Amsterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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3 out of 5

Alaska cruise

Sail Date: June 06, 2008

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Our family of four recently sailed to Alaska aboard Holland America's Amsterdam. We sailed round trip from Seattle. We got a better deal by booking two outsdie cabins rather tahn booking a cabin that could accomodate four people. Having two bathrooms made getting ready much easier. This was the fifth cruise for my wife and I. We really appreciated the extra closet space and the bigger bathroom with a small tub/shower. We never meet our cabin steward in 7 days. However, the cabin steward for my wife and daughter's cabin was great.

Our teenage daughter enjoyed all the activities for teens in The Loft, but our 12 year old son thought the activities for his age group were two "kiddie".
The food was excellent, but the serivce in the main dining room did not measure up to what we have experienced on other ships.

The shows with the HAL singers and dancers were dissapointing, but the guest illusionist was a big hit with our son.

We booked an dog sled execursion through the ship. We traveled by bus to the dog camp and had a great time. Our two kids loved it. Unfortunately, the bus company that transported us to the camp failed to send a bus to pick us up. After more than an hour of waiting in a gravel driveway in the middle of a forest, the owner of the dog camp was able to make arrangements for another bus to pick us up. We expressed our frustration to the Exercusion Desk and were dissappointed in hoe they handle it.

Alaska is a beautiful state. An Alaska cruise is a great way to see the Alaskan Coast, but I wouldn't recommend Royal Carribbean over Holland America.

Pros: The cabins had plenty of storage.

Cons: The shows were dissappointing.

Recommends Amsterdam? No.

Ketchikan, Alaska
My son and I enjoyed the Lumberjack show in Ketchican. Unfortuanely the ship was only in port from 7:00am to 12:30 pm so we were limited in what activites we could do.
Sitka, Alaska
Sitka is a small town with little to offer. Tendering into port can be a pain.
Victoria, British Columbia
Our ship did not arrive in port until 6:00 pm, so a lot of places were closed. We really enjoyed the 45 minute tour aboard the double decker bus. It was great way to see a lot of the city and cost line.
Juneau, Alaska
The tram gives you some great views on a clear day.

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