Like all cruise ships, Holland America Oosterdam has a variety of accommodations for passengers to choose from. Cabins range from the lowest priced inside cabins for budget conscious travelers to the spacious Pinnacle Suite for guests who want to cruise in style and luxury.
The Pinnacle Suite has a huge balcony with private hot tub, a bedroom separate from the living area, a jetted tub, stand alone shower, and bidet in the bathroom. It even has a butler’s pantry with separate crew door for servicing in-suite dining at the suite’s dining room table. While most rooms just have a number on the door, the pinnacle suites added a personalized name sign. These spacious suites are bigger than some people’s homes. Artwork includes statues as well as pictures.
All cabins on Holland America include luxurious Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses, fine linens and towels, deluxe bathrobes, premium massage showerheads and Elemis Aromapure spa bath products. Complimentary fresh fruit is available on request. Ice buckets in the cabins are filled daily.
Bookings in Pinnacle or Neptune suites come with use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge which features a seating area with TV, snacks, wifi, library, work tables, and a concierge. It’s located in the interior of deck 7 near most of the suites and is accessible from both port and starboard hallways. There were always people in there whenever we walked by (which was pretty much any time we went to the front of the ship because our cabin was located at the back of deck 7.)
Pinnacle and Neptune suite amenities include in-suite coffee and espresso machine, Bose® Bluetooth-enabled Soundlink, complimentary mimosas with in-suite breakfast, premium duvet, soft cotton bathrobes and slippers, binoculars for use during voyage, an expanded line of Elemis bath amenities, complimentary laundry service, priority boarding and tender, and more.
Though Neptune Suites are about half the size of Pinnacle Suites, they about double the size of regular verandah or ocean view staterooms. They have oversized balconies with plenty of outdoor furniture.
The back corners of each stateroom deck have Neptune suites with wraparound balconies that extend the length of the room on both the side and back of the ship.
While the bathrooms in a Neptune Suite aren’t nearly as fancy as the Pinnacle Suite, they do have jetted tubs and double sinks, showers, and more space than other staterooms.
The Oosterdam also has Signature Suites whose list of amenities includes premium duvet, soft, cotton bathrobes and slippers, binoculars for use during voyage, a variety of firm, medium and soft pillows, no-host mini-bar for easy entertaining, oversized bath towels, one-touch telephone concierge service, fresh flowers, and complimentary DVD library. They have the same bathroom as the Neptune Suite and a similar, but smaller stateroom configuration. Signature suites have more amenities than other room classes, but not the major perks of the higher level suites.
Passengers who want a bit of outdoor space to call their own without springing for the cost of a suite can book a verandah cabin, which comes with a private balcony. Verandah cabins at the stern or on bends tend to have larger than average balconies.
Not all rooms in any one category are created equally. Rooms on bends or corners of the ship sometimes come in odd shapes. These may be bigger than average so accessible cabins are sometimes located there since accessible rooms are usually the largest in their category.
Fully accessible rooms have space to maneuver a wheelchair and roll-in showers. They also have wider doors than ordinary staterooms.
Passengers who need them can pre-arrange a hoyer for their room, which will be waiting in the cabin for them upon arrival. It is used to lift a person who needs assistance getting in and out of their wheelchair. Cruise ships also provide portable cribs where they are needed.
Balconies to verandah staterooms aren’t nearly as big as the ones suites have, but it’s still a bit of private outside space.
Passengers who want to save money, but still have a view can book an ocean view cabin. These are often found on decks too low for balconies, or in other locations where balconies can’t go. They are sometimes larger than balcony cabins because the space otherwise taken by a balcony becomes part of the inside of the cabin.
The majority of passengers book 2 people to a cabin, which is what they are all set up for. It’s not required to have 2 people though. Some sail alone, and others with more people. Some cabins on the Oosterdam hold up to 4 passengers. Rooms on the Oosterdam that hold 3 have a couch that folds down into a bed. If it holds 4 it also has a bunk that drops down from the ceiling.
When booking a cabin with extra people sometimes location is everything. Just outside cabin 1079 there’s a public bathroom, which could come in handy if booking the full 4 people that cabin holds. (Men’s is on the opposite side of the ship).
If money is tight or you just want natural light try an ocean view obstructed cabin. These cost less than cabins with a full view, but are more spacious than interior cabins. Views vary depending on the obstruction. On the Oosterdam the obstructed view cabins sit behind the lifeboats. They have a full window wall which leaves more possible viewing space than a small window would as anywhere there isn’t an obstruction is open for viewing. Cabins directly behind lifeboats have most of their view blocked, though you can see a bit through the windows of the lifeboat itself. Cabins between lifeboats have partial views. With the full length window you can look down on the promenade deck below in most of the obstructed view rooms.
Inside cabins provide all the necessities at the lowest price. There’s no outside view, but the bow cam channel on the cabin’s TV can be used for an electronic window. Besides budget travelers, daytime nappers who want a dark space to sleep at any hour also favor interior cabins. Holland America’s website did not include refrigerators or USB ports in their list of inside cabin amenities, but we stayed in one and it had both.
Not all inside cabins are alike. Down on deck 1 the large square-shaped interior cabins have space to include a couch, where the rectangle shaped ones found throughout most of the ship just had a chair.
Some cabins on cruise ships have connecting doors to the next door cabin. If people book both cabins together the door between is unlocked so they can pass freely between the two cabins. With unrelated parties the door remains locked. Walls in the Oosterdam’s cabins are magnetic which comes in handy for keeping paperwork organized if you bring magnets.
There are really a lot of different choice, making it easier for travelors with limited budgets to go on a cruise. All of the rooms look comfortable. I remember liking the room on the lower floor because it was close to the area where people left the boat for outings. No need for an elevator which saved time.