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Our cabin was ok, except for night noise from galley above. Only 1 electric outlet a problem. First night out was horrible weather - bring meds. Days typically misty, rainy with pm clearing. Entertainment ranged from "A" to "F." Brooklyn pianist and Ukranian violinist/pianist the best. Generally 5-6 choices in the evening. There will be usual run of annoying people - save seats for 20 people, keep the ship waiting while they purchase one last totem pole. HAL maintains the average of passengers is dropping - I think it went from 74 to 73.2 years of age. Daytime classes - cooking ok, but short. Microsoft 10 very good. AK seminars ok. Others usually sly sales pitches. Child care - heard a couple of families trying to (unsuccessfully) convince their children to go with on shore excursions. Didn't see much in the way of security cameras - heard about one incident with an older man sitting down with an unattended child. Could have been nothing since people on board are generally very open and easy going. Excursions - HAL generally 15 - 20% more than those purchased in town. Chamber of Commerce Visitors Info Booths in each town, 1st stop next to the pier. The little ladies know all there is to know. For example, Juneau - you can get to the Glacier for $40, $25, or $8. Each town had free internet access at the library. Try the "Cultural geography" tour - just talking to residents about how they and their families live - the student in the library, the "crew" store clerk, the lady shopping in the grocery store. Heard several complaints about tour ripoffs - $600 helicopter trips that couldn't get above low ceilings. The raptor center that only had a sleeping owl with a bandaged left wing in a small room and an 18 year old from Penn.on his summer job as a"tour guide" who didn't know anything about AK. Food - La Fontaine - Nicely presented by well-trained staff. Usually over 2 hours with a 30 minute wait for service of main course. Typically 5-7 options for appetizer/salad course; about the same for main course options and deserts. Always 1 fish dish and veg menu available. Food occasionally served cold. Lido - Italian station, sandwiches, salads, carving station, Asian - Thai, Indian, Chinese, Veget. Main course station - always fish and a casserole. Two soups. Unfortunately the food was often served cold. On one port day they had food for hundreds prepared and only 25 people in the dining room. It just sat there - poor planning by Chef and questionable health practice. 10:30 Buffet - Nice late night options, but again everything was served cold. Be aware of "ship time" - it can mess up your schedule. HAL messed up our baggage transfer, but kept our $29 X 4. We had to carry our own 2 suitcases, 2 bags, 2 CPAP machines, on my wheelchair. The best part of the trip was the people - lots of lengthy and personal conversations with people, especially at open table dinner. It's worth $200/day/person to put your life in perspective.

I'd Have Done IT Again, If They Cut Me A Deal

Amsterdam Cruise Review by leztar

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Large Interior Stateroom
Our cabin was ok, except for night noise from galley above. Only 1 electric outlet a problem. First night out was horrible weather - bring meds. Days typically misty, rainy with pm clearing.

Entertainment ranged from "A" to "F." Brooklyn pianist and Ukranian violinist/pianist the best. Generally 5-6 choices in the evening.

There will be usual run of annoying people - save seats for 20 people, keep the ship waiting while they purchase one last totem pole. HAL maintains the average of passengers is dropping - I think it went from 74 to 73.2 years of age.

Daytime classes - cooking ok, but short. Microsoft 10 very good. AK seminars ok. Others usually sly sales pitches.

Child care - heard a couple of families trying to (unsuccessfully) convince their children to go with on shore excursions. Didn't see much in the way of security cameras - heard about one incident with an older man sitting down with an unattended child. Could have been nothing since people on board are generally very open and easy going.

Excursions - HAL generally 15 - 20% more than those purchased in town. Chamber of Commerce Visitors Info Booths in each town, 1st stop next to the pier. The little ladies know all there is to know. For example, Juneau - you can get to the Glacier for $40, $25, or $8. Each town had free internet access at the library. Try the "Cultural geography" tour - just talking to residents about how they and their families live - the student in the library, the "crew" store clerk, the lady shopping in the grocery store.

Heard several complaints about tour ripoffs - $600 helicopter trips that couldn't get above low ceilings. The raptor center that only had a sleeping owl with a bandaged left wing in a small room and an 18 year old from Penn.on his summer job as a"tour guide" who didn't know anything about AK.

Food - La Fontaine - Nicely presented by well-trained staff. Usually over 2 hours with a 30 minute wait for service of main course. Typically 5-7 options for appetizer/salad course; about the same for main course options and deserts. Always 1 fish dish and veg menu available. Food occasionally served cold.

Lido - Italian station, sandwiches, salads, carving station, Asian - Thai, Indian, Chinese, Veget. Main course station - always fish and a casserole. Two soups. Unfortunately the food was often served cold. On one port day they had food for hundreds prepared and only 25 people in the dining room. It just sat there - poor planning by Chef and questionable health practice.

10:30 Buffet - Nice late night options, but again everything was served cold.

Be aware of "ship time" - it can mess up your schedule.

HAL messed up our baggage transfer, but kept our $29 X 4. We had to carry our own 2 suitcases, 2 bags, 2 CPAP machines, on my wheelchair.

The best part of the trip was the people - lots of lengthy and personal conversations with people, especially at open table dinner. It's worth $200/day/person to put your life in perspective.
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Large Interior Stateroom
Cabin K 3384
Clean but a bit outdated. Only 1 electric outlet a problem. Noisy every night because it was below the galley.
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