Excellence! Holland America's Westerdam can be described in just one word.
My wife and I had a wonderful time cruising from Seattle thru the inside passage visiting Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria.Our ship spent a day at Glacier Bay with our Captain getting us very close to glaciers for that once in a lifetime photo.
Life onboard the Westerdam is splendor. The crew and waitstaff were there to pamper us at every moment. When they weren't serving us they were cleaning and polishing the ship. The crew truly enjoyed making certain that our vacation experinence was once in a lifetime unbelievably wonderful. Meals on the Westerdam were great as well - Do Not go on this cruise if you don't expect to gain a couple pounds. The food is so good that you have to taste and enjoy the different flavors. We had several dinners in the traditional seating of the Upper Vista Dining Room. Our waiter, EKO made our dining experience special along with our wine steward, Darwin who made sure our glass did not go empty. For that extra special dining experince we had to try out the Pinnacle Grill for some excellent Top Sirlon, Lobster and the biggest Porterhouse steak I think that I have ever had. To add to the already wonderful diniing experince we tried the chocolate souflee - oh wow good!
After the wonderful food we enjoyed some great shows - Joel Mason, an unbelievable entertainer who impersonates Elton John. Joel also did an additional concert tributing the Eagles.
Another wonderful show was Jule Barr's comedy show. Her interactive show drew the audience into her act.
Mike Robinson - a talented ventriloquist - and his "friend" Terrance delighted the packed house with his unbelievable abilty to entertain. You actually will forget that Terrance is a chunk of wood. Mike's talent as a ventiloquist is fabulous.
If you only have enough vacation money for one trip the Westerdam is certainly worth it.
My wife and I had an EXCELLENT experience on HAL's Westerdam and look forward to our next trip. Thank you to the captain and the entire crrew.