queen's Lounge, which is an alternative lounge/theatre on Vista Class ships, had a makeover and was transformed into The Culinary Arts Center by day, featuring permanent cooking and viewing equipment to instruct guests on the preparation of various dishes. The Culinary Arts Center is operated via a partnership with Food & Wine magazine and offers wine tastings ($15), cocktail tastings and mixology classes, as well as cooking, cake decorating, garnishing and flower arranging classes. The Queen's Lounge offers musical performances with B.B. King's Blues Club experience for five nights per week. The Digital Workshop, powered by Microsoft, is a dedicated computing education venue, with two rows of computers fronting a big, wall-mounted monitor hooked into the computer of the instructor, to graphically demonstrate each step. Other amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

Holland America MS Oosterdam cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Oosterdam lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Atrium (3-deck high midship open-floor area with live performances)
  • Vista Lounge (867-seat theatre/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via a partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Piano Bar; Sports Bar; Pinnacle Bar (36-seat wine bar); Ocean Bar (Atrium bar and lounge, with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • Northern Lights Disco & Nightclub
  • Queen’s Lounge & Culinary Arts Centre (with live band entertainment, cooking shows, culinary classes; via a partnership with “Food & Wine Magazine”)
  • Explorer’s Lounge & Bar (lounge with bar; classical concert performances)
  • Meeting Rooms (Hudson, Half Moon, Stuyvesant)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
  • Casino (served by Casino Bar and Sports Bar)
  • Screening Room (38-seat indoor cinema)
  • Atrium Shops (boutiques for duty-free tobaccos and liquor, perfumes, watches, clothing, HAL logo merchandise, souvenirs); Marabella Luxury Shop
  • Explorations Cafe (speciality coffee bar and patisserie; also serves as ship’s Library and Online Centre/Internet computers room)
  • Neptune Lounge (club venue for Deluxe Suite and Pinnacle guests only)
  • Fitness Center (gym with separate Aerobics Room); 5 jacuzzis
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon; Lido Pool area, served by Lido Bar and Terrace Grill; Sea View Pool area served by Sea View Bar; The Retreat (adults-only)
  • Crow’s Nest (observation lounge; bar and dance floor; becomes disco at night)
  • Sport Court (basketball, volleyball, soccer); Promenade Deck, Walking Track
  • Club HAL (kids lounge, complimentary youth programming)
  • The Loft (teens club lounge area, with Video Games Arcade, computers, PlayStations; teen disco).

ms Oosterdam wiki

One of the four HAL's "compass ships", Oosterdam is Holland America's 2nd Vista-class liner, with sisterships NoordamWesterdamZuiderdam. Ooster means "East" (in Dutch). Ship's Inaugural Cruise/Maiden Voyage was on July 27, 2003. Ship's Godmother was HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. Its Atrium area features a huge crystal globe.

Oosterdam had a scheduled 2017 season in Europe, but the vessel was redeployed instead in North America (Alaska) for summer 2017 to operate 7-day cruises from homeport Seattle WA. The list of 2017 Alaska (Seattle-based) HAL ships also included AmsterdamEurodamNieuw AmsterdamNoordamVolendam and Zaandam.

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ms Oosterdam Itineraries

The below listed ms Oosterdam cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Holland America fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $741
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $741
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $741
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $791
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $791
2019 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $692
2019 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $642
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $593
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $642
2019 Sep 29 1 day, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle $79
2019 Sep 30 6 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver $519
2019 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $549
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $549
2019 Oct 13 24 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera & Circle Hawaii Collector San Diego $2119
2019 Oct 20 17 days, round-trip Circle Hawaii San Diego $1799
2019 Nov 06 17 days, round-trip Circle Hawaii San Diego $1599
2019 Nov 06 24 days, round-trip Circle Hawaii & Mexican Riviera Collector San Diego $2119
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $699
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $549
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $549
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $549
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Holiday San Diego $799
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera Holiday San Diego $1209
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $799
2020 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $799
2020 Jan 18 18 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $1649
2020 Feb 05 17 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $1749
2020 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip All Star Irish Cruise San Diego
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $799
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $799
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $799
2020 Mar 21 28 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas San Diego $3749
2020 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Diego $799
2020 Apr 25 7 days, one-way from San Diego to Vancouver San Diego $669
2020 May 02 1 day, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver $109
2020 May 03 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2020 May 10 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2020 May 17 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2020 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2020 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2020 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $1099
2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $1099
2020 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $1099
2020 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $1099
2020 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $1099
2020 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2020 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2020 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2020 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $949
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2020 Sep 27 27 days, one-way from Seattle to Sydney Seattle $3299
2020 Sep 27 41 days, one-way from Seattle to Auckland Seattle $5299
2020 Oct 24 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $2299
2020 Nov 07 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $2299
2020 Nov 21 14 days, round-trip New Zealand Discovery Sydney $1999
2020 Dec 05 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1699
2020 Dec 19 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $2599
2021 Jan 02 14 days, round-trip New Zealand Discovery Sydney $2199
2021 Jan 16 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $2299
2021 Jan 30 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $2299
2021 Feb 13 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $2299
2021 Feb 27 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $2299
2021 Mar 13 15 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $2499
2021 Mar 28 42 days, one-way from Auckland to Seattle Auckland $5799
2021 Mar 28 15 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $2499
2021 Apr 12 27 days, one-way from Sydney to Seattle Sydney $3699

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