Westerdam to Alaska May 2015

Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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7 Night Alaskan Explorer With Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 09, 2015
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 6007
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This was our first cruise in over 20 years so we are definitely novice cruisers. The stateroom was as we expected, although the bed was larger than we thought it would be (seemed to be a King size). The staff were friendly, especially the Show Host and Librarian. We enjoyed the food; we ate at the Lido Buffet more often than the Dining Room because we didn't want to dress up for formal night and they served some of the same food at the buffet. The entertainment was not high quality, in my opinion. We liked participating in the Trivia and Name That Tune contests. The city of Juneau was just OK, although we enjoyed visiting the Mendenhall Glacier (got bus ride on our own.) Sitka and Ketchikan were charming towns and nice to walk around in. Glacier Bay was wonderful-highly recommended. The size of the Westerdam (1800 passengers?) was good for us. Never had to wait for an elevator or to get off the ship. One negative was The Crow's Nest being closed for a private party almost every day. We felt that the cruise line was catering to one specific group on the ship and could have used a different location for the private party.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Good food, good variety, mostly ate at buffet.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Some fun activities offered, but lots of "opportunities" to buy more things!


3 out of 5
Quality of production was below what I expected.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Show Host, Santana. Librarian, Phil. Both helpful, friendly and fun.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Although nice, I thought the vibe of the ship would be a bit more elegant.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Bed was larger than expected. Room was small as expected.

Ship Tip

Deck 3 was perfect for walking since it was covered but open to the outside.

3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Recommend Mendenhall Glacier.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Being outside at the front of the ship enjoying glaciers and sunshine!
5 out of 5
Watch for bald eagles everywhere - in town, in the trees, getting fish from the water.
5 out of 5
3 out of 5
A beautiful city but seeing it in the evening was a bit of a negative.
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