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We chose this cruise as a family cruise with 6 of us going. Three of the six were siblings. Three were also first time cruisers. One couple had been on this particular ship previously and recommended it to the others. We looked for a cruise in the summer as one cruiser will be going off to college in the fall. A 7 day Alaskan cruise fit the bill, in both timing and destination. We were not disappointed in our choice. Embarkation was smooth, as was disembarkation. We arrived by taxi and were dropped off underground, in a parking and loading area. When we disembarked we took a ship shuttle to the airport, getting us there at around 10:00am. The ship was in great shape. This is the second time we were on her since dry dock last year and she is all spruced up. Although it is one of HAL’s larger ships, it never seemed crowded or busy. Our cabin, a veranda for 3, was in great condition. The sofa bed seemed new. It was clean and spacious enough for 3 older adults. Our other family members were in a lovely suite and enjoyed their cabin, with the larger balcony, as well. We dined in the main dining room, early seating, most nights and enjoyed every meal. Some nights were quicker than others, due to later departures and having less patrons in the dining room, but we never had long waits. One night I had the Taste of Alaskan dinner special, for a 25.00 surcharge, and it was worth every cent. Lobster bisque, crab cakes (3) and King crab legs (8). Yum! We also picked up food in the Lido, the Dive In and the New York Pizza, all of which was tasty. We travelled with a vegetarian and she was given a menu in the dining room where she could preorder for the following evening. It worked very well for her. And if the daily menu had a meal she preferred, they had no problem changing her order. Our dining room steward was very accommodating. We also had dinner our final evening at the Tamarind, one of the reasons we love the 3 larger ships. Dinner was fantastic, as always. The service is always great and the food was delicious. Everyone had something different and we all shared with each other, commentimg on what we would order the next time. We each ordered a dessert and an extra 2 plates of mini doughnuts so we could taste everything. We booked Lido cabanas, side by side, and opened the curtain between them so we had a great place to meet up and enjoy the views while sailing the inside passage. We had 4 floor to ceiling windows and plenty of space. On sea and viewing days we would get lunch from the Lido and eat in the Cabana. We would also start the day there with coffee and juice before heading to the dining room for breakfast. We enjoyed 3 shows in the Main Stage, One World, BBC Planet and the illusionist. All 3 shows were entertaining and very well done. We also enjoyed the Billboard Onboard (having met both ladies as were were embarking we found out it was their first cruise contract). They sounded like thawed had played together for years. Although we usually stop in to listen to the B.B. Kings, we seemed too busy to fit them in this time. We could here them as we passed by and they sounded as good as any other time we have enjoyed them. There was so much to see and do on our cruise that we did not get to trivia or bingo but did manage to lose a few bucks in the casino. The service was, as always, perfect. The staff were pleasant and helpful, with only one exception. We went fir drinks in the Tamarind bar before our dinner the final evening and the server there seemed like he wanted to be anywhere but there serving passengers. We had that once before, in the Pinnacle dining room on another cruise, and found out it was his last day in board. I wondered if it was the same case this time as well. It just seemed liked he had already checked out. (That was the ONLY negative on our whole cruise so we certainly did not dwell on it.) Ports: Tracy Arm and Juneau - two of us did the Tracy Arm excursion and 3 did the Whale Watching excursion, both through HAL. Both were as promised and well worth the money. Everyone enjoyed their excursions. I did the Tracy Arm excursion. The catamaran picked us up alongside the ship and it was a smooth transfer. We then went up the fjord and saw the glaciers, as well as whales, seals, sea lions and eagles. The ride back to the ship was smooth and the guides gave us great commentary throughout. Skagway - all 6 of us took the White Pass rail excursion, starting with a coach trip north through British Columbia to the Yukon, (stopping at Canadian immigration) then taking the train south through the White Pass back to Skagway. This was the highlight of the cruise. We had a great guide/driver on the bus. He was very knowledgeable and gave us great info on the drive up. We stopped in Carcross, Yukon, for lunch, which was delicious, before heading to the train for our trip south. The commentary on the train was also well done. The scenery was breathtaking, both up on the highway and down on the train. Once we departed the train (after going through US immigration) the bus picked us up again to deposit us back at the ship, with a stop in town to drop off anyone wishing to walk around Skagway. Glacier Bay Scenic cruising - wow, you have to see it for yourself. It was a great day spent in the cabana and our balcony. The views were breathtaking. Ketchikan- no one had ship tours today. It was a walk off, stroll through the town day for all. This is where we did most of our shopping and souvenir buying. It was lovely. We would do this cruise again in a heartbeat.

Alaska, here we come!

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review by Stpatsirish

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
We chose this cruise as a family cruise with 6 of us going. Three of the six were siblings. Three were also first time cruisers. One couple had been on this particular ship previously and recommended it to the others.

We looked for a cruise in the summer as one cruiser will be going off to college in the fall. A 7 day Alaskan cruise fit the bill, in both timing and destination. We were not disappointed in our choice.

Embarkation was smooth, as was disembarkation. We arrived by taxi and were dropped off underground, in a parking and loading area. When we disembarked we took a ship shuttle to the airport, getting us there at around 10:00am.

The ship was in great shape. This is the second time we were on her since dry dock last year and she is all spruced up. Although it is one of HAL’s larger ships, it never seemed crowded or busy.

Our cabin, a veranda for 3, was in great condition. The sofa bed seemed new. It was clean and spacious enough for 3 older adults. Our other family members were in a lovely suite and enjoyed their cabin, with the larger balcony, as well.

We dined in the main dining room, early seating, most nights and enjoyed every meal. Some nights were quicker than others, due to later departures and having less patrons in the dining room, but we never had long waits. One night I had the Taste of Alaskan dinner special, for a 25.00 surcharge, and it was worth every cent. Lobster bisque, crab cakes (3) and King crab legs (8). Yum! We also picked up food in the Lido, the Dive In and the New York Pizza, all of which was tasty. We travelled with a vegetarian and she was given a menu in the dining room where she could preorder for the following evening. It worked very well for her. And if the daily menu had a meal she preferred, they had no problem changing her order. Our dining room steward was very accommodating. We also had dinner our final evening at the Tamarind, one of the reasons we love the 3 larger ships. Dinner was fantastic, as always. The service is always great and the food was delicious. Everyone had something different and we all shared with each other, commentimg on what we would order the next time. We each ordered a dessert and an extra 2 plates of mini doughnuts so we could taste everything.

We booked Lido cabanas, side by side, and opened the curtain between them so we had a great place to meet up and enjoy the views while sailing the inside passage. We had 4 floor to ceiling windows and plenty of space. On sea and viewing days we would get lunch from the Lido and eat in the Cabana. We would also start the day there with coffee and juice before heading to the dining room for breakfast.

We enjoyed 3 shows in the Main Stage, One World, BBC Planet and the illusionist. All 3 shows were entertaining and very well done. We also enjoyed the Billboard Onboard (having met both ladies as were were embarking we found out it was their first cruise contract). They sounded like thawed had played together for years. Although we usually stop in to listen to the B.B. Kings, we seemed too busy to fit them in this time. We could here them as we passed by and they sounded as good as any other time we have enjoyed them. There was so much to see and do on our cruise that we did not get to trivia or bingo but did manage to lose a few bucks in the casino.

The service was, as always, perfect. The staff were pleasant and helpful, with only one exception. We went fir drinks in the Tamarind bar before our dinner the final evening and the server there seemed like he wanted to be anywhere but there serving passengers. We had that once before, in the Pinnacle dining room on another cruise, and found out it was his last day in board. I wondered if it was the same case this time as well. It just seemed liked he had already checked out. (That was the ONLY negative on our whole cruise so we certainly did not dwell on it.)

Ports:

Tracy Arm and Juneau - two of us did the Tracy Arm excursion and 3 did the Whale Watching excursion, both through HAL. Both were as promised and well worth the money. Everyone enjoyed their excursions. I did the Tracy Arm excursion. The catamaran picked us up alongside the ship and it was a smooth transfer. We then went up the fjord and saw the glaciers, as well as whales, seals, sea lions and eagles. The ride back to the ship was smooth and the guides gave us great commentary throughout.

Skagway - all 6 of us took the White Pass rail excursion, starting with a coach trip north through British Columbia to the Yukon, (stopping at Canadian immigration) then taking the train south through the White Pass back to Skagway. This was the highlight of the cruise. We had a great guide/driver on the bus. He was very knowledgeable and gave us great info on the drive up. We stopped in Carcross, Yukon, for lunch, which was delicious, before heading to the train for our trip south. The commentary on the train was also well done. The scenery was breathtaking, both up on the highway and down on the train. Once we departed the train (after going through US immigration) the bus picked us up again to deposit us back at the ship, with a stop in town to drop off anyone wishing to walk around Skagway.

Glacier Bay Scenic cruising - wow, you have to see it for yourself. It was a great day spent in the cabana and our balcony. The views were breathtaking.

Ketchikan- no one had ship tours today. It was a walk off, stroll through the town day for all.

This is where we did most of our shopping and souvenir buying. It was lovely.

We would do this cruise again in a heartbeat.
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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom
Cabin V 8051
Our cabin was in great shape. We had 3 adults in the cabin and we were comfortable. Everything in the cabin worked well and it was clean. Our room stewards were thorough and almost invisible. The sofa bed was turned down every night while we were at dinner and if we wanted to use the balcony in the evening it was easily lifted out of the way.
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