Great experience: Statendam Cruise Review by keepitup
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There is plenty of walking on offer too. Westmark Anchorage is in great location and room well appointed with balcony. Embarkation went smoothly.
MS Statendam is a very elegant ship and although it does have kids facilities I think you would be better on a bigger ship with more options. I found the whole ship experience to be of a high standard: stateroom, restaurant, lido, and compared very favourably with other cruise lines we have used. 2 formal nights on a 7 night cruise seemed excessive but you don't have to go! We don't really do shows or spa so can't comment.
Shore excursion staff were particularly helpful and ensured everything was sorted out and went smoothly.
Glacier Bay is awe inspiring and the soup on deck a nice touch. Ranger talk relayed to the deck and front desk open for viewing also nice touches.
Only 3 ports of call: Haines only HAL go there so it is quiet and great for poking around - make sure you get to the Brewery at Dalton Fairgrounds. I don't think it warrants 10 hour stay but I think that's more to do with scheduling than the port.
Juneau very busy with mainly jewellers shops but there are some gems: we found Cruise Critics port reviews to be really helpful in finding best places to go. Whale watching with Allen Marine was great.
Ketchikan: Also very busy. The salmon run up the fish ladder is a free wildlife spectacular. Floatplane over Misty Fjords was memorable.
Disembarkation in Vancouver was efficient and smooth. We used Big Pink Bus baggage drop off service. It worked well, but big queues build up.
To summarise: Alaska is great and worth the long journeys to get around.
HAL has great experience in this area and handles the whole process very efficiently. They also have good berths in port. The whole crew worked hard to make everything feel special. Anthony, the cruise director is particularly effective.
We had a great time and would thoroughly recommend Alsaka and HAL. Less
Cabin review: B174 Vista Suite with Verandah
Very spacious cabin, with plenty of cupboard space. Balcony good size, room quiet. Like ice bucket filled without asking. Hairdryer plug is under the dressing table.Read All Vista Suite with Verandah (B) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Bald Eagle Preserve
Guides are local, enthusiastic and made you feel relaxed. Journey very peaceful and enjoyable. Not sure why cameras and binoculars are recommended as it's hard to use them with the raft moving around: better just to watch the wildlife.
Allen Marine are great! Whole experience was great. Staff so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Saw whales close up and lots of other wildlife. Boats are very comfortable and complimentary hot drink welcome. Guide leaflet and use of binoculars a nice touch.
Misty Fjords Flightseeing
Very efficient operation: felt very safe and well looked after! Pilot really friendly and helpful. Views are spectacular and landing on a lake and stepping on the pontoon is the icing on the cake!