Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox

Westerdam Cruise Review by ccruiser72

Home > Reviews > Member Reviews > Westerdam Cruise Review by ccruiser72
Westerdam
Westerdam
Member Name: ccruiser72
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number:
Booking Method:
See More About: Westerdam Cruise Reviews | Eastern Caribbean Cruise Reviews | Holland America Cruise Deals
Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        7-9 2.0
        10-12 2.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates Not Rated
Write a cruise review!

Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.
Avoya Travel
Expedia
Travelocity.com
Onboard.com
CheapCruises.com
Direct Line Cruises
Cruise.com
Priceline.com
American Discount Cruises
Sponsored Links:

red arrow


Ship Facts: Westerdam Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Westerdam Deck Plans
Great for older (60+) travellers

This is our 6th cruise and 1st on Holland America. We are usually NCL cruisers. This is a great ship. Much smaller than some of the others and very well kept. The cabins are large and spacious compared to others. The food is just fantastic. Light years ahead of any other ship we have been on. Even in the buffet deck (Lido), it is always fresh and great tasting with lots of variety. The food in the main dining room was comparable to any restaurant. The food in Le Cirque was world class.

As far as value for money, it is also the best ship we have been on. Drinks are a very fair price, comparable to any bar on shore and they even let you take your own wine on board. The waiters do add an automatic tip of 15% to drinks which I am fine with and they don't bug you to give more. It has always bothered me on the other ships that they add 18% and then also expect "additional" tip. There is also a $12 per person per day automatic tipping on the rooms, which I think is fair for adults but personally, I think it is ridiculous for kids. $45+ a day in automatic tipping for a family is just too much. Usually I would complain and have the kids tips removed but I won at the casino, so I left it on.

The itinerary was great, apart from Grand Turk. We wanted to just wonder about but there is nothing to see there. So best you book an activity on that island.

Crew are very friendly and extremely patient, which you will understand why that was necessary when you read the next paragraph.

Now the bad news, and I suggest you skip this paragraph if you are older and easily offended. This is only my opinion. This ship appears to be targeted at the 60+ age group. Very few younger or even middle aged parents, few kids and very few activities for them. We are in our early 40s and have 2 kids and I have to admit that a lot of the time you feel like you are visiting grandma at the assisted living facility. The dining room looked like the early bird specials at Olive Garden. Some activities, like high tea and even early dinners were just downright depressing for us. Every elevator ride was with sweet old ladies that had to make idle chit chat with the kids. My wife and I went to the Spa hot pool / thermal suites, which costs $40 a person but I just could not bring myself to get in that water with the other occupants... I won't elaborate.

We were with other friends on the boat, so it was not too bad but for younger families or couples traveling alone, you would be hard pressed to find others your age to socialize with.

It really was a shame that it was such and old crowd because apart from that, it was great. However, for us personally, having now done NCL, Carnival (yuck!), Royal Carribean and Holland America... I would have to go with NCL in future and maybe come back to Holland American in 15-20 years.


Publication Date: 12/04/13
More Westerdam Cruise Reviews

Read the previous Westerdam review Read the next Westerdam review

Like This Review?



Register for a Meet & Mingle!
More Eastern Caribbean Cruise Reviews
Cruise Critic's Westerdam Review
Holland America Cruise Deals
Holland America Message Board
Write a cruise review!
About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe
X

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.