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Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Alaskan Explorer With Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 09, 2015
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 4115
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

We booked at the last minute and supposedly got the last room--4115.  It had a life boat hanging just outside the window.  On board, we asked for an upgrade, but were told "no such luck".  So, we asked to see any available room and toured a room with a little round port hole window.  After seeing this, we stuck with our room with the life boat.  It had a big window--as if intended to be a sliding glass window--and the life boat had big windows as well.  So, you simply had to look through the boat to see the water and the shore.  But, it was wonderfully sunny because there was no balcony above us and the sun shone in all around and the view was vast.  I went on board prepared to be disappointed with my room but we decided it was just fine.  

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
ship made up their own gambling rules--not regulation


3 out of 5
some nights--staff was the entertainment

Children's Programs

We don't know

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Lots of staff did not speak English

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Captain enunciated carefully that we were aboard the "beautiful, elegant Westerdam" . He was right.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I already commented on the cabin because it was the area of most concern to us. The life boat hung outside the window. But, we were able to see through the boat and onto the ocean and shore. Actually, the view was "ok". We preferred this setting to another room that had a little port hole window just because our room was much sunnier.

Ship Tip

The ship was great. Our only complaint was that so many of the staff did not speak English. The cafeteria did not serve food 24/7 and once we had to wait as a result. No that big of a deal.

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
whale watching--saw so many whales, I lost count

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Be sure to see the Russian Orthodox Church
5 out of 5
3 out of 5
In port for a short stay in the evening. Really, the only thing to do was to go out to dinner
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