Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

room without a balcony

Sail Date: May 09, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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.  

Ship Quality
Captain enunciated carefully that we were aboard the "beautiful, elegant Westerdam" . He was right.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Lots of staff did not speak English
some nights--staff was the entertainment
Children's Programs We don't know
Onboard Activities
ship made up their own gambling rules--not regulation
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Seattle, Washington
Juneau, Alaska
whale watching--saw so many whales, I lost count
Cruise Glacier Bay
Sitka, Alaska
Be sure to see the Russian Orthodox Church
Ketchikan, Alaska
Victoria, British Columbia
In port for a short stay in the evening. Really, the only thing to do was to go out to dinner


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.

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