Holland America Line’s Westerdam may be more than 10 years old, but refurbishments have kept this 1,916-passenger ship up-to-date and even added an energy that wasn't there when the vessel was new. Today, the ship pulses with music straight from B.B. King’s Memphis nightspot, both mixology and cooking classes are on offer, and there's even a pub crawl. Of course, you can also find the quieter activities — from bingo to craft classes — for which the line is renowned.
What We Love
Culinary Arts Center: This fully equipped demonstration kitchen offers a variety of cooking classes, including some for kids.
Dive-In at the Terrace Grill: A more recent addition, this poolside joint serves up hand-formed beef patties on toasted brioche buns, and Nathan’s Famous all-beef hot dogs.
Best Known For
The Pinnacle Grill: This high-end Pacific Northwest steak and seafood restaurant is one of the best at sea. Once per cruise, it’s transformed into Le Cirque, the legendary New York City restaurant, serving lobster salad and chateaubriand on the signature dinner plates, which are decorated with whimsical monkeys.
Old World Décor: Westerdam’s eclectic art collection includes everything from the expected, such as paintings of historic Dutch ships and 5,000-year-old carved limestone figures, to the surprising, such as an original Andy Warhol portrait.
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Who It's Best For
Couples: More mature travelers will appreciate the sophisticated quiet. For those with kids in tow, supervised children’s programs entertain kids ages 3 to 17.
Singles: Holland America handles solo travelers well, and the Westerdam is no exception. The line hosts a gathering early in the cruise, seats individuals at dinner together upon request, offers dance partners on select sailings, and even has a roommate-matching service.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Canaletto Is Bustling Rather Than Peaceful: Though we like Canaletto’s Italian menu, this specialty eatery is in a corner of the busy Lido Restaurant. It's not the most relaxing atmosphere.
Theresa Norton Masek is a Chicago-based contributor to ShermansCruise and a longtime cruise writer.
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Westerdam at a Glance
- Line: Holland America Line
- Class: Vista
- Number of Passengers: 1916
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 2004
- Refurbish Date: 2012