Statendam

3.7 out of 5

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Statendam is a medium ship, carrying 1260 passengers and 580 crew, and sails from Honolulu, Oahu.

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Love the glaciers

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September is a wonderful time to see Alaska. We were able to cruise very close to Hubbard Glacier because the weather was good.

It was the last cruise on the Statendam, but it felt like the first cruise.

Staff is wonderful, food great and we couldn't ask for anything more. Can't wait until our next cruise on Holland America

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

First Alaska Cruise

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This was our first Alaska cruise and was a special occasion for my wife retiring from 46 years of teaching public school in Massachusetts and Florida. It was a wonderful diversion for her because she was really missing going back to school after all those years.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

honeymoon cruise

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Overall we had an awesome experience. It was our honeymoon and we enjoyed the atmosphere of the ship and lots of beautiful stops. We were the only couple younger than 50. So the majority of activities on board are for the older people. As the weather is rather cold you cannot use the swimming pool. And be sure to bring beautiful dresses for dinners, it is really amazing. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Best Alaskan Cruise ever!

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14 day Alaskan cruise with many different ports on a smaller ship that allows entry to places larger ships cannot go.  The service, friendly staff and incredible food all combine to make the Holland America experience a big part of an amazing vacation.  The views of mountains and glaciers as well as lots of wildlife sightings doesn't hurt either.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Great ports, average onboard activities, below average food

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I won't say that we didn't have a good time on our cruise to AK, because we did have fun going to all these new places that we had never been before. We did some great excursions (Dog sledding on land [husky summer training + cuddling puppies], snorkeling in Ketchikan, whale watching in Icy Strait Point/Hoonah). We did a lot of hiking and tide pooling in Homer and Kodiak, and generally had a great time exploring the different cities and towns we went to.

The staff on the ship were really kind and very friendly. Most were extremely helpful and they all worked very hard to keep the ship clean. The other guests were a lot older than us.... so it was definitely a cruise that was more geared towards 50+. I felt like we were some of the only people between 25-35 (who weren't part of a big family group). This played into our experiences with entertainment and onboard activities, which were much more geared to the older generations than to our own. We spent a lot of our free time watching movies in our cabin rather than play bingo or singing songs around the piano from the 50s (not that there is anything wrong with those activities... they just weren't really that interesting to us).

However, I won't lie and say we weren't disappointed with a few aspects that we really expected to be great and unfortunately were sub par. The biggest disappointment was the dining food and experience. The food ranged from average to poor unless we were eating in the extra cost restaurants, which were good. I had always heard that cruise ships had a broad range of dishes and quality dishes, especially in the main dining room. However, we found that they mostly served the same kinds of dishes every day, and while yes the food was much better in the dining room than the lido deck, the wait time between dishes was extremely slow. We were at dinner in the dining room between 1.5 - 2 hours almost everytime we ate there, and we typically only ordered the main and dessert course. It was extremely slow, and the dining room was always at least halfway empty, so I'm not sure why it was so slow. It seemed like we had to wait for our courses with the tables around us... so if the tables next to us ordered 4 courses, and we only ordered 2, we still sat and waited for the surrounding tables to start/finish courses that we hadn't even ordered before getting our own food.

Food on the lido deck, particularly in the evening (when we didn't want to wait 2 hours to finish dinner) was not good at all. The food never seemed to be hot enough, and most of the meats (chicken, pork loin, beef) had sat under the heat lamp too long and were dry and poorly seasoned. At least at lunchtime they had the taco bar and hamburger stand open, so you could get something other than the 6 or 7 things that they cooked everyday, but at dinner, your only choices were the dining room or the lido buffet (or the extra cost dining options).

We might try cruising again in the future, but it probably won't be with HA. 

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  • Price: $$

  • Size: M

  • Total Passengers: 1260

  • Total Crew: 580

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.17

  • Built: Jan 1993

  • Refurbished: 8 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 10

  • Total Cabins: 630

  • Cabin Categories: 67

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Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain
Jul 01, 2015

The Mix bar is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and listen to live music. Solo guitarist in the early evening and Piano in the late evening.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain
Apr 15, 2015

The ship is small so it is easy to navigate. Most everything you will be looking for is on the promenade deck ( deck 8). The mix and piano bar and the explores lounge for a coffe or tea. The navigation deck pool is not as crowded as the main pool.

larryc511
Contributor Level: Purser
Sep 02, 2014

Lido deck has great food and the dinning room staff was very attentive and friendly.

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