My partner and I are planning to go on a RSVP cruise in Sept. to Alaska out of Seattle. The cruise will be on Holland's Amsterdam ship. Neither of us have ever cruised before and both of us are very excited. Has anyone on these boards gone on this cruise before and how was it. Any advise welcome.
Alaska was our first cruise and it spoiled us forever! Alaska is so beautiful. There are wonderful things to do in every port.
The Amsterdam is a sister and co-flagship to the Rotterdam. They are lovely ships, and wear their flags proudly.
You can download HAL's shore excursion booklets from their website. Look through the offerings for the ports you'll visit. The problem will be deciding what you want to do, since you can't do it all in one trip.
Good luck, and enjoy your planning.
As said, Alaska was our first... and best
I hope the buffet on your ship is as wonderful as the Ryndam's.
You will be astonished at the glaciers in Glacier Bay.
Ketchikan is a fun touristy kinda shopping place. I do work at the USCG station there and recommend Foxes on the bluff.
We walked around Sitka and enjoyed the historical attractions.
Re: Alaskan Cruise
BTDT, back about '02 when Amsterdam left from Bell Town instead of the southern terminal. September is a better price but weather will be much less sunny. Bring some rain gear and layered clothing. Skip the premium for a balcony - best in sunnier cruises. Nothing wrong with mist and light rain as it can add to the atmosphere and mystery of Alaska.
Alaska is typically a cruise taken by cruise veterans and older folks, and this especially applies to September when the kiddos are in school, so the crowd will be more mature, probably more formal.
Do take the boat excursions looking for whales, otters, and eagles. Would hesitate on the flying excursions depending on weather clarity.
See the totem pole park in Ketchican to pick up a little on the Native American flavor.
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