An amazing combination - the service and comfort of Holland America and the scenery of Alaska. We got the cosmopolitan city of Seattle and the raw majesty of the Hubbard glacier in one week. On board, the usual high standards of food and services we've come to expect with HAL. This was a winner of a trip.
Embarkation was a breeze - we got on early to find our room ready and the ship waiting for us. During the week we had nothing but good service and fine food. The main dining room, the La Fontaine, had a terrific selection of items to choose from and meals were delicious. The presentation of the plates was excellent - every dish looked lovely. One member of our party is a vegetarian and was pleased to find optios at every meal. The Lido buffet was fresh and abundant and waits for food or a table were rare. Our one quibble was the coffee - it was abundant and hot but not as flavorful as we would have liked.
One real high point of our trip was the information provided by the shore excursions team. Detailed information was provided not only on the specific ports but also on the history of Alaska and the entire area. These presentations added a lot to our enjoyment. In both Sitka and Ketchikan our explorations were significantly enhanced by the information we had gotten on board.
We did only some of the entertainments provided, preferring to get up early and enjoy the scenery. What we saw was good, though not the high point. It is hard to compete with the scenery in Alaska. One on board activity that meant a lot to our family - Club HAL. Our child spent every moment possible with the kids on board and really appreciated the variety of activities available.
We took only one ship sponsored shore excursion, a whale watch and glacier hike in Juneau, which we liked very much. In the other ports (Sitka, Ketchikan, and Victoria BC) we found plenty to do on our own. Again, the information provided on board was a great help in getting us to the best spots for touring and shopping.
Our embarkation was seamless and we left feeling nothing but sadness to walk off the beautiful Amsterdam.
Spacious enough for three, with a surprising amount of storage. We had feared our proximity to the elevators would prove noisy but had no problems with no noise or traffic and enjoyed being close to the stairs. Beds were very comfortable and everything was spotless throughout the trip.
Wonderful city! We found it very walkable with great food and lots to see.
Both whale watch and glacier hike were enjoyable.View All 906 Whale Watching Reviews
Sitka National Historic Park was terrific for walking and seeing totem poles.
We enjoyed the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and walking along Creek Street.