Holland America FIRST Impressions & Glacier Bay

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Exploring Glacier Bay and Holland America Cruises

  • The experience of visiting Glacier Bay for the first time after 40 cruises.
  • Cruising with Holland America on the Eurodam, a midsize ship with 2100 guests.
  • Staying in a balcony cabin with special features like a large balcony and bathtub.
  • The itinerary of the Alaska cruise, including ports like Sitka, Juneau, and Icy Strait Point.
  • Features of Eurodam like music-focused entertainment venues, multiple dining options, and a dedicated teen club.
  • Advice for cruising in Glacier Bay, such as exploring various decks for views and attending enrichment seminars.

In my latest YouTube video, I shared my first experience visiting Glacier Bay after many cruises to Alaska. The beauty of the place left me completely overwhelmed. I sailed with Holland America on the Eurodam, a midsize ship built in 2007 that accommodates 2100 guests. It offered a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

On this visit to Alaska I stayed in a balcony cabin on the Eurodam and loved it. The large balcony, bathtub, and ample closet space were wonderful. I also appreciated the size and comfort of the sofa bed for my son.

This video covers our seven-night Alaska cruise itinerary, which included stops at various ports like Sitka, Juneau, and Icy Strait Point, with Glacier Bay as the highlight. The Eurodam has a significant focus on music, with venues like the World Stage for shows and the Billboard Onboard area.

Dining on the ship was a delight. The main dining room, buffet, and specialty restaurants like Canaletto and Tamarind offered a variety of options. I was particularly excited about dining at Nami Sushi, and it didn’t disappoint – especially considering the reasonable price point.

Nami Sushi - Holland America
Nami Sushi – Holland America

Regarding the onboard demographic, while Holland America is generally known for an older crowd, summer cruises to Alaska attract more families and younger passengers. There were plenty of activities for kids and teens, making it a great option for family cruising.

The entertainment options on the ship ranged from music to dance parties, catering to various tastes. When it comes to Glacier Bay, this video has some tips such as pacing yourself, exploring different viewing spots on the ship, and attending enrichment seminars to enhance the experience. I recommended using the Bridge Cam Channel to catch glacier talks and take in the naturalist’s insights. Attending the various seminars and reading the provided materials can also to the experience.

Glacier Bay - Holland America
Glacier Bay – Holland America

I highly recommend Holland America for cruising in Alaska, especially for experiencing Glacier Bay. I shared a link to Alaska packing tips and mentioned upcoming content related to our Alaska adventure. Overall, my experience highlighted the beauty of Glacier Bay and the enjoyable aspects of cruising with Holland America on the Eurodam.

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