Category Archives: Westerdam

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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Holland America’s Greenhouse Spa

Westerdam Greenhouse Spa A Piece of Paradise at Sea Often on boarding day regardless of which cruiseline or ship you sail with, the spa has open tours for anyone wishing to see inside.  I almost always take the tour, but … Continue reading

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Holland America’s Pinnacle Grill

Dinner service at Holland America’s Pinnacle Grill on the Westerdam included unexpected extra treats in addition to the delicious food we ordered. Continue reading

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Cruising Gluten Free

Do Cruise Ships Accommodate Gluten Free Diets? With two sisters on gluten free diets, cooking gluten free has become somewhat of a hobby for me so I have things I can serve them when the need arises.  One of my … Continue reading

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