The Mighty Westerdam (Sitka, Alaska)

This was our home for the week that we were in Alaska, the MS Westerdam from Holland America that carried us from Seattle, Washington to Glacier Bay, Alaska and back again. Along the way we stopped in Juneau, Sitka, Keitchkan and Victoria (British Columbia). In Sitka we had to dock off shore and take the lifeboats to the town – from the shore I took this picture before we joined our group and went kayaking for the day.

MS Westerdam in Sitka, Alaska

MS Westerdam in Sitka Alaska

The MS Westerdam holds nearly 2,000 passengers and has a crew of over 800 – needless to say we were well taken care of while aboard the ship and with a ratio of 1:3 crew:people we rarely had to wait for anything. It really was a wonderful experience. Heading into it I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy cruising but for the most part I thought it was a great way to travel – especially for a large group of nine with very diverse ideas of what activities are ‘fun’. It allowed us to each go our own separate ways during the day and then re-convene at night for dinner, drinks and games of some sort (Cards Against Humanity was awesome – if not inappropriate for the others on the cruise who had to sit by us as we laughed and laughed and laughed).

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