An Amazing Alaskan Trip (won't be the last!)

Amsterdam Cruise Review to Alaska

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Amsterdam

14 Night Great Alaskan Explorer (Seattle Roundtdrip)

Sail date: July 15, 2019

Ship: Amsterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I had a great time on my first Alaskan Cruise. It definitely won't be my last. I did tours (ship based) at each port, and still felt I missed things! It was exciting, yet I felt calm and well looked after on the ship. I went solo on this cruise, and though I didn't mind it, I will work harder to bring a travel-buddy for the next adventure!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
I spent extra time in the Port City to see the Seattle area, and it helped to know what pier to get to. The embarrassing was easy and the staff were very helpful. I even found what turned out to be my "cruise drink" during the sail away party!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The meals were all well done, and if something didn't suit my taste, there was plenty more to take care if my needs. The Somellier even made me rethink my "no white wine" idea, everything that was recommended was perfect!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
This Holland America ship was a bit more refined than on other ships, but the shows, lessons, and even afternoon teas were great. The "Explore the Port" lectures were less informative than a 5 minute online research, but otherwise a fine set if options.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
I enjoyed spending time with the piano bar crowd, though I didn't go to many of the other shows.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The waiters, sonelliers, and room stewards all definitely deserved and earned extra tips from me. All were extremely helpful and friendly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
This was a well cleaned ship. At times I wish it was a little bigger, but my biggest complaint was the poor quality of the wifi (even the package I had) and the lack of up to date services (the room TV was simply a TV, and not the essentially computer I have been spoiled with)

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
My room 6226, was at the back, so I was rocked to sleep some nights, and heard a few "happy birthday" sings from the dining room below. There was plenty of space, and the sights from the balcony were well worth the cost.

Ship tip

It is an older ship, so don't expect hi tech amenities.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
I came in 4 days early and was a tourist, so I got to see and do a lot! Mt Rainier, Taste if Seattle, and u even did all 5 activities on my City Pass!

Cruise Vancouver Island

5 out of 5
This was simply a sea day, nice and comfy.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Got to ride an ATV back country, and got back to load up on salmon which I sent home through the shops!

Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

5 out of 5
This was a beautiful trip, my favorite fjord so far!

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Awesome, I did the glacier- glacier garden- hatchery tour, then got my butt kicked trying to eat a bucket of crab from Tracy's King Crab shack (bring friends!)

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

5 out of 5
This was a great port. I got a tour if the town, learned about totems, then saw native dances.

Anchorage, Alaska

5 out of 5
I had a lot of fun here. I did the train and booze tour. We took Railroad Alaska to the Alyska (?) Ski slopes, then after coming back down the team way, we got on a bus and visited/sampled at a brewery, cidery and distillery back to the ship. Sad I could not get bottles for home shipped.

Homer, Alaska

4 out of 5
This was fun, but I ran out of time to do everything I wanted. Did get to see puffins and sea otters though on a nice Bay cruise.

Kodiak, Alaska

5 out of 5
No bears, but Captain Dave made sure we saw plenty of feeding humpback whales!

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5
The fjord wasn't so big, but the 7 mile long calving glacier certainly made up for it!

Sitka, Alaska

5 out of 5
I had a lot of fun. I went to the Eagle Hospital/sanctuary, the Fortress of the Bears, and a hatchery/science museum. I even was able to get a nice quilt with lovely scenes of the local animals from a local shop.

Victoria, British Columbia

4 out of 5
Butchard Gardens was nice, but I felt I didn't have enough time to see everything that I wanted to.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
It was not hectic, and I didn't feel rushed.

Traveler Photos

From bed to balcony Sail away party! From balcony to bed! President's Tomahawk, bring friends! Sail Away drinks, guess my favorite? The pool bears
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