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Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska Explorer (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 30, 2010
Ship: Zaandam
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship was beautiful, service exceptional, very few glitches, one with an over-charge that took quite some time to resolve.
We had amazing weather - time of trip on advice of several including our advocate from Cheap Tickets Hans Gartmann (Peter) worked well.
I really disliked the commercialism at every port - jewelry shops promoted at every turn. I would much rather have seen more of the "real" Alaska.
Glaciers were awesome; saw whales sea otters and sea lions - big bonus.
Shore excursions were well done, but pricey for time allowed. All in all - good. Carol Zehntner

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Amazing. As husband cannot have caffeine, it would have been nice if something other than coffee, tea or water would have been offered at no additional cost.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
All entertainment was great - good musical acts, funny comedian/magician and special "Elton John" review.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was very accommodating, friendly and enjoyable.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
All perfect!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Room was great - ocean view except when fog prevented it. Room was very nice.
5 out of 5
Had a mis-cue on the bus line so wasted quite a bit of time on the wrong one - our fault! Did see the totem poles, but had to hurry.
Don't Miss: Totem Heritage Center
5 out of 5
Great tour bus driver, enjoyed not only St. Michaels, but the near-by Lutheran Church, nice greeter there.
Don't Miss: Russian Cultural dancers.
5 out of 5
Liked what we saw except so many jewelry stores - this will be my theme in every port....
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier and the tram ride
5 out of 5
Sorry we had such a short time there and that it was at night though the Parliament building was awesome.
Don't Miss: City of Victoria tour - didn't want to take the time to and from the Butchart Gardens.

Pros: Scenery of Alaska

Cons: Commercialism - I didn't want to buy diamonds....

Recommends Zaandam? Yes!

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