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Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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7 Night Alaskan Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 22, 2012
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.

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

Cons: The Lido buffet; lines to depart the ship

Recommends Westerdam? Yes!

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