Launched by Holland America Line in 2004 and extensively refurbished in 2017, Westerdam is a modern addition to the cruise company's fleet. Rather than targeting the more mature clientele common on Holland America Line voyages, the Westerdam is aimed at a younger crowd. Families are well-catered for and onboard parties last late into the night.
At present, the Westerdam offers routes crossing the Panama Canal. Passengers can book an eastbound or westbound crossing. The 19-night westbound voyage travels from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver, British Columbia. Along the way, it stops in the historical colonial city of Cartagena and the natural paradise of Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica.
Caribbean voyages on the Westerdam often stop at the private island of Half Moon Cay, in the Bahamas. Here, passengers can go horseback riding in the water, feed stingrays, go kayaking or enjoy a bike tour or nature walk. Grand Turk is another featured port, with shore excursions including snorkeling at Gibbs Cay, whale watching and explorations of historic Cockburn Town.
Onboard, the Westerdam has two outside pools, one inside pool, a spa, beauty salon and casino. Passengers can enjoy the America's Test Kitchen shows, which involve a chef demonstrating how to cook a recipe common to one of the ship's destinations. Recipe cards are offered so that guests can recreate the flavors when they get home.
There are 160 inside cabins, 165 outside cabins and 162 suites, allowing the Westerdam to carry a total of 1,916 passengers and 800 crew at full capacity. All cabins offer premier amenities, including bathrobes and flat-screen TVs. Suites offer a pillow menu, concierge service and whirlpool baths, for added luxury on a Westerdam cruise.