This was our first cruise, but certainly will not be our last. From the first moment of embarkation to our last day on board, our time on Holland America's 'Oosterdam' was a wonderful experience, the crew could not have been more friendly, helpful and hard working.
We were blessed with the hottest weather Alaska has ever seen, and all our excursions booked via Holland America gave us never to be forgotten experiences. The views approaching Juneau in the very early hours were awe inspiring, the colors of the sky as the sun rose over the mountains was unforgettable. It was a wonderful experience to see so much wildlife up close, humpback whales, porpoises, sea otters, seals and sea lions, and a special mention to the staff (and eagles!) at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka.
We were extremely impressed by the efficiency and teamwork of the 'Oosterdams' dining room crew, all of our meals were delivered very quickly and were of the highest standards. Our room service was also very fast and efficient. The interior of the ship was very tastefully decorated throughout, and the artwork on display gave an air of opulence. Our captain made very good time into all of the ports, beating the 'Princess' ship on every occasion to give his passengers an early start at the excursions, without having to wait in line.
So, if you are thinking of cruising to Alaska, we can heartily recommend Holland America's 'Oosterdam'. We took many photos, and if you would like to see some of them please visit our website at http://www.bondpix.com/Alaska_Cruise.htm
Thanks David and Valerie Williams