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Volendam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Helpful Votes: 2

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Volendam

7 Night Glacier Bay Inside Passage Alaska (Vancouver Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 25, 2010

Ship: Volendam

Cabin type: Suite

Reviewed: 11 years ago

Review summary

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!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great entertainment - you'll never be bored!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great staff - friendly, courteous and helpful

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.

Ports of call

Ketchikan, Alaska

3 out of 5
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.

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
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

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
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

Pros: Smaller ship could get in close - great experience

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

Recommends Volendam? Yes!

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