No Excitement Cruise

Westerdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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21 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Ft. Lauderdale To San Diego)
Sail Date: March 12, 2016
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 5063
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We wanted to cruise through the Panama Canal and see some ports that we had not been to.

 

The cruise did that but the time at many of the ports was so short (3.5 hours in Columbia) that there was no time  to really visit the location, especially if you did one of the shore excursions.

 

This cruise of 1,800 persons turned out to be much older.  There were no children or teenagers aboard.  The only night life was the piano bar.  Only a couple of people stopping by the lounges.  After the 10 PM show, the casino was empty as were most of the lounges.

 

Just No excitement on this cruise.  Mario, the cruise director, did have a few entertaining 45 minute fun events.

Everything is based on a 45 minute length.  Even when they had some country line dancing (2 times) and the turnout was very large, they stopped at 45 minutes and everyone moved on and the excitement went to zero.

 

This cruise line seems to nickle and dollar you to death.  Everything has a cost.  You had to pay $12.50 to learn how to make a martini, etc.

 

We know all about the gratuity add on so why not just put it onto the initial cost of the trip.

 

Crew and service were outstanding - 5 star.  Food was good but not exceptional; like we have had on previous smaller ship cruises.

 

They need to remove the bath tubs so they can put in a decent size shower.

 

The Panama Canal crossing was good - 11 hour day.  Very similar to the locks when you do a river cruise in Europe.

 

The Windows Workshops were excellent.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Replace Bath tub with decent size shower.
Replace window tint. Bad Condition.
120/230 vac outlet by each bed stand.
Allow more room in mini-bar for a personal bottle of wine, beer, or soda.
Cannot hear general announcements in the room. Should have a volume controlled speaker in each room.

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