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4.5 Editor's Rating
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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798 Holland America Westerdam Cruise Reviews

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chsh22000
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed two weeks ago
My wife and I always wanted to go on an Alaskan Cruise, after looking at available dates, prices and reviews we selected Holland America, leaving out of Seattle. I have read a lot of reviews here that noted the poor condition of the ... Read more
OBCruiser44
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
This Ship takes the Glacier Bay Park Tour. With it being first tour to Alaska, wanted to see the national park. Overall, the Cruise was very good. Embarkation and disembarking were smoothly run and most staff eager to make this happen. ... Read more
clovis_12000@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
They made a very convincing advertisement for their cruise ship. They said it would be relaxing, but it was not. We wanted to relax, so I purchased their Couple's Massage worth $295.00. I knew it was overpriced, but ... Read more
abounceabove
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Do not go on this ship!!! But do go to Alaska! This was a very poor experience, almost from day one. Before I start just let me say that I have been on about 10 cruses now with 5 different lines. The ship is outdated, and in need of a ... Read more
lora-c
Member Since 2015
1 review
34 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I love the sea and a cruise. This was number 14, and my third trip to Alaska. My first time was booked on Sitmar, to become Princess by the time we sailed, second on Princess, and my first time on Holland America. I decided to try ... Read more

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Christine81
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Our cruise to AK on the Westerdam (July 2016) was wonderful. Arrival: Embarking process was efficient. Our cabin was clean and ready to go when we arrived at noon. We used the luggage direct service and are glad we did! First ... Read more
Katgal98
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
This was my husband's and my first cruise and we were filled with excitement and anticipation when we boarded. We are seniors who wanted a quiet experience, and some new landscapes to explore. I looked into the various cruise lines, ... Read more
swimgranny
Member Since 2010
1 review
134 forum posts
3 helpful votes
we choose this cruise based largely on date. we were a family of 8 ranging in age from 14 to 71. all enjoyed the cruise with a few complaints. the port schedule was off. not enough time in ketchican and not much to see in sitca . Holland ... Read more
Cruiser Andi
Member Since 2013
1 review
360 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We love cruising to Alaska and chose this cruise because it's easy for us to get to Seattle. We have cruised with HAL 3 times prior. We were unfortunate enough that our balcony stateroom was just above someone who was a prolific cigar ... Read more
AustinDude
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
Sailed July 2016
We had a wonderful time on this cruise. We had a balcony room on the 7th deck. Our room was nice with lots of storage. The room and dining staff were amazing. I live in the Seattle area and am used to seeing beautiful trees and large ... Read more

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NW SOUTHERNBELLE
Member Since 2010
1 review
105 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose HAL because we love this cruise line and this was our first time on Ms Westerdam to Alaska and we were not disappointed. The Westerdam had some slight wear but we experienced no major issues on our cruise. We did encounter some ... Read more
Kathyfromstl
Member Since 2015
1 review
143 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Instead of doing an overall review (there are already too many of them), I'd like to give my impressions and experiences of the advice I received from reading Cruise Critic: Large Groups on board - I was led to believe they would ruin ... Read more
jjsmith1357
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We were hoping that the Holland America Westerdam would be a step above the rest, but we didn't see that. No deal-breakers, but the lack of attention to detail was noticeable. I'll start with a few of the things I saw, and then share ... Read more
Jjjon
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed July 2016
Had good luck with Holland in the past. We got cabin 4174, on the stern above the dining area. Leaving Seattle the noise in the cabin was deafening, a constant pounding, very loud. This created a vibration which shook anything in the room ... Read more
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Carolyn448
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
My husband and I were looking for an interesting cruise for the summer and decided that Alaska would be just the right thing. We had been to Sitka and Juneau several years ago when he participated in a Russian music festival in Sitka. The ... Read more

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smpy
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
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
19 helpful votes
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
tomatwood
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
My main complaints for the Holland America Westerdam to Alaska were: The food was awful and TERRIBLE for anyone who wants to eat healthily or who has food allergies. All the veggies had butter on them (you should use olive oil). The ... Read more
MidwesternCruiser2
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
601 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I've cruised 20+ times; three to Alaska...unfortunately twice on Holland. I selected this cruise (knowing I might be disappointed with some things) because it was when I wanted to go (before summer), with the itinerary I preferred (Sitka ... Read more
SATXcruiserDeb
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
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

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Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
325 forum posts
7 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
22 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
love2fish40
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 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
15 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
7 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

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