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Westerdam Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: February 20, 2016

Ship: Westerdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 5004

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review Summary

this is the first cruise I ever had been on. My spouse had been on many and on different lines but never Holland America. She loved it more than the others. the staff was great. the food (though not a buffet in the typical terms) was awesome. you think of a buffet as cattle call and people grabbing tongs and pilfering through the mounds of food. they had staff that would fix whatever salads you wished and pastas cooked and flipped right there for you. great.

The Boat was gorgeous. though dwarfed by Oasis of the Sea(we were docked next to) it was much nicer in that it was overwhelming in size I don't think id have ever found the stateroom on the bigger ships nor felt like I saw the whole thing. the state room with balcony is the way to go. romantic and a great place to have coffee in the morning while at sea, in port or anchor. if you don't drink a lot then your in the clear. big drinker? plan ahead for a bar bill. you cant bring much with you so just figure on spending it aboard.

Not a lot of shops on board, which was nice. GREAT shows and the Northern lights dance lounge with Andy was the best. great BB king music in the other lounge, awesome.

ports: Grand turk.... well the water was great and just for lounging on the beach is nice. san Juan will take all day to walk the forts but worth seeing or go out on a sightseeing excursion. St Thomas what fun and beautiful. we walked from one harbor to another and to paradise point. what a view. you can grab a fast water taxi cheap and be in tortolla for the day with dolphins or st johns or whatever. haft moon cay(Holland Americas island) is beautiful water. clear like a pool. we just kayaked and sat on one of the many lounge chairs on the water. I recommend the captain morgans shipwreck bar. the Hawaiian sounding drink and the bushwhacker are excellent. the sail home was depressing as we were in port by 7am the next day.

What fun and the people we had dinner with in the open seating NICE restaurant were great and from all over the world. many were cruise pros. and all had nothing but nice things to say about Holland Americas Westerdam compared to their other cruises. I was told I "set the bar high for my first cruise" . but did a very good. it out ranked Princess buy all that had been on both. and Im not big on a bunch of kids so Carnival wasn't my first choice and I was assured it was a good thought. Im 51 not 20. nor a grandfather so I don't get into the kids splashing around in the pool and taking up the hot tubs while im trying to relax and there were very few kids onboard.


Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
no idea

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
great and spacious compared to the non balcony rooms

Ship Tip

all elevators are fast once in them. pants and shoes for the main dinning room. coat and tie for the Gala dinners but you don't have to go to them. the food is super. buy bottle of wine and have them keep it for you with your room number on it. you can have them get anywhere on the ship. see shows

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
things don't move real fast there with check in or check out. plan a later flight in the night before and about noon or after leaving out. just for your own peace.

Grand Turk Island

3 out of 5
water is great but not all that spectacular unless you want to sit in the pool and drink at the swim up bar or hit maragritaville and we have those at home. short stay anyway

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
get out an see it or the surrounding area. take a seaplane (seaborne airlines) to st Croix for lunch and back. see tortolla and eat at the bitter end. play with dolphins etc(bring passport for those that is the BVI(british virgin islands) and they are 15 mins away

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

achored off haft moon cay
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