This is my return cruise to Alaska to see it in the Fall as last time was in the Spring. Travel was swift with practically no turn around time in Seattle. Going through Canadian customs at the airport was relatively quick apart from the distances to be covered and the crowd which slowed things down. The process of getting our documents to board from Holland America took about 10 minutes. The American version of customs was about as time consuming as the Canadian for people without Global Entry. Global Entry sped the process greatly. To give you an idea of the walking involved my friend clocked 11,000 steps for the trip from the plane to the ship. The ship was in immaculate shape, the cabin (Oceanview) was spacious, neat and clean. Dining whether in the Lido, the Dining Room or the Specialty Restaurants was a delightful experience with delicious food, solicitous service, decent wine selection and full stomachs. The entertainment was enjoyable whether it was the comedian, the singers and dancers or the magician. I was too busy doing other things to partake of the activities. The service was excellent. The crew tried to do everything they could to make the voyage as memorable as they could from the Captain to the Front Office to the wait staff in the Dining Room to the Room Stewards to the Chef. Everyone aboard was there for you. The ports were the most interesting in Southeast Alaska for me. I went go karting through the forest in Ketchikan, viewed the glacier and went whale watching in Juneau and finished up with a trip into the Yukon Territory from Skagway. The latter had the most magnificent views of the land as well as viewing Emerald Lake (yes, it is a clear green color) and the world's smallest desert [;-)]. I couldn't recommend this cruise on this ship more highly.

The best cruise ever!

Noordam Cruise Review by SactownSteve

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
This is my return cruise to Alaska to see it in the Fall as last time was in the Spring. Travel was swift with practically no turn around time in Seattle. Going through Canadian customs at the airport was relatively quick apart from the distances to be covered and the crowd which slowed things down. The process of getting our documents to board from Holland America took about 10 minutes. The American version of customs was about as time consuming as the Canadian for people without Global Entry. Global Entry sped the process greatly. To give you an idea of the walking involved my friend clocked 11,000 steps for the trip from the plane to the ship.

The ship was in immaculate shape, the cabin (Oceanview) was spacious, neat and clean. Dining whether in the Lido, the Dining Room or the Specialty Restaurants was a delightful experience with delicious food, solicitous service, decent wine selection and full stomachs.

The entertainment was enjoyable whether it was the comedian, the singers and dancers or the magician. I was too busy doing other things to partake of the activities.

The service was excellent. The crew tried to do everything they could to make the voyage as memorable as they could from the Captain to the Front Office to the wait staff in the Dining Room to the Room Stewards to the Chef. Everyone aboard was there for you.

The ports were the most interesting in Southeast Alaska for me. I went go karting through the forest in Ketchikan, viewed the glacier and went whale watching in Juneau and finished up with a trip into the Yukon Territory from Skagway. The latter had the most magnificent views of the land as well as viewing Emerald Lake (yes, it is a clear green color) and the world's smallest desert [;-)].

I couldn't recommend this cruise on this ship more highly.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin C 1072
Clean, roomy, bathroom twice the size of Princess, generous closet space, couch, cocktail table, mini-bar, makeup mirror, TV, CD player, plenty of outlets (115 & 230), good sized viewing window, quiet, just great.
Main Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Glacier Bay
    This was not a stop, but rather a cruise experience. The Captain of the ship gave us excellent opportunities to view and photograph these immense glaciers. They have to be seen to be believed. The Captain held the ship in places to make sure that everyone who wanted to had a chance to experience these sights.
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  • Best of Juneau
    This was a three part tour: Glacier, City Tour and Whale Watching. We went out to see the glacier. Based on my experience when I was here 11 years ago and verified by a ranger, it is shrinking noticeably. It is still a magnificent sight to see, but it would be best to come sooner rather than later.
    The whale watching with Captain Jason and naturalists Alex and Emily S. was a real adventure. We moved out to sea at 30 knots until we were in an area where there whales had been sighted. We sat there for a few minutes, cameras at the ready and up popped a humpback whale. Enormous creature. Unfortunately, it wasn't about to give us much of a show so we just saw it's back and blowhole, but didn't see it leaping out of the water or showing flukes. We moved to another area and got some more pictures, but this humpback whale like the first wasn't interested in putting on a show for us. Then we moved to an area where orcas had been spotted and we got the whole show. There were about 15 - 20 orcas all around the boat. Some would bob up headfirst, others were just lying on the surface, skimming along just under the surface with only the dorsal fin showing and diving with a showing of flukes. It was a great whale watching adventure.
    We opted out of the City Tour because it was the last part and we were tired by then.
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  • Adventure Kart Expedition
    The most fun you can have with your clothes on. Dion and Isaiah did a great job, the karts were fun to drive, the scenery was great, the food was ;-0 and last but not least the mud was everywhere. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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  • Yukon Van Tour
    Our driver/guide Mike Swayze took us up the highway to White Pass describing all of the points of significance and stopping at many points along the way to give us picture taking opportunities. In the course of the ride we crossed over into the Yukon Territory of Canada and we had to show our passports. We saw all of the things the brochure promised including Emerald Lake which does look like an emerald, the world's smallest 'desert', the Mounty Museum, the Arctic Wildlife museum and we got to see the dogs pulling the sleds. There were some husky puppies available for adoption as well as for petting. This was at Caribou Crossing where we also had a delicious chicken BBQ lunch. A stop was also made at Carcross, which had a really interesting store with a lot of memorabilia as well as souvenirs for sale. On the way back we stopped at the various location signs for picture taking. It was a wonderful six and a half hour trip.
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