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Westerdam Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1062 reviews
52 Awards

The ship could improve, but it's still a good ship

Review for Westerdam to the Eastern Mediterranean
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crolfmilton
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2010
Cabin: Standard Interior Stateroom

overall, enjoyable, but of the more than half dozen cruises we have been on, this is at the bottom of the list. The cabin and the cabin staff were excellent; more storage than we have ever had in any stateroom. The food was passable, in comparison to other cruise lines.

We do not eat in the dining room that often. This cruise, we dined in the dining room three times. The first time, the pork chops were served with a huge steak knife. Actually, a chain saw would have worked better; really tough meat. The second time, the meal was very satisfactory. However, we ordered coffee after the meal and received empty cups after 10+ minutes and coffee another 10+ minutes; we gave up on a refill. The last evening on board we ate in the dining room and had an incredible enjoyable meal and the service was first-rate. The cafeteria did a passable job, but there seemed to be some problem EVERY morning having sufficient coffee available; strange.

DO NOT sign up for the Internet service plan. As another computer user put it: this is like watching grass grow. My suggestion, use the free WI-FI services provided by many local establishments in port. We found plenty of connections and they were definitely hi-speed.

Cabin Review

Standard Interior Stateroom

Cabin N

we decided to get an inside cabin, for the first time ever, just to see what that was like. let's face it, we bathe and sleep in the cabin and that's about it. though small, it had THREE closets and possibly the biggest bath ever. we made the mistake of not looking at the map of cabins carefully and were over the show room; kind of noisy (not too bad) until 11 pm.

since the ship was at 2/3 capacity, we were kind of surprised that we were not offered a free or very cheap cabin upgrade; not a big deal for us, though. the two gentlemen that handled our cabin did a great job!

Port Reviews

Athens (Piraeus)

very interesting sights, but the entire city is riddled with graffiti and there is litter and trash everywhere :-(

Venice

great port; hugely improved over the years; easy to get into town. the water bus(?) is withing 100 yards of the pier and takes one into Venice to any number of stops; runs frequently; highly recommended; walk, walk, walk, it's great!!! a lovely city, just pick what you want to see. A paid excursion is not necessary, in our opinion.

Dubrovnik

what an incredibly beautiful port; a clean city with friendly inhabitants. we walked from the pier to the old city and back (do only if you like to walk). heard many good comments about the paid excursions). do not miss walking the old city wall! incredible views. The citizens of this city are to be commended; hardly any sign of war damage; friendly people; no graffiti; drivers that don't think it's a contest. we decided we would come back and spend at least one week here.

Katakolon (Olympia)

we rode to Olympia on an excursion. interesting, informative, beautiful; worth doing.

Corfu

went on the excursion to the monastery and then back to town. monastery interesting and great views; worth it. The city itself is great; lots of pedestrian area.

Malta (Valletta)

interesting excursion to the old fort and town; very scenic location.

Naples

This city is in serious need of a clean up; WHEW!

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