Delightful Voyage with Fantastic Accommodations, Excellent Service and Superb Food
Westerdam Cruise Review to Transatlantic
18 Night Journey To The New World (Rome To Ft. Lauderdale)
Sail date: October 25, 2010
Cabin type: Suite
Cabin number: 7046
Traveled as: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
This was our fifth voyage on Holland America Line (HAL). The first four voyages were a true joy for us and we were looking forward to another wonderful cruise.
We were not disappointed. Once again we were spoiled being in the Penthouse Suite, which was stupendous. Like the last ship we were on, the Eurodam, this ship, the Westerdam, is one of HAL’s newer class ships and the Penthouse Suites on the Signature Class (such as the Eurodam) and the Vista Class (such as the Westerdam) ships are larger and much more modern than their older ships which we have also been on before.
Our cabin stewards were top notch and went the extra mile to make sure everything was in order for us to enjoy our stay.
Passengers staying in the suites have access to the Neptune Lounge, which is staffed by concierges who sees to your every need. This lounge also offers continental breakfast in the morning and snacks and finger foods throughout the day. Coffee, Espresso, tea and juices are also available throughout the day. A great retreat to be at when other areas on the ship may be crowed or just a quick place for a “pick me up” snack and drink when you are in a hurry.
The main dining hall still has assigned times and dining tables for you to attend for most of your meals if you so desire. The food and service is very good … excellent when you factor in all the people they have to serve. The head waiter at your table and their assistant do a wonderful job of learning your particular needs so you do not have to retrain a new server every time you go … a nice touch. The menu does change everyday so it does not get old.
The Lido is their buffet style food and it is very good. Despite the large crowds at times, the lines are reasonably short and move fast. Many of the food items offered in the full service Main Dining Room are also available in the Lido.
There is a hamburger, hotdog and nacho stand by the pool that is quick and good.
There are several specialty restaurants that charge a fee, but, they are well worth the price. I strongly suggest you try them and to make your reservations as soon as you board the ship as the more popular times do book up.
There is the Pinnacle Grill, which serves excellent steak and seafood. This restaurant in particular books up fast.
The other specialty restaurant is Canaletto, which serves Italian food. It is also very good and the servers will bend over backwards to make sure you have a delightful experience.
We had a wonderful time on all the excursions. We have never been disappointed by any excursion provided by HAL.
I do not usually go to the shows but my wife does and she loves them. While she is at the shows, I usually play the penny machine in the casino.
Getting on and off the ship has always been a breeze.
This was a great voyage and we are very happy we took this cruise.
Food and Dining
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Make sure to make your reservations for the Pinnacle Grill and the Canaletto as soon as you settle. They book up fast for popular times, especially the Pinnacle Grill. Do not miss the Crows Next for great views and drinks!