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Westerdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 44

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 25, 2007
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The Westerdam is large enough to have a broad range of venues and activities, but small enough that you see people you know again & again, and you don't have to deal with overcrowded buffets, insufficient lounge chairs, and long waits for an elevator.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The presentation and variety of food items served in the dining room is incredible. However, the Lido (casual dining) serves wonderful food items as well, with only a bit less choice and fanfare than in the main dining room. Don't miss the high teas!

Entertainment

5 out of 5
I love HAL because it is not as frantic as some other cruise lines. There are activities, but you can also hang out in a public area with a good book, and be undisturbed. The evening entertainment was OK.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
My 14 year old only attended one time, but she had fun. Not many kids on board the week we traveled.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our cabin steward, Andy, met us a few minutes after arrival. He asked our names, and greeted us every time we passed him in a hallway. Crew members were warm & friendly. They seemed to make a special effort to start conversations with anybody who looked lonely or worried.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The crew is always cleaning & maintaining this ship, inside & out.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Storage space was more than adequate. Comfortable furniture on the verandah. Bathrooms are spacious by ship standards. This cruise, my daughter brought her own DVDs to play.

Pros: the crew, especially the hotel staff

Cons: having to go home

Recommends Westerdam? Yes!

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