Westerdam Asia Cruise 2019-2019

Westerdam Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5
Westerdam

13 Night Far East Discovery Holiday (Hong Kong To Singapore)

Sail Date: December 20, 2018

Ship: Westerdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 7122

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Review Summary

It was terrific. We made the most out of all the amenities the cruise offered..the programs were wonderful..the staff so friendly and accommodating, the crew, so helpful, courteous, and competent. There were so many highlights for us, we travel extensively and this was a wonderful 13 day cruise to many interesting ports...we really did love the sea days and the friends we made on board.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Professional and very efficient.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
All of them were fresh, clean, tasty and well staffed with friendly and helpful servers.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We enjoyed being pool side or walking the promanade decks..all of the public areas were comfortable and well appointed.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The Lincoln Center Stage was a highlight..we went to every concert we could. the main stage was really entertaining as well. The productions were very well done.

Children's Programs

Didn’t travel with children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff were well trained, gracious, fun, polite, knowledgeable and most of all so friendly and helpful. One of the highlights was Jeremy who gave such wonderful in depth talks of the ports of call..especially geared to independent travelers such as we are.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Yes, the Indonesian ladies that kept the public washrooms cleaned were wonderful... the day the we disembarked there was a problem with the toilets on deck 2 where we waited...no water to them., they did not flush.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Everything about our balcony cabin was great, especially Asep and Alex who looked after our room.

Ship Tip

Be friendly, be polite, say hello, meet as many as your fellow passengers as you can..be thankful to the staff who go out of their way to make your trip a success.

Ports Of Call

Hong Kong

5 out of 5
Easy to embark, quick and efficient...Hop on hop off 2 day pass was amazing..we saw so many of the sights HK had to offer.

Ha Long Bay City (Hanoi), Vietnam

3 out of 5
Still a work in progress, but loved Halong Bay

Chan May (Hue), Vietnam

3 out of 5
We went to Hoi An and it was the highlight of our trip...even though it was raining really hard, everyone went out of their way to be helpful and they were so kind. We took a 1 hour river cruise which was great and eat at a small local eatery with great food..we will definitely come back here. Good transportation provided free of charge into the city by HAL.

Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

4 out of 5
It’s a long way from the city, but the bus transportation that we booked with HAL was really good. We have been here before and as usual it was amazing, crazy, chaotic and great to experience.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

3 out of 5
This to me was one of the most interesting experiences. We live in Thailand for 4 months each year and this port and town is truly pepresnts a 3rd world country. The contrast between rich, poor and the influx of Chinese $ is astonishing. Speaking to the local,people, that is going to be a real problem with all the Chinese casinos being built. We rented a taxi and went to a beach resort where the contrast was even greater. The owner of the resort flew in on his private helicopter while we were there. It even added more to the disparity between the rich and working Cambodians. It has such potential, but it might be quite a few years before there will be a noticeable change..the garbage strewn around and lack of sidewalks was the most glaring and probably what was most obvious reason for this review. It really makes you appreciate the lifestyle we who are more fortunate are able to afford.

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

4 out of 5
Fascinating port, with so much going on in the port. We didn’t go into Bangkok but went on a shuttle bus for the day to Pattaya...we rented a taxi and went to see the Santuary of Truth. It was a wonderful sight to see, but make sure you have good Mobility as there are many stairs to get down to see the temple. Don’t wear short or sleeveless tops, bring a Sarah to cover your knees and shoulders. Pattaya was over run with tourists, many many Russians who pushed their way past you in line ups and on the sidewalks. not a place I would be in a hurray to go back to.

Ko Samui, Thailand

4 out of 5
We tendered in in an effiecnt process. We had been here to Ko Samui before, so we hired a taxi to drive us around and go to the beach with a lovely lunch. We

Singapore

5 out of 5
Great port facilities. What an an amazing city, we bought a 2 day hop on hop off bus pass and it was excellent. We stayed at Hotel G which served a great breakfast and was close to all transit. The city is a delight to the senses, we did the Botanical Gardens, (fabulous), the Singapore Flyer, river cruise, Marina Bay Sands, Little India, walked around the area in the cooler evening. It’s a beautiful clean city with millions of trees. It’s quite a bit more expensive than some of the places we have visited, but we will definitel go back.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Efficient and it was lovely that some of the crew came to say goodbye.

Traveler Photos

Sanctuary  of Truth carving in Pattaya Leaving Ha Long Bay Fresh produce delivery Hoi Ann, circular boats on river. Hoi An orchids Hppy New Year 2019 All the amazing towel animals the staff made!
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