June 2014 - Westerdam to Alaska - Inside Passage
We did the 7 day Alaska cruise on the Westerdam June14-21. The ship was beautiful, service was great, but some things were not so great. I would say 25% of the food we had was good. Even in the Vista dining room the food was off. Sticky cold risotto, strange seasonings, tough meat, it didn't warrant a luxury cruise. Even in the Lido dining, the food was off. In the casino, a lot of games were rigged, especially the electronic Keno. If a computer picks numbers every 3 minutes how can it be fair when it knows all the numbers picked. We never saw a winner. Claw machine did not have the strengh to pick up wrapped packs of money, we never saw a winner there either. 15% gratuity is added to every overpriced drink. Automatic gratuity is added at the end of your stay for the waiters, stewards, ect. It seemed like we were nickel and dimed to death. The ports were great, but you would get that on any other cruiseline you picked. I will say the nightly shows were fantastic. You have other cruiselines to pick from. We would sadly say, pass on the Westerdam.