Last Alaskan cruise of the season
Noordam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Sail Date: September 23, 2007
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 10 years ago
Review SummaryAs the last ship of the season, we expected good shopping deals on board and in towns. By the time we reached Ketchikan, major shops had very little merchandise and were packed to move to Caribbean. Onboard shopping guru, Chris, very informative and helpful. BE FOREWARNED: All shipboard purchases are considered taxable by customs as the ship has a Dutch registry!! We were not told about this by store staff as front desk staff said they should have. Entertainment was fine. Beware of multidemoninational slot machines as some of them revert to higher bet.
Enjoyed the wildlife guides onboard...good programs. Totem Bight and city tour in Kechikan was great!! However, a friend in a wheelchair was dissuaded from going on that tour because pathways were gravel...don't believe them. It is a hard packed path and would have been a wonderful outing for her. Cabin stewards were good, room service not so great. One of our group was seasick and called room service several times to get some broth and crackers since she was too ill to leave cabin and was told repeatedly that they were too busy to take her order. Sitka was a real gem. Glacier Bay was interesting. Glaciers much smaller than imagined...others told me that Hubbard glacier is the magnificent one to view from onboard (not reached by this itinerary).
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Don't Miss: Totem Bight and City Tour
Pros: Totem Bight /city tour in Ketchikan
Cons: Ship staff misinformation or lack of info