Officially christened in 2003 by Her Dutch Royal Highness, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, the Oosterdam is second in the series of Vista-class ships. As such, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies, including her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system that maximizes maneuverability. Symbolic of Holland America Line's more than 140-year history of circumnavigating the globe, the centerpiece of the ms Oosterdam is a magnificent Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in a three-story atrium. First-time cruisers aboard this ship will quickly recognize the traditional touches that make Holland America cruisers regulars: a warm palette of colors accentuating an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, lovely flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques, and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs.
Refined and luxurious, the Pinnacle Grill represents the pinnacle of exceptional dining. Creative, innovative menus featuring choice sustainability raised beef and premium seafood delight the palate.
The Lido Restaurant offers relaxed dining, extensive menu selections, and impeccable service. Bountiful breakfasts feature cooked-to-order omelets, pancakes, fresh fruits, natural cereals, and yogurts. For lunch, the cuisine includes Asian stir-fry, sushi, pizza, pasta, gourmet sandwiches, and an extensive salad bar. At dinner time, enjoy waiter service and entrees from both the Lido and main Dining Room menus.
Explorer's Lounge offers a refined place to sit back and sip delicious coffees, drinks and liqueurs, while enjoying the sounds of the Adagio ensemble.
After dinner, take your seat in the ship's magnificent theater for a dazzling show featuring talented performers, including musicians, illusionists, comedians, and Broadway veterans.
Take a refreshing dip in one of the onboard pools, or simply relax in one of the many lounge chairs and soak up the sun.
The ship's fitness center offers classes in yoga, Pilates, and more, as well as the latest fitness equipment and personal training sessions with the professional staff.
Holland America ships provide a wide variety of exciting youth and teen friendly activities and facilities for guests ages 3 to 17. With supervised fun for younger guests, the entire family can have the cruise vacation of their dreams.
You can feel at ease knowing that your child's onboard experience is safe and well-managed. Holland America Line is committed to creating an environment for all children on board that is safe, nurturing and empowering.
All Club HAL® activities are supervised by permanent, full-time staff, and are designed to be kid friendly and age appropriate. Youth Staff hold degrees in education, childhood development, recreation, leisure studies, or related fields.
Children, ages 3-7*, can participate in such activities as pirate treasure hunts, hands-on pizza making, storytelling, "Little Artists" crafts, ice cream sundae parties, and a farewell pajama party.
*Please note: All children participating in Club HAL must be completely toilet trained. No diapers or pull–ups are permitted in the Youth Center. Youth Staff cannot assist children in the restroom.
Tweens, ages 8-12, can take part in Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts, and karaoke disco parties.
Teens, ages 13-17, can enjoy mocktail mixology classes, late night sporting competitions, teen yoga and hip hop classes, guys verses girls scavenger hunts, cooking demos, tech classes, and teen-only night club events. When there are more than 100 children on board, a HAL Talent Show is offered.
HAL Kids Culinary Workshops now offer children a unique and fun learning experience. Kids will learn basic cooking techniques, kitchen safety, new ingredients, and how to follow recipe instructions. Aside from the fun involved, cooking encourages kids to think about numbers and measuring, cleanliness, safety, and time management. The Culinary Art Center is a place where questions are encouraged and having fun is a must.
HAL Kids Culinary Workshops are geared towards two age groups: ages 3-7 and ages 8-and-up. Teenagers aged 15-and-up may participate in the adult classes.
The menus range from simple to teen gourmet, and each student receives copies of the recipes prepared in class. All classes are complimentary and last approximately one hour.
HAL Youth Programs recognize that some children may have special needs.* Special needs children are invited to attend activities based on their chronological age. HAL Youth Programs have many staff members trained to work with special needs children. Guests should make HAL aware of this when booking their reservation to ensure that appropriate staff will be available.
*Adults that are not Youth Staff are not permitted to remain in the Youth Center unless attending to a child with special needs.