Going hungry on a cruise?: Statendam Cruise Review by blpcdpjecrjepw

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Going hungry on a cruise?

Sail Date: July 2009
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
This was the most disappointing cruise I've ever been on.  My sister & I took our mom on her first ever cruise for her 76th birthday.  The first thing we found was moisture on the carpet by the elevators on each deck.  It had a very foul smell like a sewer leak.  We watched the wetness and smell get worse with each day.  It was so bad by the Lido buffet that it affected the way the food food we ate tasted.  The ship did use wet vacs and blowers to try to correct the problem, but whatever was leaking was never fixed.  My sister and I have both cruised enough on several different cruise lines to know that ships do have a unique smell, but not a nauseating as this smell was.

On this cruise there were 2 ports that we were in until 9 and 10 at night.  After a busy day of shore excursions and shopping we got back on the ship too late for our 5:15 dinner seating.  Well, what a mistake.  The dining room was closed and so was the More buffet on the Lido deck.  They closed at 8PM.  One night we talked a crew member into re-opening the ice cream container and ate ice cream cones for dinner.  The 3 of us had shared a meal on shore that day, planning on eating a good evening meal on the ship because why spend our money on food when there was a whole ship full we already paid for.  What a joke.  Another day in port day we were only able to get some cheese and bread for dinner. One day for lunch we chose to eat cheese and crackers, since nothing on the menu or buffet appealed to us.  There was always salad, but that's what we eat at home, not on a cruise.  We were told we could order room service 24 hours a day.  Room service offered sandwiches and hamburgers, which we don't care for especially on a cruise where eating is the main entertainment.  The food quality,variety and taste was also disappointing. The coffee and tea were undrinkable and only available on the Lido deck or in the dining room.   All other cruise lines we have been on offer a different menu on the buffet in case you don't like the dining room menu, but on this ship they were both the same.  There often weren't any choices on the menu that were to our liking. We did find lunch out by the pool that sometimes was not bad.  They had tacos some days, pizza, and hamburgers freshly cooked.   Every night we had to ask the waiter for lemon for our water.  On other cruise lines the dining staff made note on the first night of our likes and we never had to ask again.  

This was our first Holland America cruise and we are unsure if we will ever cruise Holland again. 
Our stateroom was always very clean and the attendant always happy to serve us in any way he could.

My husband and I just did this exact cruise in May 2009 on another cruise line and I was so excited to be going on Holland America to the same ports, but I was terribly disappointed by the ship. Less

Published 07/31/09

Cabin review: ov846

Our cabin was larger than we expected.  There were 3 women in it and we didn't feel totally cramped.  There was sufficient closet space for all the things we brought with us and the extra things we bought.  The bathroom was always kept clean by the room steward.  It also had a full size bathtub in it.  What a luxury for a ship.

Port and Shore Excursions

We were cruising the last 2 days which were absolutely fabulous. The captain was able to maneuver the ship really close to the glaciers. There were park rangers on board while we were in Glacier Bay National Park, but the commentary wasn't heard except in certain areas which was disappointing.

We had no idea there were so many glaciers in Alaska. We saw a lot more in College Fjord as we were cruising. It was a highlight to have the captain and co-pilot be able to cruise us past some really awesome scenery.

We went on the Grand Tour of Juneau - Hatchery, Glacier & Gardens and it was such a great experience. The Glacier Gardens are absolutely beautiful. We never realized so many different flowers would grow in Alaska. We also enjoyed the hatchery and glacier.

The Mt Roberts Tramway offered a great view of Juneau from the top. We didn't spend a lot of time up there due to the rain that day. All in all these were good choices for us to see as much of Juneau as we could.

Then we hit the stores for shopping, which there was plenty of time for since we didn't leave port until 10:30 PM.

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Ketchikan is a really neat port. We went on the Best of Ketchikan by Land & Sea. This was a great excursion giving us a good overview of life in Ketchikan. The boat ride was beautiful with lots of eagles and starfish viewing. The captain was excellent at spotting eagles for us and giving us the best photo opportunities. The land portion was also fascinating seeing the cannery and how salmon is canned and learning how the workers lived. We also saw and learned about totem poles and the stories they tell.

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In Skagway we went on Best of Skagway. This tour went by bus through the mountains to Fraser, British Columbia. What a beautiful drive seeing waterfalls and learning all the hardships faced during the gold rush days. The train ride back down to Skagway was a unique experience that everyone should do when in the area.

Back in Skagway we went to Liarsville for a Salmon bake, entertainment and gold panning. What a joke. The food was okay, the entertainment so so, and the gold panning where no gold had ever been found, well we were in Liarsville. This was our least favorite thing on the whole tour.

We were then taken to the Red Onion Saloon where we were told tales of the girls who used to work there.

There was still time for shopping since we were in port until 9 PM.

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