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Amsterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


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Experience: 1 cruise (first)
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7 Night Alaskan Explorer Via Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 04, 2008
Ship: Amsterdam
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago
This was our first cruise and we would definitely consider Holland America Line in the future. The staff, the entertainment, the food, the cleanliness of the ship and the cuisine were beyond reproach. We especially enjoyed the Men from Minsk trio every evening after dinner. The wine card was a good way to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne at a reasonble price. The swimming pool was lovely but must be available every morning right at 7 so we are not standing around in our bathrobes shivering. A jazz ensemble and an African American presence on the staff and among the entertainers would be much appreciated. All around we loved the cruise--especially our day at Glacier Bay!!!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We attended the kitchen tour and food demonstration with the chef. Both were so much fun. We enjoyed the high teas and esp. the Indonesian one.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Lked the big shows, the Men from Minsk trio and the Indonesian cultural show. Enjoyed the kitchen tour, Joyce, our native American interpreter and especially the talks about Glacier Bay. Would have liked a jazz quartet in a lounge and some African American presence among the entertainment.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
The pool was not supervised with kids cannonballing and diving and running around the deck. The older kids seemed to enjoy their activities.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The pre-boarding plan was confusing for first timers. But the crew on board, especially our room steward, Rudi, and the staff in the 4th floor dining area was fantastic.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
The Glacier visit--seeing a bear there as well as the Glacier. We took the city bus to get there and should have been able to find out about this option on the ship.
3 out of 5
Too many "Fishermen's Wharf" type tourist shops. Enjoyed the totem park, the furnicula car up the cliff, the tour of Dolly's House.
3 out of 5
Arriving so late many things were closed. The museum there is great and the Butchart Gardens and tea at the Empress all are fun but it was too late to do any of this. We enjoyed walking around the Inner Harbour.
5 out of 5
We toured on foot. Sitka is small enough to do this. We loved the rain forest with the Totems, St. Michaels Orthodox Church, the Bishop's house, the shops and Victoria's restaurant for lunch.

Pros: friendly and accomodating staff, cleanliness of the ship, excellent cuisine

Cons: lack of information about doing it oneself in the ports from the front desk ie: how to take the bus to the Mendenhall Glacier

Recommends Amsterdam? Yes!

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