We have just returned from a beautiful Alaskan cruise. This was the 3rd Alaskan cruise for DH, DD, and myself. DD's friend had never cruised before. We drove to Seattle and did the long term parking. Paid online and saved a couple of $$. Very easy and great shuttle driver. We were at the terminal before 11am. Walked in and were greeted warmly and directed to Platinum check in. We were on the ship in about 10 minutes. Quickest embarkation ever.
Headed to the Windjammer for a quick lunch, not very busy and ok food. It got better by day 2. We checked out our table and verified our dining time in MDR, then booked dinner at Chops for day 6pm. (surf and turf available only that day, but you will miss lobster in the MDR)
Sat by the pool and enjoyed the sunshine (bring a change of clothes in your carry on. Rooms were ready by 1pm. No announcement, just told when we came on that they would be ready then.
Sail away was pretty in the sunshine but I personally prefer the Vancouver departure. We head out to the open seas quickly and DD's friend definitely did not have her sea-legs yet.
Dinner that night was very slow and only ok. Every night it got better and the staff in the MDR were awesome. Did 3 WOW cards for our waiter, asst waiter and head waitress.
The sea day was windy, but sunny and the pools were warm.
In Juneau it was about 78 degrees. Did the "Blue Bus" tour to Mendenhall Glacier. People with us saw Mother bear and 2 cubs feasting on salmon. Walked to the waterfall, very pretty and a nice easy walk. We walked around town, bought souvenirs in Red Dog Saloon and then back on the boat.
Day 4 Skagway. We had a gorgeous hot day, and rented a Jeep. Drove to Emerald Lake and saw that we were only 40 miles south of Whitehorse. Great day, beautiful scenery and stopped at the Dyea flats and saw a whale.
Day 5 was the Dawes Glacier. Captain Rob got us 1/2 mile away. So beautiful, and another warm day. We needed sun glasses and no cold weather clothes.
Day 6 was a sea day. The solarium and spa was busy but still enjoyable. Chops Grill that night was excellent and Anthony our waiter was great. We saw 2 whales that he "requested" for us ;-).
Day 7 was Victoria, we took the shuttle to town, 10pp round trip. Such a beautiful day and a very pretty little city.
Overall this cruise was great.
Best parts were the weather, the very genuine and happy crew, The Brittania Rock show. That was the only time that this ship came alive. The guests were all in bed early on this one.
The Rhapsody is an older ship, you feel and hear the motion more than any other ship I have been on. The cabin and shower were one of the smallest I have seen, but the storage was good and our steward was great.