I will preface my review by noting that the Westerdam was scheduled for a much needed dry dock the month after this cruise, so I will not go into some of the minor deficiencies which presumably will be taken care of.
We have previously sailed 2 other ships in this category, including our favorite, the Noordam. The basic layouts are similar and it is easy to get around the ship, which never seemed crowded despite being fully booked.
Cabins were well appointed, and HAL has the best bathrooms in a standard cruise class. Service was the usual outstanding job. Cabins seemed to get cleanes the minute we left for breakfast.
We ate in the MDR 5 nights as well as 1 nigh each in Pinnacle and Canaletto. While the food was so-so the first night it was excellent the rest of the week. Of course, Pinnacle is on a level of its own and we were disappointed we could not get a second slot there. Canaletto was a nice change and allowed a water view while dining.
Entertainment was the usual production shows (A bit below those on the Noordam last year) and a comedian who was very good. We skipped the magician. A very nice string quartet played every night in one of the lounges and were very popular as the week went on. There was an excellent folk singer in the Crow's Nest as well.
We enjoyed the ports of call but only did one excursion, the America;s Cup Race in St. Maarten which was awesome. HAL's private island is beautiful and made a nice last stop.
All in all this was a very enjoyable cruise even if it was not up to the level of our Noordam cruise a year earlier.