Alaska aboard the Westerdam: Westerdam Cruise Review by lilrainy
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Alaska aboard the Westerdam
Monday - at sea, spent most of the day wondering the ship playing in the casino and just relaxing. Despite the fact that barely any one is in our room today we again get a call from the front desk, our neighbors have again complained, something about our room door being propped open, smoke in the hallway? Well the only time the door is propped open is when the steward is cleaning our room, No one is smoking in our room and no one has been on our balcony, after I explain this I think they get it, the complainer is just crazy and needs to be ignored. This is our first formal night and everyone looks beautiful. Tuesday -Glacier Bay- the weather is again fantastic, sunny and only a little foggy which clears up for the most part, we spend all day on our balcony, the kids play cards in between taking pictures and we all have a really great day, the glaciers are beautiful, a little bit of calving and the best part before entering Glacier bay we spot whales from our balcony, totally awesome. Room service delivers hot chocolate for all of us and hot hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon. We couldn't have asked for a better day, the reason I splurged on this room is so we can all spend time together on the balcony and I have to say the memories of that day made it worth every penny.
Wednesday-Juneau- this was the highlight of our trip, whale watching in the morning with ORCA followed by helicopter/dogsled with coastal. We saw orcas and humpback whales; we saw bubbling it was great, sunny and mild weather. After whale watching we are transferred to Coastal for the glacier, clear blue skies, temps in the high 60's low 70; s, the guides on the glacier are in short sleeve shirts, dog sledding is fun, the dogs are so sweet and I am very happy to learn that the guides spend the night up there with them so they are not alone, My six yr old grandson who has never seen real snow had so much fun and really enjoyed the snowball fight that ensued. The helicopter ride and the scenery were breathtaking.
Thursday -Sitka- according to the locals we are a day late for seeing bears which were spotted all over the previous day, closing trails and even seen at the eagle hatchery, we still had a great day walked all over Sitka went on a hike through the forest and really enjoyed this quaint little town .I swear I saw the house from The Proposal from my balcony. (no one else agreed)
Friday -Ketchikan- did a morning tour with sourdough which was pretty good, went to a waterfall, Heron Bay, Saxman village and Dolly's' house. We saw tons of salmon but no bears; although at Heron Bay my eldest son wandered away a bit and saw a huge bear crossing the street a little up the block from where we were standing.
Saturday-Victoria- really pretty, we went on a short tour via limo that we picked up at the dock (not previously arranged) he took us to the governor's house. The gardens are beautiful with the sweetest roses you have ever smelled. We next went to the Craigdarroch Castle and then were dropped off downtown. The city is beautiful; the lights on the buildings, the flowers everywhere,would have loved to have spent more time there.
This was my first HAL cruise and I have to say it was great, the ship is beautiful and easy to get around, the staff were so kind and friendly especially our room steward Marty who made towel animals for my grandson every night and even came by one day to teach him how to do it. Our waiter Heru and his assistants were so kind and efficient, the dinners were good, always hot and presented well. Heru made sure I had a menu every night for the next day so I could choose food for my grandson who has a lot of allergies. My kids and nephews went to the Elton John show and loved it, the comedian Julie was great My grandson did not go to the kids zone at all as he just wanted to hang out with his family and we were all happy to oblige him, from what I saw, they did a good job with the kids and sent a schedule every night for the next day. Bread pudding was as good as everyone said, great ice cream and the burgers were terrific. Room service was outstanding, we ate breakfast in our room almost every day, my grandson who stayed in our suite with us loved this. We did receive an invitation to a suite luncheon but did not attend, used the Neptune lounge a few times but really the Lido was closer. Overall a great experience and to top it off I won the slot tournament........... Less
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