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Amsterdam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Interesting stops but excursions from ship are over priced & disappointing

Amsterdam Cruise Review by Carol Bulas

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)

I prefer private excursions. And, I noticed that off the ship there were cheaper excursions being offered ($200 savings for helicopter ride to the dog sleds). And, I have to say, the dog sled ride that I did in Juneau was less than an "adventure" and more like a meri-go-round, maybe 30 minutes, instead of an hour, as described. In Icey Straits we did the whale watching for 2 hours and saw Sea Lions, Seals, and Otters, and at the end, five female Orcas (so they say) - just their top fins. I would never go whale watching again (too boring and disappointing). It seems that staying on the ship and viewing out the windows had better whale sightings for other passengers!!!

He had Rob Watkins, the vantriloquist and he was SUPERB!!!

Also had Carl Strong, the comedian and he was very funny. I wish he did more comedy though!!!

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Cabin Review

Large Outside Stateroom (fully obstructed views)
Cabin HH 3422

I had a view of the walkway on the 3rd floor. If I opened up the curtain on the left side and looked to the right, at an angle, I could see a cut out in the ship that gave me a view of the water with people usually standing there watching the view.

I enjoyed that the room was away from others (back of the ship) but during the day there was a weird slurping noise (very loud) that they claimed was "maintenance". I couldn't take a nap until they stopped it (which they always quickly did, if I called to complain).

There were only 2 nights that were really rough. I waited too long to take a sleeping aid the first night, but the 2nd night, I took it by 8 pm and slept through it.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Seattle is awesome, I live in a suburb here.


Full of ship's expensive jewelry stores. Apparently the workers get shipped to this place just to man the stores. I would rather it be more authentic and full of locals, not implants.

Dog Sledding

Very disappointed with the short (maybe 30 minutes) dog sled that was advertised as an "adventure" for at least an hour long.

The helicopter ride was much better, to and from the dog base on top of the glacier.

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Whale Watching

We saw sea lions, seals, and otters. At the very end of the experience (we were late for the ship, with them making sure we saw a whale of some sort, because they guaranteed it, or had to give us all back $100/each) we saw five top fins of female Orcas (from what they claimed). It was very uneventful (we can see Orcas in Seattle). We never saw even one blow hole or humpback sighting at all.

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No bear sightings for me, but a couple went on a bird excursion (private) and they saw a bear up close (unexpectedly) and got a BEAUTIFUL photo!!!


Great little town with quaint shops and eating with locals.


Beautiful sunny day to walk and enjoy the views and gardens.

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