September 2014 - 7 Night Alaska Explorer (Vancouver Roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam
Great Weather Helped a Lot
We were prepared for the rain that is typical on this itinerary, especially late in the year, but we got very lucky and had no rain at all! The ports were nice, although these towns have really become tourist destinations, with lots of t-shirt shops and jewelry stores. We focused on the outdoors experiences and were very happy with them. The glaciers, forests, wildlife and scenery were just outstanding. I took many hundreds of photos. The Oosterdam was nice, but not exceptional. We did like the slightly smaller size ship, and they catered to the scenic nature of the cruise with frequent opening of optional decks for viewing opportunities. We saw whales, dolphins, bears, eagles, otters, seals, and salmon ;-).