We are equal opportunity cruisers…we will consider almost any line and choose based on itinerary, schedule, and price. As an example, our last four cruises have been Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and most recently Holland America. Our next cruise is on Regal Princess so maybe we're repeating the cycle, who knows?
We were on the first Westerdam cruise following dry dock at the end of April. Our cruise was extremely port intensive. It was a 12 night cruise with only one sea day. My husband and I thought the ship was an excellent choice for such a port intensive itinerary, but I don't think we would choose it for an itinerary with a lot of sea days. For a cruise with a lot of sea days, we prefer a larger ship with a wider variety of venues and activities.
We didn’t do too much in the evenings because of the type of cruise…we were worn out after full days of touring! One change that was made during drydock was the addition of Billboard Onboard, a dueling piano bar that packed people in every night. That venue and Lincoln Center Stage were always crowded and had loyal followers. We appreciated the smoke-free casino but didn't spend too much time there. I was lucky enough to hit a decent payout on a slot machine early in the cruise and thought it prudent to lock up the cash and stay out of there! I can't tell you much else about the nightlife because our days were so long and tiring we became early to bed cruisers!
This beautifully refurbished Neptune Suite has a huge, completely covered balcony overlooking the wake and side of the ship. It isn't huge by suite standards...the draw is the balcony and view.
We were supposed to take a Bosnian Wine Tour with Taste Dubrovnik, but that tour was cancelled on the day of due to an accident with our driver and guide. :( Six of us ended up hiring a van to take us to some scenic sights and then to Old Town. We enjoyed a nice lunch and walked the wall, but I think the day would have been more enjoyable if we had been able to take our scheduled tour or if we had plans. I felt like we were just wandering aimlessly for a good part of the day. Walking the wall was fun and interesting, but if we were going to return I would make sure we had an activity in addition to visiting Old Town.