This was my 4th cruise, but 1st ot Alaska and my husbands first cruise. We arrived in Seattle and stayed at the Olympic Fairmont. Nice! We arrived at the ship at 11 am and were at the bar at the back of the ship by 11:30 having a drink! After that we checked out the buffet for lunch and were in our room on the Concierge deck nine by 1:30. We stayed in a room on the very back of the boot. Amazing, will do that every time. Went to bed every night with the door wide open listening to the sounds of the water.
Dining room was good and sat next to a lovely couple from England, who were a lot older than us but were very interesting and fun!
First stop was Ketchikan, it was raining but didn't stop us from walking around. Later on the boat we checked out the hot tub and stayed there until the boat was going to leave. Saw the illfated Celebrity Millenium just sitting out in the water about an hour or so from Ketchikan. Figured something was wrong because they weren't moving.
Next stop was Juneau. Went on a helicopter to glacier excursion. Definetely a highlight and was glad we spent the extra money to get out and walk on the glacier. Amazing!
Skagway was the bus/train tour. Saw some beautiful country. We are from Canada (Toronto area) and didn't realize that BC/Yukon was so beautfiul.
Victoria was nice. Met family and went on a walking tour.
Overall the cruise ship is beautiful, the food was good. Loved Cafe al bacio for cappacino's! Won a little bit of money in the casino. Our room stewart was friendly and kept the room spotless. Had room service the morning of Tracey Fjord and it came exactly on time and was hot . Being at the back of the ship gave us the best view when we reached Sawyer glacier that morning. We went up top for a bit and there was so many people trying to get to the rail to take pictures that we went back to our deck and realized that it was the best place to be.
I thought this would be a once in a lifetime cruise. But I want to go back and experience other excursions. Also, we are both in our forties and did not feel we were the youngest. The cruise ages varied so don't think that just the old people go on these cruises. It is not true. I would like to return in the next 4 or 5 years again!