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Westerdam Cruise Review by mp17706

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Member Name: mp17706
Cruise Date: November 2004
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Transatlantic
Cabin Category: SS
Cabin Number: 6106
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 2.0
Service Not Rated
Value-for-Money Not Rated
Rates 4.0
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Westerdam - Trans-Atlantic

We had a nice SS cabin plus 2 days in Barcelona at the Gran Havana Hotel, which was quite nice and conveniently located.

Embarkation was a disaster with all 1800 passengers arriving at one time, or so it appeared. There was a special line for PH and full suite guests. There was no one to help carry bags to the stateroom.

The stateroom was nice, over 300 sq. feet with a balcony large enough for a table, 2 chairs and 2 padded chairs with hassocks. Plenty of storage space with 3 closets, full size tub with separate shower and 2 sinks.

Food service was average- no bad meals, an occasional plate that had to be reheated. The Pinnacle Grill was outstanding- well worth the $20.00 charge per person- we had the lamb and the large filet. The fruit was quite limited with no mangos, papayas or pineapple, and they ran out of prunes and several types of cereals before the end of the cruise!!

The entertainment was quite good, with Jacqui Scott as on of the features- she had been on Crystal cruises on 2 occasions with us. The ship's singers and dancers were excellent and they had a big band on for the crossing.

Only one real cocktail party- the Captain's reception, but 5 formal nights. On one they had the Black and White Ball in the Crow's Nest at 1030 p.m. for both seatings. Even with most people not attending it was very overcrowded.

The outside elevators were a nice feature, but the overall appearance fared poorly when compared to the Rotterdam- too gaudy for my taste- orange and blue angels on the benches!

All and all not an experience we would want to repeat.

Publication Date: 12/07/04
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