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Zaandam Cruise Review to Alaska

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5

14 Night Great Land Explorer (Seattle Roundtdrip)

Sail date: August 27, 2018

Ship: Zaandam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 1871

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review summary

Our first cruise and we always said the only way we would do a cruise would be to Alaska. Well that wasn't bad at all and have taken 2nd one through the canal since. It is little wonder people do the Alaskan cruise multiple times. Holland American picked the right port stops and glacier cruises and we give it a 5 star experience.


4 out of 5
Little bit of a wait, but boarded on time and the luggage made it.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Meet expectations and exceeded in the restaurants. Drinks well made and not overly priced.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Sports decks and the fitness center was excellent. Note the Lido pool was out of action for 3 days, did not use but should be noted.


4 out of 5
Musicians, DJs, dance shows, comedians all great.

Children's Programs

no children in group and there was about less than 20 kids under 15 on the boat.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our stewards were awesome. Food service was great, waiters great. Even the deck hands, maintenance, bridge personnel were friendly and helpful. Security was not so much but I would not expect them to be bubbly and smiley.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Common areas constantly cleaned, rooms in shipshape, dining areas clean. Decks and layout easy to get around.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Perfect size, plenty of closet space and hangers. Bathroom more than adequate. One comment is there is only one electric outlet for either US or Europe in the main stateroom. Bring a power strip.

Ship tip

There is a DVD player in the room, bring DVDs or check them out on board. Take advantage of the 1 bottle of wine per passenger embarkation. No self service laundry available, there is a $20/bag service available.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
Have spent weeks in Seattle visiting and business and never get tired of it. Always something new on every trip, this time the Amazon store and the Spheres.

Cruise Vancouver Island

4 out of 5
Sailing the inside passage, most of it was at night. Did see a lot marine life of Orcas, porpoises, dophins and seals.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Quaint town, full of jewelry shops (they were in the process moving to the Caribbean for the winter. Toured the town, the salmon were at the end of their run, the rivers were cog with fish.

Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

5 out of 5
Cruised into a narrow Fjord and this big ship was maneuvering like a Boston Whaler. Lots of icebergs with some of the bluest ice in the spectrum. Could not get real close to the glacier due to small boats blocking the path.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Rains a lot. Nice cable car ride to the top of the mountain.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

5 out of 5
Hoonah a real Alaskan fishing village. Salmon cannery museum is worth it.

Anchorage, Alaska

5 out of 5
Population of 330,000. Excursion tour of town and surrounding area.

Homer, Alaska

4 out of 5
Not really a solid tourist spot, had relatives living in Homer so it wasn't consider a touring stop.

Kodiak, Alaska

5 out of 5
What is that big ship on dry land in the middle of town? Star of Kodiak is an active cannery. Fun town to walk around. Kodiak Maritime Museum is a good visit.

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5
Loud and living glacier. The Zaandam got as close as it was safe to get to it. Bergs were calving, creating giant waves and loud noises.

Sitka, Alaska

5 out of 5
Toured the town, cute and quaint 1700s Russian influence everywhere. Things to see: St Michaels Church (Russian), Salmon hatchery,

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Drizzle and rain, it would not be Victoria if it wasn't. Tour a nice boat tour in the passage and harbor. Watched Seahawks/Broncos game in a great english pub full of Seahawks fans.


5 out of 5
Got off in Seattle 15 minutes sooner than promised. Could not be any faster.

Traveler Photos

St. Michaels, Russian Orthodox Hubbard Glacier bay, bergs calving making tidal waves and loud noises Salmon cannery museum Hubbard Glacier Cabling up to lookout
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