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Westerdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

2 out of 5

21 Night Spring Panama Canal (Ft. Lauderdale To Seattle)

Sail date: April 19, 2009

Ship: Westerdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

Before sailing on the Westerdam, we were told by several people who had sailed with Holland America that they had been disappointed.  We always try to find out for ourselves and this time, our friends were right.  The ship is small, and boring.  At every port there was an ambulance to meet us for some emergency or another.  The biggest problem was finding a seat at the Lido Deck for breakfast or lunch.  Most of the cruisers chose to sit at "their table" for all of their meals and would not move.  In between feedings they would sit, read, and sleep.  We decided it was easier to order room service.  Anytime seating was nice, waiter staff were very attentative.  Food was fair at most.  Menu was always trying to make it something it was not.  The enitre staff was great and seems to be the only asset Holland America has.  Entertainment was OK.  Everything seemed to shut down before 11:00pm.  If you have ever cruised on the other cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Carribean, you will notice that the ship stays active most of the night.  Going thru the Panama Canal was an awsome experience but we were disappointed in other ports.  Why stop at ports that it is obvious that tourists are not welcome.


All and all, we had a great time and accomplished what we wanted, but would never travel on Holland America again.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Stay away from the Lido deck for breakfast and lunch. No seating will be available

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) Did not visit port

Oranjestad, Aruba Did not visit port

Santa Marta, Colombia Did not visit port

Cartagena, Colombia - Nothing there

San Blas Islands, Panama Did not visit port

Enter Panama Canal At Cristobal

5 out of 5

Exit Panama Canal At Balboa

5 out of 5

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

5 out of 5

Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico

1 out of 5
Why - not ready for tourists. Nothing to do

Huatulco, Mexico

5 out of 5
Awsome Food an sights

Acapulco, Mexico Did not visit port

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5

San Diego, California

5 out of 5

Catalina Island, California Did not visit port

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia Did not visit port

Seattle, Washington Did not visit port

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