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Westerdam Cruise Review by lilysdads

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Member Name: lilysdads
Cruise Date: May 2008
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: C
Cabin Number: 1082
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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Perfect weather set the tone
Arrived in Seattle on a direct flight from Las Vegas around 10:00 am and quickly made our way to a cab. We were at the port in about 20 minutes. There was only a short line to check in and we only had to wait about 15 minutes before going through security. Only snag with this all was that we were "suited". That is - people with suites were directed to cut right in front of us. Tacky I thought. If they get special attention they should designate a special line for them not cut in front of others. Made our way to the Lido deck and had a nice lunch. Rooms were ready in about an hour. Room was fine with plenty of storage. Rudy our steward was very attentive.

Had booked the least expensive outside cabin (H) and was upgraded to a category C which was on the main (1st) deck. I always like the main deck and we were smack in the middle of the ship. Very stable place and it came in handy one night.

The ship overall was fine. Not the most elegant vessel out there but some nice public areas. For a large ship it seemed very intimate and the service overall excellent. We weren't going for the ship - we were going for the sights and boy did we luck out. Not one drop of rain the entire week. Glacier Bay in glorious technicolor, Ketchikan's Misty Fjords, Victoria, Juneau all wonderful. Even the dreaded Sitka tender problem wasn't one at all - no wait - no hassle. Best of all we made some wonderful friends at our assigned table. We were always the last out of the dining room. Great people and great weather a perfect combination.

Slight issues: gym area for yoga/Pilates way too small, hot chocolate not available most of the cruise (in Alaska!), wish they would adjust the schedule to spend more time in Ketchikan and arrive in Victoria earlier. Victoria was essentially closed when we arrived. Excursions through the ship were VERY expensive. We took one and loved it, but we were able to do a lot on out own. Production shows - talented cast - terrible shows.

Overall - We'd do Holland America again and felt we got a great value for the price we paid.

Publication Date: 06/11/08
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