Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

A Typical Cruise

Sail Date: May 22, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

First and foremost, cruising along the coast of Alaska was extraordinary with magnificent views throughout the majority of the trip. The scenery was truly magnificent. We had dolphins and whales swimming next to the boat at times which was thoroughly thrilling for all. However, there was nothing extraordinary about the Zaandam. It offered the typical cruise activities on board, average food and average crew and personnel.  

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Cabin / Stateroom
The room was clean but tired and needed a face lift. Having the veranda was a great plus and being on the port side was a plus, too.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
We were doing the 6 day land tour after the cruise and had to put baggage out at midnight, which was fine, be out of room by 9 am, which was fine, but couldn't end disembark until 12:15, so there was a lot of idle time on boat.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Seaplane through the Misty Fjords in Ketchikan was beautiful. Helicopter ride and walk on the Glacier in Skagway was magnificent and educational. I highly recommend one or both as you see the beauty of Alaska from above. A little pricey but worth it.
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia Beautiful city. Take the Hop on Hop off bus to see all of the city.
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Beautiful scenery throughout the entire trip!
Ketchikan, Alaska
Cute port. People very friendly. We took the seaplane tour through the Misty Fjords which was glorious. The port shops are there for the cruises and tourists. You will find the same souvenirs in all ports and towns.
Juneau, Alaska
Again, sweet port shops. We went on a small whale watching boat and saw lots of whales. I'd recommend doing a whale watching tour on a smaller boat so you can get a better view
Skagway, Alaska
Another cute port town. The helicopter excursion up to the top of the glacier was beautiful and it was fun to walk on the glacier and hear about it.
Cruise Glacier Bay
Try to view the glacier in a quiet spot so you can hear the sounds of the glaciers breaking off and crashing into the sea.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
Go directly to Anchorage or wherever you are going next. No reason to waste time there


The Zaandam is 16 years old, though it is well kept, except our stateroom needed to be uplifted.

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