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Old March 30th, 2008, 05:30 PM
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Default Westerdam - What's Worth Spending Extra Money On?

My wife and I will be traveling to Alaska on the Westerdam in May. I've been on one short cruise before from LA to Mexico about 10 years ago, but she's never been on one before, which pretty much makes us novice cruisers.

Is the hydrotherapy pool worth the money? I think I read somewhere that you could buy an unlimited pass for $40. Is this true?

I've heard from many of you that the pinnacle grill is worth the extra money.

What else is worth spending extra money on and what should we stay away from?

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I just disembarked from the Westerdam this morning. I thought the internet was a rip mainly because the connection was always slow, even at 11PM when I was the only one in there using it. At 75 cents a minute, even checking e-mail took forever. Lesson learned is, check e-mail once or twice if you must. Otherwise, save it until you get home. After all, it is vacation!

Pinnacle for dinner was worth the $30. I was less impressed with the Pinnacle lunch and didn't think it was worth the extra $15.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 01:37 AM
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Well, not familiar with Westerdam's hydrotherapy pool but if it is anything
like the Celebrity's Thallossomy (spelling) - (which is free by the way) I
would go for it. Also would be a really nice place to be when it's too
chilly to use the outdoor pool as you are going in May.
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Is the hydrotherapy pool worth the money? I think I read somewhere that you could buy an unlimited pass for $40. Is this true?
Sorry, no.

On the 7 day cruise, the daily rate for both is $40 per person, and the rate for one (either the Thermal Suite or the pool) is $20. The price for the 7 days is $150, and price for a couple is $250 for 7 days.

Westerdam has 2 pools on the Lido deck - one is a covered pool near the bow of the ship (Lido Pool) & the other is the "outdoor" pool (Seaview Pool). Although I haven't used the "Lido Pool", I understand that it is heated in Alaska. I'll find out when we are on the Veendam in May.

The Pinnacle Grille is very nice for dinner, but I agree that it's not worth the price to have lunch there.

Internet service can be very, very slow and expensive. We don't bother using this service - e-mails can wait until we are home.!
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Wow that's a lot of money for a warm, water pool.
Of course, it's your money and I would never presume to tell anyone
how to spend it - it's your vacation so do whatever pleases you and the
wife.
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Wow that's a lot of money for a warm, water pool.
Of course, it's your money and I would never presume to tell anyone
how to spend it - it's your vacation so do whatever pleases you and the
wife.
You know I priced the Millie and the Westerdam and the savings I got for the Westerdam more then covered the extra charge for the pool. Yes it is free on Celebrity but Celebrity is so much more expensive. Plus HAL has these heated beds you can lay on that Celebrity does not have. So HAL's is actually nicer then what Celebrity has.
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Hello NEW CRUISER, We cruised to Alaska last August on Oosterdam. My DW and I purchased the pool for the entire week. We absolutely enjoyed every wonderful second. We got into this routine of going there everyday at different times of the day or evening depending on our events for that day. Let me tell you ,we get in that giant hot tub and just relax and unwind and then we would go to the steam room and and our aches and pain would melt away,and then we would go to these fantastic showers that had a wonderful mist that would cool you off and then we would lay down on the heated ceramic lounges and look out the windows to view the ocean and its splendor. We did this everyday,can you just imagine it? I can imagine myself there at this moment somebody pinch me. WE are booked again on the Oosterdam this November to Mexico and the first thing I am doing is booking another week at the pool. Have a wonderful cruise and I could suggest other other activities but I have gone on to much already..............Mountain Dog
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I suppose you have to show your cruise ID card whenever you check into the Spa so they could either charge your acct. or make sure the services
were paid for in advance. I guess then - trading places is not an option.
(Meaning only paying for one and then trading the card back and forth)
Oh well, I tried.
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I suppose you have to show your cruise ID card whenever you check into the Spa so they could either charge your acct. or make sure the services
were paid for in advance. I guess then - trading places is not an option.
(Meaning only paying for one and then trading the card back and forth)
Oh well, I tried.
Actually I read on CC where a person was disapointed in it and had the charge taken off-except for the first day-she still had to pay $40 for that. but if you book a one day pass that is what you pay anyway-and since she did not decide she did not want it until the next day-well she still had to pay for the first day.

ofcourse you are talking about sharing a pass. Nope, I want my hubby to enjoy it with me-I want us to do that together-so I guess that would not work for us!
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if you have back problems or arthritis, the hydro therapy pool is well worth the extra $$$$$$ I went on the Zuiderdam 3 months after my spinal fusion operation and was in the hydrotherapy pool twice a day and did some spa treatments and when I returned home to my physical therapist she was delighted that in one week on the ship in the pool was worth six weeks on land

also at least spend the extra bucks for either lunch or dinner at the Pinnacle...IMHO well worth the money for both the food and the atomsphere

also if you are not in a balcony cabin upgrading to one cruising in Alaska is well worth it, again IMHO
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I toured the Westerdam after my cruise a couple of weeks ago and I must say... OUTSTANDING.

Of course, we were touring the ship between sailings so we didn't see everything in 'action' but I had a chance to see every room type and toured most of the public areas. Everything flowed so nicely and really had a 'calming' effect. The shops seemed inviting with their long, almost mall like entrances (as opposed to french doors on the ship we were on for the previous week) and I was quite impressed by the wines on display in the Pinnacle Bar.

The spa looked very nice... but I am not sure if I would spend an extra $40 a day on it. The deck furniture on the Lido is high quality resin 'wicker look' and everything was so nice at the public pools, I think you would be happy without the extra money spent there if you had to choose to forego other 'pleasures'.

We had lunch after our tour and found the food wonderful; crab cakes, one of the best tomato soups I have ever had, Alberta Filet Mignon with Horseradish Demi Glace. . . a great way to impress me!

I returned home last week and have not stopped raving about HAL since that tour. I can not wait to escort my group on HAL through the Panama Canal next Feb!

I know where I would splurge... nice wines-you have traveled in Europe so you will appreciate the wine list! , maybe a cabin upgrade (not that the standard cabins were lacking in any way), extra time in the bars... not to party .. but just to absorb the elegance that this ship radiates.

Have I gushed enough? I tried to hide in one of the suites but my husband dragged me out... I am sure the new occupants would have never noticed me... oh well... home I am again... enjoying another Saskatchewan snow storm.
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As far as checking email. Visit the Sitka Library, It is in front of you when you get off the Tender. There is a $5 charge and the speed is much faster than that on the crusie ships. Each person is allowed an hour.
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