ms Zaandam Glacier Tour

Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

4 out of 5

7 Night Glacier Discovery Southbound (Seward To Vancouver)

Sail date: June 04, 2017

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: AA 6196

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

I highly recommend the Zaandam: it is just the right size ship.  We were in AA Vista Suites, Cabin 6196, which is spacious and well positioned on the port side.  It is near the rear elevators and convenient to dining on Decks 4 and 5, or Lido Resturant (and the excellent Canaletto Italian Restaurant) on Deck 8.  IMO, the Casino is somewhat of a let down.  Only one evening was "smoke free", and the payout on slots is awful and the minimum bet is actually about $.60 on penny slots. The Deck 5 Explorer Lounge is a great place to read, relax, work on puzzels, get on the internet, take digital courses, Do not miss the 3:00 pm High Tea.  It is exquisite. The entertainment is good; the commedian and magician were very good, and music and dancers were enjoyable.  You can tell they work very hard to show their talent.  The cruise through Glacier Bay was beautiful and smooth.  The ports are at well established towns (Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan).  You have many tours to choose from; although most are expensive and for more active adults (helicopter, sea plane, kayak, raft, hiking, etc.).  Still, there are a few sightseeing tours worth the time and money. All employees we met were pleasant, cheerful, helpful, and seemed to really care about our enjoyment.  The one semi-serious complaint we had was toilet stoppages.  It seems, due to narrow piping, that you shouldn't be mixing toilet paper and solid waste.  They should be flushed separately, and HAL would do well to provide such a notice.  We met one plumber who works full-time unplugging toilets. Here is a picture of the Zaandam at Port in Haines and two from the Mendenhal Glacier and Tram Tour in Juneau.



Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Really have no opinion. No children with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Spacious and comfortable with large bathroom, plenty of storage and nice sized balcony. Attendant did an excellent job. Really enjoyed our "surprise" towel art creation each night.

Ship tip

Don't miss 3:00 pm High Tea. Go for open dining instead of a specific seating time. Bring a couple of bags. Eat at the Canaletto Italian Restaurant at least once.

Ports of call

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

2 out of 5

Haines, Alaska

3 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5

Ketchikan, Alaska

2 out of 5

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

2 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Mt McKinley (Denali), 20310 ft and still growing Beautiful Downtown Kitchikan, AK The Juneau Tram, AK Ft William Seward, Haines, AK The Hammer Museum, Haines, AK Lobster Towel Art Neat Store in Ketchikan
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