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Shore Excursions
Craig Wolverton

Age: 48

Occupation:Investment Management

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Oosterdam

Sailing Date: 2010-07-17

Itinerary: Inside Passage - Alaska

The ship was fantastic, and we enjoyed it from beginning to end. There is a wonderful crew, the food is amazing, and the Inside Passage trip was great.

Food was excellent, and the dining room staff were great with our entire family.

We had an interior cabin and we were really only there to sleep. As this cruise is a colder weather cruise, I wouldn't have wanted to spend any extra for a cabin with a balcony or even a window. We were in the room to sleep, all the rest of the time there was plenty to do outside the room.

Onboar activities were varied and appealed to everyone in our group, ranging from age 3 to 75.

I would completely skip the ships excursion packages. We searched the internet for excursions in advance, and booked them in the port cities we visited. Most of the time, excursions were double the price through the ship that we paid on shore booking for ourselves. It was also much better to have the freedom to choose a provider, and negotiate price, which we did often.

Our only complaint was the egregious cell phone rates. You aren't really aware when you lose service from the shore, and the ship's tower takes over. Once that happens, our rates went from basically free, to over $2.50 per minute. My advice is to use your phones only when in ports if you have to use them at all. It was disappointing that this was the only time we really felt scammed by Holland America. I would have been very disappointed if we had booked excursions as well, they were as good or better booked on our own directly.

Overall this is a very good cruising experience. You can't beat the scenery, the ship is in very good shape, and the staff is excellent.

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