We chose HAL mainly for the itinerary and prices offered for their 14-day cruise round trip from Seattle (lower airfares and no passport required)that visited several ports not available through other cruise lines. We were particularly interested in seeing Kodiak and Sitka for their Russian heritage excursions, and Homer for halibut fishing for me.
We could not hve selected a better cruise itinerary! Each port and every shore excursion(except fishing) turned out fantastic and much more than we had anticipated! We booked the Bering Sea Fisherman's Adventure in Ketchikan that was delightful and truly educational. The whale-watching trip in Juneau resulted in sighting 12 Orcas and 12 Humpbacks, including an awesome breach! Icey Straight Point offers a look at true Alaskan life in a fishing village and the visit to Tracey Arm was a beautiful encounter with an impressive glacier. All of the ports visited offered unique excursions and attractions that were exciting, interesting, and affordable.
The onboard living experience far exceeded our expectations! All of the dining venues were exceptionally clean and offered outstanding menu choices, prepared and served with great care, and such a variety that we were sometimes overwhelmed by all of the delectable choices! The entire crew was always smiling, very accomodating, and eager to please. We could not have asked for better service, even when we had two minor incidents. Everything was resolved to our complete satisfaction.
The entertainment was very good, and a nice variety of shows were offered. We especially enjoyed the two comedians, who gave wonderful performances.
All-in-all, we would whole-heartedly recommend this particular cruise and certainly endorse Holland American as a top-notch cruise line.