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Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Nieuw Amsterdam

7 Night Alaskan Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 18, 2021

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5169

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review summary

Even though this was a late in the season Alaska cruise we were excited to be back cruising. Holland America made this cruise safe and very efficient. As usual, Holland America's crew members provided excellent service throughout. The Neiuw Amsterdam is a beautiful ship and seemed to be very clean and well maintained.


5 out of 5
Best embarkation, ever! No lines, Holland has it figured out better than ever!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The Pinnacle Grill was fantastic. The main dining room was great, good food and as always, excellent service. The lido deck buffet was much better organized than on prior cruises.

Pinnacle Grill

5 out of 5

The Pinnacle Grill provides excellent food with equally excellent service. The prices are also very reasonable.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
EXEC talks were excellent and informative. Pools were great but were sometimes closed due to rough seas.


3 out of 5
Great comedy acts. The dancing acts seemed somewhat amateur.

Art Gallery

2 out of 5

Unfortunately Holland America and Park West Gallery parted ways which left Holland America without a fine art auction venue. Having a live fine art auction onboard provided art seminars and art purchases for many art lovers who cruise.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service from all staff!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship seemed extremely clean. Service workers were always cleaning no matter what time of day.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We had a verandah which was very nice, comfortable and clean. We normally stay in a Neptune suite but this seemed to have adequate space for us.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
This is an easy port to embark and disembark. If you are driving to the port the parking is close and there are shuttles to the short distance to the port.


5 out of 5
Beautiful scenery and spotted whales and dolphins.

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Juneau is always a fun port to visit. We took a Mendenhall Glacier excursion, very interesting and beautiful. The only negative was the pouring down rain.

Cruise Glacier Bay

3 out of 5
Difficult to see, lots of rain, fog and mist.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

4 out of 5
This was a very beautiful area. Would have enjoyed spending more time there.

Sitka, Alaska Did not visit port

Rough seas, 70 MPH wind kept us from traveling to Sitka.

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
We didn't do an excursion as we have been to Ketchikan many times. A nice port to visit, lots of shops and historic places to visit. This late in the season you will have lots and lots of rain.


5 out of 5
Disembarkation was fast and smooth. Holland had different time segments for groups of passengers.
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