Amazing Japan China Cruise on Westerdam

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Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5

14 Night Japan & China (Yokohama To Shanghai)

Sail date: October 15, 2018

Ship: Westerdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8124

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

I would have to ranked this cruise as one of my best. We were a group of 8 who meet every night in the Gallery bar to be looked after by the staff there. The ship, the food and the staff were exceptional. We did as much or as little as we wanted. Enjoyed the guest performers on the main stage. The only disappointment was the BB Kings music. It lacked something! Groups of people doing line dancing to jazz music was a turn off. The duo pianists were a standout. Totally looked after by our room steward, Sabawa. The food in the main dining room was outstanding. Our our wine waiters were just the best!


5 out of 5
Embarkation was quick and easy. Took around 20 minutes from start to being on the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The main dining room food was exceptional. The Gallery Bar staff were THE BEST!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


4 out of 5
The guest performers on stage were great. The only show we walked out on was the Crew performance which we didn't enjoy at all.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The service for the whole cruise was exceptional.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was at the back of the boat underneath the back deck, so you did hear some scraping of chairs. But preferred that to being too close to the lifts and listening to the bell on the lifts, which I thought was quite load.

Ship tip

Go to the Gallery Bar and meet Roland, Gin and Lou. They will make your trip memorable.

Ports of call

Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan

4 out of 5

Shimizu, Japan

4 out of 5
Mt Fuji was visible which made this shop worthwhile.

Osaka, Japan

3 out of 5
Unfortunately my travel companion was sick this day so I just went to the shops just off the boat. They were okay. The ferris wheel was at the port as well.

Beppu, Japan

4 out of 5
Did the rope cable car. Great views of Beppu.

Hakata, Japan

4 out of 5
Not a great day as it was raining. However, the substation in the city had great shopping. Full of beautiful shops.

Dalian, China

4 out of 5
We did the Forest Zoo in Dalian. Really large zoo. We visited this in the off season, so nothing was working, and very few people - pandas were all sleeping. Large zoo though, with plenty of animals.

Tianjin (Beijing), China

4 out of 5
We did a tour from the ship to the Great Wall. Long day, but well worth it. The second day we did the shops where the shuttle buses dropped you off.

Qingdao, China

4 out of 5
Found some great "fake" markets here. Six stories of bargains! Loved it!

Shanghai, China

4 out of 5
Stayed for four days in Shanghai after the cruise. Found the "fake" markets and shopped.


5 out of 5
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