Holland America Oosterdam
Named after the eastern compass point, the MS Oosterdam is the second ship in Holland America’s Vista class. The vessel debuted in 2003 with such innovative technology as diesel power and an Azipod propulsion system. Over the past 10 years, Holland America designated this cruise ship primarily for Mexican Riviera itineraries in the winter months and Alaska for the rest of the year. Locations, however, have been changing, with the cruise line shifting this ship into South Pacific, Hawaiian, and Australian regions. As with all Holland America ships, a piece of art sits at the center of the MS Oosterdam. Here, it’s a Waterford crystal globe, located inside a three-story atrium, that symbolizes the cruise line’s 140-year history.
Even Holland America’s basic accommodations are luxurious. With Interior, Ocean-View, and Verandah options, travelers receive rooms featuring a comfortable Euro-top bed, fragrant toiletries, fresh fruit, a TV and DVD player, and salon-quality hairdryers. The view, no matter where you are, offers a beautiful glimpse of the ocean. Signature and Neptune suites provide an upgrade. Building upon the standard features are a one-touch phone, a mini-bar, fresh flowers, and access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge. Dining reflects standard and specialty choices, with the MS Oosterdam featuring the following: Vista Dining Room: Enjoy a five-course continental meal inside this elegant dining room. Request the wine list for the perfect pairing. Vegetarian and low-carb options are available. Pinnacle Grill: The most elegant yet intimate spot on the ship serves delicious meals of meat or seafood, along with wine, on fine china. Canaletto: Savor your taste for fine Italian cuisine, no matter where you are in the world. Lido Restaurant: Fresh, cooked-to-order meals are served in a relaxed atmosphere. Expeditions Café: Begin your day in this coffeehouse atmosphere with a cup of your favorite beverage, a book, or the newspaper. Location also provides Wi-Fi access.
What to Do
Although ports provide ample opportunities to explore the world, with Holland America offering its detailed touch, consider how you’ll preserve those memories. The Digital Workshop, with Microsoft-certified professionals, offers this. Learn how to take better pictures and movies, edit them, and then compile them into a scrapbook. For another demonstration, stop by the Culinary Arts Center to learn how to cook haute cuisine. Any time you want to wind down, there’s the Greenhouse Salon and Spa – the perfect spot for getting a new look or relaxing with a massage. For children, Holland America understands that age-appropriate activities are important, so there’s Club HAL, for those 3 to 12 years of age, and The Loft, for those 13 to 17. In the evening, head off to a show at the Vista Lounge, the perfect spot for seeing singers, musicians, comedians, or variety acts. Or for something more intimate, the BB King’s Blues Club features live musicians. Later, head up to the Crow’s Nest, with its 270° view, for a few hours of dancing. See the world in style with a Holland America cruise. Book your trip on the MS Oosterdam today through Direct Line Cruises.