First cruise to Alaska: Zuiderdam Cruise Review by Late traveler

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First cruise to Alaska

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
We had planned to do this cruise with 2 other couples from England, my sister and her husband and my girlfriend and her husband. Unfortnately my brother in law died unexpectadly just over a year before it was to happen so my sister came with a friend instead and my girlfriend was unable to make it.

My husband and I had been on the Zuiderdam before(Panama Canal repositioning cruise) and had enjoyed it. But I have to say that the Zuiderdam is a tired looking ship. Also not much going on after 10pm at night really. Dance floor more or less empty, some music in the Crows Nest but a little bit too quiet for us, even though we're hardly party animals!!

The weather was typical of what you'd expect in May with rain most days, sunshine on one. We enjoyed the ports of call - actually came to the conclusion though that we prefer warm weather cruising.

We had a balcony which we didn't use alot except for when we were at the Glacier - quieter there to listen to More the cracking. Hear so many people doing the Alaska cruise several times - that wouldn't be us.

Had a bit of an issue getting open seating at a large table - we like to talk to others - but after being steered towards a table for only the 4 or us on the first 2 nights we made it clear we wanted a bigger table and it became a bit of a joke that here came the people that wanted to sit at a table for 20!! We did enjoy the mix of company.

A few too many Australians on this trip - they were a bit overpowering and if I knew that there were large groups of one nationality would probably change the booking. Don't get me wrong, we like Australians and lived there ourselves for 3 years but there were quite a few just too loud.Overall a good cruise, met expectations. Sorry Vancouver has lost so much of the cruise business to Seattle as there's nothing better than sailing in/out of Vancouver harbour particularly on a sunny day. Magnificent! Less

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Port and Shore Excursions

Well worth seeing the Mendanhall Glacier and also a city tour as part of it. Interesting tour guide, very knowledgable first nations driver Tkliket(think that's how the bands name is)

It was raining on this port day so we spent our time walking the very interesting stilted town - too bad about the rain. Only stayed on shore for half the day. Would have stayed longer had the weather been better.
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Enjoyed this as it was part of the "package" but wouldn't go out of my way for it. The show was fun, the town was interesting but the salmon bake was just so so.

Again this was part of the whole package tour thing. Interesting touring the saloon and hearing its history - don't forget to have some dollar bills to tuck into the ladies top as you leave!

Great look back in time on this narrow gauge railroad. My husband had this picked as a highlight and it was. You could probably book in independantly easily enough

A little biased here but Vancouver is a magnificent port with the beautiful terminal and the views from the ship and the walks available right into Stanley Park just off the ship. But it's our hometown more or less. Wonderful to just get on the ship and not have to fly anywhere. Unfortunate part of the port area is if you walk into Gastown you are assailed by beggars that really can be difficult for tourists. Places worth seeing if you have the time and the weather is good - Capilano Canyon, Grouse Mountain, Whistler, Victoria

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