A great smaller ship to cruise Alaska

Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5

7 Night Glacier Discovery Southbound (Seward To Vancouver)

Sail date: August 26, 2018

Ship: Westerdam

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 10024

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Loved the size and layout of the ship. Crew was fantastic. Food was also very good. Would sail on the Westerdam again.


5 out of 5
We arrived at 11:30 AM and were on board in 10 minutes. Many of the passengers were on tours arriving later in the day.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
MDR was good as always. The Pinnacle was wonderful except for the dessert. Did not eat much in the Lido but it had all of the regular offerings. Service in the MDR was excellent. We had the early 5:30 seating.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
We were with friends so we did not do a lot of the activities.


4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was wonderful. Everybody had a smile on their face and within one day it seemed like the majority of servers knew our name. Very impressive. HAL really stands out with its people.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Loved the smaller ship. It was fully booked but did not seem busy. The only "busy day" was Glacier Bay day. But that was because everyone was in the Crows Nest! Lido got a little busy at lunch. But overall the ship felt very uncrowded.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We had a large inside cabin on deck 10. (down the hall from the crows nest) This particular cabin has a window! It is very small and looks out onto the top of the pool cover. But it lets light in. We really loved this cabin. And the bed was very comfortable. (best bed we have had at sea)

Ports of call

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

5 out of 5
We stayed two days in Seward before boarding. Really enjoyed this town. Lots of history and things to do. And not too commercial like some of the other ports. We stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast. It was called Sunshine House. http://asunshinehouse.net/ The breakfast is wonderful. And the owners are really super people. There were 4 of us so we basically had the run of the house. Great place to stay if you need a place in Seward.

Haines, Alaska

5 out of 5
Many people complain that there is "nothing to do" at this port but we loved it. VERY scenic. Easy walk into town. We did a tour with Rainbow Glaciers. It was a wildlife tour. We really enjoyed it. https://tourhaines.com/

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
We have been to Juneau before. It was rainy so we just walked around town. Went to the Viking for a cold one and to use their internet.

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
Love this port. Been here before so we pretty much just walked around. It was off and on rain.


5 out of 5
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