A nice first cruise experience

Westerdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review

Sail Date: December 26, 2011
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago

This ship was clean, decently decorated, but a getting a little long in tooth in terms of age. The ports were ok, but we found the entertainment was not strong, and the daytime food pretty redundant and average. Also, if you don't smoke, the casino and open decks are pretty much a loss because this cruise line allows smoking. The Holland line caters to an older crowd, but due to the timing of this cruise, there were a lot of small children on board as well, creating an odd dicotomy of too much noise, crowded pools and a very sedate (somewhat dull) atomosphere after 9pm.

Despite the relatively high cruise price, virtually everything was a la carte including yoga classes, soft drinks, wine tasting, the therapuetic whirlpool, cooking classes, bingo, etc. The crew highly recommended every excursion and many shops which offered items basically available in the US at the same or lower cost, leaving us with the distinct feeling that everyone was working on commission.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The main dining room was exceptional, nice varienty, very attentive staff. The Italian specialty dining room was below average in both of these areas, not even equivalent to the Olive Garden. Daytime food was redundant, average quality.


3 out of 5
With the exception of the piano bar and the New Years Eve celebration, very average entertainment.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The dining and cabin staff were exceptional, friendly, discerning in recommendations, etc. The wellness and shore excursion staff were salespeople first and foremost.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship was a bit kitchy in decor, but very clean and well kept.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We invested in a balcony room which was one of the best decisions we made on this trip as it allowed us to spend quiet time in the sun overlooking the water on a daily basis.

Pros: The dining room staff

Cons: The entertainment, with the exceptiion of the piano bar

Recommends Westerdam? Yes!

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