Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

A cruise worth taking

Sail Date: September 22, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We had a very nice cruise despite high winds and rough seas. The dining room food was overall quite good, while the Lido deck buffet was mediorcre at its best. The captain managed to avoid almost all the rough seas that even shut down the harbor in Sitka. In doing so, he was able to extend our shore time in Ketchikan and Victoria. Our extended visit in Victoria really allowed us to see the area, something we had not been able to do on a prior cruise. For an approximately 8-year old ship without a major refit, the vessel was in good shape and it was evident that the crew worked hard to maintain it. Holland America still manages to have the best cocktails and bartenders afloat, although the wines in their wine packages are pedestrian and over priced.

Pros: The dining room food; the crew; the bartenders; the room stewards

Cons: The Lido buffet; lines to depart the ship

Recommends Westerdam? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
We ate almost every meal in the main dining room and were consistently pleased with the food. The Lido buffet does to food what all buffets do: a buffet makes good and well prepared dishes mediocre and average dishes poor.
Cabin / Stateroom
A few furnishings showed a little wear\, but there were no stains on the carpet\, the walls\, or the drapes that we have seen on other ships of this age\, e.g. Celebrity.
Service and Staff

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