judy8259

judy8259
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Maasdam

June 2016 - 14 Night Alaska Great Land Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Maasdam

Great Alaska Cruise

This was a fantastic cruise.  Our agent selected the perfect outside cabin for us on Deck 4 near the front elevators.  The ship moved very smoothly; we couldn't tell when we docked at ports or shoved off.  The staff and crew were great.  Service was outstanding.  Meals were delicious, introducing us to new foods, and were presented artistically.  Floral arrangements around the ship were beautiful; the flowers always appeared as if just picked.  All ports of call were interesting.  I can't say anything about the excursions because we didn't take any.  We were quite lucky with the weather...it was warm and sunny in every port.  The only complaints I heard from anyone was that the clothes we packed for cold, wet weather were not needed.  It took me 37 years to get my husband on a cruise; it took less than 24 hrs for him to like it!  Thanks, Angela Dawson.

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Naples, Italy - Pompeii was a pleasant surprise to me...not as much left for imagination as I expected. Large rounded cobblestone streets were not easy to walk on but most places there were narrow smooth sidewalks.
Nafplion (Nauplion), Greece - Be sure to visit Epidaurus, the best preserved amphitheater in the world. It dates from 4th Century BC. Is still used today without amplification.
Rhodes, Greece - Be careful at Lindos Acropolis where there are no railings on the stairs. It's a long downhill walk from the tour bus parking lot to the town.
Mykonos, Greece - Walk through the narrow streets to the right of the pier to see the 4 windmills and the townhouses on the water with balconies over the water.
Santorini, Greece - From tender pier take the local tour boat to Oia for blue domes as seen on travel posters, then bus to Thira (included). Walk down with the donkeys to tenders, ride a donkey, or wait in a long line for cable car.
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Old town is very interesting. If you don't take a tour, know that yrs ago residents learned from disasters in other cities: walls are limestone (don't burn), there are no balconies on main street where residents take refuge during earthquakes and all streets slope to the sea for drainage.
Malaga, Spain - See Roman amphitheater not far from bus stop in town.
Koningsdam Koningsdam - Be sure to get a delicious giant cream puff at the Grand Dutch Cafe..they're complimentary. Food at Explorations Cafe is also complimentary.
Funchal, Madeira - Don't miss the smallest principality in the world from the 15th century to 1909 which is located less than a mile from where we docked.
Kodiak, Alaska - Visited the lovely Russian Orthodox Church and had an informative conversation with the priest who was glad to share his knowledge of the church.
Cruise Hubbard Glacier - Glacier actively calving. Captain got fairly close to give us a good view of Hubbard and several other glaciers nearby. It was a bright sunny day so the tall mountains were visible (an unusual sight).
Seattle, Washington - Wow, we finally got to see Mt Rainier on our 3rd visit which was a sunny day.
Victoria, British Columbia - Quaint city with British flavor; many speedy harbor taxis zipping around. We were disappointed that the city charges $10 for round trip bus between ship and downtown. We enjoyed walking through the James Bay neighborhood and conversing with some of the residents.
Cruise Vancouver Island - It reminded me of what I saw on cruise by Sweden.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska - The $20 trolley ride went through residential areas and the guide pointed out results of the devastating 1964 earthquake.
Maasdam Maasdam - Check the daily schedule. There is so much going on you will have to choose which activities to participate in. Listen to announcements so as not to miss something of interest.

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