Beautiful Alaska Explorer Cruise: Oosterdam Cruise Review by darleen1421
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Beautiful Alaska Explorer Cruise
We loved the shows and thought the singers and dancers did a great job. Didn't go to the comedy night.
ON Wed we arrived at Juneau. We took a bus to the Mendenhall Glacier. I would encourage everyone to do this. We loved it. Much cheaper in port than booking excursions on ship. We had lunch at the Red Dog Saloon. It was definately a tourist trap. Food was alright but very expensive. Also went to the local quilt shop.
Thursday was Sitka. We tendered in, found a coffee shop with WIFI, then the local quilt shop. Walked around town a bit and then headed back to the ship.
Friday was Ketchikan. I found the quilt shop very close to where we left the ship. I was able to buy lots of Alaska Batik and got some in each shop.
We loved the fact that HA has priests on each sailing. Fr Carl was lovely. Had a good sense of humor. We attended Mass each day and were happy about it.
Saturday we arrived in Victoria about 8:45. We got off the ship but only went to the souvenir shops at the port. Decided that we didn't want to get left in Victoria. felt bad for those who had excursions booked.
Disembarkation went as smooth as embarkation. Our time to leave was 9:10 but we walked down at 8:50 and they said all bags were in the terminal. We walked on and went through security and customs very rapidly. Our son-in-law was picking us up and he was there, we were loaded and out of the terminal area by 9:30. I have nothing negative to say about Holland America. We are talking about going next September also.
Because the weather was so nice, we sat out on our verandah several days. We won't go again unless we have a verandah. Less