Rotterdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

Beautiful Ship and Great Staff

Sail Date: September 04, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Beautiful "classic" style ship with large well maintained staterooms, great cabin and dining stewards. The itinerary was good but a longer stay in Ketchikan would have been better as we left there early to race to Victoria and were then only there from 6pm to Midnight. Overall a very good experience and we are likely to choose Holland America for our next cruise.

Pros: Great staff, beautiful boat and large staterooms

Cons: Policy on gratuities was not clear or explained by the "front office" staff until we recieved out final on-board bill

Recommends Rotterdam? Yes!

Food and Dining
Good buffets and a very good evening menu in the main dining room. Room service was timely and an excellent quality.
Ship Quality
Well maintained beautiful "smaller" ship with large cabins and a very nice promanade deck and bow deck for viewing the scenery and glacier. The interior art, dining room and theatre were all beautiful.
Cabin / Stateroom
We recieved a free upgrade when we arrived on the ship. Our cabin looked new and was a nice size. Included a bathtub, queen bed, couch, tv, etc. The cabin steward catered to our every need.
Service and Staff
Cabin and dining room stewards were top quality. The front office staff failed to sufficently explain the ships gratuity policy when we asked - told us to tip "what we feel is appropriate" and only after we recieved our final on-board bill were we made aware of the $11 per day per passenger gratuity that was automatically added on our bill. This was after we had alreayd given the dining room steward a very nice tip.
Great floor shows, movie selection and entertainment (band, guitar player, piano player) through out the ship.
Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier (we hiked out to it after taking the excursion to the ranger station) was way cool. The Rainforest Garden tour was also great and gave a great view of the area. The tram to the top of the mountain overlooking Juneau was a little pricey ($27 per person) but offered an amazing view and nice hiking trails.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier
Ketchikan, Alaska
Our stay was too short and the "Bear Wilderness Adventure" was kind of lame - it was in an area over which a zip line course ran. We saw a lot of spawning salmon and a veriety of birds but never got close to seeing a bear. Many shopping options here but we were only in port about 5 hours so had little chance to look around after our "bear adventure."
Don't Miss: shopping
Victoria, British Columbia
Very cool city but we arrived in town at 6 pm after much of the downtown was closed. It was still fun to walk around.
Don't Miss: waterfront and Provincial capital building
Sitka, Alaska
Best port on the trip. Beautiful city with a small town feel. Shopping here was limited but offered better deals than in Juneau or Ketchikan. The whale and sea otter watching was magnificant.
Don't Miss: Sea Otter and Whale Watching Excursion

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