HAL 14 day Alaskan Cruise: Amsterdam Cruise Review by Jimbo43

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HAL 14 day Alaskan Cruise

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle
Like so many other couples in their late 60's, we had dreamed of an Alaska cruise for quite awhile before finally making a committment to really go there.After about 3 months of searching the internet, using many search sites, we discovered cruise critic had both the reviews and the information we needed to make our choice of cruises.

We chose HAL mainly for the itinerary and prices offered for their 14-day cruise round trip from Seattle (lower airfares and no passport required)that visited several ports not available through other cruise lines. We were particularly interested in seeing Kodiak and Sitka for their Russian heritage excursions, and Homer for halibut fishing for me.

We could not hve selected a better cruise itinerary! Each port and every shore excursion(except fishing) turned out fantastic and much more than we had anticipated! We booked the Bering Sea Fisherman's Adventure in Ketchikan that was delightful and truly educational. The whale-watching trip More in Juneau resulted in sighting 12 Orcas and 12 Humpbacks, including an awesome breach! Icey Straight Point offers a look at true Alaskan life in a fishing village and the visit to Tracey Arm was a beautiful encounter with an impressive glacier. All of the ports visited offered unique excursions and attractions that were exciting, interesting, and affordable.

The onboard living experience far exceeded our expectations! All of the dining venues were exceptionally clean and offered outstanding menu choices, prepared and served with great care, and such a variety that we were sometimes overwhelmed by all of the delectable choices! The entire crew was always smiling, very accomodating, and eager to please. We could not have asked for better service, even when we had two minor incidents. Everything was resolved to our complete satisfaction.

The entertainment was very good, and a nice variety of shows were offered. We especially enjoyed the two comedians, who gave wonderful performances.

All-in-all, we would whole-heartedly recommend this particular cruise and certainly endorse Holland American as a top-notch cruise line. Less

Published 09/10/11

Cabin review: L3401 Large Interior Stateroom

Surprisingly spacious! Good closet space, drawer space. Very comfortable bed, extremely clean linens. Not a lot of walk-space around the bed, however.

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Port and Shore Excursions

A great place to visit, but not enough time to get it all in. The excursions to glaciers are terrific, but take a long time to go out and back. Hard to judge this port.

Beautiful spot, with the opportunity to see the real Alaska. The old cannery is a glimpse into the past, and offers neat gift shops and restaurants in a wonderful, natural setting. Watch out for the zip-line, it's literally a real screamer!

Also a good place to shop, and a wide variety of shore excursions are available. Whale-watching is very good and sightings quite numerous.

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Ketchikan is a delightful small town that offers a great shopping experience, and several outstanding shore excursions. We highly recommend the Bering Sea Fisherman's Tour. Be aware that this location is very tourist-oriented.

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Really clean, and a wonderful opportunity to shop. The Russian church and heritage of the first capital of Alaska are very interesting and truly a fascinating educational experience. The Fortress of the Bear and other shore excursions are terrific. One of the highlights of our whole cruise.

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A most interesting and beautiful city, with old-world charm and cosmopolitan atmosphere. A wide variety of shops and restaurants, beautiful flowers, incredible gardens, and a delightful harbor to visit. Some may find it a bit pricey.

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