Westerdam Cruise Review to U.S. - Pacific, Northwest

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3 out of 5

Nice cruise overall

Sail Date: September 26, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This "repositioning" cruise was recommended by a friend, so we made this our first cruise on Holland America. The entertainment was outstanding--some of the best we have experienced on ANY line. And the staff was very friendly, helpful and efficient. The ship was clean, but is showing its age, and is in some need of repair and refurbishing. The veranda rooms are adequate, but they seem smaller than most on other lines. The food seemed pretty mundane. Beef dishes were very good, but other choices were pretty unimaginative. The layout for the Lido buffet was awkward, and downright risky when faced with numbers of people in walkers, scooters and wheelchairs--not laid out well. Even the recorded voice in the elevators sounded bored. (No kidding!) The cruise stops were interesting overall, but the quality of the shore excursions seemed to vary widely (WE lucked out, though). Overall, it was a pleasant cruise, with unbelievably smooth seas and good service. We did notice that "hand cleaning" was not emphasized (or supported very well) at all, which may have led to a HUGE number of people getting sick on the long trip.

Cabin / Stateroom
The stateroom was pleasant enough, but a little squeezed in width. There was a hole in the veranda floor (outside of the door) where rust had eaten a hole, and the water drainage was poor. The panels between the verandas rattled loudly if there was much wind at all. It was an adequate cabin, but seems in need of refurbishing.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
clean, but could use some work
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
It was nice to have a "Stitchers and Knitters" group every sea day and Afternoon Teas.
Children's Programs
There was a total of five children on board.
Service and Staff
Outstanding! Friendly and helpful. Dwi and Anto--our room stewards--were great. Our dining room waiter Rudi was terrific.
Food and Dining

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