frednflo

frednflo
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Zuiderdam

January 2016 - Zuiderdam to Caribbean

Carribbean/Panama Canal on the Zuiderdam

This was our second time taking this cruise, although the first was several years ago.  It was fine, except for minor problems.  Meals were not up to Holland America standards, there was only minimal shipboard activity, and spaces were often too small for the number of people on board.  On the other hand, the stateroom stewards were excellent, as were the Windows 10 presentations.  The excursion through the Pacific locks in the Panama Canal was terrific, with an outstanding tour leader.  The B.B. King Blues band was outstanding also, well worth seeing and hearing over and over.  Overall, the experience was a bit better than our last time on the Zuiderdam.

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Volendam

July 2015 - Volendam to Alaska - Inside Passage

10-Day Yukon + Double Denali Cruise/Tour Review

This was an excellent introduction to the Yukon and Alaska,  We visited Juneau, Skagway, White Horse, Dawson City, Fairbanks, Denali, and Anchorage.  It included three days on the Volendam followed by 7 days ashore.  Although the cruise portion advertised Tracy Arm, AK, as a stop, only passengers who booked a separate tour on a boat went into Tracy Arm.  On an earlier cruise on Celebrity, the ship went into Tracy Arm for an outstanding experience viewing the glacier.  Our room on the Volendam had air conditioning problems that we could not get fixed, resulting in our trying to sleep in a hot room for the three nights on the ship.  The land portion was terrific, as we had an excellent tour guide, Tim Kelley, who coordinated everything and made sure we missed very little.  Unfortunately, Mount McKinley (Denali) was socked in, so we were unable to view it.  The flight on Air North from Dawson City to Fairbanks was outstanding, as was the train ride from Denali to Anchorage.  All in all, all seven of our family members who took the vacation has an excellent experience and fun time.

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frednflo's Tips

Royal Princess Royal Princess - Look for the exercise machine room at the stern on the starboard side rather than forward across the bow.
Zuiderdam Zuiderdam - Be prepared for a dearth of onboard activities while at sea.
Volendam Volendam - Food at the Lido cafeteria was not as good as on other ships on which we have traveled. Nor was there a particular variety. On the other hand, the cruise director does a great job and is a joy to be around.

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received a helpful vote on their Royal Princess cruise review - A Royal Sailing.

shared a quick tip for Royal Princess"Look for the exercise machine room at the stern on the starboard side rather than forward across the bow."

received a helpful vote on their Zuiderdam cruise review - Carribbean/Panama Canal on the Zuiderdam

received a helpful vote on their Zuiderdam cruise review - Carribbean/Panama Canal on the Zuiderdam

received a helpful vote on their Zuiderdam cruise review - Carribbean/Panama Canal on the Zuiderdam

shared a quick tip for Zuiderdam"Be prepared for a dearth of onboard activities while at sea."

reviewed their Alaska - Inside Passage cruise on Volendam and gave it 5 stars!

added Jul 1, 2015 cruise on Volendam to their profile.

shared a quick tip for Volendam"Food at the Lido cafeteria was not as good as on other ships on which we have traveled. Nor was there a particular variety. On the other hand, the cruise director does a great job and is a joy to be around."