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Westerdam Cruise Review by cnote2254

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Westerdam
Westerdam
Member Name: cnote2254
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: NN
Cabin Number: 4029
Booking Method:
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5.0
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Very Satisfied with our first 7-Day Cruise!
Sorry this has no particular order, but I thank those who reviewed before me and wanted to contribute.

We really enjoyed our cruise on the Westerdam. You have to realize that it is an Alaska cruise and what the clientèle will be... i.e. a mix of old people and families... not too many young 21+ people, but we still had a great time. Next time, we are going to try and do a Caribbean cruise with a minimum age to try and avoid the children. But that's just because we're in our late 20's/mid 30's without kids. For example, it was totally impossible to get in the hot tub... that would have been nice, but it closed at 10. And sitting anywhere near the pool got you splashed and listening to "Marco Polo" for hours on end.

The buffet was great, but after we discovered the Vista dining room we never went back. The food was absolutely incredible there. We had open seating... some classier people I think had reserved times and tables, but honestly we enjoyed the flexibility to go whenever we wanted to, and never waited very long in line. I never dreamed the food would be this good, and you could order as much as you wanted.

Tons of activities. You'll miss more things that you'll want to that you think. Not that we partook, but they even had LGBT gatherings, so in that sense I was pleasantly surprised at the progressiveness.

Our Captain got us so close to the glacier in Glacier bay... the whole ship shook when the massive chunks of ice broke off and crashed into the water. What a very cool experience.

We had the tiniest inboard room, but it honestly didn't matter. I don't think it would have been much better to pay for an upgrade. It was easy to get to the outdoor deck.

My grandfather unfortunately had to spend a night in the infirmary with some heart problems. Fortunately, he was ok. They were not supposed to be open, but stayed with him, took x-rays, and did lots of tests on him... the bill was an amazingly-low $1,200 which can be reimbursed with his insurance. We thought the bill was going to be substantially more than that...

I think a big reason we had such a great time was because we didn't have a speck of rain on any day, even for our excursions. Not something you can plan for, we just got really really lucky.

It was nice to get away and be off the grid completely for a week.

It was good enough that we'll be looking at Holland America Line first for our next cruise.

Publication Date: 07/31/12
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