Upcoming Cruise: Zuiderdam to Alaska

Good morning cruisers! It’s time to announce my upcoming cruise sailing this June, so let’s get to it!

7nt alaskaThe Itinerary

On June 22nd, I will be embarking on Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam from Vancouver, Canada. ms Zuiderdam will be sailing a 7 night Alaskan itinerary with calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. The ship will also be taking us up close to towering glaciers both within the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay National Park.  I’ve never been on an Alaskan cruise before, so I am very excited to explore the Last Frontier.

 The Ship

ms Zuiderdam at Sea

ms Zuiderdam

Launching her maiden voyage in December of 2002, the ms Zuiderdam is the flagship of Holland America Line’s Vista Class. The ms Zuiderdam marked an evolution of shipbuilding for Holland America Line. She was the line’s first ship to exceed 100,000 GRT and the largest ship in the fleet during her 2002 debut. The Zuiderdam offers guests 10 decks, 7 dining experiences across the ship, 4 panoramic exterior elevators, a covered Lido area for inclimate weather, and my personal favorite – a full wrap around exterior promenade. The Zuiderdam offers guests a classic cruise experience with all the comforts of a modern design.

The Shore Excursions

I currently have two shore excursions booked for our calls in Skagway and Juneau – but I’ve chosen to keep the lid on these until the day of the excursions.

clia c3sCruise3Sixty In Vancouver

Of course, you might be wondering if I’d be attending CLIA’s Cruise3Sixty this year, right? Well, the good news is I am! Unfortunately, I will only be at Cruise3Sixty on Friday, June 21st. If you’re not familiar with Cruise3Sixty, here is a brief summary from CLIA: Cruise3Sixty is the only official cruise conference of the cruise line industry, brought to you by the world’s largest cruise industry organization, CLIA. Cruise3Sixty offer attendees an extensive array of ship inspections, a comprehensive educational program, training and professional development seminars, destination and product workshops, hands-on technology training and product updates from the CLIA-Member Cruise Lines. As press, I will be reporting live press conferences from MSC, Royal Caribbean, Windstar, and Azamara on Friday, June 21st. Stay tuned!

Staying Connected

Once aboard, as usual, I will publish a daily journal detailing my day aboard the ship and stories from exploring our ports of call. I will also be tweeting updates and photos on our Twitter and posting on our Facebook page. While I’m cruising, make sure to check out the dedicated Zuiderdam cruise page for the latest articles while I am at sea. Also, don’t forget to sign up for email updates below to have the latest cruise news and my Zuiderdam articles sent straight to your email inbox.

Upon my return from Alaska, I will write up a full cruise report/review along with videos and photos. I expect to have my report/review posted before I embark on a * night ************ cruise on July 6th. (Stay tuned for more on that in the coming weeks!)

I am very excited to cruise with Holland America Line again, and I can’t wait to share my cruise with you! Saty tuned

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.