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Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Alaskan Explorer Via Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 24, 2009
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
I am not sure that I am a cruise person, but that said, this was an impressive ship.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The buffet was often disappointing. One of the two drink dispensers was out of order so that was a big hassle. The lines were long and the layout of various types of food wasn't optimal. The sit-down dinners were phenomenal, however.


3 out of 5
The music and comedy were excellent. The movies were shown in a room not well suited for movies - not enough chairs that could actually see the screen. The entertainment generally was targeted towards people much older than myself.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I don't enjoy being waited on hand and foot but there's no escaping it on a cruise ship I suppose. I disliked the caste system. I saw other passengers being rude to the staff for no good reason and this made me sad.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
This was my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it with, but the ship seemed to be excellent. It was unfortunate that the library/reading room was unavailable, however, so if I wanted to read, I had to do it in the always crowded and often noisy Explorations Cafe.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Our room was tiny and not well cleaned when we arrived. A kitchen and possibly also the engine were very near our room so there were loud noises all the time.
3 out of 5
I visited Victoria about 12 years ago and it was much more interesting then. It has become very touristy. We only had a few hours there, so it probably would have been more enjoyable with more time to explore.
Don't Miss: The street performers in the Inner Harbour (across from the Empress Hotel)
3 out of 5
There were several very good thrift stores all within easy walking distance from the ship. Other than those, there wasn't much of interest here - it was all very touristy.
Don't Miss: The thrift stores
5 out of 5
If you're there on the right day, you can go to the White Elephant thrift store which was fun. Ernie's Bar was an awesome place to have a drink. Very friendly and interesting locals there and highly amusing artifacts on the walls.
Don't Miss: The Russian Orthodox church and nearby cemetery
5 out of 5
Walking around town, beyond the tourist row on the waterfront, is lovely. The Alaska museum was very worthwhile and only $5.
Don't Miss: The Governor's House

Pros: There were not many children on this ship.

Cons: I am not a person who enjoys having servants.

Recommends Westerdam? Yes!

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