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The ports on this cruise were fabulous. Even though it was cold for the first few weeks, it was well worth going. The crew on Westerdam are some of the best I've come across on any HAL ship. ALL of them were wonderful. The cabins however, are tired & need an upgrade. Our bath had a crack in it & poured water all over the floor every time we had a shower. We tried to get them to fix it but, in the end, we fixed it ourselves with gaff tape!! The public rooms however, had been upgraded & were excellent. Food in the MDR was great, as was the service. The Lido however, was another story. Food was usually cold or luke warm & some of the service attendants less than friendly, so we stopped eating there. The entertainment was OK. Production shows were ordinary & so were the guest entertainers. BB's Blues club band were fantastic but played VERY little blues so we stopped going!! The ports were excellent & the guest lecturer Master Kam fantastic. Also, they are now giving lots on talks with info about upcoming ports which, if you are an independent traveller, is invaluable going ashore by yourself. The ship's shore excursions that we went on were all good. Only problem, of course, is rude inconsiderate people who WON'T be back at the bus at the specified time making everyone else wait for them & losing sightseeing time at the next stop.

Great ports, tired cabins

Westerdam Cruise Review by Dioz

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
The ports on this cruise were fabulous. Even though it was cold for the first few weeks, it was well worth going.

The crew on Westerdam are some of the best I've come across on any HAL ship. ALL of them were wonderful.

The cabins however, are tired & need an upgrade. Our bath had a crack in it & poured water all over the floor every time we had a shower. We tried to get them to fix it but, in the end, we fixed it ourselves with gaff tape!! The public rooms however, had been upgraded & were excellent.

Food in the MDR was great, as was the service. The Lido however, was another story. Food was usually cold or luke warm & some of the service attendants less than friendly, so we stopped eating there.

The entertainment was OK. Production shows were ordinary & so were the guest entertainers. BB's Blues club band were fantastic but played VERY little blues so we stopped going!!

The ports were excellent & the guest lecturer Master Kam fantastic. Also, they are now giving lots on talks with info about upcoming ports which, if you are an independent traveller, is invaluable going ashore by yourself.

The ship's shore excursions that we went on were all good. Only problem, of course, is rude inconsiderate people who WON'T be back at the bus at the specified time making everyone else wait for them & losing sightseeing time at the next stop.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VC 7008
Cabin was tired. The bath had a crack in it & spewed water all over the floor every time we had a shower. Asked for it to be fixed but they never got back to us so we gaff taped it up. One day, black smelly waste spewed up through the bathroom floor drain. It was fixed quickly but never really got rid of the smell properly !!. Not much storage room. No drawers at the desk, only a small cabinet. Only 2 hooks for hanging wet coats, robes etc
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