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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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755 Holland America Westerdam Cruise Reviews

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choirnonny
Member Since 2014
1 review
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my 4th HA cruise and traveling partner's first. The Westerdam is a good size vessel (not too large) and easy to get around. There were plenty of activities to take advantage of and the Dancing With the Stars feature was a great ... Read more
CrabbyHarper
Member Since 2002
12 reviews
1,003 forum post
0 helpful votes
This was our seventh cruise with Holland America and we were not disappointed. Booking at almost the last minute with an itinerary that seemed unexciting, we were prepared just to relax and enjoy and did we ever! Embarkation went very ... Read more
tannes
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
81 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our second cruise with Gertrude Byrnes All Star Irish cruise. As far as we are concerned, it doesn't get much better than a week filled with a cast of all star Irish entertainers throughout each day! The music starts when you are ... Read more
cruzeboy48
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The main problem we had with this cruise was that Holland America hosted a gospel music program with 850 attendees, who dined together. For dinner, all reservations past 6:30 were reserved for the music group. When we did happen to have a ... Read more
glasslin
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
We booked our cruise directly with HAL and made all of our own arrangements pre and post cruise. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale from Philadelphia on January 9, 2015 and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Dania Beach, close to both the airport ... Read more

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shrumster
Member Since 2012
9 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
If you're looking for a classic relaxing cruise on a beautiful and elegant ship, this is the ticket. The Westerdam and Holland America in general doesn't go for a lot of the modern day amenities like rock walls, zip lines, ice rinks, etc. ... Read more
mysticsailor
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
41 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our party of three all agree that this is our favorite ship ever. If I were asked what made this mellow dame so special I could not say, “Because of this:” Most likely it is because of top shelf management and the lucky ... Read more
Kansasgirl
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
97 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
After reading a number of negative reviews, we were wondering if we had made a mistake in booking this cruise. However, the cruise was as good as anticipated, the ship was in excellent repair, the service was gracious and we thoroughly ... Read more
Serendipity111
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My mother and I were on the Westerdam 10-17 January. Overall, we had a wonderful time. The food and service was top notch, and we both continuously remarked at how cheerful and happy the staff was all the time, no matter what they were ... Read more
EmptyNesting
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
36 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
As a working couple, we are challenged to find suitable options within our work schedule time constraints. We were fortunate to find a delightful early January diversion on the MS. Westerdam. We have sailed on HAL once before, Alaska this ... Read more

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gooroosh
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are experienced cruisers having traveled frequently on Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and the now defunct Majesty Cruise Line. We were always curious about Holland America so we finally took a trip aboard the Dec. 13, 2014, 7-day ... Read more
dfanderson
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I along with our two sons booked two cabins on this ship. When we first got aboard, the ship seems to be at least 10 years out of date. It is musty and even dank in come places. The buffet on the ninth deck was mediocre and it ... Read more
seniorsdoc
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed December 2014
I am a single professional in my 40's what went to cruise for a conference that was on this ship. Who knew it had to be the Dances of the Stars cruise. So my fellow cruisers of almost 2000 people were mostly seniors. Average age about ... Read more
jillc83
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
This is my 5th cruise (2nd with Holland America), and I have to say that I was underwhelmed by this cruise. It is evident that Holland America is cutting down on food costs. It seemed like there were less high-end food items to choose from ... Read more
Howiehal
Member Since 2014
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Happy New Year Fellow Cruisers! I have never written a review before, although I certainly have read many of them, so please forgive me if I don't use the proper term or structure here. We have been on many, many cruises through the ... Read more

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LittleSister1006
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our third cruise on a Holland America ship. The Westerdam did not meet our expectations based on past experiences. The food was mediocre in the main dining room, the service was slow, meals were often mixed up or wrong ones were ... Read more
UScruisecouple
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
The embarkation was seamless, except our wine were taken from our bags which is ok we paid the corkage and were on our way. nice suite cabin stewarts were exceptional and helped keep our vacation on course. we had a few problems in the ... Read more
jmry7117
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After having taken previous HAL cruises, I looked forward to the Eastern Caribbean aboard the Westerdam. I was very disappointed. The HAL standards have gone down hill. The ship was very attractive, and clean, but HAL has cut corners in ... Read more
JaneRichard
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation couldn't have been quicker. We arrived around 2:00 pm and boarded immediately. No lines or waiting anywhere. Our cabin was nicely decorated and didn't show any wear except for some scratches in the bathtub. Yes, I said bathtub ... Read more
edrosado1
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
1,470 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Booked a last minute inside guaranteed and got upgraded to oceanview. The Westerdam has one of the best crews, friendly smiles everywhere you looked. The ship is a museum in the ocean, beautifully kept. Although the entertainment seems at ... Read more

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mghurle
Member Since 2002
7 reviews
102 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was accompanied by 2 friends, one of which had never sailed before, and the other on their first cruise with HAL. Embarkation went relatively smooth. No longer do the stewards line the hallway and escort you to your stateroom. Now, you ... Read more
marilynsa
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Husband and I had never been on a caribbean cruise and we decided that, with the low cabin prices, it was time to do it. We chose Holland America's Westerdam because it had the 7-day itinerary we wanted, and seem to be geared towards ... Read more
JRR
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my third cruise on the Westerdam over a period of 7 years. It will be my last. In between I have been on the larger RCCL Ships, Norwegian and Celebrity. I would go on HAL again, especially if I go back to Alaska but for other ... Read more
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Curlygirl1959
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
We had a suite in the back corner and paid a lot of money and it was a wreck❗️ I used the extra blanket in the room in the closet and I kid you not, it wasn't till the next morning that I found TWO blood spot! The pillows and couch ... Read more
texasjoe1955
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
Just got home from a seven-day cruise on the Westerdam. All in all, we had no major complaints. The week rate a solid B-. There were just a few things that could have made the experience just a bit smoother. Getting hot coffee was ... Read more

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