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Amsterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaskan Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 06, 2008
Ship: Amsterdam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
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.
3 out of 5
Sitka is a small town with little to offer. Tendering into port can be a pain.
3 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
The tram gives you some great views on a clear day.

Pros: The cabins had plenty of storage.

Cons: The shows were dissappointing.

Recommends Amsterdam? No.

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