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Jul 2013

Cruise Diary: Glacier Bay

Submitted by: Diana

Patricia Stone, Owner and Founder of Global Adventures, sailed on a 7-day Inside Passage Cruise visiting Alaska on Zuiderdam with her family. Enjoy reading about their adventure. This post was written by Jennifer M.

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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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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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 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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Our families had plenty to do on the ship during days at sea – spa treatments, ping pong tournaments, cooking classes, a dancing class, 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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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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To read more visit Patricia’s blog here.

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