The Holland America Westerdam has a variety of rooms available to suit the budgetary needs of all their passengers. Those who prefer to spend as little as possible on their room can book an inside room. The inside rooms on the Westerdam are quite nice and for an inside room quite spacious as well with some open floorspace and couches that wrap around a corner. Inside rooms come with a basic bathroom and shower.
For people who prefer not to spend any more than necessary on their room, yet would like to have some natural light, rooms with obstructed views are an affordable way to go. These rooms have a window, which may be partly or fully blocked by a life boat. A little more money spent for the room upgrades the window to one with a full view.
Verandah rooms allow passengers a full view and a bit of private outdoor space with their small decks. These rooms cost more than inside or window rooms, but still save money over suites and they have bathtubs.
The suite category starts with the superior suites. These are more spacious than the regular balcony rooms. With suites, the balconies get larger too. These suites also come with double sinks, jetted tubs, and telephone concierge service.
Passengers who like more space, use of the Neptune lounge, and VIP boarding can book the Neptune suites. Extra perks like free laundry service come with the extra money spent to book a suite.
Neptune suites include double sinks, whirlpool tubs, separate showers in the bathroom and a good sized balcony. The Neptune Lounge includes personalized concierge service among its amenities. Guests of Neptune suites also have priority tender service among the extras included with a suite.
The penthouse suit brings all the comforts of home, with more room than some apartments. It has a separate bedroom, and an extra bed that folds out of the wall in the living room just under the huge flat-screen TV.
It includes a dining room, butler’s pantry, guest bathroom, and master bath with gold sinks, large whirlpool tub and separate shower. The penthouse has an expansive balcony with a private hot tub.
Sometimes passengers have more than two people in the same room. To accommodate three or four guests, some rooms have a couch that folds out into a bed and/or a bed that folds down from the ceiling.
I sailed on the Westerdam with three people in a verandah room, in the type where the couch folds down for a bed. The room steward made the couch into a bed each night and folded it back into a couch for us each morning. There wasn’t a lot of floorspace with the bed folded down, but it only stayed that way for the night. The room had three closets, a few drawers, and a cupboard over the couch-bed, so we all found space to put our things.
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