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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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Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
300 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had not sailed on HAL since 2002. Our last two cruises were with Celebrity so we thought it was time to return to an old favorite. We loved our Signature Suite. Very large and comfortable. Our room stewards were great. The ship is ... Read more
takiso
Member Since 2008
1 review
24 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Dec 5-12, 2015, embarkation nothing out of the ordinary, saw NO no snacks or drinks. On board only 1 elevator working and created a large backup, only 1 Hal rep to point us in that direction. Room, deck 8 was so so, showing signs of wear, ... Read more
ty55
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was our second cruise with Holland America. We have cruised on Princess, Carnival, and Celebrity. The ship was fine. It was very clean and the staff were excellent. We had an aft facing cabin on deck 7 which was really nice, and ... Read more
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Bob Schmiehausen
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This cruise over Thanksgiving week was our 30th cruise, with 9 sailing with Holland America. My wife and I arrived at embarkation at approx. 1:30 pm. The queue was seven lines deep and it took approx. 30 minutes waiting before being ... Read more
dsricart
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Joys of Westerdam Westerdam, November 14-21, Caribbean. 7 days of Caribbean, with two days of which simply at sea going somewhere else. In and out of FLL. Let me start at the end. I think I have been on so many cruises that I am ... Read more

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favsox25
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
34 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Embarkation was easy, arrived shortly after noon, parked at Park N Fly and were shuttled over to the ship quickly. Wish they would have a separate line for those that don't want to get the pre-boarding photo that the cruise lines love to ... Read more
mike_ga
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
56 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Each year I take a cruise with some of my cousins, and some of their cousins. This year we sailed Westerdam. We live in Southeast Georgia (Near Savannah) so we decided just to leave out early and drive down I-95 to Port Everglades ... Read more
arlbc7
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Me and my wife went on our honeymoon on the Holland Westerdam. We had just recently taken a cruise earlier in the year with another cruise line. We wanted to go a step up since this was our honeymoon and heard that Holland had a good ... Read more
Mobiscuit
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Headed to the Eastern Caribbean early November. We were late to embark due to flight delays but I think it worked in our favor as there were no lines or wait times to board the ship. We specifically chose HAL as we're a bit contrarian ... Read more
donken
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Fantastic time..always something to do, or just relax.. Pampered and made to feel like you really matter. Food ..omg..food!!!! Always plenty..coffee a tad bitter..but the pinacalle to die for..the fresh raspberries.. the ... Read more

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Workinless
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
37 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Overall a very good value cruise. We booked a "guarantee" balcony and were given 4175 which is a VC second from the stern starboard side. Despite the location the cabin was very quiet with no noise or vibration problem, ... Read more
Dillons4
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
First let me say my husband and I are 53 and 52 and this was our 1st cruise. Checkin, check out and getting our rooms were great. It's was the food and entertainment that was a BIG disappointment. All foods shut down 9:00 or 10:00 and you ... Read more
zackiedawg
Member Since 2004
11 reviews
2,219 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is a review of my 9th HAL cruise and 31st overall cruise, onboard the Westerdam for the second time. This cruise was more about the ship, the cabin, and the getaway, as I’ve been to all of the ports recently and often – ... Read more
rlsmith
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
"Holland America prides itself on its service" Some interesting notes about the service - Our very first night we went to the dining room, and the service was so slow that after waiting for desert for about 30 minutes we went ... Read more
zaxanon6
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was my 3rd Holland America cruise, and 6th overall. It was certainly not the best cruise, but certainly not totally horrible, either. I'd call it average: not good enough to repeat or strongly recommend, but not bad enough that I'd ... Read more

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sodennis
Member Since 2015
1 review
25 forum posts
0 helpful votes
If you are a Carnival cruiser then do not do this ship. My wife's scooter was very, very, very difficult to get into the veranda cabin. All the handicapped had to stand for the safety brief whereas every other ship we have been on the ... Read more
labatsman
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
444 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Embarkation was fast and efficient...It was great to embark and go straight to your room and drop off bags..No waiting.Smaller ship than we are used too but as usual well laid out. I will try to keep this short,ports you can read ... Read more
DeeVeeCS
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
My wife and I booked a balcony stateroom on deck 6. This was our first cruise with Holland America and our 7th overall. Rather than trying to comment on every aspect of the experience, what I will focus on is what we particularly liked ... Read more
tjahrs
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Took this cruise to Alaska with my adult daughter. It started out bad with lost luggage, grease on my jacket from somewhere on the ship during the lifeboat drill and didn't get any better. It was suggested that I hunt down my own luggage ... Read more
Spot_the_cruiser
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
I'll try to limit this review to mostly the Westerdam, but have to say that Alaska as a destination was amazing! Even though I was skeptical about going someplace cold on a ship, the scenery and wildlife made this a wonderful trip I will ... Read more

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mikesdaughter
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Being first time cruisers, we had no idea what to expect once we boarded the Westerdam. The embarkation process started about 11:30 am and moved along very quickly. We found our room on the Rotterdam deck aft #7136. Our luggage was ... Read more
HBLadybug
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We had an excellent adventure aboard the ms Westerdam to Alaska. This was our first BIG cruise. Our accommodations were exactly what we hoped for. Everyone, from the front desk staff to the staff that took care of us and our room were ... Read more
ckpeer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We made a group reservation with our family to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday. The entire family was there. Our problems started just after embarkation when we found out that one of the grandchildren who was definitely part of our ... Read more
smknmrz
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We treated our grand children, girl 14 & boy 10 from Indiana, on this cruise. Lots of activities including age appropriate clubs for the kids. Swimming is always popular so there were 2 major pools plus hot tubs in the common areas ... Read more
cruiserjack1
Member Since 2009
12 reviews
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
BACKGROUND: I am 60 years old, and have cruised on dozens of ships. I was solo for this trip. It was my sixth cruise to Alaska and I was looking forward to a relaxing cruise. I was not disappointed! EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION: Both went ... Read more

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