June 2015 - Westerdam to Alaska - Inside Passage
Overall, this was a great cruise. Juneau is very touristy, so if you didn't book a cruise to go shopping, find an excursion that interest you. We did a small whale watching excursion with Gastineau Guiding. John, our guide, was extremely informative and entertaining. The Westerdam is showing her age. I noticed a strong, musty, mildew odor when we boarded, but i eventually got used to it, We had a balcony suite which I was so thankful for. I wish they would put more effort into cleaning the glass that surrounds the balcony so when you are seated in the deck chairs you have a clear view. The staff was very friendly and competent. If I needed anything, all I had to do was ask.
I was very disappointed in the quality of the food, Quantity does not equate to quality in my book. Basically, you are getting cheap cafeteria food. With what I paid for this cruise, I had much higher expectations. The Asian Food was the best thing on the ship. They put out a lot of hamburgers on the Lido deck, and they are edible, but lack seasoning and need a little fat content to give them flavor and keep them from being so dry. The fries are crunchy and great, I wish you good get deli type sandwiches in the evening, They only serve them at lunch time. We did order room service a couple of times. Stay away from the onion soup. It was dreadful, with some sort of rubbery, whole wheat bread in it. Everything I had was edible, but that's the best adjective I can give it.
So, enjoy your cruise by focusing on the beauty and majesty of Alaska, That alone was what made the cruise,