Amsterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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3 out of 5

A wonderful cruise!

Sail Date: September 14, 2007

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was NOT the Inside Passage" but the "Alaskan Explorer via Glacier Bay" and it was our first cruise and, overall, quite phenomenal. We suspected the age group would be older than we are and were correct but still met some folks in our age group ( late 40s). Staff were very friendly and eager to meet every request but due to being filipino/indonesian did not always understand our requests. For example, we'd requested diet 7-up and we received regular cokes; my husband is diabetic so this could be a problem.
When we participated in the "walk-around mile"(one of the activities for the "dam bucks")(these are paper vouchers that look like money and are exchanged for prizes at the end if cruise), we weren't awarded the bucks as we couldn't find a staff person to give them to us. We told this to a female staff member, she said rather rudely: "oh someone was around" and did not offer to reimburse us the "dam bucks."

Pros: Ports of call, entertainment

Cons: Language barrier with on-board staff

Recommends Amsterdam? Yes!

Food and Dining
Long lines at times and going through the buffet line was tiresome at times too; we won't be going to any local buffets for awhile but the food was great.
Cabin / Stateroom
We would have liked the stateroom to have been larger even though this was an inside cabin.Having never cruised before, we had no real idea how small the inside cabins would be.
Entertainment
We watched a juggler, a comedian and the Amsterdam singers and Dancers. I would have liked to have seen more comedians/nightclub acts.
Ship Quality
The Amsterdam was an exceptionally clean ship!
Service and Staff
We like using a fan at night to sleep by and our room steward was quick to get us one!
Sitka, Alaska
This was our favorite port; quaint and inviting!
Ketchikan, Alaska
Many souvenir shops and quite beautiful, we also enjoyed this port immensely.
Sitka, Alaska
This was our favorite port; quaint and inviting!
Ketchikan, Alaska
Many souvenir shops and quite beautiful, we also enjoyed this port immensely.
Juneau, Alaska
Beautiful port!
Don't Miss: We highly recommend taking a floatplane excursion; it was worth the money!
Victoria, British Columbia
We toured the city then visited the Craigdarroch Castle as our excursion in this port. It was well worth the time. It's unfortunate though that we arrived there at 6::30pm as it got dark fast. It would be better to take this cruise in May and visit the areas during daylight.
Don't Miss: The Craigdarroch Castle
Juneau, Alaska
Beautiful port!
Don't Miss: We highly recommend taking a floatplane excursion; it was worth the money!
Victoria, British Columbia
We toured the city then visited the Craigdarroch Castle as our excursion in this port. It was well worth the time. It's unfortunate though that we arrived there at 6::30pm as it got dark fast. It would be better to take this cruise in May and visit the areas during daylight.
Don't Miss: The Craigdarroch Castle


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