This was our 20th cruise/8th with Holland America. Embarkation was a breeze - absolutely no waiting. We took a van from Rome and cost was about 160 euro for 8 people.
Westerdam is impressive - large for Holland America. The ship was immaculate - staff always cleaning the railings, carpets, hallways. The ship layout was good with most public areas on decks 2 and 3. The casino was quite busy every night, and offered lots of slots, roulette, Black Jack, 3 card poker, Let it Ride, Caribbean Poker and even Texas Hold-em.
We spent lots of time in the piano bar - Kory the Piano man was excellent and not to be missed! We saw several shows - thoroughly enjoyed the magician and comedian.