Volendam Cruise Review by Dancing with a Smile: Loved our Alaskan Cruise

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Dancing with a Smile
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Loved our Alaskan Cruise

Sail Date: August 2013
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver

I really liked Holland America. Dancing in the Crow's Nest was wonderful. Chase took requests & played all our favorite songs. (No techo ... yay!) The main dining room food was great & so was the service. (I loved the Baked Alaska). The dining room was beautiful with stars on the ceiling & leather chairs: always a plus. And the food was MUCH better than the Lido.

I enjoyed the shows, especially Northern Lights. Ping pong was fun, but the paddles need glue. The outside top deck had tinted wind shields which made the view look too dark. Clear wind shields would be much better.

Our cabin was nice. Bathroom facilities worked great. However, I don't like the metal cover on top of the toilet paper or the lid on the bathroom trash can.

The excursion we took to beautiful Tracy Arm Fjord was amazing. The high-speed catamaran picked us up at the ship during the service call & returned us to the ship in Juneau. It was definitely worth the money. More

Juneau & Skagway were cute towns. The clouds, however, cut off the mountain tops both days; and Juneau was a little rainy. Glacier Bay was spectacular!

Our best weather day was in Ketchican. We loved charming Creek Street.

We had heavy fog after Ketchican, so we didn't see much of the Inside Passage. (We saw the lower half of the mountains of the Inside Passage on the way up, since the tops were shrouded with clouds). A lot of the Inside Passage is sailed at night.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver was very fun with Cliff Walk & Treetops Adventure. (AAA discount).

Tip: Don't eat raw onions. They can make you sick if they aren't freshly cut from a whole onion. Less


Published 10/01/13


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