Alaska Family Cruise

by Jennifer McKay

Just returned from an incredible 7-day Inside Passage Cruise, visiting Glacier Bay on the Holland America Zuiderdam Cruise Ship.  We had a smooth check-in with Holland America greeters, and waved goodbye to those sending us off on our voyage from Canada Place in Vancouver.

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Cruise Route

Our route took us up through Alaska’s Inside Passage and north to Juneau, and other port stops in Skagway and Ketchikan.

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To read more about our stops at these ports, click at the links below:

Juneau

Skagway

Ketchikan

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We celebrated the 4th of July in Ketchikan and saw a helicopter fly the American flag over the ship.  The Holland America Cruise Ship staff also decorated the ship in celebration of this American holiday.

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Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay was a highlight and we met with the resident Park Rangers who informed us about this amazing Alaskan glacier scape.  We even saw a glacier calving which reminded us that this landscape is dynamic and ever-changing.

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Activities on the Ship

Our families had plenty to do on the ship during days at sea — spa treatments, ping pong tournaments, cooking classes, a dancing class (click to see video), strolling the promenade deck and relaxing on deck chairs.  The kids went swimming, visited “Club HAL” – Holland America’s club for children, and we enjoyed our daily visit to the soft serve ice cream stand.  We saw wildlife from the deck including whales and eagles.

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Dining on the ship

The ship had several restaurants to choose from, and we dined well.  As a Mom, I was able to truly relax and not worry about meal planning, preparation, or cleanup.  The Pinnacle Grill provides gourmet, multi-course dining.  My favorite dish was the lobster tail salad.

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Day and night, we were entertained by Magic Shows, Dance & Music performances, and participated in the game show, “Deal or No Deal”.

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The sunrises and sunsets were stunning and everyone in our family are now mariners for life!

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Thanks to Holland America for partially sponsoring this trip.

 

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