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Oosterdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Belated Anniversary--First Cruise Ever!!!

Oosterdam Cruise Review by extex1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

My husband contacted our cruise specialist, and they set the whole thing up. Dennis had previously researched the HAL website, and knew what he wanted before booking. We had an aft-Neptune suite. Em and disembarkation were as expected. Everything and everyone were so wonderful! I have low vision, and was assisted by staff and my husband. All you had to do was ask for whatever, and would be granted. Our stateroom was Upper Verandah #6177, and had the best view in the house.

Activities drew our interest, especially "America's Test Kitchen" and the Naturalists slideshow presentation of the glaciers. We only went to two excursions, Mendenhall Glacier with fish hatchery and salmon bake. The food was out of this world! Of course, we did go into Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria. Our tour of the Castle was so that we'd like to return again, just to see more details of the city.

Ketchikan was the same way.

Food aboard was totally top-notch. It gives one a chance to explore new cuisine. The ship itself was just the right size for us and our lifestyle. Not too large or small. To us, it was more personable. We had such a terrific time, and were quite impressed!

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin VH 6177

Our stateroom was an aft view, with a wrap-around veranda. We were able to see icebergs, whales, sea otters, orcas, Hubbard Glacier, and wave to the other ships when they cruised

into port.

Size-wise, plenty of room for just the two of us, and spacious enough to have a few guests. Four closets, double sinks and two showers and tub made for great storage.

The dressing/make-up vanity was perfect for formal evenings. Holland America is tops!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We loved Ketchikan!! Totally wished that we could have spent more time there. Perhaps another cruise???!!! Just walked around the town, had some coffee and enjoyed it thoroughly!

Craigdarroch Castle

We were the last tour of the evening, and was close to dusk when we arrived. By the time we were rounded up, it was already dark. Needed more time to explore the whole castle, as it was quite fascinating!!! Our coach driver did give a riding tour of town that was very informative. Super nice guy, Steve.

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Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall was also quite fascinating. Completely majestic, just like Hubbard Glacier. You don't quite fully appreciate the size, as well as the environmental aspects, unless you see it for yourself!

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Smoked salmon with the best glaze, ever. All you could eat, if you had the room it was so good! Lots of salads, breads and great dessert!!

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We did go to the Sitka Public Library. We were in search of a English-Russian dictionary. My brother wanted one, as his Alaskan souvenier.

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