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Holland America Cruises aboard the Westerdam
Above: Holland America Cruise Lines Westerdam Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service:April, 2004
Guest capacity: 1,848
Total staff: 800
Length: 951 feet
Passenger decks: 10
CDC inspection score: 99

Westerdam Overview

The Westerdam cruise ship departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Barcelona, Spain, and Rome, Italy. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Caribbean, Europe, and Mediterranean.

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From outside, with her dark hull and expansive open decks, the Westerdam looks like a classic liner. But on the inside, she is a combination of refined elegance and 21st-century hip.

The Vista-class is an attempt by Holland America to broaden their appeal to a wider demographic, specifically to attract younger couples and families.

Count on friendly, efficient service from its staff of Indonesian and Filipino stewards, daily movies (with fresh popcorn) in a separate cinema, and tons of fresh flowers for each voyage.


Seventy-four percent of Westerdam's outside cabins have balconies. The smallest are 254 sq ft. The smallest cabins on the ship are standard insides at 170 sq ft.; standard outsides are 185 sq ft. The largest accommodations are the 1,318 sq ft. Penthouse Verandah Suites. Twenty-eight staterooms are handicapped-compliant.

All staterooms have "Eurotop" mattresses, high-thread-count bed linens; bathrobes; premium massaging showerheads; magnifying lighted makeup mirrors, and powerful hair dryers; direct-dial phones with voicemail; TV's; mini-bars; and safes. Suites also include DVD players with an onboard lending library.

All staterooms above inside categories have tubs with showers. At the suite levels, the tubs are whirlpools, and an extra shower stall is added, along with dual sinks.

One nice amenity for suite passengers is the Neptune Lounge, a private room with concierge, which serves various snacks (from light breakfast fare in the mornings to hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour). The concierge can also book dinner reservations and shore tours.


Webster's alternate dining venue, the Pinnacle Grill at the Odyssey Restaurant, offers "Pacific Northwest" cuisine. Table settings are elegant, featuring Bvlgari china and Riedel stemware. Reservations are required and there is a $20 per-person charge.

The Vista Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; each night's menu features a selection of five entrees. Service is broken into four assigned seatings -- 5:15pm., 6:15pm, 8pm. and 8:30pm, which helps promptness of service, and guarantees piping hot entrees.

The Lido Deck buffet has been broken into small stations to minimize lines. At lunch, each of these stations offers a distinct menu: Italian, deli, salads, Asian stir-fry, etc. At breakfast, you can get eggs cooked to order and breakfast meats at most of the stations. At dinnertime, the Lido offers casual, waiter-served, made-to-order menu items. Late night buffets are presented after 11pm.

One new Vista-class addition is the nautically themed Windstar Cafe, which sells (for a fee) espresso, coffee and pastries.

Twenty-four-hour complimentary room service includes a menu of snacks, sandwiches, desserts and salads, a full breakfast menu (available from 6am - 10am), and a complete lunch and dinner menu is offered from noon - 10 pm, as is the daily menu from the Vista Dining Room during scheduled dining hours.


The Vista Lounge is the ship's main showroom that seats 867. Views are vertically unobstructed, though a few columns block sightlines from some of the seats off the centerline. On a typical 12-day sailing, entertainment includes 3 production shows by Stiletto Entertainment.

Bar and lounge entertainment includes a piano bar, classical music each evening in Explorer's Lounge, and a small combo in the Ocean Bar. On the Vista-class ships, the Crow's Nest observation lounge's night club function is shared with the new Northern Lights Disco, which is worth a visit if only to check out the motion-triggered lights that lead you down the winding entryway, illuminating the floor ahead.

Fitness & Recreation

Westerdam represent a quantum leap forward in serving the spa and fitness needs of her guests. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon adds an entire new menu of exotic spa treatments. The enlarged facility on Lido Deck is perfectly tailored to the new offerings, which include hot stone therapy massages, relaxing in the jets of heated seawater in the massive hydrotherapy spa, or lying on one of the heated ceramic mosaic recliners while watching the ocean pass by the floor-to-ceiling windows. Westerdam also features a golf simulator which allows virtual play on any of 22 worldwide courses.

The main pool area includes three hot tubs. Though the aft pool area, with two hot tubs, lacks some of the shade of the main area, it felt more spacious. There are plenty of lounges in either area.

Public Areas

Public rooms are located in one two-deck grouping below Deck 4 and another above Deck 8. The atrium feels cozy, as if it were the lobby of a small boutique hotel.

While the upper public areas concentrate on spa, sport, sustenance and scenery, the lower areas house the casino and the ship's shops. Other features include the Erasmus Library, as well as the Internet Cafe. Passengers who bring their own laptops are accommodated with Wi-Fi hotspots here, and with data ports in all the cabins.


Club HAL, Holland America's program for youngsters, is directly related to demand and season. For every 30 children in the age range of 3 - 17, a counselor is provided. KidZone is an area devoted to the youngest guests, while Wave Runner is a teen dance, video and movie area. Other plans include kid-only shore excursions in the Caribbean and babysitting during port days.

Expert Westerdam reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Westerdam cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Westerdam Score: 99

Cruise Critic: Westerdam
The Cruise Critic gives Holland America's Westerdam a 3-ribbon rating.

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