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Zaandam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Amazing Alaskan Cruise

Zaandam Cruise Review by halhanher

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

We chose this cruise after narrowing down the date range and what we wanted to do. I was happy to sail with Holland America again. I had a great experience with them many years ago. We were looking for a cruise and land package and Holland America had just what we wanted. We booked a vista suite and it was spacious and comfortable. We enjoyed the balcony quite a bit. The food was excellent, we ate in the main dining room, the Lido market, the Dive In and Pinnacle Grill. We never had a bad meal. The entertainers onboard were fun and engaging. We enjoyed all of our excursions; fishing, gold panning, whale watching, northern lights, dog mushing. The ports were very safe and charming. The staff onboard were all professional, knowledgeable and friendly. The spa was wonderful, I took advantage of one of their specials while my husband did our laundry. It was so convenient to have a self-serve laundry room on a 12 day vacation. All transfers were handled smoothly. I have never experienced such a speedy embarkation or debarkation from a cruise ship. The land portion of our trip included train rides, Denali and seeing the northern lights, which was a highlight of the trip. Sadly, we did not see any bears, caribou or moose, but we saw plenty of sea life and eagles. It was a great and memorable way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

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Cabin Review

Verandah Suite
Cabin BB 7060

The cabin was very spacious. The beds were very comfortable, we slept so well. We had a couch, desk/make up table - which was perfect - it had a wall and magnifying mirror and outlets for the hairdryer and my flat iron. It was great to do my hair and make up there. There were 2 hair dryers, one at the make up table and one in the bathroom. We had binoculars and 2 blankets which came in handy on the balcony when it got cooler. There was so much storage space, everywhere. Closets, drawers, cabinets, every inch of the suite had a purpose and it was beautifully laid out.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Vancouver is a very clean city. Everyone was very friendly. Sales tax is 12%, though.


We caught over 20 salmon, had to throw some back, but had the rest processed and sent home. There were whales around while we were fishing, it was pretty cool.

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Gold Panning

It was fun, our guide had a great personality. None of us went home rich, but we had fun and learned how to pan for gold

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Whale Watching

We saw many whales, seals and eagles on this trip. It was a lot of fun and the staff onboard the ship were very entertaining.

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Dog Sledding

This was an amazing experience. We loved learning about dog mushing and being with the dogs. we even held some pups.

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Glacier Bay

It was amazing seeing the glaciers and watching chunks fall into the water. It was cold that day, but the views from the ship were awesome.

We took a 5 hour scenic train ride up to Anchorage. We saw so many beautiful sights along the way and learned a lot about Alaska from our guides.

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