Fantastic Statendam: Statendam Cruise Review by Aussie Battler

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Aussie Battler
Member Since 2011

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Fantastic Statendam

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: British Columbia
Embarkation: Seward
The 4 of us, 2 adults (early forties) and two girls (ages 7 and 10) boarded the Statendam in Seward for a 7 night Alaskan cruise to Vancouver.

This was our first cruise but will certainly not be our last,

Our first 2 nights were spent in hurricane force winds and 50 foot seas. This was a frightening introduction for us to cruising but the Captain was wonderful in terms of keeping us informed as to what was happening. We found the centre of the ship the best place to be and were glad to have one of the lower cabins.

After this ordeal the cruise was magical.

I found the Statendam to be in excellent condition and well appointed.

The food was fantastic in all restaurants. The quality was very high.

The staff were predominantly of Indonesian and Filipino descent. HAL did not apologise for this but rather celebrated it. We found everyone to be incredibly friendly and helpful. It is worth remembering that these people are away from their More families for almost a year at a time. Even with this in mind and having to clean up the ship after a hurricane, they were still smiling and cheerful.

We boarded in Seward - beautiful.

First port was Haines. We did the wildlife park which was fantastic and a great chance to see some of the animal we hadn't seen yet.

Next was Juneau. We took a helicopter onto a glacier and were so glad we did.

Ketchikan - The weather Gods were now smiling on us and it was a warm and sunny day. We did a self-guided hike which we loved.

There weren't many kids on the boat but that just meant that ours were treated like royalty. They loved the 2 girls in Club HAL and all the activities that were organised for them.

All of us had a great time and I now scratch my head when I read some negative reviews of this same vessel. I would go again in a heartbeat. Less

Published 10/05/11

Cabin review: FFE672 Large Ocean-View Stateroom

E672 Towards the back of the ship. Very quiet until the ship pulled into port but even then not bad. Reasonable amount of room. Well presented but maybe the bathroom was looking a little dated. A good location for those that may get sea sick.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We hiked around ourselves through a rain forest and then checked out the salmon run, a few totem poles and did some berry picking with some locals.

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Aussie Battler
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