Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

Our Alaskan Cruise on Holland America

Sail Date: September 24, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We loved our cruise.  It was my first and I had always wanted to visit Alaska, so it was a win-win.  I chose Holland America because it was a smaller vessel which meant a smaller crowd.  The process of getting on board and disembarking during the cruise and at the end was smooth as silk.  I wish the airlines would take note!  The crew and staff could not have been nicer, more friendly, or eager to help.  There was not a moment we didn't feel well taken care of.  There was so much to do and yet my husband and I were perfectly satisfied to sit up on the Observation Deck, watch the Alaskan countryside go by, enjoy chatting with new friends and having a cocktail.  The food was excellent, we loved our dinner companions, and the portion sizes were perfect. We didn't feel as though we were gaining the weight you hear about gaining on a cruise, except for the wonderful cocktails available, and we plan on doing this cruise again one day.  It was glorious and we were made to feel glorious every minute of every day.  The shore excursions were perfect and the ship was the icing on the cake.  Holland America, I don't believe you could have done anything any better.  You have this down to a science!  Thank you.  

Cabin / Stateroom
Yes, there was no window. Was it missed? Not really. We simply left the bathroom light on with the door shut each night and enough light came through so that we didn't feel we were shut up in a cave. The room was delightful and such a perfect size. The bathroom could not have been any better, in our estimation.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Smooth as silk. So organized and fast. I do so wish the airlines would take a page from your book. You show how simple it can be to get things taken care of with so little stress on your passengers. Again, thank you!!
Ship Quality
The ship shows some signs of wear, but is obviously well taken care of and had so much to offer. We loved it. Keep it afloat!!
Destinations and Excursions
We loved our excursions, Glacier Bay was everything I had hoped it would be and we even loved just walking around town for the one day without any excursions planned at all.
Onboard Activities
A lot was available, but we spent the bulk of our time on the wonderful Observation Deck making new friends, enjoying the view, and having a cocktail.
Children's Programs
We had no children.
My husband and I simply went to the BB King bar every evening, listened to a fabulous group and danced to our heart's content.
Service and Staff
The two who took care of us and our room were incredible. Loved the little figures waiting on our bed in the evening. Joe and Slamet were perfect and deserve a raise. They couldn't have worked harder to please.
Food and Dining
Loved the portions. I didn't feel as though I was gorging on food. Thank you!! This way I had room for a cocktail!!! Food was wonderful.
Seattle, Washington
Juneau, Alaska
Cruise Glacier Bay
Dress warmly for standing on the decks to watch as glaciers come into view. It was fantastic! Bring your cameras out with you. Ask questions if you see a spot you would rather stand for viewing. You will be told if you can get there. Worked for us.
Sitka, Alaska
Ketchikan, Alaska
Victoria, British Columbia
We opted for staying on board and had a lovely time. It was evening when we arrived, so we decided to simply remain on the ship. Glad we did.


Be prepared for the time of your life. It was wonderful.

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