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Alaska Zaandam

Zaandam Cruise Review by Lorac8

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Verandah Suite

We did the northern Vancouver to Seward cruise that included Glacier Bay and then a land tour to Denali.

We went to Vancouver early and walked around some, took the train into town from our hotel by airport. Other family went on hop-on, hop-off trolley and enjoyed that.

The ship was beautiful but could use some updates in bathroom in cabin and a second power outlet.

The lido deck buffet food was good and plentiful. The dining room food was better. The burgers and fries at poolside were pretty good. Lines could be long at times.

Casino was small but nice and winning was better than the other cruise I took. They had some card tournaments,but I did not do those. They had a good piano bar entertainer, Andy. Cabin service and room service were awesome. Drinks were delicious, we got the drink pkg. I think we missed out some by not going to the Crow's Nest more often. They had live music up there, I think we would've enjoyed that too.

We did love Alaska and it's beauty. We stopped in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. All with their own beauty. We traveled with adult kids and had fun zip-lining, salmon fishing, trains, trams, flying misty fjords, glacier viewing, hiking and kayaking.

The land tour was stunning. Bus from Seward to Denali was long but ok. We stayed in cabins at McKinley Chalet Resort which is a beautiful property. Across street from shopping, excursions available on property or across street. We hiked around property some and did a bus tour 60 miles into Denali. Saw plenty of caribou, Dallas sheep and some moose, and one bear. Got a great video of momma and baby moose walking down the road. Otherwise just stunning views.

Traveled back to Anchorage by McKinley Explorer train. This is an awesome way to travel! Dining car on bottom and observation dome with our seats on top, with a bar. The hotel in Anchorage was an older building and needed renovations, particularly, elevators and lobby. The rooms were fine, with balcony and nice view.

All in all it was a great trip and I highly recommend it. Holland America owns and gets you everywhere

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Verandah Suite
Cabin B 6165

Very nice room. Bathroom needs updating. We had adult son with us who slept on couch. We thought it was going to be a pull out couch, but it was not and he is 6' and couldn't stretch out well. Otherwise it was comfortable.

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