My sister-in-law Heather sent me an email last year from the Volendam while cruising with Holland America. She enjoyed a cruise to Alaska and loved every minute sailing and enjoying all the wonderful excursions. She witnessed about 60 dolphins all racing towards the ship, leaping in and out of the swells, from the comfort of her balcony.
Brother-in-law Stanley sent me this update once they had disembarked so I’m sharing it with you.
We are on our way home from an incredible trip, a must for those interested in scenery, relaxation & adventure. The ship was the Volendam with 1200 passengers and about 500 crew± Superb food, perfect accommodation and wonderful shore excursions, there was so much to do on board, huge gym and spa, 5 or six lounges ; classical, piano, disco, shows every night, karaoke, a library, casino, internet cafe, card room and scrabble table. We cruised the inside passage, so often close to shore, spectacular scenery and perfect weather; Food was plentiful and of a very high caliber, we enjoyed the buffet, along with upscale dining venues for a slight up charge:
The shore excursions were fun, a helicopter ride to a glacier and a walk on the glacier with spiked boots, a bus ride into the Yukon for a canoe paddle and a 1 hour horse ride, the last one was a float plane to a salmon hatchery to see black bears feeding on salmon a bit scary ( we were very close) but great: The international crew were efficient and extremely pleasant.
All in all a trip I would recommend to every one. BTW everyday there was a yoga class, pilates and a classes on cooking, correct eating and a computer course, so plenty to do;
Just a footnote the embarkation and disembarkation was so organized that it was quicker than going to the airport!
This got me thinking… where’s the deals so we can cruise too…
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