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Holland America Line's Westerdam (it means west) is the third of four Vista Class ships, and a decade into its existence, it continues to do what the line does best -- balance the traditional cruising ...
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776 Holland America Westerdam Cruise Reviews

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smpy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
We had a fantastic time! This was a multigenerational trip, and there was something for everyone. Our room was of course small, and there were a few little issues with shower drainage, but everything was clean and in good condition. Any ... Read more
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Oregonone
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise, and trying to read ratings, reviews and make a decision on which cruise line to pick can be daunting. I read one reviewer that noted some of the poor reviews were from pretentious cruisers with expectations that ... Read more
SATXcruiserDeb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We wanted to sail to Alaska from Seattle and found a great deal on this cruise on Costco travel. We spent three days in Seattle and really enjoyed this city, although the Pikes Market area is very busy, even during the week. Holland ... Read more
Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
325 forum posts
4 helpful votes
It had been many years since we sailed HAL and we decided to go back on what was the new Westerdam. Embarkation was simple. We had a signature suite which we were to.d that we would receive early embarkation....did not happen, but we still ... Read more
Cruiser_-_Chris
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
13 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Cruise was nice - Wait staff left something to be desired (especially breakfast) Our MAIN problem was it seemed once the waiters brought your food they acted like you didn't exist any more. If you needed drink refills; more bread; or ... Read more

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love2fish40
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
I went with Holland America because I had never cruised with them and had been told they were the best. Well if this cruise is any indication of the customer service that Holland offers, it will certainly be my last cruise with them. ... Read more
TravelOften!
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
The "Beautiful and Elegant Westerdam" is average at best. It's a great budget friendly cruise to Alaska but as far at the "cruise" experience... MEH has been a great description used by other travelers. My friend ... Read more
njfeller
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our second cruise, with the first being with Norwegian. The disembarkation process was excellent. We were assigned a color and number (Pink 3) based on our desired disembarkation time (we chose 9-9.30). We could not hear the ... Read more
Xertes
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We are in our late 60s and love cruising. We usually go to be on the ship and not for the ports. As a result, we seldom book excursions. Alaska and Hawaii are the exceptions. Europe would be an exception if we went there but so far, no go. ... Read more
swapilot
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
36 forum posts
18 helpful votes
We had a great time seeing Alaska, the weather was great and the scenery was beautiful but the ship was lacking in many areas. We had cruised on Holland many times in the past and really liked Holland. We are 3 Star Mariners but we ... Read more

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pulpwriter
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
25 helpful votes
I have cruised over 20 times and I chose this ship because it was smaller. I had booked in August, 2015 for my wife and I and she passed away shortly before the trip. I was told that I could not change the travel date but that I could ... Read more
Michael1954
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I will preface by saying this was our 7th cruise overall and 3rd to Alaska, but our first with Holland America. Let's start with what was good. Embarkation was fairly easy and our staterooms were accessible as soon as we boarded. Our ... Read more
Live Life Large 24/7
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I have to say, when we booked a cruise for 21 days we were wondering if it just might be too long!!! We had three other couples traveling with us (John and Sandy from Canada, Rich and Sandra from Calif., Marty and Lisa from Ohio and we ... Read more
be_a_cruiser
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Since I was a child I wanted to go to French Polynesia because a cousin of mine was there for 6 months and he told us wonderful things about the life in the Island. I also particularly wanted to visit Kiribati (Fanning Islands) and ... Read more
Robertson7
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a terrific cruise! We need an accessible cabin and ours was great! Our stewards were polite, kind, and very attentive. The dining room staff were great...always remembering our names and our drinks! Food was terrific, both in ... Read more

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Scrapnana
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
15,550 forum posts
2 helpful votes
As usual, I had a great time on the cruise. We had some problems but I felt that most were handled very well. Problems first.... Probably the very worst was the embarkation in San Diego. Getting checked in was awful. First there ... Read more
Traveling Dot
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
511 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
We had planned this cruise before my husband died, but he had made me promise to go even without him. I had mixed feelings but continued on with the cruise. I arrived in San Diego two days before the cruise and was able to tour the ... Read more
dbits
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
55 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Really wanted to see the South Pacific Islands, but because of weather, Captain decided safety was foremost and we bypassed two islands, and had excursions cancelled on the third. Gutsy of the Captain to walk through the Lido buffett area ... Read more
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TahoeSierra
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
273 forum posts
17 helpful votes
I will start by saying that I have never been on a cruise that I did not enjoy. We have taken over 40 cruises with 8 different lines. When I write reviews, I tell em as I sees em. We chose this cruise because it started by going to ... Read more
artist5320
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We booked this cruise with several other couples so had friends on board but met many new couples and enjoyed this cruise because of the Gaither Gospel Music with about 25 singers on board. We had a partial ocean view cabin that allowed ... Read more

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Imzdo1
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Nice ship. All the food venues were quite good. Buffet had a good selection at every meal. MDR was OK but slow service. Hamburger joint on board was outstanding on the rear sun deck with good burgers and yummy fries. Coffee house in ... Read more
Hoze1967
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My wife and I have been on many cruises primarily with Royal Caribbean. We thought we would give Holland America a shot and we are happy that we did. Flew in the morning of embarkation since the Fort Lauderdale hotels were expensive and ... Read more
twakamaina
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
The food at the deck 9 buffet. 1. 10 stars for salads, fruits, breakfast 2. 2 stars for Asian food, being Asian I feel they missed the mark on Thai, Chinese (Lunar New Year 2/8/16 ) Japanese. I didn't see any Indian. Filipino food I ... Read more
nodumblond
Member Since 2005
15 reviews
597 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Point of reference: this was our nineteen cruise, fifth for me (and fourth for my husband) on HAL. We’d sailed Westerdam almost ten years previously for our honeymoon. We’ve also sailed on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and ... Read more
vikesfan53
Member Since 2006
1 review
18 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I believe we went at the wrong time of year ...... by probably a week or so! It rained the first 2 days so the balcony and outside areas were off-limits. Second day was in Grand Turk and it just "downpoured" on our way to ... Read more

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