We had a great cruise on the Volendam.
So first things first, the Alaskan destination was great, This is clearly why we were on the cruise - to see Alaska. What a fantastic place it was. It was one majestic vista after another.
Juneau and Skagway had very little to offer in themselves but the excursions from there were great. We booked a Harv and Marv whale watching tour in Juneau instead of the Holland America excursion and it was a great choice. The small boat and the excellent staff there had us up close with whales in no time. I definitely recommend the excursion. But Juneau itself didn't have a great deal to see. It was interesting to walk around for an hour or so but after that, we just wanted our whale watching tour to start.
Our Neptune Suite was very nice. It was spacious and the large balcony was incredible especially on the inside passage and Glacier Bay. The decorations are a little dated now but the bed was very comfortable and there was loads of storage space. Our cabin stewards were excellent.
We had a couple of day sin Vancouver before the cruise. We really enjoyed Vancouver but were were very surprised with a amount of drug users on the street. Marijuana has been legalised and it was disappointing to see the affect on some areas of the city. Despite that we really enjoyed Stanley Park, Grenville Island and a visit to Steveston.
What can I say about Glacier Bay that hasn't already been said. It was just breathtaking.
Of the 3 ports on the cruise, Ketchikan was the only one that was really worth exploring. There was some interesting shops and places to explore. We chose to hike the Deer Mountain Trail.