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Vancouver Holland America Line Westerdam Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line
Westerdam
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Vancouver

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52 Vancouver Holland America Line Westerdam Cruise Reviews


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dcg6236

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Amazing experience with Holland America!

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Our Alaska cruise on the Westerdam was fantastic. We had 3 generations, with teenagers being the youngest of the group, so I was a bit nervous hearing about the usual demographics of Holland America cruisers. To my ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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sunhat123

4 Reviews Written

22 Helpful Votes

Great Pacific Crossing and Asia Cruise

This was our fourth HAL cruise in the Asia-Pacific region and we enjoyed it. Westerdam has been refitted in recent years and the ship was in very good shape. Carpets and furniture were clean and well maintained. ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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Steveoka

21 Reviews Written

137 Helpful Votes

A good experience

We did 2 back to back cruises from Vancouver to Shanghai on the westerdam. The staff as usual were friendly and very efficient from the room stewards to the waiting staff they were all very pleasant and full of ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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jpeter1936

6 Reviews Written

68 Helpful Votes

From Here to There and Back Again

This was our sixth cruise to Alaska, all on Holland America ships. People, I know ask “Why Alaska? Why Holland America? Why the same cruise?” I’ll answer the last question first, “Because we can, because ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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Bkstinson

1 Review Written

18 Helpful Votes

Stellar serving and attendant staff

We sailed Sept 22-29th 2019 and had a positive travel experience made so by the excellent serving staff throughout the ship, in our cabin (thank you Ricki and Ahmad), and dining service (thank you Ari Komang Joseph ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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ChristinaCruiser

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

A disappointing cruise completely ruined by a trash beverage manager

As a former Hal loyalist, I was excited to cruise again after a short 2-3 years break. I grabbed my son to go with me as my hubby didn’t want to visit Alaska for the Nth time. The first indication that things ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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andylen

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Our most disappointing HAL cruise

This was an extended family cruise+land tour of Alaska. My parents were celebrating their 60th anniversary and said the only place they had ever been that they wanted to return to was Alaska. Because we have all ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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in8ure

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

RECONSIDER SAILING ON HAL: Lack of Service Training / System Issues Abound

HAL Westerdam July 14 to 28 Alaska We were on Niew Amsterdam in 2016 and found it to be excellent. We loved it so much, both managers and crew were very friendly and accommodating. Therefore, when an opportunity ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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nfall2010

3 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Second HAL Alaska cruise not as good as our first

In 2015, we did our first Alaska trip, which was an HAL Land/Sea Tour, where we did a land based tour of the Yukon first, and then did a short (4 night) cruise on the Volendam to finish off our tour. This week long ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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FloridaKicks

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Nice ship, average food

We chose the Westerdam for the itinerary from Vancouver to Alaska and Denali addition. The ship was very nice, many small bars or sitting areas for when weather was cool. However we had great weather all but one ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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LRLLSL

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great Sea + Land Alaska tour

We chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary, both sea and land portions along with Holland America's experience in Alaska. Our first time on HAL. We really appreciated the opportunities provided by HAL to ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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cruisesafer

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Vancouver to Seward - HAL Westerdam 5/27/2018 - 06/03/2018: We loved this cruise

We loved this cruise. First some information about why we did this cruise. My wife always wanted to cruise and to go to Alaska, while I was very skeptical of cruises in general. As a long haul ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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SSVacationista

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Amazing Alaska Cruise on HAL Westerdam!

This was our first cruise and we loved it! From the perfect flight into Vancouver with great views and a beautiful airport to an easy flight home with more great views from the air including northern lights, it was ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Zyc

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Our first Far East cruise

We choose this cruise as we wanted to visit the Far East but couldn't face flying 14 hours each way. The cruise was 42 days from Vancouver to Hong Kong and it was everything we had hoped for. The weather was ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Oscar13

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

Westerdam - Sept 23 - 30

We love doing the Alaska trip, it is very easy for us coming from Vancouver Island. This trip makes the 4th time we have done this route and we will do it again, next time we will probably do a southbound run. ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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2 old to drive

4 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Ship has been renovated and looks very nice

We just wanted a short get away and this suited us fine. We always like Alaska and for the most part enjoyed the ship. We found the food not all that good and did not really like the entertainment but ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Cove3

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Wonderful

I choose HAL after reading many reviews on all cruise lines sailing to my location. Embarkation & disembarkation was smooth. The ship/cabin was updated clean & comfortable. The activities were appropriate for older ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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RhinoGirl

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Our first cruise - Alaska was awesome, HAL not so much

We chose HAL Westerdam because we wanted to see Glacier Bay on our first trip to Alaska (and our first cruise!). We actually went against the advice of our travel agent who thought we would be happier with a luxury ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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debhalter

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Ship is ‘tired’

Was part of a package with a well known travel group. First, the HAL employees are wonderful and eager to please. The amenities, however, are very average compared to other ships. Wallpaper yellowing and peeling ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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dianeandpete

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Great Alaskan Cruise

My husband and I traveled on the Holland America Westerdam to Alaska in May (2018). Both of us were very pleased with the trip. Though we were embarking out of Vancouver we flew into Seattle and took the Amtrak ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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Iowatransplant

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Wonderful Alaskan Cruise

This cruise was a great value for the money. The food was always good, although I won't say it was ever amazing. The cabin stewards were fantastic. All the entertainers were really talented. The clients were ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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Callie28

7 Reviews Written

44 Helpful Votes

Mixed feelings

For perspective, we have cruised over 50 times starting in 1981 and are now in our mid 60’s. We are 4 star mariners with HAL and Elite with Princess. We have also cruised with celebrity, crystal, Oceania, Royal ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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The jakkster

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Truly memorable

We cruised up to Alaska with Holland America and really didn't enjoy it at all. Both the service and food were terrible. So we boarded Norweigian Sun a little nervously but couldn't have been more pleasantly ...
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Sail Date July 2013


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DrKoob

19 Reviews Written

48 Helpful Votes

Really great with only one BIG problem

We have been off Westerdam on our first cruise aboard a HAL ship since 2008 for about a week as I write this in early May, 2018. In our new roles as travel consultants with we were invited on this familiarization ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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Louderone

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Vancouver to Hawaii and Back

We sailed from Vancouver on April 12. It was cold for the first 3 days and the last 3 days. Even the Canadians were wearing their coats outside. Many people hung out on the aft pool deck because there is no ...
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Sail Date April 2018


Westerdam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.3
Dining4.53.9
Entertainment4.53.7
Public Rooms4.54.3
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family2.53.6
Enrichment4.03.6
Service4.54.3
Value For Money4.53.9
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