July 2014 - Zuiderdam to Alaska - Inside Passage
We were only on the last half of the cruise which was on the back end of a Holland American Land Tour which was excellent BTW). The destinations from the ship were great. Glacier Bay - unbelievable! So gorgeous! Ketchikan was a cute little town. Very touristy but that's to be expected on any cruise tour or cruise line. A couple of disappointing items. One was the food in the Lido deck. I'm not a big fan of "buffet" but understand the necessity when you are feeding 2,000 people. Food was generally luke warm at best, never hot, however, you could order freshly cooked at almost all stations. Just never felt the cooking staff was friendly. We have cruised with other cruise lines and have to say this was probably the food that was the least good. The other thing that kind of disappointed us were the activities. Just didn't seem like there were many "fun" things. There was an art auction who's costs were so way out of our price range and they had computer classes (who wants to think about that on vacation?). Finally a full day at sea surely there would be a pluthera of things to do, right? Nope. But the ship was especially clean and our room steward was so very nice. Knew and remembered our names which was very impressive.