Somewhat disappointed

Westerdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 02, 2016
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 5159
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

First, the service and accommodations were "Excellent" on this ship, so that is not why the rating is only "Good".  The staff did an outstanding job.

 

Second, the shows were pretty good.  The BB King group was "Excellent" and did a great job of entertaining.  I don't think they repeated a song EVER on the entire cruise.  The illusionist was also top notch.  The Westerdam singers and dancers also did a very good job.  The violin/piano duo were very talented, but repeated tunes often, so after the first few nights, we had heard enough.  The violin duo had some flash about their show, but their overall presentation to me was a bit flat.

 

The ports that we stopped at:

1. Half Moon Cay - super crowded and took a LONG time to get on and off the ship using boat shuttling (tendering).  I think the cruise lines could coordinate better so that two ships don't end up on the island the same day.

2. St Thomas - great day, but the weather was bad for 1/2 the day, so not a good beach day.  This is, of course, not the fault of the cruise lines.

3. San Juan, PR - we greatly enjoyed the time we had their, but felt a bit robbed that we were there for such a short time.

4. Grand Turk - YUCK!!!!  This place is a dive and not worth the trip.  We walked down the beach a ways only to find dogs running loose and doing their jobs all over with nobody picking up.  We nearly stepped in it!  Then we tried the beach, and I injured my foot due to 8-10" boulders in the water near the shoreline that I wasn't expecting in water that was only up to my knees.  The beach was a bit better close to the main ship dock.  We ended up spending the rest of the afternoon at the pool that is part of Margaritaville.

 

As usual, we met nice people on the cruise and the meals were very good.

 

Parts of the ship were showing wear, but it didn't detract too much from the experience.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Toilet seat was repaired, and this gave a bit of a 2nd class sort of feel. Everything else was fine.
1 out of 5
Be careful of the beach - there are some large boulders (8-10") near the shoreline on part of the beach. Watch out for dog poop if you walk past the main beach area.
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