Westerdam Cruise through the Panama Canal March 2013
What a wonderful experience to sail from one coast to the other aboard the SS Westerdam. We left a overcast Ft. Lauderdale on March 17, 2013. The embarking to the ship was easy and uneventful. This was the most hassle free embarkment we have experienced. The professional manner and ease can't be stressed enough. Staged seating was provided for those who have not earned enough cruise points to go immediately.
Our cabin was easily accessible on the port side of the ship. The view was clear with beautiful sight lines. the veranda balcony has a slight crotch bend to it as it is located where the ship structure begins to change direction. The room was well designed and easy to maneuver in. The bathroom was spacious with a tub/shower. Much larger that other cruise ships we have been on. The closet space held our clothes with room to spare and we took way too much clothing for the trip.
The food was good and as with most cruise lines, Holland American allows you all you can eat. Just ask for it.
The crew was very friendly and always available should you need them. The beverage servers were not pushy as they are on other lines.
Entertainment on the ship was wonderful with shows every night. The dancers and singers rank with the best in the industry. The single acts were top notch as well.
The ports 13 overall had wonderful excursions available access to and from the ship was excellent.