Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Third Mate

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
9

3 out of 5

Cruise great with exceptions

Sail Date: June 06, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, this was a great cruise.  Juneau is very touristy, so if you didn't book a cruise to go shopping, find an excursion that interest you.  We did a small whale watching excursion with Gastineau Guiding.  John, our guide, was extremely informative and entertaining. The Westerdam is showing her age. I noticed a strong, musty, mildew odor when we boarded, but i eventually got used to it,  We had a balcony suite which I was so thankful for.  I wish they would put more effort into cleaning the glass that surrounds the balcony so when you are seated in the deck chairs you have a clear view.  The staff was very friendly and competent. If I needed anything, all I had to do was ask.

I was very disappointed in the quality of the food,  Quantity does not equate to quality in my book.  Basically, you are getting cheap cafeteria food.  With what I paid for this cruise, I had much higher expectations.  The Asian Food was the best thing on the ship.  They put out a lot of hamburgers on  the Lido deck, and they are edible, but lack seasoning and need a little fat content to give them flavor and keep them from being so dry.  The fries are crunchy and great,  I wish you good get deli type sandwiches in the evening,  They only serve them at lunch time. We did order room service a couple of times.  Stay away from the onion soup.  It was dreadful, with some sort of  rubbery, whole wheat bread in it.  Everything I had was edible, but that's the best adjective I can give it.

So, enjoy your cruise by focusing on the beauty and majesty of Alaska,  That alone was what made the cruise,

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Excursions are very expensive, so choose wisely
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Tip

Make sure you read all literature they send you prior to boarding. They hold a life boat drill before leaving your embarkation port. It is mandatory that you attend. People who do not pay attention to this cause other passengers to have to stand and wait while they try to locate where you are.



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