Westerdam - Alaska: Westerdam Cruise Review by Wendy D.
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Westerdam - Alaska
Ship Info - We sailed on the Westerdam, Holland America line. The ship was beautiful, but the whole ship was geared to over 70's crowd. Lots of walkers, and very obese elderly. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS line for anyone under 65 years old.
Stateroom - Stateroom was very clean and the beds were exceptionally comfortable. We had a balcony and very glad we did. The view was great and would not have wanted to miss it.
Dining:The food was adequate on the Lido Deck, but very, very sparse in the dining room. All the food was rather bland. You could put spice on it if you wanted, but the overall preparation was geared to More the elderly and most was bland. Presentation was nice in the dining room, but portions were soo small, that you had to fill up on bread and salad because the main course id not cover 1/3 of the plate.
On Formal Night, I had to search my plate for the steak. It was about the size of a quarter. If you like good cuisine, this is not the cruise for you. It was Denny's quality, very institutional and lacked any imagination. However, the Pinnacle Grill was excellent and more like a restaurant. $20.00 per person. We ate there twice in the week so we could at least enjoy a decent dining experience.
Activities - Activities were also geared to the elderly. Bingo was a big hit. They had a movie theater on board and played a couple of good movies if you wanted to spend $4,000.00 to go to an old movie.
They did have the newlywed game and a karaoke contest. Both were entertaining. More on the entertainment later.
Service - Service was very good. The crew tried their best. I applaud the service on the ship.
Shore Excursions - Shore excursions were very costly. We did not book any on the cruise ship but waited until the ship was in port and there were excursion booths around. The weather was really terrible and I am glad we waited or we would have lost a lot of money. If the weather had been better, some of the excursions would have been fun. They were not geared to the elderly and had some appeal. But you had to be able to walk and in this case there were not many on that ship who could even get off the boat.
Entertainment - This was the worst we have ever had on any cruise line. The comedian was good and the illusionist was good. The Las Vegas show put on by the crew was very good. But none was the quality of either NCL, RCL, Princess, or Celebrity. After the show there was a band on the Observation deck. They played the worst music I have ever heard.
Entertainment - The disco was a joke. The Disc Jockey was arrogant and rude. He did not want to play any 70's music except one night and then played only a few good songs. He was in love with the only young girl on the ship and played a lot of hip hop and 90's stuff. Needless to say, it emptied the disco quickly, to include us. Unless you wanted to lose all your money in the casino, the night was over after the show.
Children's Clubs - There were only a very few children on the boat. I felt sorry for them.
Travel To Port of Embarkation - Disembarkation - The cruise line did this all very well. The transfer system worked well. They did help on both ends of the journey, especially with the elderly. Have to say, I was glad, as I do not know how the older folks would have made it with their luggage.
Summary - Do Not take this cruise if you are 30,40 or even 50 something. Check another line. Not what we expected.
We will never go back to Holland America, at least not for 20 or 30 years. Less
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