Mother/Daughter adventure

Amsterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall rating:

5 out of 5

7 Night Alaskan Explorer Via Hubbard Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 26, 2018

Ship: Amsterdam

Cabin type: Suite

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This is my 3rd Cruise with HAL, and it was great. Perfect size to introduce my husband and grown children to cruising. Wonderful memories....


5 out of 5
Yes, there are lines, but they are very efficient and expected .

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Love the food, great variety as well as our favorites. Taco bar was right next to the Dive In for burger , fries or a hot dog!

Pinnacle Grill

5 out of 5

Old fashioned, full experience, not done any longer, restaurant service. Loved sharing the experience with my children. The food and service is excellent.

Ocean Bar

5 out of 5

Excellent bartenders with knowledge of any drinks... beautiful large window views of the ocean

Lido Market

5 out of 5

Food is fresh and tasty. Excellent variety.

Explorer's Lounge

5 out of 5

PC’s, books, lounge chairs a wonderful comfortable relaxing atmosphere.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Photo Gallery

5 out of 5

Beautiful artwork on display for purchase.

Outside Pool

5 out of 5

Nice outside pool with direct sun., hot tub

Massage / Steam Rooms

5 out of 5

Heated lounge chair, world pool and private steam rooms

Lido Pool

5 out of 5

Two Spas a pool with retractable roof, bar, and food all in the same area

Lido Deck

5 out of 5

Excellent organization with the amazing and helpful staff, from the back of the ship Spa Area to the front of the ships pool. And the main middle area of food!

Guest Services / Excursions

5 out of 5

Friendly helpful informative staff.

Explorations Cafe

5 out of 5

When you have a need for that speciality coffee with a little something sweet this is the place!

Beauty Salon

5 out of 5

I purchased a hair appointment for my daughter from previous experience I knew she would love the attention to detail. By the time she was done I also did a makeover too!


5 out of 5

Crow's Nest

5 out of 5

The panoramic view is stunning. The bar staff is friendly and very attentive.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service is absolutely right on the mark. A smile at every turn. The room stewards are amazing. Service is one of our favorites on any HAL!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We had a Lanai Suite on the 3rd deck. Yes, just feet away from the elevators but didn’t have any issues with noise at all. Also, the deck access was wonderful for us. The privacy coating on the sliding doors was great. Also we had chase lounge chairs marked “reserved “, right outside our room. With lap blankets for our use provided in our room.

Ship tip

We always check our “When and Where”, for information for up coming events onboard.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
This port boards up to two ships at a time but it runs very efficiently.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
We did the “Mendenhall Glacier & Tram”. 2pm Took about a 20 minuet bus ride to the lookout, with several walking paths to view the magnificent glacier. On our return we were given a ticket to the tram. The tram ride takes a few minutes but the view is absolutely amazing . We had lunch at the restaurant, had a bar. Enjoy our food and drinks.

Sitka, Alaska

5 out of 5
In this port we did “Vino”s Palette”, you paint and drink wine (you purchase). Loved the instructors enthusiasm.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
This port we did the “Adventure Kart Expedition “, a 6 mile one way kart , my daughter drive and I held on! All the rain filled potholes were tons of fun. A stop at the top to admire the beautiful view and a stop to view a waterfall for a snack and drink of water.

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Have been here several times. Arrived at 6pm so it was dark by the time we “walked” to Chinatown! The city’s d it’s buildins are beautiful lit up with lights.


5 out of 5
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