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Oosterdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Oosterdam Cruise Review by ATLCruiseCat

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite

We did a 14 day cruise tour to Alaska and as usual Holland did not disappoint us. We stayed in a Neptune Suite and the service and accommodations were outstanding. Our room was beautiful, very clean, spacious - the Neptune Lounge was a real treat and we enjoyed having access for morning coffee and light breakfast options as well as afternoon tea and canapés. We were spoiled! The shows on the ship were good, however this was Alaska so who needs shows? We did attend a couple of the music numbers, Dancing with the Stars finale, the comedian and the illusionist show. Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto were exceptional as always. The service in Pinnacle was outstanding - we were seated at the same table each evening and really enjoyed our dining room steward. Once on land all of our accommodations were well appointed - Alyeska was magnificent and a stand out along with the Westmark Fairbanks. The Chalet at Denali is rustic but clean and nice - what you would expect in a national park lodge - it's no frills but comfortable.

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Cabin Review

Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite
Cabin SA 7060

Spacious, clean, bright, and plenty of room to stretch out. Lots of closet space, large bathroom and dressing area. We loved the king size bed and oversized balcony.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

This was a great overview of the forest, wildlife in the area and plant life. We enjoyed learning about some of the history of the area, the early settlers, the use of the land and how the national forest came to be.

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Whale Watching

We sailed out on a nice sized boat with a glassed in first floor and open air upper deck for viewing. The wildlife was amazing. Just after traveling through Auke Bay we came upon a rocky area filled with hundred of Stellar Sea Lions and right in front of them a pair of humpback whales. We watched for a long time and got a great show. Then we cruised out just a short ways and came upon a pod of whales and they were surfacing every where all around us. A baby breached right next to our boat! This was a great experience.

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Dog Sledding

We went on the dog mushing excursion and it was fantastic, a real highlight of our trip. The scenery alone on the drive up to the mountain in the motor coach was well worth the money. Throw in the Unimog ride up the gravel mountain road to the top and the actual dog mushing and this was a really amazing adventure. The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. The Iditarod Dogs were the best - it was thrilling riding the cart behind them. Last but not least, we loved playing with the puppies! We would definitely do this again!

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Prince William Sound

We took the Phillips 26 Glacier Tour - wow what a great adventure! We visited more glaciers than I can name. The sound of the thunder as those glaciers calved with a front row seat - truly thrilling! We have toured glaciers by foot, cruise ship, and small boat - none of those experiences compared with this adventure.

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