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  1. Just wondering what the power outlets are on the Westerdam, so i can bring adapter .Thanks.
  2. We are going on our first cruise at the start of January 2019 through Asia. We have been told we will need visas for Vietnam and Cambodia. HA told us they can provide the VOA service onboard. We have Australian passports.Just wondering if they charge very much for this service. Not sure if it is any cheaper to arrange before we sail.
  3. I tried the search function first but couldn't find the answers . We are considering a cruise on the Westerdam. I have read that the Signature Suites have been refurbished and are very nice but I wonder if we could get by and save a bit and just book a regular balcony cabin, considering cat. VC or VB. So if anyone who has recently cruised on Westerdam could help in answering my questions I'd send back a heartfelt "thank you"! Have the regular balcony cabins been modernized in regard to furniture and beds, balcony furniture, TV, outlets, bathrooms? I have to look more closely at the deck plans, but are there any staterooms in those categories with just a shower? ( I have difficulties regarding a tub). Aft cabins mostly are sold out, only two or three on deck 8 are left which might have a noise problem? Thank you for your help.
  4. Good afternoon, cruisers -- We have another Holland America photo album for you, this time from a seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise on Westerdam: https://www.cruisecritic.com/photos/ships/westerdam-306/ Please check out the album, and let us know what you think! In case you missed it, we also photographed Oosterdam back in March. You can check out photos from that sailing, as well, by clicking here: https://www.cruisecritic.com/photos/ships/oosterdam-283/ We hope you enjoy :) Christina ________________ Christina Janansky Associate Producer Cruise Critic
  5. Hi folks, we are considering sailing with Ms. Westerdam to Asia in January. We would like to do some ballroom dancing in the evening. We have only sailed with Nieuw Amsterdam before, and I remember there was really no ballroom dancing venue on that ship. On Ms. Westerdam, I understand that there is a BB King Blues Club, and I remember they would play a lot of Blues and R & B music, great to listen to, but difficult to dance to. There is also an Ocean Club, but the floor space is really too small to do any ballroom, and the band at that time was not playing good dancing music. So anyone who has sailed on Ms. Westerdam recently, would you please share your experience regarding dancing, music and evening activities. Any information is welcome! Thank you in advance.
  6. We learned yesterday that the Westerdam will dock at Wusongkau International Cruise Terminal, a pier approximately one hour from Shanghai. It is disappointing as we will not be able to see the lights of Shanghai. We were told on board that the Westerdam was never intended to dock in the city because it is too long. However, we had always understood we would be there, in the heart of Shanghai. The Westerdam was listed at that port and It was one of the major reasons we took this 6 week cruise from Vancouver. Furthermore, a few days ago our TA sent us a notice from HAL of the change in plans for docking in Shanghai; others who booked directly with HAL received an email from HAL with the change. Should we be more than disappointed. I am angry. DH and I had planned to walk to the Bund the second day. We have a tour booked on Roll Call to an ancient village the first day. Otherwise would think of getting a hotel in the city, or staying late in the city to enjoy a river cruise etc. Has this happened to others? Is the Westerdam really too long to be docked along side the river near the Bund?
  7. Was wondering one how the Westerdam is right now. It looks like it just left Beijing. Any special packages for internet or for photos. looking forward to my upcoming cruise.
  8. we will be getting off our plane at 2:30 and transferring with Holland to the ship..we were wondering if dinner in the mdr will be our option.we have early dining.thank you .
  9. Hello, I just returned from a 7 day cruise on Westerdam in Alaska (Seward to Vancouver). I got lots of great info from this board in planning our trip so am hoping this information will be helpful and useful to others. Here goes! Itinerary: 6/25 - 7/1 land touring on our own, then Westerdam south bound 7/1-7/8. Who we are: multi-generation family with tween, teen kids and parents for land portion - met up with grandparents for cruise. We have been on one Celebrity Summit southern caribbean cruise, and one Disney Fantasy cruise. This was our first time on Holland America, chosen for three reasons: 1) Itinerary included Glacier Bay (so that limited our choices to HAL or Princess), 2) prices for 3rd & 4th person in cabin were much lower than Princess, making this cruise much more affordable, and 3) extended family members are 4 star mariners and prefer HAL. We had fantastic weather - sunny almost every day, highs in the 70's and 80's for the cruise portion. Only one rainy day in Ketchikan. Land portion: 6/25 arrive Anchorage late, overnight near Airport 6/26 Matanuska Glacier hike with MICA guides - excellent! Great way to get close to a glacier, learn all about it, and really helped us when we saw glaciers multiple times later in the trip. Took a ride up Hatcher's pass to Independence Mine, beautiful location, nice easy alpine meadow hiking, highly recommended. Stayed in Wasilla. 6/27 Drive up to Denali, lunch stop at Talkeetna. Quick stop in the visitor's center to get our bearings for the park, then a scenic rafting trip in the evening with Denali Outdoor Center. This was a great activity - gentle class II/III rapids perfect for those of us who had never rafted before. Fun rolling rapids and splashes but not scary. Stayed at Denali Bluffs hotel - excellent choice, paid extra for riverview room, but it was modern, with very nice balcony overlooking Nenana river. 6/28 Shuttle bus to Eielson. Saw wildlife but unfortunately bears were at a distance. We could see them well through binoculars but I was hoping for the pictures I've seen on the web of the bears right next to the road/bus. Although this was a long ride (8 hours) it went by very quickly. Bathroom breaks every 60-90 minutes, beautiful vistas, time passes quickly when hunting for wildlife through binoculars. In addition to bears, saw dall sheep, lots of caribou. Stayed extra time at Eielson and it was easy to catch a different bus back (our bus out only stayed about 20 mins at Eielson). Denali was behind clouds when we were there, but we did see it out during the drive up on 6/27 from Talkeetna. 2nd night at Denali Bluffs. 6/29 Drove back to Anchorage with stop at the Iditarod Museum in Wasilla and dog sled cart ride ($10 per person), plus they had puppies to hold! A highlight for the kids in our group. In hindsight, I wish we'd either gotten up and out earlier and gone back into Denali for a 2nd day to try to find more wildlife before heading back to Anchorage, or had planned a 2nd full day (and 3rd night) in Denali. We had to be back in Anchorage to return the rental by 5pm as we were dropping it downtown so that we could walk to restaurants, and easily get to the rail depot in the morning for our train to Seward. 6/30 Early glass dome (Goldstar service) train to Seward from Anchorage. This was an expensive outing for our family, and it was overcast as we headed out of Anchorage, but the weather improved and the views were great. This was worth it to do once - the train goes through a gorge and some other areas not near the highway or visible by car. Plus the glass dome and the breakfast in the dining car are pretty neat. Really a great way to get to Seward but now that we've done it once, I would go a cheaper route if we go again, either bus transfer or downgrade to Adventure class instead of Gold Star. Arrived Seward 11:15 and immediately went on the 6.5 hr tour with Major Marine through Kenai Fjords. This was a very easy transfer - Major Marine reps were at the Seward Depot and they stored our luggage in the 360 hotel while we went out on the boat. This wildlife watching trip was a highlight of our whole trip. The boat (the new 360 catamaran) was very comfortable, stable, and clean. Plenty of room to move around inside and out and see all the wildlife. A NPS ranger was on board and pointed out lots of animals and gave excellent information about the animals and landscape. We saw a pod of 14 orcas, several humpbacks, lots of sea lions, puffins, sea otters, harbor seals, and lingered in front of a glacier to hear and see the ice calving. The on board lunch was tasty and filling. I hesitated on whether we needed the lunch option but glad we got it as we had only had breakfast on the train and went straight out on the cruise. If you don't sign up for the lunch, they do serve hot dogs and other snacks you can buy. I got a good deal on the major marine tour by booking a black friday (day after thanksgiving) special. Overnight in Seward, did some laundry and got ready to board the Westerdam! Cruise portion: 7/1 went on a Seavey Iditaride tour in the morning which was fun (puppies again!) and then boarded at noon in Seward. We had a verandah cabin on Observation deck of Westerdam. Extended family had cabins on deck 4. Initial impressions - the ship is beautiful. All main areas are updated with new looking carpet and furnishings (it just had a dry dock a year ago), everything in very good shape, I didn't see anything that looked worn or in need of replacement. I had read about HAL having more traditional decor but found the Westerdam to feel modern and sleek. Our cabin was perfect - since it was only a year old, everything was in great shape. Bathroom had nice tile walls in shower, granite/quartz vanity top. Our family's other cabins on 4th deck did not have those upgrades. The balcony was narrower than the deck 4 balconies (maybe 3.5-4ft) but fit four of us standing fine, and 2 sitting in the chairs with a little drinks table in between. It felt about the same as on the Celebrity Summit and Disney Fantasy. We had a quad cabin and all beds were very comfortable. The best part about this cabin was it's location - on deck 10 just behind exc (old crow's nest). We were constantly going up front, then out the back to see scenery from the open deck 10 and deck 11 forward areas, and it was a quick run down a flight to get to the indoor Lido pool, lido market and aft pool. There were 160 kids on board and lots of multi generation groups. The crowd felt similar to the one on the Celebrity cruise, and our family members that have cruised HAL before said this is the youngest group they've seen on a HAL cruise. I think the combination of Alaska, summer school vacation, and great 3/4th passenger pricing is drawing more families to HAL. One interesting comparison is that I felt like there were more drinkers and emphasis on alcohol on HAL than Celebrity or Disney, that said, nobody was out of control or obviously drunk. Food was consistently good in both the lido and MDR (better than Disney), the taco bar in the lido pool area was great. Entertainment was mixed - the billboard piano players, BB Kings band, comedian (Chris Pendleton) and magician were excellent. The in house singing/dancing show was average and not as good as we've seen on Disney or Celebrity. The only other shortcomings were lack of a venue with top 40/current music (although we did not stay out for the last sets of billboard onboard or BB King so they may have played newer music later in the evening) and that a lot of the daytime activities were geared to an older crowd (art auctions, acupuncture/spa seminars). The activities we liked were the trivia contests, bingo, and ping pong tournaments.. The exc/crows nest area was great for scenery watching and playing board games, as well as the Gallery Bar that had several new board games scattered around for guest use. Pools and hot tubs were clean, aft pool was heated and well used on a few days when temps were in the 80's. The lido pool was also nice and the weather was good enough that they opened the roof a few days. The large flat screen tv in the cabin was nice and they had a large library of movies - new releases included. Excursions: 7/4 - Haines, rented a car and went on our own to Kroschel Wildlife Sanctuary, Eagle foundation, and drove out to Chillkoot lake along the river. Chillkoot looked like a painting, very picturesque. This area is famous for bears but we didn't see any as it was a little early for the salmon but if you are in this area in a couple of weeks, definitely ride out to Chillkoot. 7/5 - Juneau, whale watching with Juneau whale watching combined with ticket to Mendenhall. This was good, but we only saw a few humpbacks. It was a short trip and I preferred our longer trip in Seward with major marine. I'm glad we did the combo tour though - they took us directly from whale watching to mendenhall and then we were free to jump on their shuttles to return to Juneau every 30 minutes. I preferred this open ended return as some of our family took a short hike and others went on a longer hike - everyone could do what they wanted to go back when they were ready. 7/6 Ketchikan, no excursions planned here and this was the only rainy day of the trip. Did the walking tour to the salmon ladder and hatchery (worth the stop - the person who was working there took a lot of time to explain all about the hatchery, also saw some HUGE adult King Salmon starting to show up in the creek), went to the totem pole museum, and walked creek street. Hopped back on board for a nice lunch and loafing around on deck and in the pools. This was a great trip and I will definitely be back on HAL again!
  10. We like to spend quiet time on the sea days in our cabin napping reading or on the balcony..is there a specific time or amount of time we need to be out of the cabin or is lunchtime wandering enough time for them to do there thing....thank you...
  11. jimlouisesophie

    Back from Alaska With Westerdam

    We booked a Travel With Alan Package on the Westerdam and had an incredible voyage & land package from Vancouver and flew back to home to Nanaimo, BC, and just returned. We took a choper from Nanaimo to Vancouver and overnighted before boarding the next day. We got there early, around 10 am and the embarking was very easy & fast and once aboard we went to our Cabin where our bags where already onboard. We proceed to the Lido Buffet to have lunch, and went there for all our meals, which we really enjoyed, great food. We purchased the Signature Beverage Package for 44.95 US $ per person per day and found it to be the best option with 15 drinks per day per person which included all drinks, alcoholic, soda, water and specialty drinks. There are a number of bars aboard where one can relax but we spent most of our time on the Lido deck as well as our balcony....the balcony was worth the extra cost, even though the weather can change in a few minutes. It was nice to get some fresh air. The cabin steward kept our room very clean and put towel animals on our beds every night. The bartenders were awesome, knowing our names and what drinks we were having. We did not attend any shows but just relaxed in various places on board and enjoyed the crows nest. We saw lots of whales and the best part was visiting the glaciers in Glacier Bay where we spent several hours. Weather could change in a minute so we were prepared with layers. The ports were great and with our Travel With Alan package, all tours were included. We took the bus from Seward to Denali National Park where we stayed for 2 nights with all meals included as well as the incredible 10 hour Tundra Tour into the Denali National Park, which was also included in our package. We saw several different animals, including a grizzly, moose, swans, cariboo, hawks, etc. The Mckinley Chalet Resort was very nice, so very large and we had great food there, all included as mentioned. The 9 hour train back to our hotel in Anchorage, which was also included, was great as we had reserved dome seats and had a great white table meal aboard and when in the dome car, we had our own private bartender, who came by to take our order...a real great service. Upon entering Anchorage, our coach was waiting for us, as it was in Denali and took us to our hotel, with no check in as we were presented with our key aboard the coach and our bags were in our room. The final day saw us being picked up by coach and we had a tour of the city before heading to the airport to our flight to Nanaimo. The tour was so well organized, as we did not have to make any reservations, or worry about our bags being delivered to our room or airport, and highly recommend this tour as all meals and tours in each port where included. Any questions will be answered...Jim
  12. Tuesday marks the end of the Juneau season. Westerdam will be at the CT dock from 1300-2300. Westie is heading north to two more ports in Alaska before crossing the Pacific to Japan and China. She will spend the winter doing a variety of Asian itineraries before heading back to start her Alaska season in May. Juneau is welcoming her last cruise visitors with a cool but sunny day. There is a 0% chance of rain but the high will only be 53F/12C (better cool and sunny than cool and rainy;)) and the low a cold 31F/-1C. Sunrise is at 7:05 am and sunset at 6:28 pm. The only other ship in port is Norwegian Pearl at the AJ dock from 1400-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: The FLL sail-away season begins on October 17th but there will be some HAL sightings before that. October 3rd - Zuiderdam in New York City from 0700-2000. http://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ http://www.portnywebcam.com/ October 15 - Volendam in Aruba from 0800-2300. http://www.portarubawebcam.com/ October 16 - Veendam in Port Canaveral 0800-1700. http://www.portcanaveralwebcam.com/
  13. The chart (HAL PDF) that was posted in the Masdaam thread showing what is offered on each cruise notes that the Westerdam while in Asia offers the Tamarind Menu. Have any of you experienced this? Is it select nights? We will be in Asia in February and would love to enjoy some of the great Tamarind food! Thanks Kevin
  14. My wife and I will be on Westerdam in January 2019. She is an avid Mah Jongg player. Does anyone know if there are sets on board ? Does she need to bring hers ?? Thanks.
  15. Can someone confirm if the Westerdam still has self serve laundry? I'm sailing on September 2nd and I know I'm overpacking. Thank you!!
  16. I am not a soda lover and wondering if the water from the taps, well where does it come from? Is it dreadful taste wise?
  17. Westerdam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. Not as nice a day as we have been seeing this week but not as bad as some of the days we have seen this summer. There is a 40% chance of rain but it is mainly going to be occasional showers in the afternoon. High will be 61F/16C and the low 43F/6C. Sunrise is at 6:23 am and sunset at 7:23 pm. The only other ship in port is Norwegian Jewel at the AJ dock from 0700-1315. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Zaandam and Volendam on Friday (last time we will see both in Juneau this season).
  18. MSBerliner

    Star Gazing on Westerdam

    We recall being stunned by the night sky during our Atlantic crossing many, many years ago (our student days). Can you please tell us where the best place on ship (Westerdam) is to see the stars after darkness has fallen. Sailing to Alaska the end of August. Many thanks.
  19. Westerdam will be at the CT dock and Noordam at the AS dock from 1300-2200. Tuesday's weather will not be any better than Monday's. There is a 100% chance of rain with a quarter of an inch predicted. High will be 55F/13C and low 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:49 am and sunset at 6:48 pm. The only other ship in port is Norwegian Bliss at the AJ dock from 1400-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Westerdam on Tuesday, October 2. For the addicts: The FLL sail-away season begins on October 17th but there will be some HAL sightings before that. October 3rd - Zuiderdam in New York City from 0700-2000. http://www.nyharborwebcam.com/ http://www.portnywebcam.com/ October 15 - Volendam in Aruba from 0800-2300. http://www.portarubawebcam.com/ October 16 - Veendam in Port Canaveral 0800-1700. http://www.portcanaveralwebcam.com/ (I will post these again next week.)
  20. Westerdam will be at the CT dock from 1000-2200. Another nice day is in store for Juneau with a 0% chance of rain and a partly cloudy sky. High will be 69F/21C and a low of 46F/8C. Sunrise is at 6:06 am and sunset at 7:45 pm. Also in port are Golden Princess at the FKL dock from 0630-1600, Seven Seas Mariner at the AJ dock from 0900-2300, and Emerald Princess at the AS dock from 12:30-2200. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Noordam on Thursday.
  21. Westerdam, Vancouver to Shanghai (via Japan) Sept 30 to Oct 29, 2018. Does anyone know which Captain and HD will be onboard??
  22. I just heard from a friend, who disembarked Westerdam, that a 69 year old man was lost overboard in Glacier Bay National Park on Friday July 13th. No other information has been forthcoming. Deepest condolences to his family and the crew of Westerdam. Very, very sad news.
  23. Westerdam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. So much for the nice weather of Wednesday. There is a 70% chance of rain on Thursday with a high of only 58F/14C and a low of 50F/10C. Sunrise is at 5:53 am and sunset at 8:02 pm. Also in port are Norwegian Pearl at the AJ dock from 0700-1315, Infinity at the AS dock from 0730-2000, and, in a rare weekday visit to Juneau, Carnival Legend at the FKL dock from 1400-2300. The PTZtv webcam can be found at http://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Zaandam and Volendam on Friday.
  24. Packing for my first cruise! Should I pack 3M Command hooks or magnets for jackets, robes, etc.?
  25. :confused:What actually is the difference between the category SS and category SY signature suites on the Westerdam? Yes, they are on different decks, but otherwise? Many thanks to those who have expert knowledge.:)
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