aemry
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Noordam

July 2016 - Noordam to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

A Great way to check off a line from my Bucket List.

Being a first time cruiser, I have nothing to compare the cruise with.However, I feel Holland America knows how to make the Alaskan Cruise a special experience.  I cannot say enough about the staff. They were friendly, informative, accommodating, efficient, and provided impeccable service.  The food throughout the ship was great.  The dining room menu was creative and provided something for everyone. The buffet, too, had a wide selection of choices. Check out the burger at the poolside grill!  It is as good as any at gourmet burger restaurants.  My spa experiences were equally as good.  It was obvious the ship's captain wanted to showcase the Alaskan landscape and was an excellent wildlife spotter, important for an Alaskan cruise. The entertainment is overall OK, but loved the band in the BB King Blues Lounge and the Piano Bar entertainer. Besides, we were tired in the evenings from shore excursions and cruise activities.  The reason I cannot give the cruise 5 stars is there was a mechanical issue with a part of the ship (non-navigational) and it cost a nearly an entire day of the cruise/excursions.   I am looking forward to cruising again.

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aemry's Tips

Ketchikan, Alaska - Visit the Creek St. historic district and the Totem Pole Heritage Center.
Cruise Glacier Bay - Make sure you are outside and spend at least part of your time in the Crow's Nest. Have a pair of binoculars on hand. Go to the Park Ranger program in the morning.
Juneau, Alaska - See the Mendenhall Glacier from the water. Go on one of the whale watching trips. Check out the Red Dog Saloon.
Haines, Alaska - The White Pass ferry/train that starts in Skagway takes up your entire time. There is a "red light" saloon that is fun, the Red Onion.
Noordam Noordam - Try the "Pub Crawl". Consider cost of laundry, if adding a land portion. You may want to see if there is an upgrade to pay for this.

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received a helpful vote on their Noordam cruise review - A Great way to check off a line from my Bucket List.

shared a quick tip for Noordam"Try the "Pub Crawl". Consider cost of laundry, if adding a land portion. You may want to see if there is an upgrade to pay for this."

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reviewed their Alaska - Gulf of Alaska cruise on Noordam and gave it 4 stars!