This was a 7 day cruise to Alaska and our first port was Icy Straight which contained a building with some shops (obviously owned by the cruise line) and not much else to do. We tendered in by life boat so this was the major part of this outing.
Since this was a cold weather cruise, laying by the pool and reading a book were not options unless you used the wool plaid blanket they provided. The Newsletter had things to do but no crew member shows up to organize things like bridge or even a basketball tournament so no one stays. Bingo and dance lessons were about as good as it got. Computer labs were available but for a fee.
Entertainment in the evening was the highlight and most people attended. However if you sat in the balcony, you could not see the stage. Must be no crew member ever realized this.
Food was very ordinary and presentation was not their thing. Our dining table only had all 8 people show up twice during the cruise....often we only had four or six people show up for dinner at one time. A table near ours had just one couple more than once. So I think our opinion of the food was felt by many. The buffets seemed to provide a better variety of food and the quality wasn't much different.