We chose this cruise mainly because it embarked from San Diego on a slightly smaller ship than we usually use. It's the first time that we have departed from a western cruise port and were curious about the recent refurbishment on the Westerdam.
Embarkation was very impressive and surprising laid back compared to the process from Florida ports. It was well organized, quick and seemless.
The ship was in great condition and most of the changes from the refurbishment were nicely done. The public areas were finely appointed and always clean. We had reserved an aft veranda cabin (5184). Refer to the cabin review below. A great addition is the illuminated panels at all of the elevator doors that show what floor everything is located on. That was a huge help. Elevators were quick to respond except when shut down to accommodate luggage transfer. (To be expected, of course.) Having the day posted on the floor carpeting inside the elevators is also a nice touch.
Aft balcony cabin that was nicely appointed. The balcony was very large and by that I mean very deep with standard width. Oddly, they do not come with fully reclining loungers and have a very, very, small table when there is more than enough room to accommodate a bigger table. Another oddity was that there is no longer a makeup mirror attached to the wall in the bathroom. I assumed that it was simply removed in the refurbishment but found one in a bag in the drawer along with the wine glasses beside the minibar on the second last day of the cruise. Another drawback is the location of the closet doors and bathroom door. Both open outward and slam into each other when opened at the same time.