I went on this cruise for scenery, fresh clean beautiful air, cool temperatures, and wildlife. As usual Alaska delivered it all. Whales, otters, harbor seals, birds, and mountain goats abound, 50-55 degrees. Spectacular glaciers.
However, I found this cruise to be lacking in energy. The live music aboard was downbeat. There was a steel drum player playing Kenny G and slow songs of that era on a Alaskan cruise, boring! There was a acoustic guitarist, boring. There was a slow playing piano man who wrote comedy into songs, boring. We had a juggler, a improv team, and a couple of guys trying very hard to sing the Four Seasons. There were movies in the atrium for all as well as a few for the kids. The entertainment was dull and I expected better. The comic wasn't very comical and put people to sleep. I found myself dozing and was outright bored in his regular show and his 18+ show was full of stupid, cheap and raunchy jokes. The majority of people were not laughing. A professional could make sex jokes funny, amateurs can't pull it off, he was amateur.
The free food was buffet cruise ship food. Room service was the same. Enough said.
We ate at 4 restaurants. The best was the Brazilian Moderno Churrascaria. You were fed very well with an incredible salad bar.
The worst was the Italian. It came from a can. The french left you hungry, and the Steakhouse was OK but high priced. Service at all 4 was wonderful.
It is the end of the season and perhaps the ship showed it. The crew looked tired and it showed. The seats in the theater need serious attention as well as the ships decor, very outdated.
This was a great excursion. 25 or so people on a fast boat, plenty of room inside and out, very informative, clean bathroom. This excursion allows you to see one of the most impressive channels ever created by the cosmos. The scenery is spectacular. The two glaciers are incredible and the boat goes as close as you can safely get. We had good weather and the glaciers on top of the mountains were also visible. There were many icebergs. Parts of the glacier calved and it was thunderous. There were mountain goats, whales, seals, sea otters, and several bird species.
Go on this trip, its worth every dollar. Inspect the Alaska salmonberry jelly they have for sale before buying. I bought two, one was no good when I opened it at home.
This was a port about the size of a small village type town. Plenty of walking around the pier, shops, and main drag. There are food options. There is a map of the town and I chose to walk about 1/2 mile to the local park which takes you up to the salmon run and small park with a eagle area. You get to see the local community on this walk without the tourist trap. The salmon in the stream are in the thousands, many thousands, you could just reach in and grab one for everybody on the ship. I enjoyed this port. People were busy and things were happening.
We went to the National Monument building to watch the 25 minute movie about the Gold Rush. To us it was the highlight of the port unless you took a excursion. there are plenty to do. The port was a tourist trap maybe the size of 3x10 short blocks all selling the same stuff. Not impressed.