Continuing the tradition of simple yet elegant ships
Westerdam joined Holland America's world-famous fleet in 2004 continuing the tradition of a simple yet elegant ship design that is easy to navigate.
Public rooms are situated on two decks, dining rooms are in the aft section with expansive views of the sea, and the signature Crow’s Nest is forward with an unrivalled view of the surrounding ocean or scenery.
There is plenty of deck space for sunning and enjoying the sea-going experience and a promenade deck that encircles the ship. Two swimming pools provide plenty of space for relaxing and a large spa offers soothing and rejuvenating treatments, along with steam rooms and hydrotherapy pools.
The ambience of the Westerdam provides a comfortable backdrop for enjoying the extensive selection of activities on the cruise, which are as varied as the backgrounds of the guests. There are video games, a library and card room, meeting facilities and of course a casino to enjoy. Bars and lounges provide a place to relax and the Windstar Cafe offers snacks and specialty coffee drinks.
Spacious and Classic Staterooms and Suites
Eighty five per cent of all staterooms offer ocean views and 67 per cent of all staterooms sport verandahs with square footages similar or larger than on existing ships in the fleet. The Westerdam and the other Vista-class ships offer more verandah staterooms in a wider price range, including the new value-priced stateroom category - Deluxe Verandah Outside (461 cabins) - the best verandah value at sea. Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah Suite guests also enjoy the use of a private concierge lounge called the Neptune Lounge.
Verandahs on the Westerdam measure 54 to 318-sq-ft depending upon which of the four categories guests choose. Each features privacy screens, tables and deck chairs.On the stern of the ship, Deluxe Verandah Suites and Deluxe Verandah Outside staterooms offer special verandahs twice the typical size for those categories.
All staterooms are outfitted with the luxurious appointments of the Signature of Excellence initiative. Guests enjoy premium plush Euro-top mattresses and triple-sheeted beds with high-quality bed linens. In the bathroom, guests will enjoy 100 per cent Egyptian cotton towels and deluxe bathrobes.
In addition, all staterooms on the Westerdam offer data ports for laptop computers and all have mini-bars. They feature double closets with full length mirror, extra-deep chests of drawers, a safe , hairdryer, direct-dial telephone with voicemail, multi-channel music system and remote-controlled colour television.
And all Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah suite guests will enjoy comfortable duvets; VCRs or DVD players and access to a well-stocked video/DVD library; and personalised stationery.
Greenhouse Spa and Salon
Pampering and feeling good is what the Greenhouse Spa and Salon aboard the Westerdam is all about. The spa is modelled after Steiner Leisure’s renowned Texas-based Greenhouse Spa and Salon, a day spa found in more than 15 cities in the United Sates. The Greenhouse Spa and Salon offers new Signature Treatments along with traditional spa and salon services.
There’s no better way to relax than in the glass-enclosed 11 by-22ft hydrotherapy pool which uses heated seawater and specially placed high power water jets to alleviate sore joints and muscles. The popular pool is a new addition to the Holland America fleet first introduced in 2003 on the Zuiderdam.
After the hydrotherapy pool, guests might book a massage or perhaps an aroma stone therapy session to further relax. Or they can opt for a stress reducing session in the state-of-the-art thermal suite.
The influence of the Greenhouse Spa and Salon is found elsewhere on the ship. Guests will find that menus in all restaurants offer healthy alternative dishes designed to help guests who want to adhere to a special fitness programme or diet.
The fitness facility is located forward and guests can work out on the latest exercise equipment while enjoying a panoramic view of the ocean.Fitness equipment includes the very latest in Cybex weight training machines and treadmills, stair-step machines and free weights. Mat Pilates, Pathway to Yoga and stretching classes, along with a variety of aerobic workouts are held in the spacious exercise area adjacent to the gym. There is a nominal charge for some of the classes.
A state-of-the-art computer generated golf simulator is available to guests who might want to perfect their game or even preview courses around the world.
The simulator displays world-renowned golf courses on a giant projection screen and tracks players’ shots by means of a sophisticated computer system that actually allows them to virtually “play” the course hole-by-hole.
Internet service on the Westerdam is perfect for those wanting to stay in touch with their loved ones or even do business, check stock quotes or share their vacation experiences in real time. Internet access is available directly from the guest rooms for those who travel with their own laptop computers.
Those wishing to use the facilities of the Internet Cafe will find that there are plenty of computers with high-speed Internet access and printers available. In addition, the Internet Cafe has wireless “hot spots” available to those with wireless capabilities.
Show Lounges and Dancing the Night Away
The intimate Queen’s Lounge is a venue perfect for late-night shows, cabaret performers and other entertainment designed for smaller audiences. Guests might enjoy a classical music concert, a performance by a comedian or even a variety act during a cruise.
The main Vista Show Lounge on the Westerdam is “simply one of the finest performing spaces at sea”,according to Frans Dingemans, who designed the space. There is a large stage complete with fly loft for scenery, movable sections of stage that provide for elaborate stage effects and even a movable pit for the live orchestra. The latest in sound systems ensures perfect acoustics for the entire audience. Comfortable seating and unobstructed sight lines add to the pleasure of taking in production shows created specially for the theater.
The Northern Lights brings the excitement of a trendy dance club to the Westerdam. Dazzling lighting, a booming sound system and a top DJ all make for a great dance and entertainment setting for enjoying the latest music, from alternative to classic dance tracks.
And finally, the Crow’s Nest on the Westerdam offers a sophisticated setting for more classic dancing and listening, where a DJ spins late into the night and plays favorites on request.
Club HAL Kids Programs
Families travelling together on the Westerdam will find plenty of activities to do together and individually. The KidZone, an area tailored particularly for younger kids has a wide range of activities and the space for active youngsters both inside and outside in supervised play areas.
Club HAL is designed for kids from 3-17 and there is a full-time director and a staff of trained counselors on duty to help youngsters and teens have a fun cruise experience. Counsellors are provided for every 30 children.
In addition, activities are designed for different age groups depending on the needs of each cruise, including a new program for kids as young as three and childcare for kids on port days.
The Wave Runner is a teen area designed for hanging out and meeting fellow teens. The area also has a dance floor for teen parties and even a large screen movie corner for videos. There is also a computer game area and video game room designed just for the teens and pre-teens. And for parents, there is another video game room near the Northern Lights Disco.
Operated by Holland America Line
Entered service: April 2004
Built at Fincantieri, Italy
Gross tonnage: 82,348 tons
Cost: $400 million
Cabins: 924 including
- 788 with ocean view
- 623 with balcony
- 136 inside
- 28 wheelchair cabins
Two dining rooms (two sittings), casino, two show lounges, library, two swimming pools, gymnasium, sauna, steam room, self-service launderette, golf simulator, internet cafe.
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