Volendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Wonderul cruise - GO!

Sail Date: August 25, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Room Type: Suite

An Alaskann cruise is a fabulous experience and you should go. BUT don't book it through . First, is no cheaper than booking it direct and you HAVE to book your airfare through the cruiseline leaving you at their mercy (they wanted to put us on a red-eye from Vancouver after docking at 7 am). Getting out of it cost us a bundle and was useless, so stay away from them. Anyway, the cruise itself was fabulous; we had a great time. Alaska is unbelievably beautiful. Go! Go now!

Pros: Smaller ship could get in close - great experience

Cons: Booking via Priceline and some of the food was not great

Recommends Volendam? Yes!

Ship Quality
Smaller size ship can get into Glacier Bay and the fjords which larger ships cannot. Easily walkable, very comfortable. Slightly dated decor, but heard it was due for renovations.
Food and Dining
Food was great, although some dishes sounded better than they tasted; they couldn't always deliver. Definitely go the Pinnacle Grille - extra but worth it. Dine withe Chef was yummy and fun. Skip the soda/cocktail/wine cards - they're not worth it. Lots of dining options.
Cabin / Stateroom
Elemis Spa amenities were a nice touch. We had a deluxe veranda suite which was roomy and comfortable. Get one if you can afford it.
Service and Staff
Great staff - friendly, courteous and helpful
Great entertainment - you'll never be bored!
Ketchikan, Alaska
Nice town, but skip the horse-drawn trolley tour - very disappointing. Lots of spots to walk to. My sister went on an excursion to the fish hatchery and saw lots of bears.
Skagway, Alaska
Take the Street Car tour - lots of fun. Skagway is a nice town, easily walkable. and lovely to look at. Definitely ride the White Pass railway - amazing!
Don't Miss: White Pass Railway
Juneau, Alaska
I took the Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens tour and it was great. Juneau was not much to look at.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier or Tracy Arm Fjord

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