Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Holland America
Sailing Date: 2009-12-30
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
My experience with Holland America Westerdam was alright. It wasn't anything spectacular. There were certain things I liked and certain things I didn't like. This cruise itself was more geared towards Seniors and those who are single or married with no children. I found the entertainment was not kid-friendly and there were no on board activities that the children could do nor did they try to involve them. They do have a Camp HAL which both my children did attend but was not over thrilled. My 7 yr old son was separated with his 9 yr old sister placed in a younger group of children that ranged from 3 to 7 yrs old. So basically my son was the oldest in the group. The service of the waiters, steward, hostess, etc, was awesome! They were very helpful, friendly, courteous and very patient. No complaints from me.
Personally I think the food could be better however I do understand that they are serviing to an older crowd and they 're playing it safe by serving traditional food. I found the food to be overcooked at times especially the vegetables.
Our stateroom was clean when we arrived. The Stateroom Steward was very efficient and very polite when we needed something from him.
Being that I was on board with my children, I didn't find any activites that caught my eyes that both my children and I could attend and enjoy.
We found the excursions to be very overpriced. We were able to find tours off shore on our own for half the price.