Kakalina

Kakalina
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Joined: 09/18/2014
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Westerdam

September 2015 - Westerdam to U.S. - Pacific, Northwest

Nice cruise overall

This "repositioning" cruise was recommended by a friend, so we made this our first cruise on Holland America. The entertainment was outstanding--some of the best we have experienced on ANY line. And the staff was very friendly, helpful and efficient. The ship was clean, but is showing its age, and is in some need of repair and refurbishing. The veranda rooms are adequate, but they seem smaller than most on other lines. The food seemed pretty mundane. Beef dishes were very good, but other choices were pretty unimaginative. The layout for the Lido buffet was awkward, and downright risky when faced with numbers of people in walkers, scooters and wheelchairs--not laid out well. Even the recorded voice in the elevators sounded bored. (No kidding!) The cruise stops were interesting overall, but the quality of the shore excursions seemed to vary widely (WE lucked out, though). Overall, it was a pleasant cruise, with unbelievably smooth seas and good service. We did notice that "hand cleaning" was not emphasized (or supported very well) at all, which may have led to a HUGE number of people getting sick on the long trip.

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Celebrity Solstice

September 2014 - Celebrity Solstice to Alaska - Inside Passage

Highly recommended!

Rating this cruise was tough--I'd say 4.5 stars is closer to my vote. The scenery in Southwest Alaska is spectacular. The seas were 'bathtub calm'--not at all what I expected in September. Sunny, with warm temperatures for 85% of the week--couldn't be better. The Solstice is a beautiful ship; very clean and modern. At about 2900 passengers, it was the largest ship we've sailed on. That's a lot of people, but in most cases, the numbers were handled well. Exceptions to that: the Dining Room table assignments--many people (like us) were "double-booked" on tables, and that was rather chaotic for a couple of days. My husband and I actually prefer to have an "assigned" table each night, as Celebrity does, and was a major factor for our ship choice. Also, the ship did not dock in Juneau like other cruise line ships did. Tendering this large crowd ashore was disorganized, and poorly handled--especially for the hundreds of passengers that had "independent" shore excursions (not sold by Celebrity). The ship's wait staff and cabin attendants were excellent, but its Guest Relations staff needs to have a refresher course. All in all, it was a VERY good cruise experience, and we recommend it.

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Kakalina's Tips

Skagway, Alaska - Very historic. We really enjoyed the BUS tour up White Pass and into Canada (a bit). Our tour guide was very good, and allowed us lots of stops for photo ops that the train didn't allow.
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska - Nothing spectacular...except seeing some humpback whales breach, and some leaping Dalls porpoises that followed along for a while.
Juneau, Alaska - Take an excursion to see the Mendenhall glacier. Juneau was just another small city, but the surrounding area was nice.
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska - Spectacular! And we got to get closer to the actual glacier end than any cruise ship had been able to before, since there was little floating ice around.
Victoria, British Columbia - We''ve been to Victoria MANY times, so we didn't even get off the ship. But it is a beautiful city, with lots to see. Unfortunately, we arrived around 6:30 pm, so that didn't allow much time for passengers to visit the shops, etc. before sailing off at midnight. Not good timing for that stop.
Seattle, Washington - Best thing was being able to drive there, park our car, and take a short shuttle ride to the ship. That's a first for us.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Very scenic--literally "hangs" on a steep hillside. Interesting architecture, and plentiful shopping.

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received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Nice cruise overall

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Solstice cruise review - Highly recommended!

received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Nice cruise overall

received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Nice cruise overall

received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Nice cruise overall

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reviewed their U.S. - Pacific, Northwest cruise on Westerdam and gave it 3 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Solstice cruise review - Highly recommended!

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Solstice cruise review - Highly recommended!

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Solstice cruise review - Highly recommended!