Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Westerdam to Alaska May 2015

Sail Date: May 09, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was our first cruise in over 20 years so we are definitely novice cruisers. The stateroom was as we expected, although the bed was larger than we thought it would be (seemed to be a King size). The staff were friendly, especially the Show Host and Librarian. We enjoyed the food; we ate at the Lido Buffet more often than the Dining Room because we didn't want to dress up for formal night and they served some of the same food at the buffet. The entertainment was not high quality, in my opinion. We liked participating in the Trivia and Name That Tune contests. The city of Juneau was just OK, although we enjoyed visiting the Mendenhall Glacier (got bus ride on our own.) Sitka and Ketchikan were charming towns and nice to walk around in. Glacier Bay was wonderful-highly recommended. The size of the Westerdam (1800 passengers?) was good for us. Never had to wait for an elevator or to get off the ship. One negative was The Crow's Nest being closed for a private party almost every day. We felt that the cruise line was catering to one specific group on the ship and could have used a different location for the private party.

Ship Quality
Although nice, I thought the vibe of the ship would be a bit more elegant.
Food and Dining
Good food, good variety, mostly ate at buffet.
Cabin / Stateroom
Bed was larger than expected. Room was small as expected.
Service and Staff
Show Host, Santana. Librarian, Phil. Both helpful, friendly and fun.
Quality of production was below what I expected.
Onboard Activities
Some fun activities offered, but lots of "opportunities" to buy more things!
Destinations and Excursions
Shore excursions are too expensive; we did things independently.
Seattle, Washington
Juneau, Alaska
Recommend Mendenhall Glacier.
Cruise Glacier Bay
Being outside at the front of the ship enjoying glaciers and sunshine!
Sitka, Alaska
Watch for bald eagles everywhere - in town, in the trees, getting fish from the water.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Victoria, British Columbia
A beautiful city but seeing it in the evening was a bit of a negative.


Deck 3 was perfect for walking since it was covered but open to the outside.

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