Oosterdam Cruise Review by auldBrocher
- Sail Date: August 2015
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
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.
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