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Westerdam Cruise Review by QAPQAP: Repostioning cruise was great.


QAPQAP
2 Reviews
Member Since 2009
27 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 2.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 3.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Repostioning cruise was great.

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego

We live in San Diego and chose the Westerdam for a cruise to Florida with family members from Vermont. It was our first HAL cruise. We expected an older crowd and it was, but we were very impressed by all the active Seniors who swam and jogged daily. Fellow passengers were a happy group and we heard no petty complaints.

We prefer smaller ships and the Westerdam was cosy. It was nice to be able to walk from the dining room to the show room without sore feet even on formal nights while wearing 3" heels. The cleanliness, maintenance and decor of the ship was very good.

Our stateroom had the largest balcony that we had ever seen on a ship. The room was well appointed with lots of closet space. I liked the closed door on the bathroom medicine cabinet. I also enjoyed a soothing bath or two. Our room stewards were exceptional.

We were delighted with our 8th floor veranda suites since we had only booked guaranteed verandas at the lowest rate. My sister and her More husband were also upgraded to a stateroom next door to us. The only drawback was that we were only one level below the buffet so even the use of the stairs did not prevent us from gaining five pounds each.

The food was good and the service in the main dining room was great. We also liked the eggs Benedict served in the buffet. Breakfast on our veranda while transiting the Panama Canal was a real treat.

Perhaps the daytime and evening activities could use some work. The cruise director was good, but we still did not have many "wow" moments. The Panama Canal stole the show and it was awesome. We would travel on HAL again. Less


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Cabin review: Westerdam Deluxe Verandah Suite Rotterdam 8036

Westerdam: 8036 Our stateroom had the largest balcony that we had ever seen on a ship. The room was well appointed with lots of closet space. I liked the closed door on the bathroom medicine cabinet. I also enjoyed a soothing bath or two. Our room stewards were exceptional.

Port and Shore Excursions


We have been to PV several times and only took a walk around the port this trip. Our next stop was Huatulco, which we loved. The ship docks right off the small town. We walked along the beach to a Mexican restaurant with tables and chairs right on the beach. We left all our belongings (yes, even passports and money) in a backpack at the table with the waiter keeping an eye on our things. We brought our own snorkeling gear so we walked down the beach a little further and enjoyed snorkeling in the clear water. Saw quite a few fish including a very large school of clown fish. We drank beer and ate great Mexican food at our beach side table and took breaks to swim in the warm water. It was a great day in a great port.

This was our second time in Costa Rica so we just took a walk to a small church that was visible from the ship, which was docked a Puerto Caldera. The church was beautiful. Leaving the church we saw folk dancers performing. We shopped our way back to the ship. Nice quiet town. The only drawback was that we were only one level below the buffet so even the use of the stairs did not prevent us from gaining five pounds each.

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