Background: My husband and I (Forty-something) took my in-laws (Seventies)on an Alaskan Cruise for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. We sailed round trip to Seattle and stopped in Glacier Bay, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchican and Victoria, BC.
We Flew into Seattle on Friday and stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Lake Union. It was an average hotel. Very clean. My in-laws could not walk very far so we took a cab to the Public Market (about $10). We walked around and then from there took a cab to the Crab Pot for dinner (about $10)on Alaskan Way Harbor. We got there around 6pm to beat the rush which worked out great. Good food and nice gift shop at the restaurant.
We ate breakfast at the hotel (very nice buffet) and took a taxi to Pier 91 (about $25).
We arrived at the pier about noon and waited maybe 1/2 hour total to get on the ship. Lilly checked us in with Holland American and she was wonderful. When we arrived on the ship our cabin #6132 & #6128 were all ready for us. Most of our luggage had already arrived in our cabins as well. We had an upper veranda cabin right next to each other and we asked our cabin steward to remove the partition connecting our balconies to make it one large balcony and he did. These cabins were in a great location on the ship. Very close to the elevators which took us right up to the lido for breakfast and lunch. Also very convenient to the main dinning room for dinners. In the evening we had to walk a bit to get back to our cabins from the theatre and casino but still a great location. You can't have it all close to you. Besides the exercise was good for us.
The Ship: This was my third Holland Cruise.. I loved the Westerdam!! (other two ships on were the Oosterdam & Volendam) The three of these ships are pretty much the same layout. However..the entertainment on the Westerdam was OUTSTANDING. All of the shows were great and we especially enjoyed the 4 ladies playing the violins each night after dinner. AWESOME!!! A few things we participated on the ship were: culinary classes, computer classes, trivia, bingo,casino,shows,karaoke,walking the deck.
The food in the main dining room was outstanding as always. I have never had any bad food on Holland American. Five star every night. Even the Lido deck BBQ and breakfast food.
We took three excursions which all were wonderful.
All of the ports we visited were great.
Disembarkation went flawless.
Thank you Holland American and I will definitely sail with you again!!!