Yaaaasssss, my boyfriend and I went on a 14-day Alaskan cruise and it was awesome! Before I go into detail with our trip on my next blog entries, I want to start off with sharing how it was like to live in a cruise ship for 14 days. A lot of people had questions on how everything was like. Does the ship stay for days in a city? Do we pay for the food? Is there anything we can do in the ship aside from eating and drinking?
We flew in Vancouver a day before our cruise started so we got to see a little bit of the city. (Thanks to Monsi for picking us up at the airport and for giving us a little tour of Downtown.) We stayed in the area of North Vancouver which was just the right nice and quiet that we needed after staying in LA for a week.
The next morning, we rode a cab to Canada Place and met up with my mom to finally embark the ship. We had some drinks to start off our trip and I gave my boyfriend a tour of the ship. Holland America Line’s m/s Zaandam had a very similar layout with the previous HAL ships that I’ve been on so it was easy for me to show him around. Later in the afternoon, we ended up hanging out in the Lido deck to have lunch and join the sail away.
There are a lot of things to do on board. There’s a movie theater, lots and lots of places to drink, a casino, swimming pool, gym, and etc. They also provide daily programs to keep you busy especially when it’s a sea day.
Our room was perfect for the two of us. Of course we were excited about the 24/7 room service, who wouldn’t be? We also had a TV and a dvd player awesome for days when we felt like just staying in our room.
The ship also has 6 restaurants including the three general dining areas. Yes, the food is free and you can have as much as you want. You only had to pay for soda or any alcoholic beverage. Fruit juices, water, tea and coffee were free! They served breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snack in the Lido restaurant. There’s also Dive In by the pool area which will serve you burgers, fries, hotdogs, and a Mexican buffet open from lunch time until around 5PM. If you’re feeling a little fancy you can eat at the Rotterdam dining area which will require you to dress up a bit. The three other restaurants, Canaletto, Le Cirque, and the Pinnacle Grill provides a more personal dining experience. You will be required to pay to dine in these areas but the billing is per head and not per item you order. Here’s a breakdown of how much it will cost for each restaurant: Canaletto – $15; Le Cirque – $49; Pinnacle Grill – $10 for lunch or $35 for dinner.
We also loved hanging out at the library area that had a café called Explorations. They have huge puzzles that would always keep us busy in the afternoons. The café was also serving pastries, chocolate coated strawberries and macarons for free the whole day!!!!! I was literally in heaven.
There were also gala nights scheduled on four days out of the 14 days we were there. Attendance wasn’t required but, it was fun to dress up for dinner!
Overall, it was a fun experience. I would definitely recommend going on a cruise if you want to travel to a lot of places for a short amount of time. We got to visit 5 cities of Alaska, Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines, and Seward. We’re looking forward on our next cruise, which adventure should we do next?