Everything onboard was a sales pitch, limited onshore choices.

Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


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Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaskan Explorer With Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 03, 2016
Ship: Westerdam
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 7112
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 11 months ago

All on-board activities were sales pitches in disguise. Hands out for money everywhere. On-shore choices were limited and did not offer what was advertised. We went kayaking, canoeing, and rain forest hiking. They are best described as "the experience of kayaking and canoeing, since these events were very limited. We took a rain forest tour which lasted 10 minutes on a 200 foot trail in and out of a forest. I kid you not! The food was OK, the trip to Mendelhall Glacier was inspiring, kudos to the captain. The dance acts were also good. Sadly, eating and reading were the most enjoyable activities on board.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The buffet worked out well. The other dining arrangements either cost extra money or, for reservation service, the food was not as good as the buffet.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Money, money, every event was a sales pitch.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Some acts were very good, like the ship's own performers. Outside acts varied from very good to abysmal.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
This is a cruise for an older crowd. I felt sorry for the children brought by parents who didn't get this right!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very friendly, but they are all from Indonesia and the Philippines, on 9 month contracts, and have to be nice, or else. I think they were mostly genuine.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very friendly

Ship Tip

Don't book anything through Holland America, wait until you get off the ship. Accept the gym for what it is (not the company's priority) and use it to burn off those pounds that you will put on. Go to the evening shows, that's where you find out what's going on. Buy your drinks at happy hour.

3 out of 5
1 out of 5
5 out of 5
The captain brought us up to the glacier, best part of the trip/
5 out of 5
We walked far into town to the local supermarket, fifteen minutes from the port. The people were friendly, the coffee was good.
3 out of 5
On shore excursions were not very interesting.
1 out of 5
Ship was late, too bad for everyone.
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