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Westerdam Gets Primped and Polished

Carla Thomas, Westerdam’s human resources manager, sent in some pictures of ms Westerdam in drydock last week. Westerdam completed its drydock on April 25th. Below you can see all the hard work that went into the overhaul and a picture of the new pool lido deck.

Westerdam dry

New Lido pool deck

Bottom paint prep.

Bottom paint prep.

Westerdam dry dock

Maintenance on PS stabilizer.

Maintenance on PS stabilizer.

Maintenance on thrusters.

Maintenance on thrusters.

Odd jobs

Demolition has started.

PS Stabilizor out. PS Stabilizor out

Crack in Thruster Blade Crack in Thruster blade

Westerdam dry Azipod 360 degree power.

New Lido Pool Deck.

New Lido Pool Deck.

82 Comments
  • PJ

    I find this interesting in that we were on the Westerdam May 12 – 19 and I wouldn’t have known that there had been any work done. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not….

  • Orlando & Jean

    Westerdam was the first ship which we cruised in, with Holland America. We have fond memories of the Westerdam and it’s a beautiful ship. Thanks Holland America, we have sailed 3 times with you so far.

  • Marjorie Stevens

    I have sailed many times on the Westerdam, and hope to enjoy it again when the refit is complete
    so hope it will be soon!

  • John W Folsom,Atty.

    My and my wife enjoyed our trip especially when our daughter Vivian Joyce Folsom was the party planner.We look forward to returning very soon.We especially look forward to seeing Ernest and his better half there is no better ventrilloist. No better chef than Andrasas . I think I messed up the spelling of the big Austrian chef .770-242-3930

  • Jake L

    We will be on her again in September. Looking forward to my second HAL Alaska cruise.

  • Doug Bane

    I will be on her for two weeks in Dec 2012 ! I can’t wait to see the upgrades over when I was on her two years ago !

  • DONNA THOMAS

    THIS WAS MY FIRST CRUISE SHIP, AND MY FAVORITE. THANKS FOR FIXING HER UP. I HOPE TO CRUISE ON HER AGAIN SOMEDAY.

  • Hal B. Larson

    Why would you waste time including these interesting pictures
    without taking the extra step of including data about what the
    picture was about? Pictures are virtually meaningless without
    exlanation. I’ve had a great experience on an Alaskan trip on
    the Westerdam. p.s. HAL does such a great job of getting out
    such fine printed matter, magazine etc – why put out such a
    slip-shad blog?

  • Hal B. Larson

    slip-shod

  • irene

    Hope to cruise soon on this ship!!!

  • Roger Ritthaler

    If you position your mouse over a picture, there is a description of the scene.

    Was on the Westerdam in Sept-Oct. 2011 on a 35-day Hawaii/Polynesian cruise.

  • Bob

    This was our first every cruise ship. We boarder her as she started her maiden voyage from NYC to the Bahamas. Love this ship.

  • Diane Tomlinson

    I think the update will be wonderful. We recently sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam, 2week collector cruise and what a beautiful ship. Will you be updating the cabins ?

  • John Ray

    We have been on the Westerdam ship 3 times. It is great to see pictures of the maintenance being done on the ship. We were on the ship just before it went to dry dock. Will probably be on the ship again next spring.

  • DAN & BARBARA JOHNSTON

    SEEING THE ‘WESTERDAM’ BEING SCHEDULED INTO EXTENDED DURATION CRUISES IN THE COMMING YEAR, WERE WASHER AND DRYER/PAX LAUNDRY FACILITIES ADDED IN THE OVERHALL? IF NOT, CERTAINLY HOPE THAT LAUNDRY SERVICE WILL BE INCLUDED, NO CHARGE, FOR SUCH TRIPS AS HER 30 DAY, OCT 4, 2012, SAN DIEGO ROUND TRIP, HAWAII/ TAHITI SAILING.

  • nicholas manson

    As the Westerdam is going to be doing long cruises, has the refit added self use laundermats?

  • glenn

    HAL
    It is rewarding to see that your older ships are being brought into the new century. This helps us feel more secure about sailing with you. Keep up this good work.
    Thanks for your concern.

  • Steve

    Fasinating pix … thanks for sharing!

  • Dan

    We found the Westerdam to be a fine ship on a a cruise. We recently did a cruise with a competitor, Celebrity, on a ship we had sailed previously. The “improvements” were a blatant grab for extra income by the company and at that weren’t done well. We very much hope the Westerdam’s and other HAL ship upgrades are true to the concepts of good, safe ships, profitability as a reward for good service rather than a money grab, and upgrades with technology in engineering and simple passenger comforts.

  • Don Stacy

    Great ship. Been on three times, and look forward to anothr cruise when it gets out of drydock.

  • Gina D

    Can’t wait for our next trip on this beautiful ship the week after Thanksgiving! We love HAL!!!!

  • David

    My first cruise was on the old Westerdam in January 1991, can’t wait to go on this beautiful ship.

  • Bob Russell

    My Wife and i sailed on the Westerdam on our 50th Wedding anniversary in March 2012 we had a wonderful time, great ship!

  • Jerry

    Glad to see no major changes were made to this great old ship. HAL seems to have learned their lesson.

  • Lee

    We will enjoy our 2nd Westerdam cruise in Apr 2013. Did Lauderdale to San Diego in 2011 on her. Not our 1st cruise – but our 5th. Our 1st was on the Statendam. Will be our great pleasure to be on during the 140th Anniversary. Way to go HAL

  • Marcia

    Great memories of our trip on the Mediterranean in 2007 on the Westerdam. First trip for me and my late husband with HAL was on the Zaandam to Canada and Alaska in 2003, what an adventure that turned out to be and fantastic service brought me back to sail again but only with HAL. Congratulations on her fantastic makeover and I am sure she will be just as beautiful as ever and give lots of enjoyment to all who decide that HAL is the best and only way to travel.

  • Albert Cross

    My two sons and self sailed from Seattle up to Glacier Bay Alaska June/July 2009 . Celebrated July 4 in Ketchikan. Fabulous . Picked the “Westie” up in Venice in May 2010 this time with my daughter and grand-daughter . In 12 days we sailed over 5 seas, the skies were blue all day and the pristine Greek Islands are all that you hear and read about. You have got to go there.

  • Michael

    wonderbar! as always we had a great cruise in her last december. Le us know when she’s ready. Mike

  • albenita l. illi

    WE’VE BOOKED, OCTOBER 4th TRIP, HAWAI,TAHITI AND MARQUESAS.
    THIS WILL BE MY 6th TRIP ON “DAM ” SHIPS. ARE LAUNDRY GOING TO BE INSTALED ?
    FOR THIS CRUISE [ 30 DAYS ] IT SHOULD BE A “MUST “. HOPE TO BE SURPRISED !!!!!
    WE JUST LOVE YOUR SHIPS !

  • Trisha Carter

    For those of you planning to join the Westerdam in Sep/Oct for the Hawaii/Tahiti cruise please come on over and join our roll call on cruise critic. We’d love to have you. Some of us are on our 6th time for this itinerary.

  • misudad1

    For all of you folks that may be sailing on the Westerdam for the 30 – 35 – day Hawaii/Tahiti cruise in Sept/Oct of 2012, check out our Cruise Critic Roll Call. Cut and paste the following link into your browser:

    http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1445531

    It’s an active roll call with a ton of posts, and great information on the cruise.

  • Tanya

    Aw, thanks! You got her all spruced up for us 🙂 We’ll be sailing on her to Alaska Sept 1st. So excited!!!

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