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    Holland America/Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    West Coast
  1. You're most welcome. The season for Alaska cruising runs from early May to approx. mid September. May is usually a little drier, in terms of rainfall, but is cooler and you will see more ice in the sea once in Alaska territory. The day light hours are also longer. September is little more colorful in terms of foliage. You are seldom out of sight of land on the 7 day return trip to Vancouver, so what you are seeing on land is important. You can also make the trip out of Seattle but some of those use a route that goes on the west side side of Vancouver Island. The "inside passage" is much more scenic. September should also afford you the opportunity to see some of the salmon run, especially in Ketchikan. This doesn't happen in May, June, July. As far as weather in Calgary or Vancouver is concerned, Vancouver is great at any time of year and is one of the world's most beautiful cities. Calgary...well, not so much. We say 9 months of winter and 3 of bad sledding. Your best bet would be June, July or August. If you are interested in the Calgary Stampede, then early July. If you are headed to the mountains, they are remarkable at any time of year but summer is probably best weather wise. Unless you have family in Calgary or the Rockies are your destination, my suggestion would be to spend your extra time in Vancouver at the beginning or end of your vacation.
  2. Hi Graham, The Volendam is older and smaller than the Nieuw Amsterdam. That is the main difference. It is one of our favorite ships, especially to Alaska. We have just returned from Mexico on the Nieuw Amsterdam and it was a very nice ship. However, I think the overall ambience of the Volendam is better. Whichever you choose, you will find the trip to Alaska to be very beautiful and at times spectacular. I am a resident of Calgary and a former resident of Vancouver, as well as a long time Holland America cruiser. Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions for you. (askmrsf@gmail.com)
  3. Don't worry. You will clear Canadian customs at YVR. After that just go to the front of the terminal and get on the Sky Train to Waterfront Station. It's a short 2 block walk to Canada Place. Much quicker and more convenient than a cab, due to traffic enroute and at Canada Place. Depending on how many ships are at Canada Place it could take a while as you now have to go through U.S. Customs before boarding. We've been sailing out of Vancouver for many years and they won't leave you behind. Relax and enjoy your cruise along the beautiful West Coast.
  4. We haven't been on the Koningsdam but if the sideways inside is anything like the ones on the Noordam, I would not recommend it. It was, by far, the smallest, most uncomfortable cabin we have ever occupied in our 38 years of cruising. At one time, it may have been a utility cupboard or a single occupancy cabin. We are not large people but there was really only room for one of us to be standing in the cabin, at any given time. Hardly room to turn around. We had to have the beds separated to create a little runway to get in and out of bed. The first night (with the bed as one unit) my husband got up in the night and nearly impaled himself on the large clothes hooks that were sticking out of the wall. It was the worst cabin, ever. The bathroom, however was much larger than most. Good luck!
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