We’re on board Holland America Line’s Oosterdam on a 7-day round-trip Seattle sailing to Alaska. After just that short amount of time it is quite clear that Holland America, at sea, is all about relaxation, whatever that might mean to each passenger on board.
Holland America knows its product well and knows which buttons to push and questions to ask of those who make the online social world home. Onboard with us is @JohnnyJet’s sister, @georgiejet on her first-ever cruise. Social media expert @CruiseBuzz is here too along with @CruiseRadio, lending rich personal cruise histories to the mix.When Holland America (@HALCruises) asked this clearly focused question, our answer came instantly.
While we’re headed to Alaska and cooler outside temperatures prevent a lot of on-deck activities, what Holland America has to offer inside the ship allows each passenger to define their experience with ease. Still, the common thread running through culinary classes, informative talks and lectures as well as other inside activities makes for a relaxing day at sea.
Frankly, after doing a North to South Alaska itinerary the last time we were here, I had my doubts about a round-trip Seattle run. So far though, what we have experienced has the makings of a unique, lifetime-memory quality sailing.
I like that we are at sea for about two days, even though the itinerary might not indicate that at first glance. Departing Seattle at 4pm on embarkation day, followed by a full day at sea with arrival at our first stop, Tracy Arm for scenic cruising sets up the experience very well.
Arguably, glacier viewing is a top highlight of any Alaska sailing. Slowly traveling through the highly-protected environmentally-sensitive area is a relaxing day in and of itself. Setting the scene with nearly two days at sea might very well make for an even more enriching experience.
Relaxation, whatever that might mean to each of us on board, is easy to attain with onboard programming in place from Holland America.