We chose Holland America and Eurodam because it was going where we wanted, when we wanted to go and we are so glad we did! This was an amazing experience. From the moment we boarded the ship until we stepped off to head home it exceeded our expectations. The ship itself is just beautiful, no detail overlooked. Having never cruised before, we wanted to ensure a memorable experience and so we booked a Neptune Suite. If you can do this, I highly recommend it. The suite was gorgeous, had plenty of room for the two of us, and the "perks" that come with being in a suite are fantastic.
The crew are all wonderful, full of smiles and very helpful regardless of what the question may be. We had a unique situation in that we recently lost my mother in law and she had wanted a burial at sea after being cremated. We worked with the ship prior to boarding to ensure we knew what we could expect and they were absolutely phenomenal in guiding us through the process. Once on board we worked with Inge, the Concierge in the Neptune Lounge, who made sure everything went beautifully. We cannot thank her enough for all she did.
I have seen people comment about the ship vibrating, or that you can hear the engines. For those who may not quite understand, it's a moving vehicle. It is going to sway, and rumble, and vibrate. That was actually comforting to me, because if I could hear it and feel it I knew it was moving and taking us to the next amazing location. I am prone to motion sickness, so while many people say "You can't even feel it moving", yeah, you actually can and even though the crew indicated we had calm seas on this particular voyage, I did have to take Dramamine a couple times which fixed me right up.
All that is left to say is thank you Holland America for making our first cruise so perfect.
We were in Suite 7060, on the Rotterdam deck. The location is port side, mid-ship, next to the glass elevator. I admit I was a little apprehensive being near the elevator, but it was fine. Yes, if someone steps on the elevator and looks out they can see onto the verandah, but who cares? It's not like we were out there doing anything we wouldn't want anyone to see. Other than that, the elevator goes by so fast that even if someone were looking (which they weren't), they wouldn't have time to see anything. We never heard the elevator ding, and people getting off and on made no noise. That's the other thing about this suite, it was so quiet. Once in awhile when someone would walk by the room you could hear them chatting, but that's to be expected and no one was loud or rowdy. The suite had great closet space, a wonderful dressing room, and a large bathroom. The bed was so comfortable, and it was nice having a sitting area to relax after a long day of activities.
4-hour jeep rental with pre-loaded itinerary in GPS. Good value as we were able to tour the glacier and other attractions at our own pace.
It was great! Our guides, Kahloa and Alyssa were fun and very knowledgeable about the area. The forest is beautiful and the hike was accessible for all fitness levels.
We chose to walk to downtown and get a bite to eat. It's a bit of a hike, about a thirty minute walk, but interesting to walk through the neighborhoods and see how the locals live. We had a nice dinner sort of off the beaten path and went back to the ship, as we didn't have much time in port to do too much else.