Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

First class ship and a relaxing vacation

Sail Date: August 29, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

We thouroughly enjoyed our trip. This is a pretty boat with spacious cabins, an attentive crew and fun suprises along the way. The food was very good and the ship was well maintained.

Pros: The staff, food and child pricing policy (tax only)

Cons: Extra's pricing. Ship geared to older travelers

Recommends Zaandam? Yes!

Service and Staff
Entertainment
We did not have a chance to see too many shows. The entertainment is geared towards the older travelers - piano night was OLDIES - Bye Bye Birdie but the magician and comic we saw were fun.
Children's Programs
Difficult to discern the opening hours. No childrens books or games in the main library so we were at the mercy of the kid club hours and never caught them open when we wanted to use the kid stuff. Our little guy is 2 1/2 and he was too young for the Kid Zone service - a nice room for the kids and a great teen space but few kids on board to use the services here.
Cabin / Stateroom
Bring 'nesting' suitcases. Plenty of closet space but most helpful if your luggage can condense into one bag.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Do try the Pinnacle dining room one night - 30 pp, a charge worth paying for a beautiful meal.
Juneau, Alaska
We went to the Mendenhall Glacier (caught a $6 each way shuttle) and walked around then took a hike up a very picturesque trail for an hour and half. Saw a mama bear fishing for salmon (far enough away we felt safe but close enough for a good view) and the glacier/lake were very pretty. The town itself is dumpy (we thought most of the Alaskan towns were dumpy) with some homeless sleeping in doorways.
Skagway, Alaska
Another hike up a hill (we went to smugglers cove) and we got off on the wrong trail and approached some pickup trucks and gun shots. Yikes. headed back and found the right trail, sat on a rock that over looked the town, saw seals, walked some more. It was absolutely beautiful country. We missed the train ($98 per person) and the town was cute but more of the same in terms of the stores. The grocery store was worth a visit - $5.98 for a bottle of A1 and $11.00 for 30 diapers. ouch!
Ketchikan, Alaska
We thought the town here was the cutest/most interesting. We took a 'nature tour' that we purchased at the port for $40 each. This was a 1.5 hour tour to see nature. We drove 5 or 6 miles down the main highway and looked for bears along the salmon stream (no bears), stood in the rain and looked harder, saw an eagle, a seal swimming off in the distance and hoards of salmon. On to the Totem Pole park - we were happy this was included in the tour. But what a bust! We would rent a cab the next time and ask for them to drive us around a little and it would have cost less than the $80 bucks and we would have seen as much.


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