Embarkation and debarkation on this ship were absolutely amazing. I've had some horrendous experiences on other ships in the past, and I was blown away by how seamless their embarking and debarking was. Additionally debarking during ports of call were also fairly simplistic aside from our port where tenders were required. I cannot praise Holland enough in this regard.
For reference, my husband and I are in our early thirties and we had no children with us on this vacation. We knew going in to this cruise that Holland would not necessarily have activities that would appeal to a younger population. The population definitely skewed aged 60 and up. I was hoping that since it was an Alaskan cruise that we may have more variety in our age demographics, but we did not. There were very few activities or classes that would appeal to the younger age set.
The other guests were 90% awesome, and 10% snobby and snooty. We had one small issue with a tablemate talking about the miscreants sitting next to them on the starboard side (that was us) and how we were the downfall of Holland cruising. Dear snooty sir, I apologize for ruining your vacation by dining in a hoodie. You see - our stateroom didn't have hot water for a majority of the trip and I had been struggling desperately that entire afternoon to take a shower prior to dinner because we had been out all day exploring Juneau. I'd also just gotten off the phone with my mother and discovered she needed emergency heart surgery. I apologize profusely that my sweatshirt ruined your dining experience on CASUAL night.
This room had a fantastic view. I was able to sit in the window and watch whales fluke right out my window!
The only bad portion was the water temperature issues that were experienced on our entire section of the ship.