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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
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Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Alaska Inside Passage (Vancouver Roundtrip)

Sail Date: June 24, 2017

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 5035

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

This is the prefect beginner cruise with smooth waters and great sights. However, this was our second time on this particular cruise and it is one that you could do over and over and see something new every time. Great fun and very relaxing.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
This was really well organized and processed.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
While Holland America is not the ultra luxury cruise line, they are clearly a cut above. No matter which venue you chose, the food was always delicious and choices were abundant. Service was always spot on.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
What was available seemed average.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
This is a real mixed bag. All of the entertainers are outstanding. However, the producers and directors do not seem to make the most with the talent they are given. Whoever creates and whoever makes the artistic decisions needs to get out of the box in some areas. That is especially true of the two musical evening stage shows. On the other hand, the piano and violin duo is always in good taste and provides a nice touch of elegance. The jazz/blues show seemed to be well received.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service was stellar, as always, from everyone. We did have the misfortune of having to make use of the medical facilities when my mother-in-law fell and broke her wrist. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the medical staff included two Board Certified Emergency Physicians! They were able to do x-rays, set the break and cast it right on board. That was fortunate because we were in Skagway, AK where medical facilities were very limited. The doctors were very attentive as were all the staff in the medical unit.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The layout of the ship was very straight forward and easy to navigate. Staff were constantly cleaning, especially in the public restrooms and I never observed anything out of place in any of the common areas.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Almost by definition, rooms aboard ship are small. However, it was more than adequate for two people. Three might have been tight. The couch was a foldout type that made it possible to have three people in the room. However, it was not very comfortable as a couch to sit on. The bed(s) were comfortable. The towels were thick and soft. The room was surprising quiet.

Ship Tip

Just relax and enjoy.

Ports Of Call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Vancouver is one of the great cities of the world. We spent three days there before the cruise. Beautiful, much to see and do.

Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

5 out of 5
Took the shore excursion where you get up close and personal with the glacier. Pricey, but one of the best excursions I have ever taken.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
The whale watching is guaranteed and sure enough we saw many humpbacks. I was a little disappointed that we did not see any Orcas. However, we did get the see the humpbacks engage in "bubble feeding" (look it up) several times, a fairly rare occurrence according to our guide.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Skagway is a great little town that lets you imagine what it must have been like years ago. Several great stores. The White Pass Railroad is an engineering marvel that must be experienced.

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
Ketchikan is ok. There are some stores and galleries but you can tell this is a real town with real working people even when the cruise ships are not in port. We did the "Misty Fiords" excursion. If you haven't taken any previous boat excursions in Alaska, this would be a pretty trip. However, it was very long and the payoff was not really that spectacular. Spend the money and take the glacier trip at Tracey Arm.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Holland America and Canadian Customs did great jobs of getting us off the ship and out. However, the line for the taxi seemed very long.
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