Westerdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

Another Great Cruise

Sail Date: March 28, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Our days on the Westerdam were  great. Quality time with the kids enjoying relaxing, fun activities as well as venturing out through small towns and beaches on shore. Food was plenty, varied and of great taste. the service could be a bit slow at times, but no worries. The music was fantastic; a jazz band, piano singer, rock band and best of all a duo of classical musicians playing the piano and violin. BRAVO to the varied and wonderful entertainment. Dancing With Stars on the last night rocked. An adult pool and spacious open back on the back of the boat was sensational. All ships should have such a layout. Considering the ship did not have the big ticket draws like a flow-rider, climbing wall, zip line or ice rink it was awesome. I went to art history class and dropped in a steel drum lesson. Good stuff....go cruising

Ship Quality
up to date common areas. Stateroom was worn with some broken or loose hinges and dinged walls
Food and Dining
not as bountiful as other cruises, but more than enough in quantity and variety for anyone. The staff served the food even in the buffet line which is a good thing. It is better from a health standpoint and helps control portions (waste not......want not)
Service and Staff
Friendly, kind and always around to help. Most all looked you in the eye and said hello as you passed. That's a big plus
music styles and talent where top notch
Children's Programs
my teenage boys mostly hung with a group of similar aged kids outside of the club HAL program. They did not think the club's program was in tune to their wants
Onboard Activities
a pool, deck chair and music is all I ned and they had it.
Destinations and Excursions
tropical islands with beaches.......good stuff.
Cabin / Stateroom cabin was the same as every other type on other cruise ships. Ours was a bit beaten up with loose hinges on closet doors and knobs that would keep coming off. Our balcony light did not work either. But it was comfortable and served us well. Bathroom seemed more spacious than the Norweigian ship we were on last year. on that ship the toilet was in its own compartment which cut down on the space for the sink and shower.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
good organization and well setup. they moved you along from curbside to cabin
Grand Turk Island
did not get to dock because of high winds. What's up with that?
San Juan, Puerto Rico
History at the fort, walked around the old town, swam on beaches in (2) different parts of town. Great FULL day in PR
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
too short of a day...Onboard time of 2:30 pm. C'mon give us more time
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
Great place. Although not as good as Disney's island, its still an awesome place to spend a few hours. Time on shore was too short, another All Aboard at 2:30 pm. Way to early to leave the island they own for a short sail back to FL.


Some programs were every day and progressed daily; such as the culinary arts kitchen, steel drum lessons, dancing and art history. Start the week off by attending a class and give it a shot. You may end up being able to cook for yourself, get into a reggae band or end up on Dancing With the Stars

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