4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We had to go this week due to kids’ activities in the summer. We spent one night in Seattle then got on the ship around noon. Our room was ready and the lido deck buffet was already being enjoyed. We explored the ship, set up our ... Read More
We had to go this week due to kids’ activities in the summer. We spent one night in Seattle then got on the ship around noon. Our room was ready and the lido deck buffet was already being enjoyed. We explored the ship, set up our phones, and started planning activities. The weather was lovely the entire trip! We only saw rain on the first day at sea when we watched rainbows and mountainsides and sipped coffee from the crow’s nest in comfy leather chairs. We dined in Tamarind and Pinnacle Grill as well as Rudi’s pop-up restaurant. We were not impressed with Tamarind and actually cancelled the second reserved night. Some of the favors were spot on, but the seafood did not seem fresh. I hated PG. I thought the menu was outdated and four of our steaks were over-cooked. Rudi’s was not what it was built up to be or worth the price. My husband said he liked the restaurant atmosphere and service over the main dining room. I did not think any were worth the extra cost. There is also a “sommelier” who is basically a cocktail server. They seem be irritated that we wanted to use our signature beverage plan to order drinks. We actually chose two glasses of wine the first night that were over the $9 cost and were charged full price. I thought we would be charged the difference. We did the helicopter to the dogsledding on a glacier for four. We splurged on this once in a lifetime experience at $649 per person. We were greeted by a high school girl who seemed distracted by her friends who were passing by as she was checking us in on the pier outside the ship. We had a 3:15 reservation and were to check in at 3:05. We were on time. When we handed her our tickets, she said, “how much do you weigh?“ to each of us. It was very embarrassing especially for my husband who weighs 250lbs. They charge people who weigh over 240 a $130 extra fee. The greeter shouted over to another teenager “how much we charge for heavy people?” OMG! We have already paid almost $3,000 for this three hour experience. The fee showed up on our cabin bill. At about 3:40, some other tenn age girl said, “alright, glaciers this way.” There were several tours going on and we weren’t sure what do do or if she was talking to us. So unprofessional. We got to the helicopter facility, were told to sit down to listen to safety presentation which was some 8 x 11 printouts of parts of the helicopter we were not to touch. We were given a locker they said they would lock when we left(?) for our purses and items not allowed on the flight. At 4:20, we finally got in the helicopter and took off. The flight and dog time were amazing but fast. We were back at the ship at 6:28. Worth it? Still not sure. I must warn anyone thinking about the “otters, raptors, and bears, Oh,My” excursion from Sitka. We started right on the boat to explore sea life. The main space was enclosed in glass and became miserably hot. There were no windows to open other than four 4 by 10 inch rectangles that provided a very slight breeze when we were moving. Upstairs was just railings for whale watching. Neither made a THREE HOUR boat ride comfortable. As soon as we docked, we were rushed to a bus. Not a nice or even decent bus. It had old upholstery that smelled musty and the weak ac came on after we sat there for 8 minutes until they turned on the engine. After they counted us twice, the driver announced that we would be going to the eagle location and then the fortress of the bears. I could not wait to get off the bus. When we stopped to see eagles, the driver said that due to the Fourth of July parade, we would need to be back on the bus in 27 minutes. The establishment was fine, and it was nice to see the Eagles. It turned out that 20 minutes would be enough time to see the facility. We got back on the bus and headed to the bears. Again it was announce that we should be back on the bus in 25 minutes. Ugh. The fortress of the bears was two giant round cylinders with a few bears in each. We went up the stairs to look down in the holding cells and down the other side. There were a bunch of hot miserable bears lying amongst garbage piles and puddles of mud. We do see a ton of eagles in the trees surrounding the bears. At the close of the tour, we were dumped off in town 6 miles from the ship. We could not wait to get off that awful bus and get back to the ship. Unfortunately and understandably, we could not get a shuttle back to the ship for over an hour because of the parade. Of course we were starving and thirsty after being on the boat and bus tour for five hours. We got lunch and waited in the longest line to get on a remodeled school bus that took us back to the Eurodam. Do not spend money on the trip. I don’t hate the boat part since we did see lots of sea life. Just beware of the type of boat you are signing up for. I’m afraid HAL is making the excursions seem a little more classy than what you actually get and charging a premium price for them. I loved the piano players! Especially Rachel! They play top hits and requests two or three times an evening. They were great! The casino was small but seemed perfect for the gamblers who were there. Slots and roulette are all we need. The shows in the theater were entertaining. The service was great all around the ship. Staff was upbeat and friendly. I could not believe how many knew our names by day one. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
My husband and I are active thirty-somethings who love to travel. For about half our trips, we choose to cruise rather than plan everything on our own. This was our 7th cruise together. We previously sailed with HAL on a 3 night cruise in ... Read More
My husband and I are active thirty-somethings who love to travel. For about half our trips, we choose to cruise rather than plan everything on our own. This was our 7th cruise together. We previously sailed with HAL on a 3 night cruise in October of 2016. SEATTLE We stayed two nights at a lovely Airbnb in the Magnolia neighborhood. We enjoyed walking around the peaceful streets, hiking through Discovery Park, and watching boats pass through the Ballard Locks. It was a great start to our vacation! EMBARKATION The Airbnb was near Pier 91, so it was a short Lyft ride there. The Port of Seattle knows what they're doing! We were greeted by many smiling employees who directed passengers efficiently. We were able to drop off our luggage without being bothered by porters. Check-in was quick and easy, and we waited a short time to board. From drop off time to boarding the ship, the whole process took less than 30 minutes. Great job Seattle!! SHIP The Eurodam is in good condition and easy to navigate. There is only one spot for smokers on this ship. (As a nonsmoker, I was thrilled!!) Even the casino was smoke-free, so I was able to actually enjoy the bars in that area. The atrium is very compact and not conducive for prolonged hanging out. There is a wrap around promenade on deck 3, which was usually a peaceful place to walk or relax. However, it often smelled of varnish, so we would only traverse certain sections of the deck. The Crow's Nest has been revamped and now focuses on shore excursions. It was always very busy here and not very relaxing. DINING For embarkation lunch, the dining room was closed for a private event. This was the one and only time we ate in the buffet. The food here was very lackluster, and the drink service was slow. The rest of our meals were consumed in the dining room. The dining room staff did a great job! Breakfast each morning was very good with plenty of options. My favorite was the muesli. For lunch, we preordered our meals the day before from the vegetarian menu. Both of us eat fish, seafood, and poultry, but we enjoyed using the vegetarian option. The menu was more diverse and flavorful than the MDR lunch choices. For one lunch, we requested our food be delivered by room service, which was a nice treat. Most of the dinners were good. We did the anytime dining and were often asked if we would like to share a table, which we always turned down. There was never an issue getting a table for two. As a word of warning, if the ship is moving at a high speed, avoid the back of the dining room on deck 2. The engine was loud and made the tables shake. It was hard to converse in this area. On the second Gala Night, we ate in Canaletto. It was delicious, and the service was highly attentive! I wish the restaurant was in a more private area away from the buffet. ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES This is the area HAL really needs to work on. Sea days offered little to do, and we found ourselves getting bored. Many of the activities offered (i.e. test kitchen, EXC talks) were just sit and listen things. We would prefer more active options (i.e. dance classes). The only show we attended was the BBC Earth presentation about Alaska. The live music was great, and the presentation was interesting. The Music Walk is a good idea. The Lincoln Center Stage group played diverse music from classical to Led Zeppelin. The dueling pianos in the Billboard Onboard were good, but we never stayed long here. We prefer to dance. The BB King band is awesome, and we were able to do our dancing here. However, one of the players had to be quarantined due to illness, and the band did not play for 3 nights in a row. This was a big disappointment. I understand one band member could not perform, but I have seen bands on other ships work around issues like this and still perform. For the rest of the cruise, we had to make our own fun. Thankfully, I packed a deck of cards. There were also board games in the Gallery Bar. SIGNATURE BEVERAGE PACKAGE Our booking included the Explore4 Promotion, so we both received the signature beverage package. This was a great deal! Plenty of alcoholic drinks are covered, and bottled water and specialty coffees are also included. We were able to order Evian at every meal, and we even got bottles to take with us on port days. Each evening, we would have a cocktail in our favorite spot, the Tamarind Bar, and then enjoy a glass (or two) of wine in the MDR. I'm not sure if it would be worthwhile to buy the package at the full price, but if you can get the Explore4, then go for it! PORTS This is where the cruise shined!! Alaska is absolutely breathtaking! In Juneau, we took a Juneau Tours bus to Mendenhall Glacier, which allowed us to spend all the time we wanted there. We saw a family of black bears!! We hiked to Nugget Falls, and it was completely worth it. Such a beautiful place! Glacier Bay was amazing! We spent most of the day on the bow just taking it all in. I had seen pictures of this place before, but they do not do it justice. A park ranger provided just the right amount of commentary as the captain guided us around tiny icebergs. We spent an hour in front of Margerie Glacier and saw a tiny bit of calving. Sitka was my favorite town. We docked at a pier five miles from town. Free shuttles to downtown were provided. We visited the Sitka Sound Science Center. It's small, but it's worth visiting. The staff were friendly and informative. The touch tanks were cool. How many aquariums let you touch a starfish or a sea cucumber? We went hiking in Sitka National Historical Park. We had planned to visit the raptor center, but while we were in the park, we came across a bald eagle posing on a tree trunk. We stood watching him in awed silence for at least 10 minutes. After seeing this, we felt we could skip the raptor center. We also hiked to the beach and saw even more bald eagles! A group was hunting for fish and flew back and forth over our heads between the water and the trees. It was amazing!! In Ketchikan, we hiked around town. We were able to easily get away from the touristy areas and enjoy the natural beauty. There is very little time here, so we weren't able to do more. Victoria is the only disappointment on the port list. We did the Harbour Walk but felt like there wasn't much to see, especially compared to the Alaskan wilderness. There is a very long pier next to the cruise dock, and we enjoyed walking out on that. Perhaps Victoria would have been more enjoyable if we had arrived earlier. Being there from 6pm to 11pm is an odd choice. DISEMBARKATION Again, the Port of Seattle did a great job!! We were off the ship and in a cab in about 10 minutes. FYI, taxis charge a flat rate of $40 from Pier 91 to the airport. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Chose this cruise because of the itinerary & this cruise line because of our positive experience on our only other cruise up the east coast of US into Canada also on Holland America. Our stateroom was on Level 5 midships with ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the itinerary & this cruise line because of our positive experience on our only other cruise up the east coast of US into Canada also on Holland America. Our stateroom was on Level 5 midships with verandah so we were able to enjoy the views even more. We took 7 shore excursions through Holland America & felt they were good value & helped us make best use of our time. We arranged our own Hop On in Bergen but that day it was pouring rain(which isn't unusual in Bergen) so we cut the day short after seeing a couple of museums & having lunch near the Fish Market. We arranged our own activities in Amsterdam pre & post cruise(I Amsterdam cards were a big help). The specialty restaurants on the ship are very good(used Dining Around option). Service in the Main Dining Room can be slow & food tends to have cooled down before being served. The Lido is usually crowded but great selection & very convenient. Entertainment is very good in the smaller venues & ok on the Wold Stage. Library is pitiful(used paperbacks in different languages apparently left by other travellers). No laundry facilities which was ok by us as we chose the unlimited option(extra charge) & the laundry was returned promptly the following morning. Geiranger was the most beautiful port & they are restricting the ships to only 2 a day. Glad to have the opportunity to visit the North Cape;Flam etc. Embarkation;disimbarkation & tenders went smoothly. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Having been on numerous cruises, we thought we knew what to expect for our first cruise with Holland America. We had been on 3 prior Alaska cruises (Celebrity, Princess, and Royal Caribbean) and knew Alaska cruises have very little ... Read More
Having been on numerous cruises, we thought we knew what to expect for our first cruise with Holland America. We had been on 3 prior Alaska cruises (Celebrity, Princess, and Royal Caribbean) and knew Alaska cruises have very little nightlife and more multigenerational families. Overall, the Eurodam exceeded our expectations. We arrived in Seattle two days early and rented car. On cruise day, we returned the car to the airport and caught a shuttle for the 30 minute ride to pier 91 (*cruise tip: Several local companies offer airport transfers for less than the cruise line…*cruise tip: the local companies charge a few dollars less for a ride from the SEATAC car rental location then from SEATAC so have them take you to/from the car rental and then catch the free shuttle to the airport). The Eurodam uses pier 91 which holds two ships. Although there were about 5000 people at the pier between the two ships, boarding went very fast and took 25 minutes (at about 12:45) from dock to room. Our luggage arrived 20 minutes later and was placed in our room by our cabin attendant. We selected a balcony room on the 4th floor, right side, of the ship. We choose the lower floor so we could be closer to the icebergs as the ship sailed Glacier Bay. The right side was the way to go. As the ship sailed Glacier Bay, it hugs the right side near the land. On this cruise, it gave us an excellent view of 4 bears walking on the shore. Once the ship reaches the glaciers, the right side is positioned first to view the glaciers. Although the ship will eventually turnaround for the left side people, who wants to want for the great view? The room, which comes with a bathtub, had enough spaces to hide everything we brought onboard. The only drawback was that the air vent is located above the bed which causes air to fall on us as we slept. On prior Carnival and Princess cruises, the first night “show” was a waste of time. On the Eurodam, the first night show gave a good sample of what to expect during the week. Although the Eurodam does not have the normal game shows (Newlywed game, Quest, etc) the entertainment kept us happy for all 6 nights (no theater show on the last night due to being in Victoria). We found the food to be near the top of the 25 cruises we have taken. We expected the food to be bland and mundane, but found it to be the opposite. On our Princess cruise in March, we had a hard time selecting dinner entrees on several nights due to nothing sounded appetizing. This was not a problem on the Eurodam (*cruise tip: the shrimp taco appetizer at dinner, and the Banoffee pie in the lido at lunch, were OUTSTANTING). During every meal in the lido they had small plates of cut fresh fruit, and fresh sushi, which was a nice touch. They even had whole litchi fruit available one day (a first for us on a cruise). Several cruisers asked us what it was thinking there were sea urchins on our plates. In Juneau we took the pier bus to Mendenhall Glacier. By taking the pier bus, and not the shore excursion, we were able to save a few dollars and spend as much time as we wanted at the glacier. On our first Alaska cruise years ago, we felt like there was too little time at the glacier on the excursion to enjoy the hiking trails. For the other ports, which we have been to several times, we just walked around town and enjoyed Alaska. We knew Holland America has an older demographic. Before the cruise we joked about the halls being cluttered with parked walkers. Although the average age was about 60, with only about 50-70 kids on the ship, we found the other cruisers to be active and sociable. Although we would not pick Holland America for a Mexican or Caribbean cruise, it was a perfect fit for Alaska. You cruise Alaska to relax and view the beautiful scenery. We were happy to play board games with our 21 year old daughter and watch Alaska sail past us at night (it does not get dark until very late at night). For those wanting to stay in their cabin, Holland America has one of the best selection of free movies available on television and room service is free 24 hours a day (other brands charge for late night delivery and some even charge for movies). When it comes time to disembark, you are allowed to stay in your cabin until your number/color is called (no lugging suitcases to the lido for breakfast and then sitting in a room waiting to be called). Overall Holland America exceeded our expectations. The crew was exceptionally friendly and the ship was in great shape. The food was excellent. Holland America would definitely be our first choice for Alaska. For the party itinerates (Mexico, Caribbean), we would pick Royal Caribbean which has the best toys (rock climbing, zip lines, ice skating, Flowrider, etc) at sea. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Hope you will find this information helpful in planning your Alaska visit. This was our (wife and self)14th cruise over many years, with 5 cruise lines, and yes we did enjoy it despite some rocky seas on Sunday while in the open ocean ... Read More
Hope you will find this information helpful in planning your Alaska visit. This was our (wife and self)14th cruise over many years, with 5 cruise lines, and yes we did enjoy it despite some rocky seas on Sunday while in the open ocean prior to entering protected waters near Juneau. If you are prone to seasickness I would suggest departing from Vancouver via the "inside passage". We flew in from Florida one day prior to the cruise. Took a Taki Cab to Motif Hotel in downtown Seattle and the fee was $48 + tip. Cab from hotel to Pier 91 on Saturday morning was $18 + tip. Motif is excellently located just 5 easy walking blocks from Pikes Market and the hotel s super clean with a nice glass of complementary Wine in the lobby following check-in. Castle and Elephant Restaurant is located at the base of the hotel which made for a convenient place for dinner. Directly across the street is the Specialty Bakery and Cafe for Breakfast, etc. All stores are very close for easy walking. Embarkation was the best experienced to date...hats off to Port of Seattle and its smiling staff. Holland America also had its act together at check in. We arrived at port at 11:35 AM and were aboard by Noon and immediately directed to the cabin. Ships staff seem happy the entire cruise. Disappointed that staff did not push hand sanitizing prior to and anywhere else on the ship. Although, restrooms have a sign "please use towel to open restroom doors when leaving". Especially enjoyed the Observation Lounge (crows nest) and Coffee Cafe on the 11th deck. Beautifully appointed with new furnishings and carpet. Ship was in a 10 day drydock before heading to Alaska and I believe the public area carpets were mostly replaced. In Juneau, with a light rain, we took the ships shuttle bus ($45) reserved to Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls. We walked to the falls and back which took about 20 minutes each way...don't you miss this great opportunity. Then visit the visitor center which has a nice movie and convenient restrooms in the building. The $5 entry fee is included in the Shuttle cost. Shuttle time was 3.5 hours round trip with about 30 minutes travel to and from the ship. Driver provided much information on both legs of the trip. Glacier Bay was magnificent on a mostly sunny day. Saw quite a bit of calving of the Margerie Glacier and the ship was maneuvered much closer to the glacier than expected. Thank you Captain. In Sitka, a shuttle to town is provided from the pier which is about 5 miles from town. Weather was clear. We visited the Russian Bishop House (no fee) and very interesting. Run by the National Park Service and very close to the shuttle exit point. Also visited the Sheldon Jackson Museum ($7) which is probably a 10 minute walk beyond the Russian Bishop House. The museum is very large with many historical artifacts. Also visited the St. Michael's Cathedral ($5) which is kind of run down and not that interesting. In Ketchican the weather was sunny and clear. Went directly to the Lumberjack Show ($37) and got seated for the first performance at 8:45AM. Interesting but Kids would enjoy it more than adults. Kind of silly! We then went to the Visitors Center which is run by the National Park Service...a beautiful building, exhibits and movie. $5 entry fee unless you are a National Park Pass holder. Walked Creek Street and did a bit of shopping. In Victoria, Canada, with a light rain, the ship was about 40 minutes late to the dock. We took a pier taxi for about $9 each way to and from the ship. There are many taxi's waiting at the pier and this was the quickest way to the city which is about a 20 minute walk from the pier. On return the taxi's are mostly located near the hotel by the visitor center. In general, the ship doesn't offer much in the way of entertainment. Two main shows, dueling piano's, BB King lounge for music and limited dancing, some cooking show, computer lab, etc. Rather older crowd with a lot of far Eastern passengers. The Seattle Port Authority offers "Port Valet" baggage service in conjunction with the cruise ships and most airlines. This is how it works: The ship will around wednesday send information to your cabin. Simply complete to forms authorize a charge to your onboard account for $25 (per bag) that you want routed directly to you airline and your bag(s) will be delivered to the baggage carousel when you arrive at your destination. The ship also checks you in for your flight and prints your boarding passes. Wow this is a wonderful service and was flawless for us. We walked off with two carry on bags. Disembarkation was a breeze. Walked off the ship at 7:30AM, went directly to the Taxi Cab line and were on our way to the airport. The cab fare is a fixed flat rate from the pier to the airport for $40. Our drivers Prius was hitting 90 mph most of the way. Arrived spooked but in one piece. Let me know if this write up was helpful to your planning and don't miss Alaska. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Second Alaska cruise with friends who had never been before. Have sailed on the Eurodam five times in the last eight years and was excited to see that the common areas had been refreshed and repurposed to keep up with the times. Cabins ... Read More
Second Alaska cruise with friends who had never been before. Have sailed on the Eurodam five times in the last eight years and was excited to see that the common areas had been refreshed and repurposed to keep up with the times. Cabins have not been updated and furniture is showing a lot of wear and the "Mariner" bedding is old and uncomfortable. Embarkation and debarkation a breeze. Port to airport luggage program is wonderful! Service in the dining room is haphazard and since we had anytime dining, the caliber of service changed with each new table. The changes in the Crows Nest are beautiful, but I miss the happy hour in that venue during sailway with its 2 for one drinks and accompanying hot appetizers. Wifi and drink packages seem cumbersome and expensive. Last sailed with Celebrity which "bundles" drinks, wifi, gratuities and shipboard credit in a one package. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We were with Our mom and dad on this cruise. Our rooms were nice but not The best. The staff was great. The service if we needed anything was great. The food was OK, just OK. They set times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This included ... Read More
We were with Our mom and dad on this cruise. Our rooms were nice but not The best. The staff was great. The service if we needed anything was great. The food was OK, just OK. They set times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This included the buffet. If you wanted anything after the times you had to order off room service and that was limited. We watched one show and it was pretty good. The boat had some music, but not a lot. This Is NOT A PARTY BOAT by any means. No games either. Oh there was bingo. We did have on board movies in our rooms and trust me we watched them. The staff in the bar by the casino was great. The bar staff and the staff that cleaned our room was the best part of the ship. We loved the ports that we were at. We visited Juneau, Sitka, Ketchika and Canada. The places were pure beauty. We visited Glacier Bay. This was amazing also. I would love to cruise here again, but not on this cruise line Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Holland America is amazing. Ship was in great shape and spotless. All crew members were the most helpful, kind, and professional from the service desk to the cleaning crew. Explorations café staff knew my name after the second ... Read More
Holland America is amazing. Ship was in great shape and spotless. All crew members were the most helpful, kind, and professional from the service desk to the cleaning crew. Explorations café staff knew my name after the second day, and it only took my favorite bartender one day (thanks Angelo). Must do the bar crawl, loads of fun! My cabin staff (Anon & Sri) were the best. Never wanted for anything. Ate lunch at the Pinnacle (only $10 compared to $35 for dinner) it was excellent. Our favorite of all was the Tamirand. If sailing on Holland America you must try this place. Wonderful food and great staff. We enjoyed it so much we made a second reservation. Our three shore excursions through Holland America were fantastic! Must try the dog sledding. Norris Glacier (Juneau) was beautiful and staff was the best. My daughter talked me into zip lining in Ketchican and I had the best time ever! I am 64 years young. Overall we had a fantastic cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this particular cruise since it went to Sitka and not many other lines go there. My family and I have been on 13 other cruises on various lines. Our ages are from 60 to 27. This was our first cruise on Holland and our first to ... Read More
I chose this particular cruise since it went to Sitka and not many other lines go there. My family and I have been on 13 other cruises on various lines. Our ages are from 60 to 27. This was our first cruise on Holland and our first to Alaska. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. We had a signature suite and it was easily the nicest suite we have ever had. The ship itself was very classy; however, I found all inside areas to be dark and dreary. The food was horrible, both in the dining room and the buffet. Tasteless. Best food was the pizza and hamburgers/hotdogs. Buffet was worse than any buffet I have been to on land and deserts were a joke. Almost every desert had prunes, figs or raisins or was a pudding of some sort. You can tell the age group the line caters to. Other than the BB King group, the entertainment was also pretty bad. Very little activities in the evening and if there wasn't such beauty to be seen in the Alaskan inside passage, we would have been bored. Crew seemed exhausted and service was very spotty. In summary, I would not chose Holland America again. Just was not the line for me or my family. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This was a birthday celebration for my daughter. My second cruise to Alaska, first time on HAL; her first cruise experience ever. Embarkation was fast and efficient. Probably the quickest encountered. We arrived around 1pm, and was ... Read More
This was a birthday celebration for my daughter. My second cruise to Alaska, first time on HAL; her first cruise experience ever. Embarkation was fast and efficient. Probably the quickest encountered. We arrived around 1pm, and was surprised to be on board and have immediate access to stateroom in under an hour. (which was a bonus not having to lug the carry on around with you to lunch or explore the ship) Late May is early in the season and quite unpredictable weather wise. Our "at sea" days were rainy, cold and windy. As long as you plan ahead and pack clothing to layer as needed it is not a major issue. We were extremely fortunate, and the weather cooperated in all of our ports. Glacier Bay was magnificent and did not disappoint. We had a full hour at the famed Marjerie glacier. Juneau was the only port where it was drizzling on arrival, but let up to allow enjoyment of the sights and excursions. Since Alaska itineraries are more about the scenery and ports, we noticed that while there were activities on board, these are not to the same extent experienced on other itineraries. Did not experience much interaction with the cruise director at all. The ships main stage entertainment was not as good as we have seen on other lines, but the ship does offer a wide ranging assortment of venues ranging from classical, to Billboard hits and blues. In addition, the headline acts for the sailing, illusionist Joseph Réohm, and comedian David Crowe were exceptional. Dining: Very happy overall with dining options on board. One thing to note about this itinerary is due to late port cells in Juneau and Victoria, if going ashore you will have somewhat limited dinner options in these two ports. Not complaining, but something to be aware off. Lido Market: Very nicely arrange and good variety of options available. This is not self service for the most part, so in addition to finding tables during peak times, there are also significant lines at the more popular food stations. Table service in Lido could be better- do not rely on staff to bring drinks during peak hours... They are too busy clearing tables. We decided it was best to get our own drinks first, then our meal. Tamarind Restaurant: we took advantage of the embarkation day special! The discount price of $18 per person this night made it an amazing beginning. There are so many options, but would strongly recommend the Laksa soup and Baramundi! The tamarind chocolate and sorbet trio were outstanding ends to the meal. Chef's Table: part of Holland's Food & Beverage Aficionado series, we were fortunate to participate in the evening with Chef Ethan Stowell on our sailing. This five course dinner with wine pairing was one of the highlights of our cruise. This program is NOT available on every sailing and has limited capacity. We highly encourage those fortunate to be on one of these sailings... Do NOT hesitate! It is well worth the cost, and an amazing experience. Main Dining Room: No complaints with either the menu or service. The views looking aft from the dining room are exceptional. Disembarkation in Seattle also provided a new experience. The port in cooperation with SeaTac Airport have a program that allows for passengers flying later in the day to have their bags collected, taken to the airport, and checked in for the flight. This is an exceptional program and allowed us to avoid the hassles and lines both at the pier and the airport! All details are provided earlier in the cruise, and made for an enjoyable last day before an evening flight home. Everything went smoothly and our bags were right there when we landed back home. A fabulous cruise from beginning to end. Read Less
Eurodam Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.2
Entertainment 4.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 3.5 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 5.0 3.8
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.2

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