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Old April 5th, 2008, 12:06 PM
mwilliams mwilliams is offline
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Default Westerdam buffet

My Mom, sister, and I just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Westerdam. I have formerly cruised on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity lines.

The workers on the cruise are fantastic!!!! So nice and helpful!! Always smiling and friendly. We loved them all!

The shows were beyond fantastic!

The room was kept very very clean and was fantastic. (We had a Veranda Suite on the aft of the ship) Beautiful views!

The ports of call were great except Tortola. That one was not very handicapped accessible. We got off there but had to soon turn back because of the extreme traffic and high curbs. Not great for wheelchairs. We got off on St. Maarten and Grand Turk. Very wheelchair accessible. The deals on St. Maarten were fantastic.

I have to say we were all disappointed with the buffet. The only buffet part was the salad. The other choices were dinners with the sides already chosen. There were usually only four dinners to choose from. This was very different from Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. There were multiple choices there. It seems like the food was being very monitored, even the desserts.

The dessert buffet was very small and the ice cream cones were a joke. I never saw anyone make a cone the way they did...one line of ice cream coming straight up out of the cone.

Also, the glasses for the water and tea (they offered no juices) would only hold about 4 ounces. This meant filling up several glasses unless you wanted to keep going back. I finally bought a 'dam beverage holder' in the shop and used it at the buffet.


Anyway, this seems like a small problem to some people but let's face it, part of a cruise is the wonderful food. I wonder if this control is for sanitary issues or maybe waste issues. (I fear we wasted more sides that we didn't really want.)

Overall, besides the food, the trip was great. A challenge taking our 91 year old mother but we had so many helpful workers to make it easier. They treated her like a celebrity which we appreciated very much.

Our next cruise will be back with Celebrity or Royal Caribbean because of the food control issues. If you eat mostly in the dining room it would not be an issue with anyone else.
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