AIDAaura Cruise Review by The jakkster: Truly memorable
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We cruised up to Alaska with Holland America and really didn't enjoy it at all. Both the service and food were terrible. So we boarded Norweigian Sun a little nervously but couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. The service and staff were all excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and if anyone asked them for something they couldn't find, e.g. Hot chocolate at breakfast the crew went off to try to find some. They were willing and friendly at all times which really made it such a lovely experience. I went to the coffee bar most days and by day 2 they know you and chat about what you have done, what you have seen, what they have done, what are you going to, etc. all the sort of service you would hope to get from a high quality hotel.
Also the food was great -really nice selection and we ate in quite a few different places to make the week fly by. The gym was really nice although they do need someone there checking people are wearing appropriate clothing as I saw More countless jeans and sandals on treadmills and exercise bikes.
The cab was spacious and spotlessly clean. A big window so could warm a little in the room and still see the glaciers outside.
Plenty to do on board for all different types of people. The ship layout meant there are no huge areas so it felt more intimate and cosy which is a big positive for a relatively big shop
Can't thank the crew enough for such a wonderful end to our Alaskan adventure.
Only thing better about Holland America than Norweigian was that on HA we got to cruise into Glacier Bay national park. Norweigian went to a couple of glaciers but not as stunning Less
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Cabin review: OC9204
9204. Lovely spacious cabin with big window. Plenty of wardrobe space and a really good sized sitting area. Bathroom looked newly refurbished or new which was lovely so modern, clean and nice smelling. We didn't pay extra for a balcony and didn't regret it when you get such a good cabin without the balcony. Ideally would prefer lower level as you don't feel the boat move so much
Port and Shore Excursions
Not really much here. It was raining which didn't help but only real things to do we're port excursions or zip lining. I had a quick walk on the beach but weather wasn't really up for much else
Loved it! We got the local bus (for $16 each return) to Mendenhall glacier for the day. Don't under estimate how much time you need here. You can just pop to the view points for the glacier or spend more time so you can hike, watch the bears on steep creek (in salmon season), etc. lots of pep,e rushing through on pre-organised trips but I would spend most of the day just here so you really get to see it all
Cute old fashioned mining town which is worth a short wander. The best bits are hiking around. For a couple of hours you can hike up to lower Dewey lake (and beyond for the fitter) which gets you away from the crowds and really enjoying the scenery. Don't let the first half mile put you off - it does get easier.
For shorter hikes or more kid friendly try smugglers cove which is a gentle stroll through the other side of town. Still keeps you away from the crowds
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