CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Holland America Line Westerdam Scandinavia July 6, 2004

I'm not sure how many cruises I have taken. But it has to be at least 20. Most cruise lines and to many destinations. I have to say the of all of them, The Westerdam has to be the worst. We took a verandah cabin on the starboard side, about midships. These new "Vista" class ships of Holland America Line are way too big. Three football fields long... At dinner time, it was a real hike from our cabin all the way to the stern, have dinner, then walk all the way forward to the show lounge, and back to the cabin to sleep. For breakfast and lunch, same thing. For disembarkation, and embarkation, same thing. We noticed in the hallways outside some cabins, some childrens toys with wheels, where the parents would pull the children along as it was too far to walk and the children were too slow.

Many times to avoid the walk (many times I need a cane) I would order breakfast in our cabin. Not in 14 days did it come close to arriving at the requested time. Most times at least 30mins before or after. But then with nearly 2000 passengers, I must be amazed that it was even that close. The cabin seemed so much smaller than the Verandah cabin on the Amsterdam. Which I think is a fabulous ship. Our ports of call were superb, and we much appreciated two full days in St.Petersburg, the highlight of the cruise. I (We) will not travel on any of the "Vista" class ships ever again however. That is The Zuiderdam, The Oosterdam, or The Westerdam. We shall stick with the Amsterdam,Ryndam, Maasdam etc. So much nicer, I think.

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