After spending a glorious week weatherwise in Vancouver, we boarded the ship at 12.30. Our stateroom was ready and our luggage arrived soon after. In the meantime, our cabin stewards knocked to welcome us aboard and introduced themselves, during the whole week they always greeted us by name whenever we met and provided a first class service. We took breakfast in the Lido each morning, never had a problem finding a table, the food was served hot and tasty. On sea days we chose to have lunch at the Dive-in, the burgers, fries and hot dogs were delicious. We had all our evening meals in the Vista dining room, open seating, never had a problem getting a table for two and no waiting either, we would reserve a table for the following night as we left each night and always got one in the same area so we had the same waiters each time, they were rushed off their feet but coped wonderfully, there was a varied selection on the menu and the usual steak, chicken and ceasar salad was on offer every night if the fancier fare wasn't to your liking. Everything was served hot with minimal waiting in between courses.
All our excursions were with HAL, at Ketchikan we took the float plane over to see bears in their natural habitat - worth every penny. In Juneau we did the Tracy Arm fjord and glacier explorer, it was a long day, and, in my opinion, the whole area was much more spectacular than Glacier Bay, probably due to the fact we were on a small boat which could take us a lot nearer the waterfalls and stop or slow down when wildlife was spotted, also our guide was so full of enthusiasm and information about her area it was hard not to be carried away by the experience.
We had another long day in Skagway where we took the White Pass rail and Yukon expedition. We boarded the coach on the quay and followed the road up through the White Pass summit, sadly the fog was so thick at the top it was impossible to see anything but it cleared on the way down. We drove over the Canadian border into the Yukon, stopped for lunch then made our way to the train for an amazing ride back to Skagway.
I can certainly recommend all of the above excursions, the drivers/guides all knew their stuff and the scenery was amazing.
The next day was Glacier Bay, had I not been to Tracy Arm first I would have found it awesome - and it was - but to me, Tracy Arm had the edge. Two local guides joined the ship in the morning and were on hand all day giving out information and answering questions.The weather was gorgeous, sunny and warm making it the perfect day.
I would definitely sail with Holland America again.
good size, plenty storage our two large suitcases fitted under the bed, always kept clean by our attentive cabin Stewards.