Oh Oosterdam. What a pleasant change from the problem plagued Zuiderdam. Firstly, the ship was a toned down version of the Zuiderdam, much more along the lines that are favored by HAL cruisers. Secondly, the food was good, cabins spacious, service up to HAL standards and the ports were quite interesting. Of particular interest, while touring "Peterhof", was the opportunity to see former President Bush and his entourage, including wife Barbara and President and Mrs.Putin. While not arranged by HAL it worked out great.
I find on the longer cruises, more distant from home, that the passenger mix is more mature, and the service appears to put more emphasis on attention to detail. This cruise would rate second behind HALs Eastern Med. cruise aboard the Rotterdam, only in the historical significance offered by the latter. Estonia (Tallin) was a pleasant surprize. More modern that I would have expected. Denmark (Arhus) was also quite nice. I realize I've gone on to more about the ports than the ship but, a lot of time was spent on-shore andd the tours and countries we visited are as much a part off the enjoyment as traveling on the ship. The Oosterdam, and of course HAL are on my recommend list, as HAL has been for a long time.