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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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783 Holland America Westerdam Cruise Reviews

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jjsmith1357
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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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smpy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 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
0 forum posts
18 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
0 forum posts
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

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MidwesternCruiser2
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
525 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
0 forum posts
4 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
Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
325 forum posts
5 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
19 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
0 forum posts
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

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TravelOften!
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
5 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
21 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
38 forum posts
21 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
pulpwriter
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
26 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

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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
6 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
1 helpful vote
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
Scrapnana
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
15,858 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

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Traveling Dot
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
528 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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bicfun2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Great cruise and great excursions in the 13 ports visited. Sea days were filled with 10 computer classes, lectures on the regions visited, port excursions, movies, and mixology classes. Embarkation was smooth. We had to wait but were ... Read more
wendybf1
Member Since 2015
1 review
26 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Going through the Panama Canal is a bucket list item. I've looked at many cruises going through but most where you go all the way through the canal have such minimal port you visit between and many sea days. We still have a fair number ... Read more
TahoeSierra
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
276 forum posts
18 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

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