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Let me be the first to post regarding the Alaska season with HAL. Terrific! We booked the cruise directly on the HAL web page again and it was flawless, and when we finalized everything 5 months prior to sailing we received an very fair discount as having sailed previously on HAL. This was our first experience sailing to Alaska (having cruised 7 times with HAL and RCL) and I heatedly recommend sailing RT out of Seattle as this cruise itinerary gives you a good first look at Alaska without the grueling inland tours or flying home from Anchorage. Seattle is also a great place to spend a few days before and after. The Oosterdam is a wonderful mid-sized ship in the Vista class size, and you won't get lost aboard. HAL is also a great brand to sail with if you want to be in charge of your schedule, have quiet time aboard, sleep wonderfully on new beds, and dine with more than adequate food quality and quantity-I hardily suggest the Mueslix for breakfast. Do not use HAL if you want a party...the average age was around 55 and we all got along great. The few children seemed out of place. The ship handled one choppy night very well, and most of the time if you didn't see the ocean move past the rail you wouldn't know you were moving. The stateroom was very comfortable with an efficient steward (Suri) who was almost never seen keeping our cabin spotless, a delightful Jacuzzi tube, and the previously mentioned sleeper beds. We heard no noise from adjacent cabins, although with the air temp at 42 degrees very few were on their verandahs. Hint-bring a clock radio and power strip; and the laundry and dry cleaning prices are fair. Dining areas were as expected, food quality again was well above average; and if you can't decide on which entree to eat, order another. Pinnacle Grill on last night was best meal of the week and worth the surcharge. Ports were interesting, with a visit to Juneau, Hubbard Glacier tour, Sitka and Otter/Whale trip (great), Mendenhall Glacier (too spectacular for words and the power in the silence as we sat dead calm 100 yards from the cracking ice), and Ketchikan (too little time here). There are Bald Eagles almost everywhere, and the Alaskans are most friendly and cordial, especially as we were the first ship since September. We did not go ashore in Victoria due to a short time in port, but hear it is worth a separate visit. We also did not see any shows in the Vista lounge as I have seen too many jugglers and comedians and the small and cozy casino worked for us just fine. Even the movie theatre on board showed decent movies. We are going again to Alaska, next time from Vancouver with 3 other couples and in September-the leaves should be beautiful. HAL and Oosterdam are worth a trip and you may come well rested.

Oosterdam - Alaska

Oosterdam Cruise Review by jabjr

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2006
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Signature Superior Verandah Suite
Let me be the first to post regarding the Alaska season with HAL. Terrific! We booked the cruise directly on the HAL web page again and it was flawless, and when we finalized everything 5 months prior to sailing we received an very fair discount as having sailed previously on HAL.
This was our first experience sailing to Alaska (having cruised 7 times with HAL and RCL) and I heatedly recommend sailing RT out of Seattle as this cruise itinerary gives you a good first look at Alaska without the grueling inland tours or flying home from Anchorage. Seattle is also a great place to spend a few days before and after.
The Oosterdam is a wonderful mid-sized ship in the Vista class size, and you won't get lost aboard. HAL is also a great brand to sail with if you want to be in charge of your schedule, have quiet time aboard, sleep wonderfully on new beds, and dine with more than adequate food quality and quantity-I hardily suggest the Mueslix for breakfast.
Do not use HAL if you want a party...the average age was around 55 and we all got along great. The few children seemed out of place.
The ship handled one choppy night very well, and most of the time if you didn't see the ocean move past the rail you wouldn't know you were moving.
The stateroom was very comfortable with an efficient steward (Suri) who was almost never seen keeping our cabin spotless, a delightful Jacuzzi tube, and the previously mentioned sleeper beds. We heard no noise from adjacent cabins, although with the air temp at 42 degrees very few were on their verandahs. Hint-bring a clock radio and power strip; and the laundry and dry cleaning prices are fair.
Dining areas were as expected, food quality again was well above average; and if you can't decide on which entree to eat, order another. Pinnacle Grill on last night was best meal of the week and worth the surcharge.
Ports were interesting, with a visit to Juneau, Hubbard Glacier tour, Sitka and Otter/Whale trip (great), Mendenhall Glacier (too spectacular for words and the power in the silence as we sat dead calm 100 yards from the cracking ice), and Ketchikan (too little time here). There are Bald Eagles almost everywhere, and the Alaskans are most friendly and cordial, especially as we were the first ship since September. We did not go ashore in Victoria due to a short time in port, but hear it is worth a separate visit.
We also did not see any shows in the Vista lounge as I have seen too many jugglers and comedians and the small and cozy casino worked for us just fine. Even the movie theatre on board showed decent movies.
We are going again to Alaska, next time from Vancouver with 3 other couples and in September-the leaves should be beautiful. HAL and Oosterdam are worth a trip and you may come well rested.
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