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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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JaneRichard
Member Since 2012
5 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
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
1 helpful vote
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
Mickanata
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Service in the dining room was disorganized and very slow. The waiters are having to serve more tables but that didn't excuse the chaos that characterized the first and last night's dining. The dining room staff looked quite stressed. The ... Read more
DJ Franky
Member Since 2014
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
Where do I start? They said they would have our luggage in our room when we arrived. We had to wait an hour to get ready. Not only couldn't we get ready but our hot water wasn't working. This took 24 hours to remedy. The cabin had much ... Read more
Debbie-in-florida
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
54 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 3rd cruise on the Westerdam. Yes, she is not as new as our first but I think they have maintained her beautifully. The service was beyond wonderful. The things that keep us coming back to HAL ( two cruises on the Zuiderdam and ... Read more

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Workinless
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
37 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Had a most enjoyable two week cruise on the Niew Amsterdam last fall and decided to take a week on the Westerdam this year. Given the ship is older there were shortcomings in comparison. We like a relatively quiet cruise experience so ... Read more
Dancer Bob
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
1,476 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
HAL Westerdam, Eastern Caribbean, early November 2014. Demographics. A much younger group than expected, about the same as would be found in a south Florida mall. Notably, no more wheelchairs and walkers than would be found in the general ... Read more
Romally
Member Since 2006
1 review
105 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was our first time cruising with HAL. We were told this was a better cruise line than Princess and Carnival. This ship itself is somewhat old, the Westerdam is in need of an overhaul or replacement.. We are used to newer and cleaner ... Read more
icewoz
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
After sailing on Royal Caribbean and Princess several times, we wanted something different and the Westerdam had the itinerary that we wanted. The ship is nice. Some area's a bit dated but overall acceptable. We had a suite which was ... Read more
formerhusker71
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
As usually independent travelers who develop our own itinerary, make lodging reservations, locate by choice and chance our meal experience, the cruise was a bit heart pounding in the planning of the unknown. All in all we traveled a few ... Read more

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StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
19 reviews
1,471 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Is the Westerdam the best "Dam" ship in Holland America's fleet? Read on for a very detailed log / review of the 15 night sailing leaving San Diego on 10-10-14. Skip way down to the conclusion if you only want the wrap up summary. ... Read more
QueenAleta
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
My husband and I are long time cruisers and had already been to Cabo. So we just wanted to cruise and didn't really care about the destinations. We also knew in advance that the passengers would be age 50+. We were alright with that ... Read more
kensinsd
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was my first cruise, so in many ways I didn't know what to expect. Everything was pleasant from the time we were dropped off at the cruise terminal until the moment we caught a cab back home. Understandably, there were about a ... Read more
MrBob56
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Don't know where to start. We are both 4 star mariners with HAL. I write this as I am still sick with food eaten on cruise and bad air conditioning room giving me a bad cold and to top off that I got the flue.. The food was terrible. Steak ... Read more
shack
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
Cruised Seattle RT inside passage just after Labor Day. Incredible weather and post-breeding season timing allowed us up a couple of fjords that the line hadn't visited in years. Only one day of sprinkles in Ketchikan where it rains 300+ ... Read more
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Gridnac
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our first time to Alaska, second cruise with Holland America's Westerdam. This remains a quality cruise line, and we have enjoyed it both times. On this trip we found the entertainment in the showroom to be "OK" but lacking in variety, ... Read more
dtgnf
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
Wonderful re-positioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, stopping at San Fran and Catalina Island. First cruise for me, although my traveling companion had made several cruises on HAL with her late mother. Best thing overall was that ... Read more
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TideFBOne
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
My wife and I did the 12 day cruise from Vancouver to San Diego then to the Mexican Riviera and back to San Diego. It was broken down into 2 distinct sailings, which I didn't realize was the case when I booked it. I should have known, but ... Read more
TideFBOne
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
My wife and I did the 12 day cruise from Vancouver to San Diego then to the Mexican Riviera and back to San Diego. It was broken down into 2 distinct sailings, which I didn't realize was the case when I booked it. I should have known, but ... Read more
Coupe
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
28 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
This was our first time on a Holland America Ship. We have done many cruises with Princess, Norwegian, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean and wanted to try Holland. The Westerdam is a nice ship. It is kept clean and neat except for perhaps the ... Read more
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