Statendam 5

“Statendam Alaska cruise”
Cruise review of Holland America Statendam

Shasta125
Member Since 2014
 
 

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Embarkation was a breeze in Seward. We boarded as soon as ship was ready, about 11:30 am, found our cabin, ate lunch and then left the ship to see the Aquarium. The lunch was great in the Lido Restaurant and was the best meal we had. The food selection for the whole cruise was good but not as good as we had on Carnival a couple of years ago. I would rate it very good but not excellent.

The entertainment was excellent in the Showroom at Sea. Don't miss the Techspert Frank and his Digital Workshops. He gave us many useful computer tips but also helpful information about the upcoming port of call.

As is usual with cruise ships, they can't give you enough information on how to get to the jewelry shops in town or sell tours but they don't make sure you know how to find the free shuttles or the museums in town. One elderly couple I ran into had walked all over Haines looking for the Post Office because they had no idea there was a free shuttle. That is one of my main More complaints with cruises.

Our one main complaint was the sewer smell on the ship. In some places it was disgustingly strong. Luckily we rarely noticed it in our cabin but it was strong in some hallways especially on decks 11 and 12. It seemed to be the elephant in the room that nobody mentioned but us. Perhaps the crew have become immune to it! We thought the smell was enough to make your hair curl but they were all surprised. After we complained the situation improved but the smell was beginning to return again near the time we left the ship. For this reason alone we would not sail again on this ship.

All the crew were extremely pleasant and helpful and very professional. Less

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Sail Date: July 2014
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seward
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This cabin faces the rear on deck 6. It is roomy and a great location. It was quiet except for when the ship docked in Haines. Maneuvering in that port must have been harder and I think most cabins were affected by it. We loved that you could easily go out on deck and see the views from both sides, and be sheltered from the wind while sailing.

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Free shuttle driver Tara was a gem. So helpful and pleasant and gave is a good idea of what it is like to live in a small Alaskan town.

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Published 08/04/14

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