Zuiderdam Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Sail Date: June 26, 2010
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryWe just returned from our first Alaska cruise and our first time sailing with HAL. (Five previous cruises to the Caribbean and Mexico with other lines)
We were impressed with the very attentive service, yet unobtrusive feeling of HAL. We didnt feel like we were constantly listening to an advertisement for daily activities, hours things were open or bar/spa specials (always given this on the daily program).
Beyond the ship, Alaska is the most spectacularly beautiful place I have ever visited. I was in awe each day at the beautiful scenery in each port (Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan), Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm. I had a highlight of my life experience almost every day: dog sledding on a glacier, calving glaciers, eagles catching fish, spotting whales, flight-seeing over an ice field. It was almost too fantastic to be believed. I would highly recommend the HAL Alaska Inside Passage cruise as a great first experience to see what Alaska has to offer. Well be going again.
Food and Dining
We rarely participated in any of the activities since we were so enthralled by the fantastic scenery.
Service and Staff
Our stateroom was tidied and cleaned by stealth attendants who always seemed just a request away....every need was accommodated. We were greeted by name by every staff member that we saw more than once. No staff member looked away when passing you, but always made eye contact and greeted you.
We have read other reviews that mention the Zuiderdam is an older ship with unusual dcor. The rugs were brightly colored and the dcor was quite eclectic, but the accommodating service and gleaming, clean ship made more of an impact.
It seemed impossible that there were 2000 guests aboard. We rarely waited in line for anything. Lines to disembark in port had fewer than 10 people ahead of you.amazingly efficient. The only long line we experienced was at the dessert extravaganza and then only until everyone realized that there were four identical stations plus additional areas (chocolate fondue and fruit area, no sugar added area nice touch!).
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Helicopter dogsledding
Don't Miss: Train or rental car to the Yukon
Don't Miss: Deadliest Catch tour
Pros: attentive staff
Cons: shipboard entertainment