Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

HAL Zaandam in Alaska

Sail Date: September 22, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship was very clean and well-maintained. Food was excellent, entertainment delightful. Staff was very attentive and helpful; we were always greeted with a smile.

Pros: Level of service and entertainment

Cons: Age demographic of passengers

Food and Dining
Excellent food, presentation, quality. Very comfortable ambience. Pinnacle Grill not to be missed.
Ship Quality
Spotlessly maintained.
Cabin / Stateroom
Stateroom on deck 3, very near atrium and just a few steps out to the wrap-araound Promenade. Nice outside view, conveniently located. Would book this one again.
Service and Staff
Very friendly staff, accommodating, unobtrusive but always near. Waiter from dining room recognized and assisted us in Lido at other mealtimes. Sommellier also recognized and greeted us by name outside the dining room.
Entertainment
Zaandam dancers and singers were out of this world!!! Best I have seen after cruising on five different cruise lines. Soloists and ensemble all strong and worked together to perform entrancing shows. Favorite was H2O.
Victoria, British Columbia
Four hours late at night does not do Victoria any justice. Most sights closed, some shopping, but limited mainly to tourist shops. City is beautifully lit at night, and Empress Hotel is always impressive.
Don't Miss: Inner Harbor
Victoria, British Columbia
Four hours late at night does not do Victoria any justice. Most sights closed, some shopping, but limited mainly to tourist shops. City is beautifully lit at night, and Empress Hotel is always impressive.
Don't Miss: Inner Harbor
Juneau, Alaska
Took commercial shuttle to Mendenhall Glacier for most of visit. Had a great time despite rain. Good beer nice atmosphere at Red Dog Saloon right next to the pier.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier
Sitka, Alaska
Enjoyed Sea Otter and Raptor Center tour. Tour boat met us alongside at anchorage, so we started the program immediately upon leaving the ship - very convenient and saved time. Lots of humpback whales, sea otters, eagles. Raptor Center interesting, but might have enjoyed walking around town more.
Don't Miss: Wildlife in Sitka Sound
Juneau, Alaska
Took commercial shuttle to Mendenhall Glacier for most of visit. Had a great time despite rain. Good beer nice atmosphere at Red Dog Saloon right next to the pier.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier
Ketchikan, Alaska
Superb natural history Discovery Center very close to the dock. Nice walk around town to Creek Street. Great shopping deals due to being last ship of tourist season. Took private tour to Totem Bight for taste of native culture.
Don't Miss: Discovery Center
Sitka, Alaska
Enjoyed Sea Otter and Raptor Center tour. Tour boat met us alongside at anchorage, so we started the program immediately upon leaving the ship - very convenient and saved time. Lots of humpback whales, sea otters, eagles. Raptor Center interesting, but might have enjoyed walking around town more.
Don't Miss: Wildlife in Sitka Sound
Ketchikan, Alaska
Superb natural history Discovery Center very close to the dock. Nice walk around town to Creek Street. Great shopping deals due to being last ship of tourist season. Took private tour to Totem Bight for taste of native culture.
Don't Miss: Discovery Center


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