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Westerdam Cruise Review by divakatherine

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Member Name: divakatherine
Cruise Date: January 2010
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 4166
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Delightful Westerdam but not so delightful at Grand Turk
Westerdam was a delightful ship to cruise on. Food was delicious, cabin was wonderful, the bed was the best we've ever had on a cruise and the ship staff was helpful and courteous.

Our first port was to be Half Moon Cay but because of rough seas we could not tender in so we bypassed and went on to Grand Turk. M group wanted to go snorkeling at Grand Turk and we booked the excursion to Governor's Beach. We were told it would be a 20 minute ride and everything we needed to snorkel would be provided as well as a bar for drinks if we wanted something refreshing. We enjoyed Margaritaville in the morning and met our leader for the excursion to Governor's Beach with high hopes at noon. We were driven 5 minutes at the most, then turned around and drove down a short lane to the beach past old and run-down shacks. Upon arrival, we found all the snorkel gear was in huge cardboard boxes, the staff attending us seemed bored and not happy to have something to do. The beach chairs provided were just haphazardly arranged on the beach and the beautiful beach at Margaritaville was just 100 yards (at the most) to our left. We could have walked! The staff in charge of Governor's Beach acted totally unprofessional, as one was even making out with her boyfriend on the picnic table. We were very disappointed and felt it was a waste of money and time.

This was our only downside to the cruise as Grand Cayman and Cozumel were fine and we had a good time. Trolley Roger in Grand Cayman was nice and our guide was very informative.

At Cozumel we were docked several miles from downtown and had to hire a taxi to take us there so this was not as convenient as docking in the main center of activity. Other ships docked there and we would have preferred that.

Publication Date: 01/22/10
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