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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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763 Holland America Westerdam Cruise Reviews

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Xertes
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
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
29 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
pulpwriter
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 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
16 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
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
2 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

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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
dbits
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
49 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
272 forum posts
15 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
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

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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
7 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
MargaretNC
Member Since 2015
6 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was our first HAL cruise and we were pleased. The ship was decorated in subdued colors and was not "flashy". Service was excellent in the Vista dining room and food was a notch above Princess and Norwegian. Attentive wait ... Read more
BrownEyez66
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I have to say it was my first cruise and the ship was beautiful and clean. The room was supposed to be partially obstructed, however it was fully obstructed, unless they count the sky as partially obstructed. The staff was awesome! ... Read more

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EbayCruiser
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
1,862 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We are 3 star mariners on HAL so have cruised on several of the HAL ships. We cruise about once or twice a year mostly on HAL and our second line of choice is RCI. It was just the 2 of us cruising, me and my DH. We were disappointed ... Read more
jkalderman
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I have completed over 20 cruises, large ships, small ships and river cruises. Overall, Holland America does a good job. You need to recognize they appeal to a certain demographic, i.e. the 50+ crowd. Pluses include they are not pushy ... Read more
St Pete Cruiser
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
258 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
We cruised on the Westerdam January 2, 2016, from Ft Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay, St Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Our verandah room 5086 was close to the glass elevator mid ship which was nice. The room was fine on port side with ... Read more
pantherlady
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
71 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My husband and I drove to Ft. Lauderdale and parked at the Park N Go. Good service and a great price. We arrived at the Port Everglades about 2pm and did not have too long a wait to go through the weaving line for check in. Check in was ... Read more
mcasey4640
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
This was the fifth cruise for my husband and me. Although there were no major problems, we'd rate this one five of five. 1. Pros- nice decor, not as much of a constant sales pitch as other cruises, good cabin crew. We got a good ... Read more

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SuperdudeAbides
Member Since 2015
1 review
41 forum posts
2 helpful votes
First time cruisers (my dear wife and myself) we read reviews, we did our research. Getting on and off the ship was an art, it was flawless and the airlines could learn a lot. The ship (though old) gave a great first impression and the ... Read more
elizabethbp
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
84 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I booked this cruise because of the rate I got for the Signature Suite. We have only sailed RCCL and it came down to this or the Anthem. However, after I was able to get a decent air fare, I chose HAL. I must say that as a first timer, ... Read more
pdmguru
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We've been on the Westerdam five times since December 2013 all mostly the same itinerary! We love the ship and are very sorry to hear it will no longer be in the Caribbean in the winter. We cruise each December to get away from the cold ... Read more
pattiehou
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Over 30 years my husband and I have been on 13 cruises, this is the 4th with our kids. We have been on 6 cruise lines, and have tried to stay with ships that were newer at the time of each cruise, and have enjoyed mid-sized to large ships. ... Read more
EWGJ27
Member Since 2013
1 review
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
A friend and I cruised Dec. 12-19 from Ft. lauderdale to St. Thomas and back. I liked the ship. Service is friendly and the veranda cabin was well appointed. Have no real "complaints".......rather a few suggestions. Wish ... Read more

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