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The most desirable Holland America Amsterdam rooms are those with verandahs. Few experiences can match that of stepping out onto your private verandah wrapped in your soft terry robe and sipping your morning coffee as the majesty of Hubbard Glacier glides by accompanied by the cracking and groaning of massive slabs of ice calving and crashing into the sea. This is the sound the native Tlingit people call white thunder, and the best views of this spectacle of nature will be had from the ms Amsterdam rooms with verandahs. All verandah rooms are suites, and all have floor to ceiling windows, including large glass doors leading to the verandah. These are the most expensive staterooms, and this is what we chose for our Alaska Inside Passage cruise.

There are two Penthouse Suites that are Holland America Amsterdam rooms with verandahs, both located on the Navigation Deck that houses the ship's bridge. These are quite large, at 1,159 square feet each, and have a separate bedroom with a king-size bed, an oversized whirlpool bath and shower, living room, dining room with minibar and refrigerator, a guest toilet, pantry, and separate dressing room. The sofa in the living room opens into a double bed to accommodate two more passengers. All ms Amsterdam rooms have in-room dining available through the 24-hour room service, but the Penthouse Verandah suites offer the possibility of actual entertaining. If you're traveling with friends or make new friends during the cruise, you can have them over for catered evening cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before moving to one of the restaurants for dinner. The large verandah boasts two chaise lounges and table with four chairs.

Also on the Navigation Deck are Holland America Amsterdam rooms that are Deluxe Verandah Suites, at 556 square feet. These have two lower beds that can convert to a king-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, a large sitting area with a sofa bed that can accommodate two more people, and a minibar and refrigerator. The spacious verandah also has two chaise lounges and a table with four chairs. Verandah Suites, sized at 292 square feet, are located on Deck 6 (the Verandah Deck). These have all the same amenities on a smaller scale, and the verandah has one chaise lounge and chair with side table. You can enjoy your own wildlife tour from your private verandah—watching whales breach, seals basking on icebergs, rafts of sea otters, and a plethora of marine birds.

The other categories of ms Amsterdam rooms are large ocean view staterooms (197 square feet) and large inside staterooms (182 square feet). Both have two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed. The ocean view rooms have a bathtub and shower; the inside staterooms have a shower only. If this size stateroom is the one for your budget, you will find that choosing one is similar to choosing your seat on an airplane. The deck plans are clearly marked, showing which outside rooms have partially or fully obstructed views and which have portholes rather than windows.

Some people may feel that an inside room might make them feel claustrophobic. But these are perfect for those who have budget as a primary concern, and still wish to experience all that Alaska cruises have to offer. There is a large curtained area of the wall in the inside rooms that is backlit, simulating a picture window providing natural light. Additionally, a great deal of time during the cruise is spent admiring the views from the upper decks and pools or out on shore excursions. For younger travelers or those on a budget, the destination can be far more important than the accommodations, and Alaska is a destination that will make you forget almost everything else.

Holland America Amsterdam rooms in all categories are handicapped-accessible, ensuring that all passengers can enjoy the variety of accommodations on the ship during an Alaska cruise.

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