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Zaandam Cruise Review by Nutbunch

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Zaandam
Zaandam
Member Name: Nutbunch
Cruise Date: July 2009
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: FF
Cabin Number: 1949
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Zaandam Alaska - An amazingly great cruise
We were a family of 6. My husband, me two kids and husband's parents.

Cabin:
Our cabin was the lowest level and far stern. There was noise from the thrusters whenever we docked, or pulled away from dock. This didn't bother us, because we were already up, either enjoying the Lido breakfast buffett or getting ready to go there! The housekeeping steward were amzingly efficient. No sooner than we'd come back before lunch or sometimes earlier, the cabin would be spotless and new fresh towels delivered. Wish I could have that at home. With 4 people in the cabin it never seemed really tight. The bathroom was spacious, full tub/shoer combo. Nice sink space and shelf underneath.

Food:
A lot of people claim the food isin't good or noting special. I have no idea what they were talking about. The food was so  so good. I try to cut back, but everything was so yummy it was hard. We ate in the Lido buffet for breakfast and lunch, and sometimes late night snack 11pm-12am. For dinner we ate at the upper Rotterdam dining room. Our dining room steward and his assistant were so attentive and funny, we really got to know and appreciate them so much. Each course was great. We all ordered differnt things and no one had anything left on their plates. 

Entertainment:
There are a lot of activities going on. You get a daily program the night before that lists them all out. At times we were conflicted as we wanted to see 2 things that were offered at the same time. There is a movie theater that show a selected movie at 3 different times during the day. Bingo and trivia games  were fun. They also had a lot of games with other passengers they choose out of the crowd. Those were always good for a laugh. The Comic was funny, and the magician/comedian was good as well. We passed on the saxaphonist.

Itinerary:
Alaska was amazing. We cruised Glacial Bay and the scenery was so breathtaking. We were lucky as we had sunny, blue skys the entire trip. The ship got so close to Margorie Glacier we could see the blue fissures from our cabin. We had lots of time in Juneau, Sitka and even Ketchikan which was only half a day.  The only negative was Victoria. We had booked the Buutchart Garden excursion with the ship and the captain announced the day were were to arrive, that we'd be getting into Victoria at 6:30pm.  We'll he didn't dock until 7:45pm, the ship didn't clear to let passengers off until 8:00pm. There were passengers blocking stairwells, crammed though hallways all pushing to finally get off the ship. Our bus didn't leave till 8:30 and the bus driver insted on driving the long way to give a tour of the town. So when we got to the gardens we had enough light for 2 pictures and that was it. Darkness in a garden, even lit by pathway lights is not all that wrothwhile. You get no scale of how big it is, or views of sculptures. Definately NOT worth the money.

Other than Victoria, our cruise though was really amazing and we'd sail Zaandam again!


Publication Date: 07/27/09
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