Westerdam Cruise Review by LadyDi1002
- Sail Date: August 2017
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
The Westerdam is very nice, recently refreshed. The cabin was comfy, and big enough for the two of us. There is a small safe in a closet, plenty of hangers, and bathrobes, which I was happy to use. The bathroom was big enough, the tub and shower were easy to regulate, and there were plenty of towels.
We had open seating in the dining room, and we always shared a table. It was fun enjoying dinner with people from all over the world. The menu has been changed, I guess upgraded as the meals are designed by noted chefs. I always found something fun to try. The dining staff are very accommodating. I noticed menus were given to people with food allergies the at dinner for the next night. They could select their firsts, amins and desserts and make note of any required changes.
It seems that HAL has contracted a company called EXC to manage tours. I'd purchased two ahead of the cruise and two while on board. I'm not entirely happy with the tours and shared my concerns with the tour management. No big issues, but bothersome, e.g., a tour of the Acropolis and Athens was done in reverse order. We spent two hours touring the city before we got to the Acropolis. By that time it was nearly 11AM, hot, and the Acropolis was very crowded. Better to go to the Acropolis first when it was earlier in the day, cooler and far less crowded.
We only went to the nightly entertainment a few times, but enjoyed it each time.
HAL has embarkation and disembarkation down to a science, and gathering for tours is handled pretty well. Service is fab in all of the lounges, and on the Lido deck and Exploration Lounge on deck 10. There are some fun digital displays so one can get info about where the ship is, and also about upcoming ports.
We've been on the Oosterdam, the Zuiderdam, and now the Westerdam. We are looking forward to next year's cruise on the Nordam, so we will have been on all four compass point ships. Definitely looking forward to the Nordam.
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There was a smoker in the adjacent cabin, and this person was outside smoking all the time, so I was unable to enjoy my veranda. I did report it to the front desk and it was handled immediately and the smoking ceased.
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