Oosterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
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Helpful Votes
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4 out of 5

Great Weather Helped a Lot

Sail Date: September 21, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We were prepared for the rain that is typical on this itinerary, especially late in the year, but we got very lucky and had no rain at all!  The ports were nice, although these towns have really become tourist destinations, with lots of t-shirt shops and jewelry stores.  We focused on the outdoors experiences and were very happy with them.  The glaciers, forests, wildlife and scenery were just outstanding.  I took many hundreds of photos.  The Oosterdam was nice, but not exceptional.  We did like the slightly smaller size ship, and they catered to the scenic nature of the cruise with frequent opening of optional decks for viewing opportunities.  We saw whales, dolphins, bears, eagles, otters, seals, and salmon ;-).

Ship Quality
Comfortable; no complaints
Food and Dining
Stayed away from the formal dining; Food was acceptable.
Cabin / Stateroom
The verandah made the difference.
Service and Staff
Did not interact with a bunch, but generally pleased with those we did.
Entertainment
Could have been better.
Destinations and Excursions
Excursions were the highlight for us; Forest Sanctuary, Skagway train, Mendenhall Glacier
Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier. Take the one that stays for 2 hrs. Start out by walking to the waterfall.
Skagway, Alaska
Take the White Pass train up to the pass and back down. Sit in the car by the engine, as you will then be the last car on the way down with nothing behind you.
Cruise Glacier Bay
Ketchikan, Alaska
The Rain Forest Sanctuary was nice. Saw two black bears.

Tip

We ordered room service breakfast several times. The food was hot, served on time, and we avoided the morning rush.



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