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Westerdam Review

4.5 / 5.0
1,100 reviews

Westerdam Southern Carribean: A Kind but Honest Review

Review for the Southern Caribbean Cruise on Westerdam
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2012
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Embarkation presented smooth sailing. Checking in around 12:30, the entire process could not have lasted more than 20 minutes. The smiling faces of HAL's ground crew set a nice tone for our introduction to the Westerdam. We went directly to our room with no waiting required and our bags showed up within the hour or two. Definitely the smoothest embarkation process I have experienced on my six cruises.

The verandah cabin was nicely designed and decorated and it had absolutely no wasted space. We enjoyed the verandah immensely, but I did find the cabin to be quite small for three people. It was certainly not any larger than an inside cabin on the old Westerdam. When that sofa bed folds out, you literally have squeeze by it to get to the verandah -- waking up whoever is in that sofa bed in the process. Storage was adequate, for three people packing modestly. The beds were excellent, but the sofa bed is just as you might imagine. Elemis toiletries and the bathrobes were greatly appreciated. The cabin stewards did an outstanding job.

The Westerdam truly is one of the nicest ships I have ever sailed. Overall the ship maintains the HAL's traditional sense of tasteful elegance. The public areas of the ship were spacious, and particularly clean. Nice art pieces and fresh flowers really are all over this ship. Some rooms that had come off as quite garish in appearance on-line were really quite nice in person. The lounges around the atrium, the Crows Nest, and the Vista Show Lounge were particularly stunning. That being said, the miles of 80's mod and hideous blue, gray, and turquoise patterned carpet on the cabin decks really is a design miss.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

Cabin VA

This cabin is perfect for two people, and bordering on too small for three. It is designed smartly to make use of the limited space. We loved the small verandah on floor above the life boats. Other than the view directly below, they really don't impede the site lines. The mid ship location made for a very smooth sail.

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