Typical HAL Quality

Westerdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 42

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 29, 2014
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 5086
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago

This was our sixth cruise on Holland America (eight cruise overall), the first on the Westerdam; so we had expectations with regard to service, food, and accomodations.  We were not disappointed at all with the service or the food.  With regard to accomodations, our only complaint is the veranda was not deep enough to allow the partition between our veranda and our neighbors (who we were traveling with) to be opened and still allow our door to our cabin to open.  I should note that previous cruises were on decks 7 and 8 which have a deeper veranda to allow an overhang for our deck 5 cabin on this cruise.  We will just book higher decks from now on.  Cabin size, including bathroom, was excellent by cruise standards, with plenty of storage.


We cannot say enough about the service and food on HAL cruises.  Cabin attendees are thorough, accomdating, and friendly; they called us by name from the first day.  Waiters and servers in the dining room are equally as good, treating us like we were their only responsibility--yet doing the same for other passengers.  The entire crew exhibits the same friendliness, whether serving you or just passing you in the hall or other common areas.  The food was excellent, whether in the main dining room, the Lido buffet, or the only specialty restaurant that we dined at on this cruise (Canaletto).

All HAL ships follow similar formats with regard to cabins, common areas, layout, names, etc.  with differences in size and decor specifics.  This made it easy for navigating the ship, especially if you have cruised HAL before.  Being the last cruise for the Westerdam before heading to drydock for refurbishing, we did not know what the expect with regard to the condition of the ship.  We were pleasantly surprised that there was little sign of wear.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
More than good: excellent

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Room service and/or Lido for breakfast, Lido for lunch, dining room for dinner. Reserve a table near rear of dining room (at window if possible) for great views.

5 out of 5
Park off-site for value.
5 out of 5
Get local bus tour but check prices.
5 out of 5
Much to see just walking around.
5 out of 5
Want to just relax, take water taxi to town for beachm shopping, etc.
5 out of 5
Favorite stop for HAL cruises--private beach. Kayak tour is good bargain.
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