Statendam 3

“Needs updating”
Cruise review of Holland America Statendam

Kirby420
Member Since 2012
 
 

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We sailed July 2012 from Vancouver northbound. shortly into cruise starboard engine failed, for entire day, but we got to port on schedule. Boat had serious vibration the entire cruise. We were on navigation deck and could feel it. Was felt thru out ship, more on lower decks.
Cabin spacious, clean and well functioning.
Cabin attendants, Neptune lounge staff and dinner restaurant staff all excellent.
Breakfast we had in room or Neptune. Was ok
Lunch, a cattle call offering less than mediocre food. Hate having to pay for soda!
Dinner, several selections offered each night, with repeat standbys. Food was less than adequate. Example, choco mousse dessert. Rubbery, put fork in it and entire mousse lifted up!
Ship in serious need of updating the appearances as well as the stabilizers. Rocky ship!
Would not recommend the ship.
However, the excursions all booked before our cruise with HA were excellent. They made the vacation. From float plane, to dog More sledding, to helicopter to walk on glacier and twin engine plane light around Denali. Excellent guides on all.
Our bus broke down while touring Denali. Took about 90 mins for replacement bus. Our guide was superb. We saw many various wildlife. HA graciously gave each of us $25 gift certificate to use for food on train back to anchorage.
All HA staff, ship, land, tour guides, etc were the best.
So if you can suffer thru an old rocky ship with lousy food, you will have a wonderful time if you book many shore excisions. Less

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Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
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Cabin review: Neptune Suite with Verandah

SA011
Great balcony. Quiet location. Neptune lounge convenient. Bathroom ok, old style shower head in bath tub. Separate dressing area. Laundry service excellent. Staff wonderful. Large lost with lots of hangers.

Port and Shore Excursions


Mendenhall Glacier
Awesome. Helicopter to glacier then walked for hour. Guide beyond excellent. She was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. This is not to e missed.

Whale Watching
Saw lots of whales, that part was excellent. On board was a buffet dinner, which was awful.

Misty Fjords Flightseeing
Excellent adventure, guide/pilot excellent. Landing on lake amazing.

Chikoot Hike & Float
A bit of a tough hike. Not for casual walker. Raft float down river was very good. Guide knowledgeable, took many "rest stops" along trail.

Dog Sledding
Bus to mountain camp. Explanation of sledding and dogs. Sled on wheels pulled around a wooded trail by team of about 16 dogs. Then get to see puppies. Was interesting. Sledding was amazing.

Great city to walk around. Stanley park wonderful. Rent bikes and ride the park. Go to china town and have dim sum. Hop on bus easy way to get around.

Published 07/28/12

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