Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

Westerdam cruise

Sail Date: July 18, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

I picked Holland-America line because they have a reputation of being the more elegant of the cruise ships. The service was extremely good, the food to die for, the venue was, indeed, very elegant. We had a cabin with a veranda and that was a good choice. 

We had some reservations about the excursions, especially in Juneau. It cost $65 if you buy a bus tour to Mendenhall Glacier and a ticket on the tramway to Mount Robert- if you go out on the dock the same is $10 for the tour to the Glacier and $10 for the tramway.

Another thing that they didn't tell you is the hidden charges of close to $12/per day, per person for "housekeeping", that is making your bed, clean the bathroom aso. I don't know what other cruise liners do, but it would have been better being upfront about this '"xtra" charges.

Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
We came to Victoria at 6pm and stayed until midnight. Most activities are far from the boat and shopping areas.
Ship Quality
Elegant, clean. Our favorite place was the Crow's Nest on Observation Deck
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Very well organized. It is amazing how they can move 1.900 people with such little effort
Cabin / Stateroom
We think balcony is a "have to" for once-in-a-lifetime cruise.
Seattle, Washington
Juneau, Alaska
Skip Tramway, expensive for what you experience. Remember that there are 5 cruise ships, each with 1.900 passenger, that come to Juneau at the same time.
Cruise Glacier Bay
Sitka, Alaska
Ketchikan, Alaska
Victoria, British Columbia
We arrived too late in the day.

Tip

Find the Crow's Nest in the very front of the ship. Best place for viewing.



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