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We boarded the Amsterdam in Seattle on June 5th for our cruise to Alaska. We had stops in Juneau, The Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Ketichikan and Victoria BC. We returned to Seattle on June 12th and disembarked. We chose HAL because CC had decent reviews, We wanted to leave from a US port and there was actually a sale occurring when we purchased the cruise. Embarkation on the ship was easy and actually well planned out. Plenty of help was on hand and it only took about 1 hr. Considering about 1,400 other passengers were boarding with us it went quite well. This was our first cruise with Holland America and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. We found our room on level 3 (lower promenade) with the help of the cruise director (Erin). Our impression of the cabin it was small, a bit dated but very clean and it just seemed fresh. It was an oceanview room which was ok since we were in Alaska and didn’t think the Verandah would be used much. After unpacking we toured the ship. Our first impression of the ship after walking the decks was that the Amsterdam an elegant lady and not as shabby as we had expected. The colors in the carpeting and walls were bright, the lighting was just right, and it just felt like a beautiful older lady even though it was launched in 2000. The colors weren’t modern but rather glitzy like you would expect in a Las Vegas Hotel. We generally ate in the Lido and found the food palpable and actually not too bad. On the occasions that we ate in the MDR we found the food above par. The service in booth areas was welcoming and always with a smile. The only issue we had was with disembarking. We arrived at the Seattle dock promptly at 7 am. Our instructions were to leave on board the Airport shuttle at 7:40. At 6:45 am. I asked the front desk when we should proceed to the gangplank. She indicated that it was at our decision. When we passed the doors we were to leave at there was a mob of people already gathering to leave the ship. We immediately went for our luggage and lined up by 7 am. It wasn’t until 7:45 am that the doors were actually opened. In our opinion there should be more direction and better planning for leaving the ship.

An excellent value and a memorable journey

Amsterdam Cruise Review by Paulinda

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
We boarded the Amsterdam in Seattle on June 5th for our cruise to Alaska. We had stops in Juneau, The Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Ketichikan and Victoria BC. We returned to Seattle on June 12th and disembarked. We chose HAL because CC had decent reviews, We wanted to leave from a US port and there was actually a sale occurring when we purchased the cruise.

Embarkation on the ship was easy and actually well planned out. Plenty of help was on hand and it only took about 1 hr. Considering about 1,400 other passengers were boarding with us it went quite well.

This was our first cruise with Holland America and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. We found our room on level 3 (lower promenade) with the help of the cruise director (Erin). Our impression of the cabin it was small, a bit dated but very clean and it just seemed fresh. It was an oceanview room which was ok since we were in Alaska and didn’t think the Verandah would be used much. After unpacking we toured the ship.

Our first impression of the ship after walking the decks was that the Amsterdam an elegant lady and not as shabby as we had expected. The colors in the carpeting and walls were bright, the lighting was just right, and it just felt like a beautiful older lady even though it was launched in 2000. The colors weren’t modern but rather glitzy like you would expect in a Las Vegas Hotel.

We generally ate in the Lido and found the food palpable and actually not too bad. On the occasions that we ate in the MDR we found the food above par. The service in booth areas was welcoming and always with a smile.

The only issue we had was with disembarking. We arrived at the Seattle dock promptly at 7 am. Our instructions were to leave on board the Airport shuttle at 7:40. At 6:45 am. I asked the front desk when we should proceed to the gangplank. She indicated that it was at our decision. When we passed the doors we were to leave at there was a mob of people already gathering to leave the ship. We immediately went for our luggage and lined up by 7 am. It wasn’t until 7:45 am that the doors were actually opened.

In our opinion there should be more direction and better planning for leaving the ship.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin E 3358
Cabin was nice. The bed and bedding was comfortable. We liked that we were lower promedade as the 'walking deck' was right outside our room. We had no cabins to our Aft side

TV reception is limited but that's ok.for a cruise. The bathroom was a bit dated but clean. We actually would request this room again. Enough said.
Lower Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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