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Westerdam Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Mother Daughter Eastern Med. Cruise

Review for Westerdam to the Eastern Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: May 2011

This cruise was the second half of a back to back itinerary across the Atlantic and then around the Med. (I`ve reviewed the first part of the cruise separately.) We really loved this cruise`s ports of call. Before the trip I was most excited about getting to Turkey and Greece, but it turned out that Croatia and Italy were my favourites. This was an interesting surprise for me. Because of the back to back itinerary, we had multiple days in Venice and two days in Split. I recommend getting out to Trogir while stopped in Split and visiting Burano while in Venice. Both places are beautiful, albeit of course in very different ways. I`d also recommend going to the Amalfi Coast while stopped in Naples and visiting Taormina while in Sicily.Another highlight of this trip was simply sitting on our balcony and watching the many islands off the Dalmation Coast go by. These islands are gorgeous. We also really loved the arrival at Thira/Santorini and the view of Mykonos town in the evening as we sailed away.One problem I noticed during this portion of our time on this ship, which wasn`t an issue during the previous transatlantic crossing, was smokers. There was a large group (I won`t mention which nationality) that took over a big section of the aft pool area every day and then smoked so much it stank up the entire area. Please, HAL, make your ships non-smoking.Also, healthy options in the food selections were again a disappointment. Why was it nearly impossible to find whole wheat or multigrain bread? Why have such a limited salad bar in the Lido in the evening? I really like the fruit and cheese spread HAL has at the Lido at breakfast. I'd appreciate something like that in the Lido again in the evening. I'm a vegetarian, and I'll say that HAL does only passible vegetarian options- I saw nothing above a C grade in that regard. However, to balance out my complaint, I'd admit that HAL's food isn't all bad. They did offer up an excellent tiramisu one night (nice a boozy, just as it should be!) Finally, disembarking the ship was simple and fine. However, Venice's airport was overrun. There was no organization and we had to stand in various unorganized line ups for multiple hours only at the very end to be told that staff person would not check us in as she had switched her line to First Class a few passengers ago. I travel a lot and this was the worst airport experience I have ever had. Then, on the flight from Venice to Frankfurt we had the rudest behaved passengers. Again, I fly a lot and I have never witnessed this kind of disrespect of fellow passengers and crew before. They yelled at each other, shoved people, stood up when they weren't meant to, and outright disobeyed flight attendant direction. Sadly I think the majority of the plane's passengers were other HAL cruisers who had just got off the Westerdamn. I was really happy to leave that group behind when my mother and I continued our journey on land in Germany.

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