Good Value, Tired Ship: Westerdam Cruise Review by Ninjaneer
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Good Value, Tired Ship
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The ship itself moved around under sail more than most in my experience, but that may have been due to its modest (by modern standards) size. However, it was very smooth-sailing and amazingly free of mechanical noise or vibration. It was so quiet that it was impossible to tell we had docked without looking outside. We noticed that despite being reasonably full, the ship never really felt crowded and we never had to wait in line for more than a few minutes.
The crew was delightful. Mainly Pilipino and Indonesian staff with Dutch officers, we got nothing but outstanding service from all. The food was also uniformly excellent with the specialty Le Cirque dinner a true 5-star experience. We availed ourselves of a high-end wine tasting that was memorable and well worth the extra cost. We also liked the flexible dining option very much.
Entertainment was somewhat limited compared to other cruise lines we have experienced, but was generally of good quality. The shopping areas were oddly configured, limited in size and scope, and not up to the level of the RC, Carnival and Cunard ships we had been on before. Even so, the staff, as elsewhere on board, was friendly and knowledgeable.
Administratively, the ship was run flawlessly, with check-in and check-out amazingly quick and efficient.
Overall, this was a very good cruise and well worth what we paid. Hopefully when Holland America returns the Westerdam from dry dock, some of the faults we found will be corrected and they will have kept all the best parts. Less
Cabin review: 8092
Excellent location on ship. Very convenient to Lido Dining one deck up. The overhanging 9th deck structure above provided a nice sun and wind screen that increased the utility of our balcony and was an advantage over similar cabins on lower decks. The adjacent cabin (8090) had a diagonal balcony that was partially visible from ours, compromising privacy a little, but we did not mind it. The cabin itself was nicely appointed and the extra large bathroom a real treat.
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