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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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nodumblond
Member Since 2005
15 reviews
597 forum posts
9 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
2 helpful votes
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
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
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
EbayCruiser
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
1,922 forum post
7 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

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jkalderman
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
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
307 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
74 forum posts
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
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

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elizabethbp
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
92 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote
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
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
Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
325 forum posts
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

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takiso
Member Since 2008
1 review
30 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
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
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
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
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

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mike_ga
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
63 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
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
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
Workinless
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
58 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

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