counselor39

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July 2015 - Zaandam to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

The best one yet

ok, so, here's the thing. I have cruised Princess, Royal, and Carnival and wanted something a bit more upscale, so I chose Holland. I was not disappointed; in fact, they exceeded my expectations (and hopes). While the pre-cruise had some customer service issues, they were all straightened out by the time we boarded, and, let me tell you, not ONE thing went wrong. The service was impeccable, but it was the FOOD that made the trip - FAR above any other lines I've taken. The stateroom was much LARGER than I expected and very well adorned. (I LIKE taking the least expensive rooms because they are lower in the ship and in the middle, thus, less rocking). The staff was helpful and knowledgeable; the ship VERY clean (in fact, they are all over the place, giving you hand sanitizer - I didnt see ONE sick person on board). What I DO think....is that they spend too much time in Haines, and not enough time on Ketchikan. All around, this was the best cruise I have ever taken.

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Bridgetown, Barbados - GREAT city. Beautiful people, BEST shopping. BEST beaches. Cant say enough about this place.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Great city - TOO BAD they spend the least amount of time in port here. You have the British Side and the French side - WAYY too much to do with so little time.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - TRY to spend a few days here before or after the cruise. An INCREDIBLE city with LOTS to do. It was the best part of the cruise.
Adventure of the Seas Adventure of the Seas - I VERY much appreciated the age 16 and above pool and Jacuzzi area. I wish the pool/Jacuzzi were open later. While I understand the need to have guests spend their onboard time spending MONEY, still - at 9:00 p.m., it's still warm and I should be able to lounge in a Jacuzzi.
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska - Just...beautiful - you'll see whales. Gorgeous views, a great day to relax and prepare for the let down of coming home.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia - Never been to Vancouver - DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and allow 2 days to sight see - I was STUNNED at the beauty of the city. If I made ONE mistake in planning this trip, it was not staying in Vancouver for an additional day. WELL worth it !
Juneau, Alaska - GREAT port ! Beautiful. Whale watching and Mednhaul Glacier: ok, first, the glacier - NO reason to spend huge sums to see it. a short bus ride leads to the park where you can walk 5 minutes to see the glacier or walk one (VERY EASY) mile to see the glacier AND an amazing waterfall - WELL worth the EASY walk. Whale watching - it's a hit or miss. You'll see them elsewhere, but, if your looking to see them feed, again, they dont do it on command. The port is GORGEOUS and the shopping is decent....although MUCH better prices in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan, Alaska - O-M-G. First, I'd like to see them spend less time in Haines and more in Ketchikan. The shopping: prices are the best of the 3 stops, with very good array of shops, but Juneu has moe of them - still, I would forgo Juneau and shop in Ketchikan...the port is beautiful and has the BEST zipline course I've seen.
Haines, Alaska - A-l-m-o-s-t a waste of time. The eagle preserve was nice, but, I question whether it's worth it because eagles are ubiquitous there. Still, I got some GREAT shots. As far as the port itself ? worthless...nothing to see - NO reason to have been there 10 hours.
Cruise Glacier Bay - Stunning. Gorgeous. Amazing - This is what cameras were invented for. The ship gets right up to the glaciers, in fact, I had to use a wide angle lens to get it all.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska - The 3 hour bus ride from Anchorage to Seward doesnt stop for snacks, so, if you're off a long flight EAT at the airport or you'll be hungry. The bus ride, VERY scenic...gets you in the mood for what is to come. I didnt see much in Seward as we boarded immediately, but there didnt seem to be much to see anyway.

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