Sailing out of Athens is not my favorite port, and true to form the baggage handlers broke the strap on my new suitcase. HAL was really good about it and tried to fix it but could not.
Embark was smooth, but with no Mariner´s lunch featured nor any express lines for suites or 4star Mariners.
The Westerdam is in great shape and one of HAL´s most attractive ships. The crew were excellent as was the food and entertainment.
The superior suite in my opinion is a better choice than the deluxe. The Neptune lounge really doesn´t justify the difference in priceto me. The space and the bathrooms in the superior are perfect to me. Room stewards were terrific.
Open seating was great and hats off to an excellent dining room staff.
The ship was in code red for 2 days on the transatlantic portion which puts more pressure on the LIdo (which it doesn´t need). Room service is the best bet for breakfast and always delivered hot and on time. The food on the Med portion of the trip was much higher quality than the transatlantic but this is to be expected with the difference in cost per day to sail.
Overall, I would rate this ship one of HAL´s best, however these change with the crew changes. When booking a Med cruise bear in mind there can be alot of
walking from the ship into town if you don´t book a ship´s tour. HAL doesn´t always provide ship to town transfers if the pier doesn´t provide them.
The Mariner´s lunches were held later in the cruises as there were 1,600 Mariners on this cruise. HAL has the highest return percentage. The Chef´s dinner was one of the best on any HAL ship.
Depark was fine unless you were flying out that day. Never a smart idea unless you have a later flight.