Veendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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3 out of 5

Veendam to Alaska - just okay

Sail Date: August 16, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship was nice enough and the stateroom was adequate for our needs although I would have preferred a room with a bathtub instead of a shower only.

Pros: Food

Cons: Sea sickness and plumbing issues on ship

Recommends Veendam? No.

Food and Dining
The food was generally good but not outstanding. The chilled soups are not to be missed. A couple of the desserts were outstanding (brownie baked Alaska and a caramel banana pie) but the desserts at the Lido buffet and the midnight chocolate extravaganza were pretty but bland (grocery store quality).
Cabin / Stateroom
Clean and comfortable and well maintained by our cabin steward.
Ship Quality
Did not appreciate the plumbing issues. Sometimes the toilets worked; sometimes they didn't. The Veendam is a smaller ship and you really feel the motion of the water!
Service and Staff
Joko did a good job, was friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed the musicial theatre at the Showroom at Sea. Our cruise director Eric was equally entertaining. Skip the "how to shop in port" talks unless you're interested in buying expensive jewelry. We enjoyed the casino slots (won some money). There weren't just a whole lot of activities/talks that interested us, so we skipped those.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Very touristy. Lots of high end jewelry stores, but I really didn't go to Alaska for that.
Haines, Alaska
Book a shore excursion. The town is quaint, but small and you can pretty much see everything in a couple of hours.
Juneau, Alaska
Nice town. We enjoyed just walking around and shopping.

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