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Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 8
Helpful Votes: 51

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
7 Night Glacier Discovery Southbound (Seward To Vancouver)
Sail Date: September 13, 2015
Ship: Zaandam
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago


Rain was the norm but seas where calm so it could be a trade off. For some reason the ship was VERY cold so I kept bundled up even in my cabin. Only gave it a good because the crew and ship operation was fine but entertainment was only average for me. Glacier bay was very nice since the weather was cooperating and the ship really made a effort to please. Embarkation/disembarkation was smooth.

Real reason for trip was the tour through the Yukon which had great weather. Trip became a problem when HAL allowed a contractor to dump us without being involved at Denali. I would be very careful in booking a expensive tour (mine was a Denali overflight) since they allow contractors to do anything they want, to your detriment, without being involved until its too late to help you. Their final word was it shouldn't have happened but too bad we can't do anything.

If you are a fan of Gold Rush  Haines is the home of Grandpa John and Parker and talking with the locals about them was interesting and show that they are real people.

The tour leader on our train trip from Anchorage to Seward son was a crew member on the Deadliest Catch which gave real information about the show and how hard it is to fish the Bering Sea.






Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

3 out of 5
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