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Westerdam Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1059 reviews
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Mexican Riviera Jan 31 2017

Review for Westerdam to the Mexican Riviera
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porsena
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2017
Cabin: Signature Superior Verandah Suite
HAL Westerdam 6108 verandah balcony
HAL Westerdam 6108 verandah balcony view

Like the colour scheme, which is more subdued than I remember on the other 3 Vista class ships, Food in the MDR seemed a step up over our last cruise on Eurodam. The wait staff have changed from pen and paper to tablets, with a noticeable improvement in the speed of service. We got in and out from one meal in the MDR in 45 minutes! Entertainment was good and the Adagio classical music duo was far the best I've heard since HAL downsized them from three players to two, with a concert-quality violinist.

Westerdam is looking slightly tired but has a 12-day refit coming up in April. The gold wallpaper on deck 6 is not in the best of shape due to the carts going by, although we one panel was being replaced as we walked by. Good and friendly cabin stewards. The in-room breakfast menu has changed from a la carte to set meals. Fresh fruit on request but the promised fresh flowers were just a couple of carnations and didn't appear for several days; order a bouquet if flowers are important.

We had fog for one night. The foghorn is pretty loud on deck 10, which betokens a serious sound-proofing issue for the cabins to be added behind the Crowsnest in April.

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Signature Superior Verandah Suite

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This accessible suite also works well for those who are not disabled. It's on the hump and the views from the verandah are excellent. The verandah has two chairs, a full-sized table, and two more chairs with footstools. Ample room in the suite (bigger than normal because of the hump) and, as a bonus, the numerous grab rails in the bathroom are handy for drying small items (there's a pull-out clothesline as well). The tub is not jetted and has rather high sides.

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