We choose this cruise just out of convince and having never tried Holland America in the past we saw the 1 night cruise as a great opportunity to compare it to past cruises on Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. Overall they were a nice line to cruise on, however there were a few things that stood out from the other lines. Firstly I have nothing but good things to say about the live entertainment. The jazz club was fantastic and probably one of the coolest things I have experienced at sea to date. Additionally, there was a really good singer that performed a Whitney Houston tribute in the theater who's voice was amazing. For a 1 night cruise that blew me away. One thing that I did notice that I didn't enjoy as much was the quality of food in the main dinning room. It seemed to be behind the other lines (especially Norwegian). The quality of the wait staff was also not bad, but also not overly good. The embarkation in Vancouver was terrible as well. They had the classic here's a number and now wait in the big ball room until the number is called to board the ship. At that point we went to another line before going through customs. With that process I was glad to be a few hours early! We arrived at the port around 10am and didn't make it onto the ship until about 2pm. One bad thing with our cabin was that we were unable to get hot water during the entire duration of the cruise.
For an interior cabin it was very well set up. The bed was very comfortable and the closet area was well designed. The bathroom was spacious and there was plenty of storage if we were to do a longer trip. There was no under the bed storage as in past cruises however, meaning our suit clases took up valuable closet space. Our cabin also never was able to get truly hot water during our trip making showers miserable.
The boarding experience for the cruise is terrible in Vancouver. Customs line took a very long time to go through and the boarding process seemed disorganized with three ships in the very small port at the time of departure. They had us wait in a board room until our number was called and at that point we waited several hours before actually boarding the ship from the time they started the boarding process originally.
The city tour was a great way to get out and see Seattle on the last day of the cruise and it included an airport drop off. The tour operator was friendly and knowledgeable of the city.View All 56 City Tour Reviews