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Dennis Margel

Age: 51

Occupation:Management

Number of Cruises: 25

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Statendam

Sailing Date: August 13, 2000

Itinerary: Alaska

Background

We are experienced cruisers having sailed on HAL, NCCL, and Princess (over 20 cruises on HAL).  We are fifty-ish and cruise with another couple of similar age.  The four of us are truely "addicted" to cruising and enjoy the whole cruise experience.  The only way we get to see/tour anything is by taking a cruise.  If the cruise ship doesn't stop there, we'll never get to see it.  Normally, we take warm weather cruises but my wife set a goal to see Alaska for her Fiftieth birthday.  We decided to do it a year early because it fit with our schedules this summer.  We don't like cruising less than 10 days so we booked two 7-day cruises back to back.  No land tour for us -- as I said, "if a cruise ship doesn't stop there, we'll never get to see it".

The Cruise

To see Alaska, we decided on the HAL Alaska Glacier Discovery 2000

It was another great cruise.  Certainly different than cruising the Carribean but, variety is the spice of life!!  Despite the minor annoyances, Holland America delivers a first rate cruising experience and I'll certainly go back again -- in February in fact!

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