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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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798 Holland America Westerdam Cruise Reviews

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Spot_the_cruiser
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
19 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
mikesdaughter
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
10 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
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
6 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
8 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

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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
Catlover54
Member Since 2012
9 reviews
378 forum posts
5 helpful votes
My husband and I usually cruise on small luxury lines like SS, Seabourn, or Regent. I signed up for this one-week cruise because it was sponsored by a group I am interested in, with group seminars on board on sea days. I was a bit ... Read more
Trainer5410
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed July 2015
Took girlfriend on first long cruise. She had never been to Alaska and this cruise was great. Visited Juneau on the warmest day of the year. Locals were actually swimming in the glacier waters. Took tram up mountain and had dinner and were ... Read more
Settyboo
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 helpful votes
My husband and I were surprised by our daughter Julie and her husband Will with the trip of a lifetime, an Alaskan cruise. Along with them and their 2 children, Catherine 10 and Matthew 6 1/2, we embarked in Seattle, Washington on the MS ... Read more
judi17754
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Never Again on Holland America! My recent trip to Alaska from Seattle on Holland America’s Westerdam, in celebration of my grandson’s 10th birthday, was so disappointing that I will NEVER travel with this line again and I ... Read more

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Pandora2
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
I loved this trip, and Holland America is impressive. Our verandah suite was quite roomy and had a ton of storage space. I’m not sure whether the stateroom description mentions a mini-refrigerator but there is a mini-bar that can ... Read more
ihightower
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Flew to Seattle the day before the cruise and stayed in Pioneer Square. A few homeless around, but the cafes and restaurants around were open late and accommodating. Our hotel had a more than continental breakfast so we ate their prior ... Read more
WeiMin
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
16 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our first exciting cruise to Alaska and we opted for the inner passage. Decision was made to start from Seattle because our friends were there, could have started from Vancouver and saved a sea-day. Ports of call: - ... Read more
bittner.joanne@gmail.com
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Flew to Seattle the day before the cruise and stayed at the Marriott Waterfront which was nice and convenient. Hotel arranged a shuttle to the terminal the next day. Very easy embarkation due to the fact that you can carry on your own ... Read more
ProvWoman31
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
We were first time cruisers and not sure of what to expect but we had always heard about incredible food and top-of-the-line service. We didn't experience either. The food was mediocre and room service took a minimum of 45 minutes, when ... Read more

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stuklein27
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
Since this was my first cruise and my wife and I were sort of celebrating my 65th birthday during the cruise. Service in the Lido Dining room was good however the portions were sort of small and if you wanted soda with meals they cost ... Read more
grdane55
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Arrived a the dock at 11:25 am and in our cabin at 11:50am, a new record for me. We stayed in a suite on the 8th floor, great big bathroom, double sinks, jet tub and a separate shower. Balcony had 4 chairs, 2 tables and 2 footstools. ... Read more
Kondur
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
There is an air of dignity in the Westerdam. The ship, part of Holland America’s Vista class, entered service in 2004, but has some sobriety and elegance that contrast with newer more modern vessels. At the same time, the Westerdam ... Read more
ozziefromoc
Member Since 2009
1 review
8 forum posts
We have been to Alaska before on a land trip, so we did not feel the need to do many excursions. What we did need was a relaxing trip, beautiful scenery, and everything taken care of by someone else. In that respect, the trip was a big ... Read more
Debz62
Member Since 2011
1 review
178 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
We were on the Westerdam from May 9th through May 16th. First time with HAL and the to Alaska. We departed from Seattle. The weather was perfect, 65 degrees and no rain. We were onboard by 11:45am and went straight to our room. Room 4044, ... Read more

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babbs60cruiser
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First let me say that this was my very first cruise! I am 54 and my sisters finally convinced me to try cruising. Alaska was our destination which I have also never been to. They are avid long time cruisers and my expectations of this ... Read more
beachandskifam
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
We flew to Seattle and rode the Link Light Rail directly from the airport to the last stop (Westlake Center) downtown for $3 per person. We stayed at the Homewood Suites/Convention Center which is about 5 block from the Westlake center - ... Read more
mimi01
Member Since 2006
1 review
132 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
Just returned from Alaska on the Westerdam yesterday. We were so lucky to have sun at every port. This was my 10th sail to Alaska. It was our second HAL experience. We chose this sailing because it included Sitka. I loved Sitka. It was a ... Read more
Sandipalms
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1,551 forum post
2 helpful votes
First Holkand cruise and first cruise of the season. Embarkation was a nightmare!!! No one would acknowledge our "Priority" boarding. Once we got up to get cruise cards we were escorted onto the ship as we upgraded a few days ... Read more
krazy4kruisin
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
1,010 forum post
This was our first cruise to Alaska and our first cruise on HAL. Over all it was a wonderful experience, one that I will never forget. We cruised out of Seattle. Flew in the day before. We used a taxi service to get to the hotel. We were ... Read more

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