Seeing Alaska was on our bucket list and the Zaandam fit our schedule and budget. We loved everything: the ports, size of the ship, nice size of stateroom, good food, wonderful staff. They also offered $20 laundry service for anything fit in one fairly good-sized bag. Self-service laundry was available too. We were surprised to see a priest on board. He informed us that Mass was offered every day and would be noted on the daily itinerary. He said all Holland America ships have a priest on-board. Jewish service was also offered on Friday. Other thoughts - delicious sugar-free desserts, smooth handling of people and passports in and out of Canada, easy transition of passengers and luggage to "land" portion of trip into Denali. We would definitely go again! Things I might like to see improved: More availability in reservation times for open dining Completion of "virtual tour presentation" on workings of ship Crab legs one evening were pretty subpar (I was looking forward to this!) All pretty minor stuff!

Great trip!

Zaandam Cruise Review by MariH

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Seeing Alaska was on our bucket list and the Zaandam fit our schedule and budget. We loved everything: the ports, size of the ship, nice size of stateroom, good food, wonderful staff. They also offered $20 laundry service for anything fit in one fairly good-sized bag. Self-service laundry was available too. We were surprised to see a priest on board. He informed us that Mass was offered every day and would be noted on the daily itinerary. He said all Holland America ships have a priest on-board. Jewish service was also offered on Friday. Other thoughts - delicious sugar-free desserts, smooth handling of people and passports in and out of Canada, easy transition of passengers and luggage to "land" portion of trip into Denali. We would definitely go again!

Things I might like to see improved:

More availability in reservation times for open dining

Completion of "virtual tour presentation" on workings of ship

Crab legs one evening were pretty subpar (I was looking forward to this!)

All pretty minor stuff!
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin E 1838
Spacious & lots of storage!
Suggestion: another electrical outlet
Lower Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins