Wonderful first time to Alaska. No whales but blessed with good weather.

Oosterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 63

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Oosterdam

7 Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 11, 2017

Ship: Oosterdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7036

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Overall, great experience for first taste of Alaska. Want to go back for more including Skagway and train to Dinali

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Organized, but some waiting between stages. Not as smooth as Disney

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Very impressed with quality of food in Main Dining Room - early seating. Service was also excellent. However, one evening in Pinnacle Grill was not worth the extra. Service was marginal - better attentiveness in MDR.

Sports Bar

1 out of 5

Did not have NBA final live, but would show after midnight. That’s OK, but bartender blurted out the final score, which was disappointing to my husband.

Pinnacle Grill

3 out of 5

Food in MDR was so good - the upgrade to Pinnacle was not as impressive. SErvice was slow and not attentive. Had to ask twice for more water.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Love the Americas Test Kitchen lessons. Entertaining, fun and informative. Took tour of kitchen. Piano bar was very good. Shows were excellent quality - family entertainment.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Lincoln Center State entertainment (5 piece viola, cello, violin and piano) was EXCELLENT. Loved the last show Q&A where artists told us about themselves and the arrangements that had been selected. Loved that there were modern pieces presented in classical style. Very creative. Musice with BBC earth program was also top-notch

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Crows nest great place to meet up and/or viewing of whales, sunsets.No

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

4 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Took photography tour. Nice to hike near glacier - beautiful forest.

Sitka, Alaska

4 out of 5
Nice walkable port. However, if you take the local native-run buses to raptor center, you may not get a presentation. Those are scheduled around the paying excursions. Still a lot to see. Bus drive to the bear exhibit stopped at viewing site for extended period because there was a whale in the inlet who was active. That was nice of him. Loved the bear reserve.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Excellent museums. Great to walk around. Mermaid Cafe had great coffee and excellent baked goods. Very “home made” quality and variety. Just be nice, be patient as it gets crowded. It will pay to be nice to staff and owner.

Victoria, British Columbia

4 out of 5
Not enough time - evening call

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Self disembarkation with carry on bags so didn’t have to wait.

Traveler Photos

Rescued bears - not legal to go back into wild Recovering eagle Forest at raptor center Juneau
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