“Oost” is the Dutch word for “east”, marking Oosterdam as the second in Holland America’s series of Vista-class ships named after the four points of the compass. Abounding in entertainment yet steeped in comfort and luxury, this magnificent vessel bridges the gap between traditional elegance and glittering vivacity for a truly unforgettable cruising experience.
Comprised of eleven sweeping decks and measuring 936 feet in length, the majestic Oosterdam has capacity for 1,964 passengers aboard her sleek quarters. Her richly-appointed interiors, awash with lush tones of red, orange and gold, exude a certain inviting decadence; a sentiment particularly encapsulated by the towering three-deck atrium, topped by a revolving Waterford crystal globe so that the very first steps you take onboard are ones of unparalleled style. Brimming with unique lounges, exquisite restaurants, sports facilities and top-class entertainment for all ages to explore, Oosterdam expertly combines the heights of luxury and the adventure of a lifetime.
All staterooms aboard the MS Oosterdam proudly bear the Holland America Line’s “Signature of Excellence”, denoting them to be immensely luxurious and expertly-designed havens for rest and relaxation. Sumptuously soft beds, Egyptian cotton towels, high thread count linens, cosy bathrobes and high-end bath and body products promise a truly restful night’s sleep and an indulgent bathing experience, while state-of-the-art amenities such as the space-saving flat-screen TV, DVD player, minibar, makeup mirror and programmable safes included as standard mean that no modern convenience must be foregone as you cruise the oceans.
Over half the ship’s staterooms are beautifully appointed with balconies, allowing passengers to revel in the panoramic views or share a softly intimate sunset from the privacy of their own quarters. Suites feature a whole host of truly top-class enhancements, including dressing rooms, sofa beds, whirlpool tubs, balconies with a table for dining and access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge for a voyage that encapsulates the crème de la crème of luxury ocean cruising.
Oosterdam is abundant in dining choices to suit every palate, mood, time of day and atmosphere. The two-level Vista Dining Room is lavish and welcoming, stylishly designed with curved angles for an intimate yet refined ambiance, and serves regionally-inspired cuisine as well as signature international dishes and classic favourites. Artfully prepared and impeccably assembled, these sumptuous multi-course dinners are guaranteed to have something for everyone.
Perhaps you would prefer to visit the distinguished Pacific Grill, specialising in the cuisine of Holland America Line’s home city: Seattle, in America’s Pacific Northwest. There, you can find luxurious seafood and delectable steaks and salads, all freshly-prepared and full of mouth-watering flavour for a really indulgent meal. Those who would prefer to lounge by the pool and enjoy a leisurely lunch should meander down to the Dive-In, serving such poolside gourmet treats as burgers, hot dogs and portabella mushroom stacks – or if it’s something lighter you fancy, the Vista Lounge serves an elegant afternoon tea of pastries and snacks. A more artisan, boutique-feeling restaurant can be found in Canaletto, a tiny Italian eatery serving antipasti, pastas, tiramisu and gelato for a rich continental dinner to rival the best in Rome.
They say that the journey is just as important as the destination, and never has this rung truer than aboard the Oosterdam. The ship positively abounds with onboard entertainment, from live music to lectures, cookery classes to kid’s clubs, for a voyage as unforgettable as the regions you visit.
A new collaboration with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the most-visited museum in the Netherlands, has birthed the innovative “Rijksmuseum at Sea” installation: an exhibition of specially-created reproductions of the museum’s most famous pieces, bringing passengers in touch with Holland’s rich history and fascinating culture. Guests are invited to settle in front of the educational videos, enjoy presentations by museum experts and even get in touch with their own creativity through art workshops. A revolutionary partnership between two much-loved Dutch institutions, this installation allows passengers from all over the world to experience Amsterdam’s most famed cultural wonders while exploring their own artistic talents.
From a peaceable afternoon at the museum exhibit to an evening showered in glitz and glamour, Oosterdam hosts a whole series of all-singing all-dancing production shows in its lively Vista Lounge. A three-deck, lushly-appointed theatre-style room decked out with balconies and luxurious seating, it proves a vibrant setting from which to enjoy a musical, dance, magic or circus skills-based show of world-class quality.
The Queen’s Lounge, meanwhile, plays host to the foot-stomping B. B. King’s Blues Club, a crowd-pleasing romp featuring the best of Memphis blues – or for a more poppy, chart-topping night of music and dance, head to Billboard Onboard for dynamic live music featuring modern-day favourites. Lincoln Center Stage boasts an impressive itinerary of chamber music recitals and afternoon concerts, completing the full “Music Walk” experience: bounce between genres, settings and bands for a wildly exciting night of live music as you cruise the sea in perfect luxury.
Oosterdam is brimming with sports and fitness facilities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, basketball and volley courts and the fully-equipped indoor gym, featuring top-of-the-range exercise machines and weights. Passengers are also welcome to take part in group exercise classes, including relaxing yoga and Pilates, or high-energy cardio such as spin and circuit training, to revitalise and refresh the body while onboard.
The calming Greenhouse Spa is a tranquil sanctuary for those looking to relax and unwind, featuring a “thermal suite” full of heat treatments, steam rooms, saunas and hydrotherapy facilities. The main spa also offers soothing spa treatments, acupuncture, full hair and nail services, teeth whitening and massages for a truly indulgent experience. There are even options available for kids, including non-tanning bronzing, mother-and-daughter and father-and-son side-by-side massages and anti-acne facials.
Kids and young adults are spoilt for choice with the ship’s youth facilities, including a video arcade, The Loft (a teen hideaway complete with lounge, dancefloor and DVD setup) and Club HAL, the main kid’s club for youngsters aged 3 to 12. Activities such as board and video games, candy bar bingo, ice cream parties, scavenger hunts, trivia contests, Coke-tail parties and kids’ ship tours promise to keep kids entertained and supervised, while the in-room babysitting service (at an extra fee) mean that parents can really let their hair down in the evenings.
Immortalise your valuable holiday memories with the Windows® Digital Workshops, led by Microsoft-trained “techsperts”. Covering everything from photo editing to blogging, creating movies to creating backups, these free and informative sessions are a must for anyone wanting to make the most out of the digital age. One-on-one tutorials are also available daily.
Oosterdam offers classes on everything from languages to wine tasting, cocktail mixology to flower arranging, for those wanting to expand their mind and pick up new skills as they voyage along. The lavish Queen’s Lounge is transformed into the renowned Culinary Arts Center by day, offering cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops for those wishing to pick up culinary expertise from the professional onboard chefs. Using only the freshest ingredients for a “farm to table” experience and focusing on authentic regional cuisine, the Center is an oasis for any foodie.