Westerdam Cruise Review by sunroomsilly
- Sail Date: May 2013
- Destination: Alaska
Our cabin was bigger than expected and very clean and nicely decorated. Tub with shower (liked the shampoo, etc. dispensers), plenty of space for toiletries. Comfortable bed with choice of pillows, nightstands on each side (lamps too low for reading in bed comfortably), sofa, chair and table (just right for room service tray), dresser with TV and ice holder on top, mini-bar beneath. Balcony had 2 chairs, an ottoman and small table. We were just around corner from elevators and stairs (never any noise problems) and one floor down from Lido deck (ice water, tea and coffee available 24/7) Our cabin stewards did a great job keeping our cabin clean and making sure ice bucket was filled. They place each day's activity list in your "mailbox" late in afternoon of the day before. We highlighted activities we didn't want to miss - like dress code, destination, shows, etc.
We only went to dining room on the 2nd formal night because they were serving steak and lobster. It was very good, but wish the lobster had had drawn butter served with it. Frankly, we wouldn't drag those dressy clothes with again. You could get whatever they were serving delivered to your room by room service if you checked menu posted outside dining room door and called between 5 & 6PM. The food at buffet was always good, lots of selections, and dress casual. Disappointed that there were no crab legs on ship.
There were plenty of activities to keep busy, lots of nooks and crannies to explore, and fun times at the outside bar on Lido deck. Captain was able to get us very close to glaciers in Glacier Bay, making an exciting day from whichever place you decided to observe.
Booked all our excursions on HAL website - the ones we wanted were no more expensive there than on their own website. We were delighted with all of them - Taku Glacier Float Plane in Juneau, Grizzly Mt. 4X4 in Sitka, and Berring Sea Crab Fisherman's tour in Ketchikan (the highlight of our trip!) We didn't get off ship in Victoria, BC as Canadian officials held ship up for 2 hours before letting us dock. Probably somebody didn't fill out their customs form which you had to do even if you weren't going to get off ship. Captain did announce that anyone who had booked tours would get to take them.
We chose to handle our own luggage for disembarkation (you have to fill out their form to do so). Had room service breakfast and was in line by 7AM and off ship by 7:30, quick and easy and no delays.
All in all a wonderful trip that we'd highly recommend to anyone.
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