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We are a family of five with three young people aged 19, 17 and 16 and chose this cruise to celebrate our son's completion of high school. He wanted to visit Hong Kong and go on a cruise from Hong Kong. We spent 6 days in Hong Kong prior to boarding the ship. This was a good amount of time to explore Hong Kong. Embarkation was smooth although the customs process onboard, before leaving port was slow and tedious. Our passports were retained by cruise staff at this time. We received a receipt and a photocopy of the passport was provided for each visited country which was something I hadn't experienced before. Passports were returned prior to disembarking the ship back in Hong Kong. The cruise took us to two ports in Japan, Naha and Ishigaki, two ports in Taiwan, Keelung (Taipei) and Kaohsiung, and Manila, Philippines before returning to Hong Kong, total of 10 nights. The balance of cruise days, 4 and ports, 5 was good. There was plenty to do in each port. Our cabins were excellent, the food terrific and provided entertainment fabulous. The only negative was that our 19 year old son's drink package was not honoured. This was despite prior written confirmation. He was not impressed! Otherwise everything went well and we would definitely travel on Holland America again.

Fabulous entertainment and dining

Westerdam Cruise Review by Domstar

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We are a family of five with three young people aged 19, 17 and 16 and chose this cruise to celebrate our son's completion of high school. He wanted to visit Hong Kong and go on a cruise from Hong Kong.

We spent 6 days in Hong Kong prior to boarding the ship. This was a good amount of time to explore Hong Kong.

Embarkation was smooth although the customs process onboard, before leaving port was slow and tedious. Our passports were retained by cruise staff at this time. We received a receipt and a photocopy of the passport was provided for each visited country which was something I hadn't experienced before. Passports were returned prior to disembarking the ship back in Hong Kong.

The cruise took us to two ports in Japan, Naha and Ishigaki, two ports in Taiwan, Keelung (Taipei) and Kaohsiung, and Manila, Philippines before returning to Hong Kong, total of 10 nights.

The balance of cruise days, 4 and ports, 5 was good. There was plenty to do in each port.

Our cabins were excellent, the food terrific and provided entertainment fabulous.

The only negative was that our 19 year old son's drink package was not honoured. This was despite prior written confirmation. He was not impressed!

Otherwise everything went well and we would definitely travel on Holland America again.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VA 8036
Cabin was very well designed, with plenty of room. The bed was amazingly comfortable. The bathtub in the bathroom was very nice.
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