Go for the scenery, not for the ship!: Volendam Cruise Review by green2u
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Go for the scenery, not for the ship!
Port stops: Except for so-so Juneau (but see Mendenhall Glacier), the port stops were excellent with plenty of excursion options or just for walking around. In Ketchikan we did the more adult-oriented zipline excursion (there are two offerings) which was not for the faint of heart but fun. If you like the dares on The Amazing Race, this is the one to take!!!
TIPS: #1 Bring binoculars! As you cruise in and out of Glacier Bay National park (unworldly and beautiful), the ranger will point out wildlife on the shore which is pretty far away for the naked eye. #2 If your cruise is out of Vancouver and you are of average fitness, take the metro to/from the airport. It's only $3 each way and the metro stop is a few blocks from the ship terminal. Their metros are frightfully clean! #3 Vancouver is gorgeous (at least in June); spend time there. #4 If you are arriving by foot, go inside the terminal and ask for directions; the outdoor signs make you think you board somewhere outside (you don't). We wasted a half hour trying to find the boarding area. Less
Cabin review: DA Large Ocean-View Stateroom
We knew our room would a partial oceanview. What we didn't know was the promenade was right outside our window with a constant parade of folks And then there was a huge metal support beam. Perhaps I should blame this snafu on my travel agent. The room itself was a joke. The TV was so small and so far away that it was difficult to see and I'd have to crank up the volume to hear though my roommate was trying to sleep (it was nice that the ship had a free DVD library). And you had to lay in bed to see the TV (which I hate to do); the useless love seat was facing the beds not the TV and couldn't be moved due to the room's configuration. To add to the clutter, useless drawn-back curtains were placed between the beds and the already cramped couch/TV areas. This useless addition actually made the room feel even smaller.Read All Large Ocean-View Stateroom (DA) Reviews >>