7 Night Alaskan Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 29, 2011 Ship: Oosterdam Cabin Type: Suite Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
Captain and crew took magnificent care of us throughout the journey. Of special note were our stateroom attendants in the Upper Veranda balcony suite, and our amazing wait staff (Lucky and Miranda) in Pinnacle Grill.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Our everyday Lido Breakfast, Lunch and sometimes Diner service in Lido was terrific -- nice variety, thorough and caring attendants, impeccable cleanliness. Really appreciated the weight-watcher friendly options -- I only gained two pounds!!
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Outstanding throughout -- especially at Pinnacle Grill, Lido lunches and deck service for drinks.
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
This was my first balcony suite cruise experience, and I'm not sure I'll ever go back! Especially for Alaska, it was worth every cent of upgrade cost -- and probably more! Thank you, <img class='agent-replacement' src='/images/hideagent.png'>, for that excellent guidance.
The raptor center was interesting ... for us, the town and the dancers were just so so. Maybe we were spoiled by the day before ... dogsledding and glacier hopping by helicopter. Sitka's pretty and our weather was great, but we were glad to get back to the ship
Don't Miss: the tenders were fun!!
We were having a BLAST abourd the deadliest catch/Aleutian Ballad -- great experience with wonderful guys. Unfortunately, the trip was cut short about an hour into things due to a technical difficulty -- and they refunded the entire amount!! That was way over the top and really unnecessary, as we'd already had plenty of value ... but speaks to the kind of operation they run. First Class ... we will be back, and will recommend you!
Don't Miss: Deadliest Catch fishing boat: Aleutian Ballad
We had never been there -- what a remarkable evening. One note, to the coordinators, and really our only misstep of the week: with limited time in port, it makes zero sense to lock the folks journeying to Butchart Gardens up in the Vista Lounge for an hour, waiting for transfer with everyone else. With limited daylight, we should have been expedited. Once we were aboard buses, it was wonderful --- but our actual time at Butchart Gardens was only 2 hours, about a quarter of it in darkness. You can probably find a way to fix that pretty easily ...
Don't Miss: Butchart Gardens
Our very favorite stop ... OMG we had a wonderful, once in a lifetime experience! Between the amazing views from the helicopter and the passion of the dogsledding people -- well, I'm not sure how we will top this one, ever.
Don't Miss: DO NOT MISS the helicopter to the glacier and dogsledding experience.
Pros: luxurious surroundings, first class service, and a great blend of rest and adventure
Cons: Very little downside ... we had a wonderful time!!
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