Sailing on the Rhapsody to Alaska was a grand experience from beginning to end. We embarked in Seattle where we moved through the check-in process smoothly. Our suite was ready and waiting for us, with our luggage arriving quickly at our door. The steward arrived quickly to introduce himself and determine our needs and expectations which he expertly fulfilled and exceeded during the cruise. The crew is led by a captain who seems to completely enjoy his job and the people with whom he works. The positive attitude toward the guests onboard permeates the ship. Each staff member is always ready with a smile and a greeting. We availed ourselves of the Chef's Table dining package. We thoroughly enjoyed dinner with the chef and wine steward. We were less enthusiastic with our Italian and Asian experiences with the latter so heavily laden with salt that it was almost inedible. The specialty restaurants in general could benefit from menu tweaking. Since we had a suite, we visited the concierge lounge regularly and were quite impressed with both the concierge and his assistant. The Schooner bar was also a great place to meet people and mingle with other cruisers.
The three ports we visited offered a great opportunity to see Alaska. We visited the shops locally owned and toured each community. In Skagway we went on a tour to Emerald Lake that afforded an opportunity to see the smallest desert in the world and the natural beauty of Alaska and Canada.
Leaving any form of transportation can be a hassle. However, leaving the Rhapsody was so easy, so smooth and so painless that it was over before we knew it.
I can well understand why many make this trip numerous times. It is truly magnificent.