Just completed the 12 May 7-day Alaskan Explorer cruise on the Westerdam Here is my post-cruise review:
Pre-cruise Seattle: Arrived at Sea-Tac Thursday afternoon with DW and my mother (a Mother's Day present for her). Pick up with Already There car service was spot on at baggage and we used them for all ground transport both pre and post cruise. They are a local company and the price was 40% less that other service--highly recommended. We stayed at the Marriott Waterfront for a two night stay. Location was great for doing Tourist Seattle-walking distance to waterfront attractions and Pike Place Market. We did the three minute cab ride to the Space Needle for dinner.
Embarkation-Already There picked us up at 10:30am on a sunny Saturday for the 10 minute trip to Pier 91. Dropped in the passenger unloading area and instead of being able to drop our bags with a porter at the entrance we were required to drag our bags to the screening area--a bit of a change from last year.
The aft corner "wrap-around" suite is our "crack" on board, Although smaller than the SA suites on Deck 7 the huge veranda with a table for four with chairs, two chairs with ottomans and two loungers (which could hold 15-20 for a sail-away ) and the 42 feet of running aft/side balcony rail is what always sells it for us. This feature provided, I believe, the best views from the ship and was perfect for Glacier Bay viewing and allowed for great on-board whale sightings 4 out of 7 days on-board. We will book nothing else when possible.
The cabin itself had plenty of room for all three of us during the day. The King bed was extremely comfortable with a vast selection of pillows. The five closets and under-bed space provided than enough clothing/luggage storage. In-room amenities included a mini-bar (which went into the dressing area stool) so the frig could be used for ice and other bottles ( we had our steward keep both our small ice bucket and large wine bucket filled with ice all day. The dry bar held a good variety of glass and bar wear which was replaced when used. The twin vanity bathroom was very roomy and useabl