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Each day was as good as or better than the day before. After a cool and rainy Spring and early Summer, we brought Alaska good weather. The Gulf of Alaska was like glass for part of one day and the only "bumpy" time was when we were North of Vancouver Island on Day 2, heading for Ketchikan. Even that was very mild. As usual, an outstandingly friendly and helpful crew. MDR service was excellent and cuisine was good to excellent. Pinnacle Grill continues to disappoint me, but Canaletto was excellent. The ship was well maintained with appropriate temperatures in all venues. Dry docking is needed to update the facilities, however. Trivia is "king", but many enjoyed the new addition in place of the Culinary Arts Center. The addition of BBC Earth to the programming reinforces the HAL movement to programs designed to appeal to guests who are more "destination oriented" than in the past. The EXC Guide provided more detailed information during her talks, both in the Showroom as well as when we were in very scenic areas, i.e. Hubbard Glacier. Maps and information provided in the staterooms, however, are lacking--which they have been for some time, Entertainment included a comedian who I did not think was funny at all to one who was hilarious. The Band in the Crow's Nest and the Trio in the Ocean Bar were great. Cast shows, from the ones I did attend, were well done. And, of course, the Indonesian Crew Show was very enjoyable. Sailing from Seattle through Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuco provides memorable views.

14 Day Alaska Cruise

Amsterdam Cruise Review by rkacruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Each day was as good as or better than the day before. After a cool and rainy Spring and early Summer, we brought Alaska good weather. The Gulf of Alaska was like glass for part of one day and the only "bumpy" time was when we were North of Vancouver Island on Day 2, heading for Ketchikan. Even that was very mild.

As usual, an outstandingly friendly and helpful crew.

MDR service was excellent and cuisine was good to excellent.

Pinnacle Grill continues to disappoint me, but Canaletto was excellent.

The ship was well maintained with appropriate temperatures in all venues. Dry docking is needed to update the facilities, however.

Trivia is "king", but many enjoyed the new addition in place of the Culinary Arts Center. The addition of BBC Earth to the programming reinforces the HAL movement to programs designed to appeal to guests who are more "destination oriented" than in the past. The EXC Guide provided more detailed information during her talks, both in the Showroom as well as when we were in very scenic areas, i.e. Hubbard Glacier. Maps and information provided in the staterooms, however, are lacking--which they have been for some time,

Entertainment included a comedian who I did not think was funny at all to one who was hilarious. The Band in the Crow's Nest and the Trio in the Ocean Bar were great. Cast shows, from the ones I did attend, were well done. And, of course, the Indonesian Crew Show was very enjoyable.

Sailing from Seattle through Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuco provides memorable views.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin D 1886
A standard outside stateroom that was in good condition and well attended by my Stewards. Located near the center stairwell/elevators proved to be a good location to easily get to the Lido Restaurant. Very stable location; no unusual noise.

I embarked shortly after 11:30 A. M. Staterooms are supposed to be ready at that time. Was was not. More work needed to be done within the room. But, others on Dolphin Deck experienced the same delay. I put my carry-on in a closet and left the stateroom to get out of the way of the Stewards. Really not a problem, but unusual.
Lower Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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