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Age: 46

Occupation:Criminal Justice

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Zuiderdam

Sailing Date: 2009-08-29

Itinerary: Alaska

This was our first cruise experience and we loved it. The inner passage Alaska cruise was almost totally smooth all the way and while the ports of call were nothing to write home about if since we already live in Beautiful BC, the overall experience is very relaxing. Rooms with veranda's are worth a few extra dollars even if the weather is not your friend. If you want great glacier views then you must wait until the very end of summer but the glacier views are spectacular. The service and entertainment was so memorable. It is amazing how a ship with nearly 2000 people aboard can feel so intimate.

We loved the chef's dinner selections and the variety of choices and food service venues. We especially loved having breakfast in bed every morning for no extra charge.

The mirrored wall made the room seem larger and the stewards daily treat of specially folded animal towels was such fun. The room was always clean and the service was polished with a smile.

My only negative comment ... smoking on board... inside??? What's with that? Yuck! It seems that smoking was permitted only in the casino but everyone needed to pass through the casino to/from the main shows and that was stinky. We had a great time with audience participation venues and the wide variety of choice in styles of live music was impressive.

We were on a tight budget so the excursions didn't attract us. It was nice to get off the ship and walk, but the ship generally offered all we needed and the views from the ship were fabulous.

It was our 25th wedding anniversary and we met people from all over the world who were celebrating special occasions or just on "ski" vacations - Spending Kids Inheritance (learned that from an Australian).

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