The Westerdam offers a varied experience for people with all interests. She is part of the Vista class of ships. She retains enough of a smaller-ship feel for cruisers to feel comfortable meeting others. The staff is known for being very attentive and helpful.
- Attractive decor, much of it nautical
- 3 restaurants, casual grill, room service
- Nice cabins with good amenities
- 2 pools, spa, fitness center
- Numerous activities for kids and adults
Four different types of dinner seating are offered in the Vista Dining Room. Menu options include grilled lamb and seared tuna, along with other Continental selections. Full waiter service is offered here. Special dietary needs are met. The Pinnacle Grill carries a $20 surcharge. Specialties are Seattle-style seafood and yummy desserts.
The Lido buffet offers waiter service as well as the popular self-serve buffet. Selections include deli sandwiches, Asian dishes, and Italian cuisine. Poolside Grill offers tacos, burgers and hot dogs.
24-hour room service is available with a varied menu. A dessert buffet is offered during each cruise, with lots of "goodies".
Entertainment and Nightlife
The Vista Lounge has two-story seating. The live production shows take place here, and it has good sight lines so you always have a good view. These shows are fairly elaborate. Relatively recent movies are shown in the cinema inside the Queen's Lounge, which also hosts karaoke.
The Ocean Bar is the favorite place for gathering with friends pre-dinner. Free d'oeuvres are served. The piano bar encourages sing-along. The sports bar even includes a Texas Hold-Em table, great for those avoiding the crowds in the casino.
The casino is very roomy, offering popular table games and slots. Table games include blackjack and poker.
All the cabins are very comfortable and tend to be large. High-quality duvets and mattresses are used. TV's are standard in all cabins, with many having flat screens and DVD players, safes, and hair dryers.
Inside and ocean view rooms have good storage space for their size. Balcony rooms have a good-sized verandah. Suite guests have their own private lounge.
The Crow's Nest observation lounge offers great sea views. It's also a good place to read if you're seeking peace and quiet.
A Culinary Arts program lets passengers explore the fascinating world of gourmet cooking. A demonstration kitchen is onboard for this purpose. Demo classes are free, and a fee applies to hands-on classes.
Explorations Cafe combines a library with a music room, Internet center, and coffee shop. The Internet access here is fee-based. Digital photography classes are offered.
2 pools are onboard, and one has a retractable roof. The fitness center and spa have undergone upgrades to better serve guests. Plenty of cardio machines let guests have a good workout, while a hot tub soothes tired muscles. The spa includes popular treatments and Steiner's products.
A number of interesting shore excursions are available during any cruise. Lectures, bingo, and other activities take place on sea days. If you prefer to do your shopping on the ship, shops sell jewelry, souvenir items, and logo apparel.
A $10 daily gratuity per person and 15 percent beverage gratuity apply.
Taking the Kids
Children onboard will enjoy the Club HAL Children’s' Centers. Private babysitting is offered.
Kids from ages 3 to 17 have a wealth of activities to do. This includes arts classes, games, and special shore excursions.