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we have booked the Eurodam to Alaska the end of July.  We cruise all the time (mid 40's couple)... but we like to hang out by the pool, have cocktails, listen to music while soaking up the sun..

 

Now that we have booked this Alaska cruise, I'm 2nd guessing and think I may get bored during sea days, etc... What is there to do during the day for people who normally like to party by the pool and soak up the sun?

 

T.I.A.

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You can still hang out by the Lido (midship) pool because it's covered, so it will be warm. As for partying by the pool, you may be disappointed. There are bars, of course, but there hasn't been a pool band on a HAL ship in years. HAL doesn't provide a lot of activities on sea days. Trivia, cooking demo, computer class, things like that. 

 

Have you done an Alaska cruise before? Alaska cruises tend to be fairly port intensive, so you shouldn't have too many sea days. If your port days are very active, you may find you enjoy time to sit back and enjoy being at sea. 

 

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I probably shouldn't respond since I have no experience on Eurodam...but we did a cruise to Alaska on Celebrity and I was concerned about being bored on sea days (though my husband loves them). It was not a problem at all. Our ship had a covered pool so even if cold, we could still use the pool and hot tubs. We didn't "party by the pool" per se but we definitely enjoyed a few beverages and time to read and relax. We also used the sea days to guarantee that we'd get our 3 mile walk in - which didn't always happen on port days. 

 

We also reserved specialty restaurants which was relaxing...not rushing back from excursions to go to dinner. We visited different bars/lounges that we never seem to have time for on port days. One day we booked a couples massage. On another cruise line we were able to take a "behind the scenes" tour (additional cost) on a sea day. Not sure if HAL ships offer anything like that. Hopefully you will enjoy a more relaxed vibe on sea days. We love the slower pace of the days. 

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22 minutes ago, ThaNectar said:

What is there to do during the day for people who normally like to party by the pool and soak up the sun?

 

Don't dismiss the idea of watching the fabulous scenery, and watching for wildlife.  🙂

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On sea days - definitely do lunch at the Pinnacle.  Cost $10 pp (less if you are a 3/4/5 Star Mariner).  Great food, nice atmosphere and fine service.

 

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You'll have two sea days. If you expect a live DJ, wet tee-shirt and hairy leg contests, you will be bored to tears. None of that happens on Holland America. Don't know what your definition of "party" is - just my interpretation of your concern. There is recorded music, the bars are open and the pool can be covered, but the mood and the clientele are much more subdued than Carnival, for example.  

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2 hours ago, ThaNectar said:

we have booked the Eurodam to Alaska the end of July.  We cruise all the time (mid 40's couple)... but we like to hang out by the pool, have cocktails, listen to music while soaking up the sun..

 

Now that we have booked this Alaska cruise, I'm 2nd guessing and think I may get bored during sea days, etc... What is there to do during the day for people who normally like to party by the pool and soak up the sun?

 

T.I.A.

No Live band, why don't you bring a boombox..

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6 hours ago, Sir PMP said:

No Live band, why don't you bring a boombox..

 

Oh gosh, I hope you were kidding.... ? Please, please don't bring a boombox! 🙂

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On the day cruising the Inside Passage the lines usually have a guest lecturer up on the bridge pointing out many of the sights and spotting whales and other wildlife.

An Alaskan cruise is not a Caribbean cruise, no soaking up the sun. We sailed in mid August of 2000 and when we sailed into the waters of Hubbards Glacier they were serving free hot chocolate out on deck.

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9 hours ago, ThaNectar said:

What is there to do during the day for people who normally like to party by the pool and soak up the sun?

 

Party in the Crows Nest and watch for whales? That's what works for us! Others have pointed out that there is still a pool.

 

Also remember that one of your "sea days" is actually scenic cruising in Glacier Bay -- bring an outer layer as well as hat/scarf/gloves, and get out on deck to watch for calving and see the sealions (or are the seals?) hauled up on the icebergs.

 

Alaska is the only place my sister and BIL want to cruise -- we've offered others -- we're booked for their third AK trip and our fourth, June 2020.

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2 hours ago, MISTER 67 said:

On the day cruising the Inside Passage the lines usually have a guest lecturer up on the bridge pointing out many of the sights and spotting whales and other wildlife.

An Alaskan cruise is not a Caribbean cruise, no soaking up the sun. We sailed in mid August of 2000 and when we sailed into the waters of Hubbards Glacier they were serving free hot chocolate out on deck.

The Eurodam goes to Glacier Bay.  Hot Pea Soup is served on the outer decks.  

 

 

 

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Just back from Alaska on the Oosterdam and I was never bored on sea days but I don't get bored very often.  I'm not a soak up the sun party on sort of person though.  Both pools should be open if the weather is good.  There were lots of teens at the outside pool and lots of people at the covered pool.  You won't have any problem finding cocktails, they are practically offered everywhere.  (Yes, I had a couple of Mimosa's at breakfast in the dinning room 😉

 

You will find many other offerings for things to do.  The Amercia's Test Kitchen is a favorite of mine.  There are multiple computer classes.  Movies.  Card/games.  A Naturalist is usually on board for scenic cruising with hot drinks and pea soup.  And remember that the casino will be open when you are at sea.

 

Enjoy your Eurodam cruise! 

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Usually there is a sommelier's wine event in the Pinnacle Grill on the last sea day that's fun (if you like wine).

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15 hours ago, grsnovi said:

Usually there is a sommelier's wine event in the Pinnacle Grill on the last sea day that's fun (if you like wine).

Seemed like there was some sort of wine/alcohol/champagne tasting almost every day.  Our wine steward was always trying to sign us up.

 

Oh and I forgot, there is the afternoon tea at 3:00pm.  Ours was in the Main Dining Room.  And also the kitchen tour is usually fun.  Usually that tour is the first sea day in the morning.  And you can book a behind the scenes tour but it is pricey, over $100 pp, I think it was around $140ish.

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