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Westerdam Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Westerdam

24 Night Mediterranean & Adriatic Explorer (Barcelona To Venice)

Sail date: October 14, 2017

Ship: Westerdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5118

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

I enjoyed my cruise and visiting Greece and Rome. I will go back! The local residents were very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I highly recommend all the ports except Sarande Albania. Make sure you take plenty of Euros! You will need it.

Embarkation

1 out of 5
Horrible,! A zoo at Venice airport, unable to find cruise reps , had to walk lugging our suitcases to the bus, approx 2 blocks, got dumped off at the port no,rep,to,help,us with luggage , had to walk 1/4mile to the cruise terminal lugging our luggage. Horrible service from HA. Paid good money to get picked up and taken to the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
MEH

Entertainment

3 out of 5
MEH

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Loved the stewards on the ship! Their goal was to please. 5 star service

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean , smelled good, clean sheets.

Ship tip

No library on board any more. Sad since the HA Ships used to have a good book exchange area.

Ports of call

Sarande, Albania

1 out of 5
Horrible! Don’t bother getting off the ship. HA should just pick another Greek port instead of wasting 5eir time on this one.

Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece

5 out of 5
Loved love this port and the town. Great shopping and eateries

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

5 out of 5
Loved loved this port and the tour of Olympia. Great shopping too!

Nafplion (Nauplion), Greece

5 out of 5
Loved this town good shopping and eateries!

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
2 days at this port and well worth it. The excursion to Delphi is a must! Long drive but well worth it.

Mykonos, Greece

5 out of 5
Very nice port. High end shops for the rich and famous. Also very nice souvenir shops. Locals were very friendly. Clean town

Santorini, Greece

4 out of 5
Very nice port. The road up to the top was scary but the views were breath taking! We took the cable car back down. Amazing. They also use the donkeys. We had a very bad experience at a restaurant here and would like to warn all future visitors not to go there. The restaurant has breathtaking views but that’s it. Our group, six of us, walked in and sat at a table an ordered 6 Alpha beers(local Greek beer) the waiter said he didn’t have any but had something comparable. Vulcan made locally. We said sure. What we found strange was the fact that they did not bring the bottles to the table and opened them in front of us like they did at all the other Greek towns we ate at. Instead I saw a 14 to 16 yr old boy pouring the beers from a can into the mugs. The beer was ok. We ordered a lunch that consisted of 2 individual pizzas , a ham sandwich and a Greek salad, and 4 more beers. The food was horrible and the 4 beers we had ordered were different then the ones we got before. The beer was more of an apple ale that was sweet. Long story short when they brought our bill it was 210 Euros ! The 6 Vulcan beers were 14 euros each and the additional 4 beers were charged to us as Alphas that they said they didn’t have! We disputed the bill and we were threatened by telling us that they would call the authorities to arrest us. Coerced and intimidated, we paid the bill. We noticed they had different menus with different prices after we paid. The restaurant is called Caldera Sunset View. I included 2 pictures . After we left we walked down half a block and asked another local restaurant employee about their beer and food prices. We explained what happened and they told us that restaurant has been ripping off tourists for years and they are well known in town for doing it. He showed us their beer prices ,Alpha 6 Euros and Vulcan 7 euros. It should be noted that the kitchen is located right next to the bathrooms where we ate. Please do not go to this restaurant. There are plenty of nice restaurants in Santorini to eat at.

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
Wonderful port. Pompeii was breathtaking. You actually need 3or 4 days to really see all of Pompeii!

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
The port is 90 minutes away from Rome. We visited Rome after the end of the cruise and stayed at the Albani Hotel. I truly wished I had stayed more days in Rome. I absolutely loved this city. The locals are all very very friendly! We walked 9 miles and visited as much of the history of the town as we could. The food was outstanding as well. I’m going back!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very well organized.

Traveler Photos

Don’t go here’! They will rip you off Don’t eat here they will rip you off!
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