Excellent Alaskan Cruise

Westerdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5

14 Night Glacier Discovery (Vancouver Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 14, 2019

Ship: Westerdam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5111

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The staff and entertainment were excellent. We picked the right amount of shore excursions and most I would do all over again. The food selections were great, but at times not very warm and sometimes not prepared for the rush of people as we had to wait on buffet food quite a bit. Overall an excellent ship and trip and will definitely be sailing with HAL again in the future.


5 out of 5
went very smooth

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Overall buffet food was warm at best, sometimes it was even cold, but it was good and very nice selections.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
On board spa was excellent.


5 out of 5
We attended the illusionist, comedian, dancers and an Iditorad show...all were excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Phenomal room service...these guys were very friendly and accommodating. Our dinner staff was amazing...Budi, Sudi and Pepita got to know us right away, called us by name and were extremely friendly and made us feel right at home.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The overall ship was great...our cabins were in the middle of the ship so close to elevators for easy access to any point in the ship, however we chose the stairs most of the time for exercise.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I was surprised the bed was made up of two twins so there was a crack down the middle...but overall it was very nice.

Ship tip

Plan ahead, download the app and be ready for an outstanding adventure.

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
No excursion, this is where we embarked.

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Zipline and Lumberjack show...very good choices.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Taku lodge by seaplane, did the Alaskan Brewery tour, shopped and ate at The Hanger...all very good choices, especially Taku.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Road the train up to White Pass and bus ride back to Liarsville for salmon bake, all a must do. Also did a walking town tour which was very interesting.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Simply amazing...Captain set the boat in front of the glacier for a couple hours while everyone soaked in the sights.

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

5 out of 5
We came off the boat and on to the train to Anchorage so didn't get to see much of Seward, but the train ride was excellent.


5 out of 5
Went very smooth, no issues at all.
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