Category Archives: Westerdam

How To Get Free Spa On A Cruise

All the major cruise ships have spas. For the most part, nothing at these spas comes cheap. While some passengers can afford to enjoy the spa services, cruisers on a budget tend to spend their limited dollars elsewhere. If you … Continue reading

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Is a Cruise Ship Cabin Crowded With More Than 2 People?

  For the most part, cruise ship cabins are designed to hold two people, and usually they do.  Sometimes though people cruise in larger groups and more than two stay in the same cabin.  Different ships have different ways to … Continue reading

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A Quick Stop in Victoria

Port Stop in Victoria From Ketchikan to Victoria, the Westerdam raced against a Princess boat that left about the same time.   Apparently whoever arrives first gets through customs first and the other ship has to wait. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Ketchikan Alaska – Dolly’s House

Dolly’s House Museum – touring a former “bawdy house” in Ketchikan Alaska feels like taking a step into the past as all the old fashioned furnishings and appliances remain from Creek Street’s heyday as the red light district of Ketchikan. Continue reading

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Ketchikan Trolley Tour

Our large family group sailing on the Holland America Westerdam to Alaska thought it would be nice if we could all get together on at least one shore excursion during the trip. It’s hard to get so many people to … Continue reading

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Sitka

Many cruise ships stop in Sitka during the summer Alaska cruise season, including the Holland America Westerdam on the cruise I took with extended family.  Sitka sits mainly on Baranof Island and partly on neighboring Japonski Island, with the two … Continue reading

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Sitka Raptor Center

The Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka rescues and treats injured birds of prey. Continue reading

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Fortress Of The Bear

Fortress of the Bear in Sitka, Alaska raises orphan bear cubs. The cubs have large enclosures with natural features. Lively happy bears entertain visitors with their antics. Continue reading

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Best Blogs of 2013

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful 2013 and that 2014 has even better things in store for everyone. Reflecting back on the past year, I’m picking my favorite post from each month to highlight in this blog. … Continue reading

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Cruising Glacier Bay

The Holland America Westerdam spent one day of our Alaskan cruise cruising around Glacier Bay. The daily schedule included what time the ship would pass each glacier. Up in the Crows Nest they had a ranger giving a talk about … Continue reading

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