I agree with Talliho. There's no doubt that the Volendam is the ship. You're getting the Mariner discount as well. And the full suites are so MUCH better than sky suites. You know its twice the size. You know HAL's service in those suites is unmatched. What are you worried about?
HAL and Princess are the standouts in that market. That being said, you're comparing apples with oranges. all 3 lines do inside passage and one way routes. Do a little more research and decide which would please you more, and then pick a line. HAL does sound best with the Mariner discount. Then pick the ship.
Well, thanks for all of the advice.
It did come down to the ship. We have been on Zaandam so we have a good idea of what Volendam will be like. But I just really need a change so we are sticking with our Celebrity booking. I know our cabin will be half the size...but I get a Martini Bar, a Thalassotherapy Pool, more spa treatments and a stop in Sitka as the trade-off.
A bigger concern should be a Glacier Bay visit. Also this year southbound Celebrity ships did not visit College Fjords and without at least 4 extra days land touring interior- you are spending more in time and flights from Anchorage- your curise will be the same as the round trip 6 of the 7 days.