Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

Astounding beauty

Sail Date: June 28, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We thoroughly enjoyed our Alaskan cruise on HAL Zaandam. We had an inside stateroom on the main deck (level 2) for 3 adults; it was comfortable--more spacious than the rooms on other cruiselines we have sailed. Plenty of storage: 3 closets, bureau drawers, desk, underbed drawers, 2 nightstands. The inside staterooms do not have a refrigerator. The room was adequately soundproofed from other cabins and the hallway noises. However, we did hear rumbling vibrations a few times (wave action? engine noise?). But we slept well. Comfortable beds!
Food was tasty, plentiful, and always available. Service in the main dining room, Rotterdam, was attentive. The buffet on the Lido deck had many of the same entree choices as the more formal Rotterdam, in addition to vegetarian, ethnic, and sushi options. The Dive-in Grill, by the forward pool on the Lido Deck, serves burgers, hotdogs, and chicken sandwiches. Delicious, but slow preparation. There's a taco buffet there too. Keep this in mind when the Lido Buffet closes down and dinner is not yet available.      The hands-on computer and photography seminars were so helpful.

Alaska is unendingly beautiful! Glacier Bay is awe-inspiring.

Food and Dining
Tasty and myriad choices
Service and Staff
Well-trained in customer satisfaction.
Onboard Activities
Loved the Windows classes. They have 20-30 computers onboard for hands-on learning. The digital photo classes were extremely helpful too.
Destinations and Excursions
don't bother bringing a warm, rain-repellant jacket--Seems like every shop in Ketchikan and Juneau sells reversible fleece-lined repellant jackets for only $20 (your choice of various Alaska logos). Useful, and a great souvenir!
Ship Quality
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Focus on customer satisfaction is evident. Pleasant, efficient service.
Cabin / Stateroom
Spacious. Comfortable for 3 adults. Some rumbling and vibrations, captain indicated it may be unavoidable and possibly due to wave action on the hull.
No refrigerators in this class of accommodations. Don't forget that there are more storage drawers in the foot of the bed.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Beautiful scenery.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Booths at the ship dock sell shuttle transportation to the Mendenhall Glacier National Park for $20 r.t. It's gorgeous; don't miss it.
Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Glacier Bay
This would be a "don't-miss excursion", but it's actually part of the cruise (and thus, free!) Awe-inspiring. Make sure you bring your binoculars, And a camera, of course!!
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
We booked the train to Anchorage ourselves. You can take the free shuttle which stops at the ship and all spots around town. You can check your luggage at the train station in the morning for the train ride at 6 pm.


Explore the whole ship. Don't miss going out on the bow, then go up two flights of stairs to access the open forward deck that overlooks the bow.

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