Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
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5 out of 5

RELAXING ALASKA

Sail Date: September 04, 2016

Reviewed: 2 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Holland America's Zaandam.  The most impressive aspects to me were the amazingly upbeat and helpful staff and the immaculate conditions of the ship.  It was very well maintained and spotlessly clean.  They take great measures to assure cleanliness and good health with had washing and sanitation stations throughout the ship, as you board from excursions and particularly in the dining area.  We food the food very good and varied.  And as a special treat we dined in the Pinnacle Restaurant which was an extra charge but was well worth it.  It was exceptional.  Because this was a smaller ship (around 1,400 passengers) we were able to make it all the way into Glacier Bay.  The choice of other ports was great too.  We personally are not into a lot of group activities (which there we plenty of) but were able to join in if we wanted or not...we chose to catch up on some much needed ZZZZ's on sea days.  First vacation that I left where I felt rested.  Great job to everyone who works on this ship!

Cabin / Stateroom
This was not our cabin. I believe it was 1828. Dolphin Deck with full view window. It was great. Spacious for this category and for a ship and immaculate.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Amazingly clean and well maintained. It is 16 years old and in some places could use some new decor...not as a matter of being worn or anything...but just as a matter of styling.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities Pretty much just rested on board and did excursions.
Children's Programs Didn't use any
Entertainment Only saw one. Which was OK...but the lounge singer in the Crow's Nest was amazing.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
We spent the night in Seward before hand at a place called Alaskan Creekside Cabins. Loved them...and dinner at Chinooks was GREAT.
Cruise Glacier Bay
Haines, Alaska
We really loved our Kayaking on Chilkoot lake with Rainbow Glaciers.
Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls...BEAUTIFUL.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Enjoyed our visit to Saxman Village learning about the Tlingit tribe and the totems. Our guide was Tlingit and the tour was operated by them.
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Worked it out on the ship to do a brief city tour and airport transfer combined. Was more a less a thumbnail sketch of Vancouver...but if you only have a few hours before you flight a nice way to fill the time and see a little bit.


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