Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

Wonderful trip

Sail Date: July 23, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

This was a wonderful trip for us.  We not only saw Seattle for the first time, (two days early), but the cruise provided a chance to see parts of the country we've never seen before.  The ship was good, not gigantic, and managed well.  It was clean and well kept, though a little tired looking.  Everyone was very friendly.  The balcony cabin was fine.  It did seem a bit small compared to ones we've been in on other cruise lines.  There was no bathroom exhaust fan, or one that didn't work.  There was a two-way lighted make-up mirror (with a switch) attached to the desk/ console that didn't work.  Storage was good.  Our cabin steward was wonderful.  The entertainment onboard was great.  We took two dance classes, and won at trivia many times receiving a pin for each win.  We were very impressed with the library (like a mini Barnes and Noble), as well as the librarian.  The cruise director, Sarah, was exceptional and all the staff were personable and engaging.  We didn't use the specialty restaurants, just the buffet and regular dining room.  Both were great.  The fitness room was well equipped but there should be more stationary bikes with backs.  The ship's layout was good.  It was easy to get around but we should have a small, handheld diagram of the ship instead of running over to the large diagram at the elevators every time we wanted to know where we were and how to get somewhere else. The signage for disembarking at a port could be improved.  Though announcements are made, they should be repeated, and more signs should tell us where the gangway is set up.  If the rugs in the elevators are changed daily (for the days of the week), then exiting signs should be more visible.  The disembarking schedule at the end of the cruise was superbly handled.  This is the first time ever that we have exited on time, and so smoothly, compared to the two other cruise lines we've been on.  Excellent!

Cabin / Stateroom
On the smaller side, with no bathroom exhaust fan. Desk make-up mirror's switch did not turn on light.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
needs better signage at ports
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs does not apply
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
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More time is needed in port. With an excursion, there was little time to look around.


Take a look around, explore, and get to know the ship.

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