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Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
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7 Night Alaskan Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 22, 2009
Ship: Zaandam
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago

We took a trip on another cruise line many years ago and after this trip we realized that it was more pleasant on a smaller ship, 1500 vs 3000 passengers. The stewards all knew our name and addressed us each time they saw us. They were exceptional. There were tons of onboard activities. The staterooms were very comfortable. We enjoyed the amenities like the terry bath robe available in the staterooms upon arrival.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Some of the menu items were not always like "what mom made", but they offered at least eight options to choose from.


5 out of 5
We never had time to do all the onboard activities. But there were alot listed. They met a number of interest and hobbies.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
They did everything to make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and relaxed. They would carry you to your stateroom if you needed it, (wheelchairs were available everywhere).

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was very clean, organized, and always decorated beautifully. The fresh flowers everywhere were outstanding. There was never a problem accessing any area of the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
the size was great, we did not feel like we were tripping over each other. It was always clean and fresh feeling when returning to our room. The bed was really comfortable and we considered buying the mattress upon our return home.
3 out of 5
We entered customs without a hitch and exited just as easily. We were not there long enough to see much. We cannot figure out why we stopped there when we were so close to Seattle, WA, our home port. They could have stayed longer in one of the other ports and skipped Victoria, Canada. You should see the Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, MO, for an exceptional tour of flowers and plants.
Don't Miss: didnot see any
5 out of 5
Mendenhall Glacier is a must see for everyone. Not too much walking but a spectacular site to see. You can kayack up to the the area around the glacier. We did not stop to eat a meal at this cruise stop.
Don't Miss: This was the spot to check out the whales and marine life.
5 out of 5
Decide early what you want to do in each port and don't waste time shopping in all the stores. We enjoyed the Lumberjack Show also.
Don't Miss: The Red Dog Saloon!
5 out of 5
Not enough time spent in this port we thought. They have a great cultural history that needed more time to see it all. The pharmacy downtown was a great place to stop and visit their old fashioned, soda fountain.
Don't Miss: The glass bottom boat was a good value for the money.

Pros: The staff attention and treatment to their guests was exceptional. They made you feel like a queen/king. Not to mention the onboard fun activities.

Cons: All the food that was so tempting and yes we tried it all.

Recommends Zaandam? Yes!

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