Rod1942
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Hometown: Louisville
Joined: 09/02/2014
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Cruiseline: Holland America Line

Rod1942's Past Cruises

Westerdam

June 2015 - Westerdam to Alaska - Inside Passage

Another Wonderful Westerdam Cruise

Everything about this cruise (from  embarkation to suite size and amenities to dinning options to shore excursions to on board services to disembarkation) was fabulous.  This was our 3rd cruise on the ms Westerdam, 14th on Holland America ships, and 16th overall, and it was definitely in our Top Five Favorites.  If nothing else, the visit to Glacier Bay makes this cruise well worth the cost and always memorable.  In addition, Holland America is the only cruise line that has a Catholic priest on every cruise and offers daily Mass to anyone interested in attending - this service alone keeps us coming back to Holland America.

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Noordam

January 2015 - Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

Disney Wonder

June 2014 - Disney Wonder to Alaska - Inside Passage

Zuiderdam

January 2014 - Zuiderdam to Panama Canal, Central America

Disney Dream

June 2013 - Disney Dream to Caribbean - Bahamas

Noordam

January 2013 - Noordam to Caribbean - Southern

Zuiderdam

January 2012 - Zuiderdam to Panama Canal, Central America

Westerdam

February 2011 - Westerdam to Caribbean - Eastern

Veendam

October 2010 - Veendam to Bermuda

Ryndam

January 2010 - Ryndam to Caribbean - Western

Zaandam

September 2009 - Zaandam to Alaska - Inside Passage

Oosterdam

January 2009 - Oosterdam to Mexico

Maasdam

September 2008 - Maasdam to Canada, New England, New York

Ryndam

September 2007 - Ryndam to Alaska

Ryndam

September 2003 - Ryndam to Alaska

"First cruise - became an instant cruise-aholic!!!"

Rod1942's Tips

Juneau, Alaska - Regardless of whichever other shore excursions you take, save time for the Mt Roberts Tramway - the view from the top (on a clear day) is spectacular and the gift shop, movie and restaurant are worth a visit as well. If she's still there, be sure to greet Lady Baldmore, the rescued Bald Eagle.
Cruise Glacier Bay - If your cruise itinerary does not include Glacier Bay, you have picked the wrong cruise - GB is awesome and so much better than any of the other glacier cruises.
Sitka, Alaska - We did the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest excursion and loved it, even though it rained the entire time we were on the boat. The highlight of our excursion was seeing 2 Gray Whales, which our naturalist said is very rare. Even if we had not seen the Gray Whales, this would've been a great excursion.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Almost always raining here but always a great port to visit In our 6 visits to Ketchikan, Saxman Village, Lumberjack Show, Totem Pole Park, and any of the zipline adventures have been our favorites. Of course, a walk through Ketchikan is always enjoyable
Juneau, Alaska - Don't miss taking the Mt Roberts Tram - the visitor center, gift shop and restaurant are all good. Plus the hiking trails are well marked and maintained.
Westerdam Westerdam - For best choice of cabins/suites, be sure to book very early - more than 6 months in advance. Also, be sure to book your shore excursions as early as possible, especially if you want to go whale watching or to visit a dog sled site, Ditto for booking the "Evening at Le Cirque" at the Pinnacle Gril

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received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Another Wonderful Westerdam Cruise

commented on a Oosterdam cruise review. - "Good to hear that you were pleased overall with your cruise on the Oosterdam. Re your comment that "we ended up with money left on the so..." read more

received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Another Wonderful Westerdam Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Another Wonderful Westerdam Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Another Wonderful Westerdam Cruise

shared a quick tip for Juneau, Alaska"Regardless of whichever other shore excursions you take, save time for the Mt Roberts Tramway - the view from the top (on a clear day) is spectacular ..."

received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Another Wonderful Westerdam Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Westerdam cruise review - Another Wonderful Westerdam Cruise

shared a quick tip for Cruise Glacier Bay"If your cruise itinerary does not include Glacier Bay, you have picked the wrong cruise - GB is awesome and so much better than any of the other glaci..."

shared a quick tip for Sitka, Alaska"We did the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest excursion and loved it, even though it rained the entire time we were on the boat. The highlight of our excursi..."