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We chose this cruise because the ship is relatively smaller than the NCL, Princess & Celebrity ships offering an Alaska itinerary. We spent three days in Seattle prior to our embarkation, visiting with friends. Seattle is a fabulous, progressive city with a lot to do, so if you can go early, do so and enjoy a couple of days in this vibrant city, We arrived at tge ship about 1PM, and embarkation took over an hour - longer than any other cruise I've taken. We used luggage direct for disembarkation; our luggage was sent to the airport (we had minimal luggage) and we spent the day in Seattle and flew the red-eye back to Tampa on Sunday night. Our luggage arrived without a hitch. Highly recommend! We had three cabins forward on deck three; 3303, 3305 and 3307. While we had obstructed view, we did have a view of the sea. Our cabins were close to an exterior door on the lower promenade deck, which we loved as we spent a lot of time together on sea days, enjoying proximity to the deck chairs. The service was excellent, though each time I cruise I am reminded how little the staff - aside from some managers - earns. Most of the ship personnel leave their families for months at a time just to provide fir them. I always tip more, and often, feeling thankful that an extra $100 or so won't have a long-term impact on my budget but may be a blessing to those who work so hard to make our journey comfortable and memorable. We cruised with 2 adult daughters and their husbands, and had a splendid time. We celebrated a special birthday in the Pinnacle Grill. The steaks were to die for, and the service was impeccable. We also dined at the Italian restaurant and really enjoyed our meal. Our assigned dining table was at the extreme rear of the ship, against a floor to ceiling window. We really enjoyed our dinners, watching the wake left by the ship, In Juneau, we did the Sea Kayaking at the Mendenhall Glacier excursion. It was great, with views of the glacier and sea otter and eagle sightings but...,we were attacked by no-seeums and returned to the ship with numerous bites and welts. We were advised the bugs had not been there the day before, so just our luck! Btw, no bug spray works on the nasty no seeums. The menfolk golfed in Sitka, arranging it directly with the one golf course in Sitka. Cost was $80 and included pick-up/return to the ship, 2 rounds on the 9 hole course, club rental, and a few balls. The course personnel advised they no longer worked with the cruise lines because they charged $200 for the 'golf excursion', which they called 'golf extortion'! The views at the golf course were spectacular, and the weather was glorious. The gals walked to the totem park, and the around the town, meeting the guys when they returned for lunch at a pub. We scheduled a float plane tour in Ketchikan on our own, at a cost of $169 pp vs. $250 as a HAL excursion. In the end, it didn't matter as the weather was bad and nothing was flying....unfortunate as there is little to do in Ketchikan. We settled on a local tour, including a totem village. Not awful, but surely not as exciting as the float plane glacier tour! Victoria is charming, but our 6PM arrival limited activities. Good thing we had visited Victoria twice before, All in all, it was a great vacation with many memories.

Very special cruise with adult daughters

Amsterdam Cruise Review by Michpam

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
We chose this cruise because the ship is relatively smaller than the NCL, Princess & Celebrity ships offering an Alaska itinerary.

We spent three days in Seattle prior to our embarkation, visiting with friends. Seattle is a fabulous, progressive city with a lot to do, so if you can go early, do so and enjoy a couple of days in this vibrant city,

We arrived at tge ship about 1PM, and embarkation took over an hour - longer than any other cruise I've taken. We used luggage direct for disembarkation; our luggage was sent to the airport (we had minimal luggage) and we spent the day in Seattle and flew the red-eye back to Tampa on Sunday night. Our luggage arrived without a hitch. Highly recommend!

We had three cabins forward on deck three; 3303, 3305 and 3307. While we had obstructed view, we did have a view of the sea. Our cabins were close to an exterior door on the lower promenade deck, which we loved as we spent a lot of time together on sea days, enjoying proximity to the deck chairs.

The service was excellent, though each time I cruise I am reminded how little the staff - aside from some managers - earns. Most of the ship personnel leave their families for months at a time just to provide fir them. I always tip more, and often, feeling thankful that an extra $100 or so won't have a long-term impact on my budget but may be a blessing to those who work so hard to make our journey comfortable and memorable.

We cruised with 2 adult daughters and their husbands, and had a splendid time. We celebrated a special birthday in the Pinnacle Grill. The steaks were to die for, and the service was impeccable. We also dined at the Italian restaurant and really enjoyed our meal. Our assigned dining table was at the extreme rear of the ship, against a floor to ceiling window. We really enjoyed our dinners, watching the wake left by the ship,

In Juneau, we did the Sea Kayaking at the Mendenhall Glacier excursion. It was great, with views of the glacier and sea otter and eagle sightings but...,we were attacked by no-seeums and returned to the ship with numerous bites and welts. We were advised the bugs had not been there the day before, so just our luck! Btw, no bug spray works on the nasty no seeums.

The menfolk golfed in Sitka, arranging it directly with the one golf course in Sitka. Cost was $80 and included pick-up/return to the ship, 2 rounds on the 9 hole course, club rental, and a few balls. The course personnel advised they no longer worked with the cruise lines because they charged $200 for the 'golf excursion', which they called 'golf extortion'! The views at the golf course were spectacular, and the weather was glorious. The gals walked to the totem park, and the around the town, meeting the guys when they returned for lunch at a pub.

We scheduled a float plane tour in Ketchikan on our own, at a cost of $169 pp vs. $250 as a HAL excursion. In the end, it didn't matter as the weather was bad and nothing was flying....unfortunate as there is little to do in Ketchikan. We settled on a local tour, including a totem village. Not awful, but surely not as exciting as the float plane glacier tour!

Victoria is charming, but our 6PM arrival limited activities. Good thing we had visited Victoria twice before,

All in all, it was a great vacation with many memories.
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