We had an aft suite - 7133, with a great porch and wrap around balcony which we loved. We thought that the suite was a bit small, but the balcony made up for it.
My DH thought the decorations on the ship were generally hideous. I thought some of them were, but decoration isn't what turns me on or off.
What I particularly liked about the Westerdam was the service. We had a great room steward - Sabar - who was always available when needed, but not obtrusive.
We especially liked having a concierge and a quiet place to have a quick bite or cup of coffee. This was our first time in a suite and I am spoiled. The suite lunch in the Crow's Nest was delightful and I had the best caviar there that I have ever eaten. It was nice having the laundry done for free, but even if we had had to pay for it, we could have had a bagful done for $12.00 which is extremely reasonable.
I thought the quality of the food was good. I liked having mesclun greens in the lido instead of just plain iceberg lettuce. We ate almost all of our breakfasts and all of our lunches in the lido. There was a great deal of variety and I liked seeing smoked salmon and pates and high quality cold cuts on a regular basis. The prime rib that was served on embarkation day was beautifully cooked (rare).
The waiters in the lido were terrific about clearing tables immediately and keeping the place spotless.
We thought the service in the dining room was very pleasant and very efficient. The wine steward got off to a rocky start, but she picked up after the first couple of nights and then was very satisfactory.
What we missed in the food was garlic. On other ships with an Italian dining staff, garlic was a given. It was strange eating prime rib and rack of lamb without it. I also missed having a good selection of fish. I recall seeing shrimp offered only as a shrimp cocktail. (The shrimp cocktail at the Suite lunch featured jumbo shrimp which were quite lovely).
We had fun playing trivia - we had a great group and we won twice, thanks to Ann and Art, another Ann and George.
We thought that Half Moon Cay had a lovely beach, but not enough shade and the folks we encountered in the bar, the shop and the post office on HMC couldn't have cared less. That was a big turnoff which hastened our return to the ship.
I think that the ship does not ride as well as the Sun Princess which handled rough seas exceptionally well. However, we did get used to the rocking and rolling. Yesterday, I had a hard time getting used to being on land again.
All in all a good time. It will be fun to compare - we will be on the Carnival Miracle in February in a mini-suite. We'll see if we like it as much.