Alaska – Holland America

Gloria Belanger’s Alaska Cruise

Vendor: Holland America

Embarkation/disembarkation port: Roundtrip Seattle

Ship: Westerdam

Travel Dates : May 31 – June 6, 2014

What was your favorite thing about Holland?

The Westerdam has 1916 guests onboard and is a perfect size for many 1st time cruisers. I liked the easy Seattle round trip itinerary, which makes it very popular for travelers who do not want to travel far to board a ship.

What were the most interesting destinations?

Juneau is the capital of Alaska and the largest port we visited. Mendenhall Glacier is the big attraction here, but we enjoyed a tour of their brewery.

Skagway is a cute little town with easy walking through the whole town. Zip lining and hiking are popular if you don’t want to shop.

Ketchikan is the prettiest town I think with the Misty Fjords and all the totem poles.

What were the most memorable on-board services or experiences?

We loved all the shows in the evening. The dancers and singers were excellent. Also – meals were good with wonderful salmon dishes always available.

What was your favorite  shore excursion?

We enjoyed or last stop in Victoria, BC. It is an exciting city with the beautiful Empress Hotel. We walked thru the hotel, but next time I would love to have tea there. The Parliament building is also beautiful and the walkway around the Harbor is fascinating with street magicians and are sellers.

What are 3 “helpful tips” you would tell someone that may not be familiar with this cruise or the ship:

1. Walk around every port. It is very interesting and easy to do and you will see the real Alaska.

2. Take a tour that offers a “salmon bake”.

3. Buy something “made in Alaska”! I have a beautiful whales tale golf necklace I will always remember Alaska from.

This Cruise line/ Land vendor is best suited for the following guests:

  •         Families w/ Older Kids & Teens
  •         Seniors
  •        Those new to cruising

What are 3  “must” for this cruise/destination?

1. Dress comfortable. Alaska is a very casual cruise.

2. Get off in every port and walk around.

3. Enjoy the day at Sea when you cruise “Glacier Bay”. You will spend hours rotating very slowly so you can watch and listen for calving of the glaciers. Enjoy the commentary onboard from a Park Ranger.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your trip?

It is a very different type of cruise than what you normally think of cruising. It is casual – but still has the nightlife you want and enjoy after a nice dinner. The ship was full with many families and there were lots of activities for them.