We just returned from a wonderful cruise to Southeast Alaska (the Tongass Rain Forest). I was concerned after reading some of the negative reviews but I didn't experience any of the problems others apparently did. The ship was beautiful, both outside and in, and perfectly maintained. Not a "tired ship" by any means. The staff was wonderful - friendly and responsive. The food was great, in my opinion, especially the Canaletto, which was some of the best Italian food I've ever eaten. The entertainment was good in most cases. I enjoyed the juggler and the production numbers (excellent). They had a comedian, Kevin Jordan, who was very good. But I'm not a fan of Dancing with the Stars. And one of the acts was "Recycled Percussion" which didn't appeal to me at all. Though I really liked the BB King band, it was too loud for the venue (the modest-sized Queens Lounge). The daily events were very interesting, especially the cooking demonstrations, a show on art history and a beer tasting. The ports were small towns devoted to cruise passengers (Ketchikan was the most commercial) but I enjoyed every excursion - whale watching and a glacier visit (in Juneau), a thrilling ride on the White Pass railway (in Skagway) and a visit to an Tlingit native tribe and lumberjack show (in Ketchikan). Also our day in Glacier Bay was an awesome experience. The glaciers are receding so if you're ever going to see them, get there as soon as possible. All in all, a great cruise.

Wonderful Cruise!

Noordam Cruise Review by CruisermanVA

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2015
  • Destination: Alaska
We just returned from a wonderful cruise to Southeast Alaska (the Tongass Rain Forest). I was concerned after reading some of the negative reviews but I didn't experience any of the problems others apparently did. The ship was beautiful, both outside and in, and perfectly maintained. Not a "tired ship" by any means. The staff was wonderful - friendly and responsive. The food was great, in my opinion, especially the Canaletto, which was some of the best Italian food I've ever eaten. The entertainment was good in most cases. I enjoyed the juggler and the production numbers (excellent). They had a comedian, Kevin Jordan, who was very good. But I'm not a fan of Dancing with the Stars. And one of the acts was "Recycled Percussion" which didn't appeal to me at all. Though I really liked the BB King band, it was too loud for the venue (the modest-sized Queens Lounge). The daily events were very interesting, especially the cooking demonstrations, a show on art history and a beer tasting. The ports were small towns devoted to cruise passengers (Ketchikan was the most commercial) but I enjoyed every excursion - whale watching and a glacier visit (in Juneau), a thrilling ride on the White Pass railway (in Skagway) and a visit to an Tlingit native tribe and lumberjack show (in Ketchikan). Also our day in Glacier Bay was an awesome experience. The glaciers are receding so if you're ever going to see them, get there as soon as possible. All in all, a great cruise.
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