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With 23 stateroom categories to choose from, Oosterdam and her sisters offer everything from a comfortable inside double to a jaw-dropping 1,343 square feet Penthouse Verandah Suite with separate living room, bedroom and bathroom with Jacuzzi. Out of Oosterdam's 924 staterooms, 622 have a private balcony and 85% offer sea views.

If there was some sort of award to be handed out for worst looking corridors, my vote would definitely go to Oosterdam. VFD Interiors have devised an odd looking carpet that is used throughout the ship in all sorts of flashy colors. Looking stained even when clean, the blue variant of this carpet is used in all cabin corridors. With plain white walls, plain white ceiling, plain stateroom doors and not one decoration in sight, going down to your stateroom almost makes you feel like being trapped in a hospital. Thankfully, when opening the stateroom door a much warmer atmosphere intrudes. Done in restful colors, Oosterdam's staterooms are equipped with all the comforts of home.

Logo towels
Standard bathroom

I was happy to see Holland America still provides towels with the famous HAL logo in the bathroom. It's one of the things that have disappeared from many ships. As for the bathroom; it's plain but efficient. We were occupying stateroom 5171, a Deluxe Verandah Outside Stateroom (category B) on Verandah Deck. This specific stateroom has a shower only instead of the shower/bath combination in most rooms. Don't let the term "bathtub" fool you though - "oversized shower stall" would be a far better description. All staterooms on Oosterdam are equipped with TV, mini bar (extra charge), safe and data port for laptops.

Even in the inside stateroom you will find ample wardrobe space and a sitting area. And should you decide to splurge and go for the balcony stateroom, expect it to be of decent size, with wood-look rubber flooring and some very attractive patio furniture.  

Superior Verandah Suite

Deluxe Verandah Outside
Deluxe Verandah Outside
Stairway landing

Prison? No - cabin corridor!

Deluxe Verandah Outside

Nicely size verandah
Hallway
Hallway
Elevator bank

 

All photos and text: 2003-2005 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on May 1, 2005

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