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Zaandam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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558 reviews
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Alaska. 2 weeks

Review for Zaandam to Alaska
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traveling chick
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Sail Date: Jul 2018
Cabin: Verandah Suite

We cruised with friends that asked us to join them. The service was excellent and the shore stops were great. The singers and dancers were wonderful but the rest of the entertainment was second rate. We reserved a suite. At least we thought that was what we were supposed to get. First, it was no larger then a standard balcony cabin. All the suites were on the 6th deck which was right under the bars and buffet. They started setting up at 5:00 AM and didn’t finish until midnight. Every time someone moved a chair or table we heard it loudly in our cabins. We can’t understand why the most expensive cabins are the noisiest. This was supposed to be an upgrade. The food was hit and miss which surprised me because we have taken Holland America before and had great food. The soups were not good and some of the meats were very chewy. Other meals were outstanding.

We boarded in Seattle and cruised as far north as Kodiak. The weather was wonderful with only one afternoon with rain. The water was as smooth as glass. We met some wonderful people and all in all it was a very enjoyable cruise. Embarkation was slow, but ok and disembarkation was wonderful. If you use their transfers, they have a deal with the airlines where they transfer your luggage right to the airline and you don’t touch them until you get home. And they don’t weigh the luggage. No restrictions.

We had no children with us, but there were children on board and seemed to be enjoy themselves. We did not spend time in Seattle since we have been there several times.

Cabin Review

Verandah Suite

Cabin BB

Would have been better off with a standard balcony cabin

Port Reviews

Homer

Walked on our own. Nothing there but junk shops. Been there before.

Kodiak

Nice little town. Took shuttle into town.

Icy Strait

Walked around on our own. Not much there.

Juneau

Walked around on our own

Anchorage

Went on our own. Took the shuttle in to town.

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