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wendy_woo2 06-09-2008 03:42 PM

In the early stages of looking for a cruise to Alaska, either with Holland or Princess, just wondering if anyone has sailed either of these and which ship did a overall better job of it. thanks

Dizy 06-09-2008 04:23 PM

We've sailed to Alaska on both these ships and loved both of them.

The Volendam is newer than the Veendam and slightly larger with 3 sets of elevators, whereas the Veendam only has 2 - one forward and one aft. The Lido is larger on the Volendam, but overall you can't make a mistake choosing either of these ships.

Whichever one you do choose, have a great time.

f-mattox 06-09-2008 05:25 PM

Wendy, I'm going to jump in on this thread too.

I've only had one cruise on Holland America and it was on Veendam. We loved it. It was more expensive than Princess, but it was worth the extra money. Although I will say I still think Princess is the best value for the cruise dollar.

Given a choice between Veendam, Island Princess and Sapphire Princess, I would take Veendam, mostly because we love the smaller size ship; and the food and service was a cut above.


Dave 06-09-2008 05:31 PM

Both Princess and Holland America have extensive Alaskan cruise experience. They were among the first cruise lines to open that market. There is no bad choice here.

susanmaz 06-10-2008 11:18 AM

We did Alaska with HAL in 2000 (on the old Westerdam) - - and it was wonderful. Smaller ship with extra care and attention to detail. Our morning in Glacier Bay brought out Dutch hot cocoa and the afternoon brought out hot spit pea soup. It was such a nice touch. There was a naturalist onboard who kept up updated on what we were seeing and there was a member of the Klingit tribe giving lectures during our sea days. I've not been on Princess, but Holland America does a wondermous job with their Alaska itineraries.

f-mattox 06-10-2008 04:37 PM

It's the little touches like the cocoa and the hot soup that make Holland America a cut above.

iluvtrvl 08-05-2008 05:55 PM

I have sailed on both the Veendam (twice) and the Volendam (once), although in the Caribbean. These are two of our favorite ships. They are a little older, but are smaller and more intimate. The crew on both ships seem to be part of the fabric of the ships, making the journey much more enjoyable. I think the Volendam is a prettier ship, but both are lovely. Whichever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Westerdam (old) '01
Veendam '02
Zuiderdam '03
Zuiderdam '04
Veendam '05
Westerdam (new) '06
Volendam '07
Maasdam '08

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