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Tammy

Age: 37

Occupation:Administrator

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Zuiderdam

Sailing Date: 2010-08-21

Itinerary: Alaska Inside Passage

Our 20 Anniversary Vacation was EXCELLENT and worth every penny.

Food was all wonderful. I would suggest eating in the Vista Dining room at every meal because the Lido is very busy and hard to find a seat. Room Service is also very good and we had some of the most wonderful breakfasts in our room. Make it a point to eat at the Pinnacle Grill at least once the $20 is well worth it.

The upgraded stateroom was wonderful. Always clean and we loved the animal towels and chocolates on our beds every night.

There were plenty of activities to keep us busy and they were all a lot of fun. The line dancing was fun but could've lasted longer then a half hour.

White Pass Summit and Bike was AWESOME!!!

This was our first cruise and I have to admit it was a Wonderful one. We arrived in Vancouver, BC on the Thursday prior to our cruise on Saturday and had a nice time exploring the city. I strongly recommend eating at any of the earl's restaurants, they are awesome.
Saturday we arrived at Canada Place around noon and were immediately met by some nice gentleman waiting to take our bags. We then had to go through customs which took a little time but it wasn't terrible, then we waited in another line to get our ship cards and have our picture taken. (Make sure if you want to buy souviners in any of the ports there is a great coupon book in the walkway to the ship) When we boarded the ship we were able to go to the Lido Buffett and have something to eat. It was pretty busy and hard to find a place to sit but we had some really good pizza and the sandwiches are great. Also don't forget to have an ice cream cone or cookie they are awesome. Coffee, Iced or hot tea and water is available at the buffet at no charge. After we ate we went to my sister and brother-in-laws room which was ready because it was one of the two penthouse suites on the ship. If you have a chance to travel with someone that can afford one of these suites its worth it because of the perks they get. They had champagne waiting in there room and also a large bowl of fruit. The room was very nice and large which was a great place for all of us to hang out since we had a group of 11. They announced our room was ready around 1:30 and we went to find it. We had booked a MM inside standard room guarantee and ended up getting upgraded to a large D room on the main deck with a window. I'm glad we ended up with that room because other people in our group had inside rooms and they were very small. We had a good size room with a couch and the bathroom had a bathtub. The only downside to having a window is that I was up early every morning looking out to see what was outside.
That night we all had dinner in the Vista Dining room with the open seating. Since we were with my sister and she was in the Penthouse we never had to wait to sit they always had our table ready and we would just walk in and sit. The food was wonderful in the Vista and the service was spectacular.
Sunday we were on the ship all day and found many activities to keep us busy. We loved the trivia daily in the Crow's Nest and Gene the host is great. My sister's and I took the Mixology classes and they were so much fun, the bartendars were so entertaining and funny. Thank you Oro and Nick for making the classes fun. Oro is the bartendar in the Atrium bar and Nick bartends in the Northern Lights Disco and they are lots of fun. Sunday was the first formal night and the food in the Vista was once again great. Then we went to the show and it was very entertaining.
Monday we arrived in Juneau, Ak and the weather was cold and rainy. We explored the shops for a while and really wanted to go in the Red Dog Saloon but it was so busy we couldn't even get in. We ended up having a beer at the Lucky Lady Bar, which the prices were good but the bartendar was so crabby and acted like she didn't anyone there. There are so many jewelry stores in every port it gets kind of annoying. How much jewerly can one person buy. Juneau was not my favorite port. That night my husband and I ate by ourselves at the Pinnacle Grill, that was by far some of the best food I have ever eaten. I had the lobster and my husband had the Porterhouse steak. Well worth the $20. Fabulous food and service. If your not a lucky person don't waste your time in the casino. The slot machine were pretty tight and we didn't win anything.
Tuesday we arrive in Skagway, my favorite port. It is a cute little town with interesting looking buildings and everyone is so friendly. We took the White Pass Summit train up and biked down. The weather once again was cold and rainy but we still had a good time. The tour guides on our bike trip back down to Skagway were excellent. We even saw a bear on the side of the road eating a mountain goat which they said is very rare. That night we ate at the Italian Canaletto Restaurant on the ship. The food was very good but a little spicy for Italian. The desserts were fantastic.
Wednesday we arrived in Glacier Bay, very pretty views and lots of picture taking. I was kindof hoping it would've been a little more white in the bay and not so brown but it was still beautiful. We were all able to enjoy the large balcony off of my sister's suite and didn't have to fight the crowds on the bow of the ship for great pictures. Wednesday night was our last formal dinner in the Vista, once again very good food, the lobster was a little salty but otherwise very good. The only downfall of that dinner was the tacky white chair covers which were not needed because the chairs are prettier without them.
Thursday we arrived early in Ketchikan. Neat town with lots of fishing. The salmon were in spawn so that was pretty neat to see. We walked around and did some sightseeing and also road on the duck tour. Same kinds of stores as the other towns. That night we were so tired of eating that we had room service sandwiches for dinner. The tuna and club sandwiches are very good if your tire of having a big meal. That night we went to the Queens Lounge for the Marriage game and my husband and I got picked to be contestants. It was a lot of fun and we ended up winning a received a bottle of champange, which all the couple received.
Friday we were at sea all day and just did activities on the ship. Saturday we woke up early because we chose the expediated departure. We brought our own bags off the ship which went very smoothly and customs went well. I suggest if you fly from Seattle like we did that you don't waste to much time in Vancouver unless you have a late flight since we waited in line at the border for an hour.
All and All we had a Super Great Time and would definately take another cruise with Holland America.

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