14 Night Alaskan Adventurer (Seattle Roundtrip) Sail Date: July 26, 2010 Ship: Amsterdam Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
We were pleased with most aspects of the ship and the cruise. The smaller size of the ship (compared to our only other cruise) was good and it rarely felt too crowded. The 2-week itinerary and port schedule was perfect for what we wanted and we enjoyed having the longer period of time to relax and enjoy the ship.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food at reserved meals was excellent. The ambiance and service was satisfactory, although not quite as good as past experiences. The buffet food tasted good and had a reasonable variety, but the hours were very limited and it was too crowded for our taste. We did enjoy quick dining options in the pool area, including special offerings such as clam chowder (quick snacks). We definitely like having the opportunity to order food in our room (we ate breakfast most mornings in our room). We would not choose to pre-purchase the drink cards again and would instead just pay as we go.
3 out of 5
Overall we enjoyed the entertainment on the ship, especially karaoke and open mic night at the piano bar. We enjoyed all the main shows in the theater but they weren't as good as our previous cruise. The variety of music offered in the various bars was good and the entertainers were very personable.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The ship staff was helpful and friendly. We actually liked the fact that they didn't constantly "fawn over us" as experienced on a previous criuse, and we prefer the set service fees on our cruise bill instead of all the tip envelopes used on a previous cruise. The English-speaking abilities could have used a little work in some areas.
3 out of 5
This ship was much less fancy than the only other one we've been on, but we enjoyed it and felt more at home (and less crowded). Having a cabin on the walkaround deck level was perfect.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
The cabin was comfortable and offered good storage and layout. Having a tub was a real plus. TV offerings were good and the location on the walkaround deck near an outer door was excellent.
This is one of our favorite spots, although the cruise didn't leave much time to see it. We had already spent several days there before the cruise and LOVED it. Great food and harbor area to explore.
Don't Miss: Butchart Gardens and Empress High Tea
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