Oosterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Our First Cruise...Kunundrum

Sail Date: May 12, 2007

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The Cruise was planned so far in advance. We were excited indeed, and being our first cruise, we didnt know what to expect. From boarding process in Seattle, to the debarkation, we were very impressed. The Oosterdam is impressive, the staff were amazing, the food, and overall dining on all parts of the ship were amazing.
So, why, you ask, the kunundrum? We were free to do what we wanted, but my wife and I love travelling with no itenery. We simply go. The cruise had us enthralled, and we enjoyed excursions like Mendenhall Glacier and Salmon Bake, Kayaking in Sitka, and Rain Forest Canopy Zip lining through Ketchikan. (Our favorite) But, still, something missing. I cant put my finger on it, but something....

In any event, thats my problem. This ship is not overrated, and is fantastic. The entire staff, from the Captain (Mercer) to the basic engineering staff were utterly amazing. I cant say enough! Lots to do, more to eat than even I could imagine, and impeccable service in our suite.

Pros: The Staff, The Ship, The Food

Cons: Length of time in ports

Recommends Oosterdam? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
A+ from end to end. Plenty large, funky decor, but extrodinarily comfortable.
Service and Staff
Highest rating here. awesome from start to finish
Saw the shows, hot dancers, and although probably geared for an older crowd, I found myself really enjoying all of the shows.
Food and Dining
Pinnacle grill was oppulent, delicious, and amazing. Vista Dining was fantastic as well. Even the buffett was cosistent, quality and filling. Bravo Holland America
Ship Quality
Ship is large, but easily navigable. We took the stairs the entire cruise, and stayed away from the elevators. Public areas have a bit of wear, but my gosh, they keep it sharp nonetheless. Our balcony suite was comfortable and large enough (SS8051) and we enjoyed the ship bow to stern
Ketchikan, Alaska
You know, we zip lined here, and had about 10 minutes to see the town! This was the neatest port town on our trip, and we missed it! I just bought some Alaska Air tickets for a long weekend there in June! That is the way to see it
Don't Miss: Canopy Zip Line! DO THIS!
Juneau, Alaska
Small town charm here. Very good shopping. Please see your shopping coordinater before disembarking....you will be glad you did. Kim was ours, and she is a hoot
Don't Miss: I would say The Red Dog Saloon
Victoria, British Columbia
The most georgeous city in Canada. I have been there often, so we just walked around downtown. I love this city the most!
Don't Miss: WALK! WALK! it is incredible. Dont forget to party in the alleys, or dine nearby!
Sitka, Alaska
Not much of a town here. Good shore excursions. Do not miss the Museum...it was incredible. Also, found a little thrift shop here, and bought many collectables for next to nothing. I am not going to tell you where it is, but it is close to a cannery.....
Don't Miss: Look off the main street for hidden thrift/junk shops you will know when you see it

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