Oosterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

A great experience in Alaska

Sail Date: May 29, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Oceanview

The Oosterdam is a very beautiful ship. It is clean and well-maintained. There are plenty of public places to sit and relax, and there are lots of activities in which to participate.

Pros: The weather and the overall cruise experience

Cons: Some of the entertainment

Recommends Oosterdam? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship is very easy to get around. The staff works very hard to keep the ship clean and in good shape.
Food and Dining
There were lots of options on the menu each day. We could always find something on the menu that we liked.
Cabin / Stateroom
It was nice having a DVD player in addition to the TV.
Service and Staff
Everyone on the staff was friendly, and they seemed truly happy to serve.
The ship's singers and dancers were excellent - the best we have ever had on a cruise. We also enjoyed very much the various musicians on the ship, but especially the string ensemble. We avoided the comedian, because we have learned not to trust comedians. Afterward, we learned that our decision was correct. Several people told us he was the worst comedian they had ever had on a cruise. He started out OK, but it didn't take long for him to delve into the obscene and vulgar. Many were offended, and several people walked out. There were always children and teenagers at the shows - it should have been "family friendly." If he was going to be X-rated, it should have been advertised as such.
Juneau, Alaska
One of the highlights of Juneau is the Mt. Roberts tram.
Victoria, British Columbia
Again, because of the itinerary, we were only in Victoria during the evening - I would like to have been there earlier in the day. Butchart Garden was phenomenal.
Don't Miss: If you haven't seen Butchart Gardens, take advantage of this tour.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Because of the itinerary, we could only spend half of a day in Ketchikan because we needed to set sail for Victoria. It would have been nice to spend more time there.
Sitka, Alaska
I was the only one in our party with a shore excursion. The Sitka Bike and Hike tour was a lot of fun.
Don't Miss: The Bishop's House is a "must see."

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