we really enjoyed our first cruise. The FOOD was excellent!!! the sights were great - Hubbard Glacier was awesome - calfed and we got close - saw whale spouts and dolphin from ship - entertainment was mostly good. The weather was great and the seas relatively calm. Most of the excursions were good - depends on the guide more than anything. One was not so good. Didn't think we would do cruising but now we are considering another one!!!
Alaska was so AWESOME. The cruise was so so.Most of the staff were polite, friendly and helpful. The cruise director(dictator] is more like it.He sucked His name was Andy.He made anouncements sending people to disembarck in the wrong place. He also got some of the times wrong on certain activities. Him and his partner called the bingo numbers way TOO FAST.Boy I wish I had his job.Anyway enough about him. The ship was old and made alot of noises on a sea that was very calm.Our cabin was 2 floors below the pool deck. Every morning at 5:30 a staff member started dragging chairs across the deck.I wear earplugs when I sleep and it still woke me up. Finally I ignored my wifes reluctantcy and I went up and complained to him. It stopped-FOR 1 DAY. The cruise was after school was out for summer so there were some kids aboard. This didnt bother me but what did bother me was that they allowed kids to play inside an enclosed lounge.I went there for peace and relaxation and these kids were so noisey.The food was O.K.Not the best. Not too many different options unless you chose to specialty dine. The entetainment was fair at best.I guess you get what you pay for I could not afford a different line.Dispite all this I did really enjoy it however I would not sail with them again unless the deal was incredible.
Loved the Oosterdam, but then I always enjoy the HAL ships. BEST cabin! Inside, #1123...on the main deck, all the way at the back, only share a wall with one other cabin, it is remarkably big! I paced off about four feet from the end of the bed to the closets, plus there is a table, a banquette-type love seat, and a chair.
All for me. Loved it. Feel like following the Oosterdam and booking that cabin each time.
Alaska is delightful, especially Sitka and Ketchikan. However, I surely enjoyed visiting the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau. Took the whale-watching excursion in Victoria and saw many whales!
The piano quintet in the Lincoln Center Stage was phenomenonally good. I made almost every one of their performances. If you enjoy strings, you are in for a treat.
Great ship and and a great route! Really want to do it again. ;^)