It could been better.

Westerdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
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15 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To Ft. Lauderdale)

Sail date: January 20, 2018

Ship: Westerdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 4075

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We enjoyed with wonderful dining room stuff and service. Thank you Bonbon!!


4 out of 5
It was quicker than I expected.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
95% of stuff are friendly, pleasant and helpful. It was very impressive to see so many guests and amount of food were handled in the best way possible.

Vista Dining Room

5 out of 5

Dinning room stuff made the whole experience most pleasant. The best!!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The computer classes were great always. The port introductions were good only we expected to see all the photos to see when we got off.


2 out of 5
It was nice to see poolside local entertainment and Latin music at Lincoln stage. We were expecting local entreatments on MainStage. We could not make sense out of Irish music in Central America cruise. I got more agreement from all people I spoke to Latin music would been more enjoyable. The Irish musicians were good just they were in wrong place. Just as there are no music or entertainers in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia. The same comments to the Westerdam entertainers. The choice of music could made tremendous different. Most of the performance were for much younger audiences especially "the playback". I couldn't agree more other peoples' comments not one piece of music was recognized. Most of background music might been better with Latin music. Two stars because Tyler Bryce and Chris Blackmore were great.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
As all other cruise companies, the officers could make our trip more pleasant by being more friendly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The water run over tub I had to clean the floor every time I took bath. No more iron and laundry room.

Ship tip

Estimate double price of advertisement.

Ports of call

San Diego, California

4 out of 5

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5

Huatulco, Mexico

4 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
The tour guide was excellent.

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

4 out of 5

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

5 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

4 out of 5
The best view. Too bad we were not offered to get off the ship. It could been excellent since the name is Panama Canal cruise.

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman

1 out of 5
We were forced into the small bus, uncomfortable single seats and separated from our friends. The food was bad. I could been happier if it was traded to Panama port get off.

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

1 out of 5
We only saw TWO alligators to go see alligators. I saw so many alligators in Disney World area just passing though the streets. We should've taking other optional tour.


2 out of 5
No stuff to lead at the way to embarkation till 7:45 our departure time. The time estimation was way out of expectation which causes confusions and mess. Which too many people did not fallow the instruction stay away from the staircase area. More stuff needed in that area instead of well costumed good by stuffs. They could been spread out to lead the way out. We saw so many people difficulty walking all the way from custom to the airport bus. I won't recommend to handicap friends.

Traveler Photos

The best service!!
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