The Statendam: Statendam Cruise Review by Ms. bear

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Ms. bear
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The Statendam

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
Unfortunately, our cruise experience was not very positive. The ship was old and needed an overhaul. Our toilet had to be fixed six times because the vacuum system did not work and the toilet overflowed. After the 5th time we were assured that it had been corrected. No such luck! The food service was not very good either. We had late seating and we were literally the last ones out of the dining room at least 4 nights out of the five. Our waiter tried very hard, however, he had too many tables assigned to him with no help.

On a positive note, the ports were awesome and our shore excursions (not booked through the ship) were wonderful.

After the cruise we added the land excursion to Denali. We took the train to Denali and spent one night in Denali. While there, we rented a car and drove around Denali. However, we were not allowed to go any farther than 15 miles. If we had had more time at Denali, we would have scheduled one of the tours that went farther into the park More and not rented a car. One of the excursions planned, was a dinner show (can't think of the name) but at a "mining camp". It was fabulous. The food was family style and the entertainment was superb.

We, then, took the train into Fairbanks where we did the Discovery Paddle boat tour which was wonderful. The next morning, our land tour ended. However, while in Fairbanks we rented a car from Alaska Car rental in downtown Fairbanks and did several wonderful activities. We visited a reindeer farm where we led the reindeer on walks. The reindeer were very tame. In fact, one of them was like a dog and went up on the deck of the house and laid in front of the sliding door like a dog. The web site is We, also, had a tour at a musher's house. The lady (Mary) was the first woman to complete the Iditarod. It was a very private tour. We were able to play with the dogs. She gave us a wonderful overview of Alaskan life (including building her own log cabin) and dog sledding. Her web site is These two tours were the highlight of our Fairbanks stay. We, also, drove the rode out to the Chena Hot Springs resort. During the drive we saw at least 14 moose-some moms and babies, some dads. It was fantastic. Less

Published 07/19/12

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Port and Shore Excursions

Anchorage was a large city with many restaurants and shops. We were lucky to be there on a weekend when the city market was operating. We enjoyed the shopping and walking around the town.

Dog Sledding

We were flown to the glacier in a helicopter. When we landed, we were given a tour of the dog sled camp. Then, we rode the dog sled down to another camp to be picked up by the helicopter. It was quite a long ride and we were each given the opportunity to drive the dog sleds. Awesome.

Whale Watching

We were in a small boat with a total of 6 people and the driver. We went into the ocean to look for whales. We probably saw a total of 15 or 20 whales some of which were showing their tails, some were showing their stomachs, etc. It was awesome.


Our Flight-seeing tour with Island Wings was awesome. She flew us over the Misty Fjord Glacier. We landed on the river and were able to walk in the Alaskan Wilderness (Valentine River) where we saw a Grizzly Bear across the river.

Totem Bight State Park

With the Saxon Sourdough tour, we rode in a small van which took us on a drive in and around Ketchikan. We stopped at many spots where we saw eagles and bears. The actual tour of the Saxon Village was disappointing because so much of the time was taken up in the earlier stops that our time at the village to see the totem poles was limited.

Very small town. The shuttle is very convenient. We went to the first part of town (didn't realize that there was another part if we'd ridden the shuttle farther). That part of town had 1 street with about 4 shops and 4 restaurants. I would suggest going to the second part of town. It can't be worse than the first part.
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We rented a car and drove to Emerald Lake. It was a worthwhile experience in that we were able to stop as often as we wanted. Emerald Lake was beautiful. We stopped in Carcross to eat lunch. Carcrosse is a small town with many historical buildings and few restaurants. Afterwards, we shopped in Skagway. The shopping was fine-typical Alaskan souvenirs.
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Ms. bear
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