As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect, but were quite pleased with the experience. The balcony room was great-loved sitting outside and watching the world go by. The Inside passage and Glacier Bay were jaw droppingly beautiful. The entertainment on board was great-we saw 3 comedy shows and the Beatles show. But the funniest shows were the ones the Cruise Director, John Heald, was a part of. He is a very funny man, and great at improv. He also has his own blog and FB page you can follow. There is one pool that stays covered, and it was like a little greenhouse in there. The pool was nice and warm-I swam in it three times. The hot tubs stayed quite busy, including the one inside the gym. There was a good mixture of activities. My only real complaint was with some of the food-fellow vegetarians,be warned. Baked polenta in the MDR looked and tasted like condensed cream of celery soup. Every night in the MDR there was vegetarian Indian food available-once it was great, and once it was weird. It seemed like they were trying to stretch some things out with canned corn. And the only way to eat the pre made scrambled eggs in the morning was to put a bunch of salsa on them from the fruit bar. That said, the pizza was good-you could even get arugula on it. And the omelettes made to order were good, if you were willing to wait in line. And I wish someone would have warned us that there would be a chocolate buffet on the last day-it was very tasty.
The coffee was good, and there was a good selection of tea bags.Lots of closet space in the cabin. The bed was very comfortable.Faint noises from the showroom at night, but it wasn't really bothersome. We really enjoyed ourselves and loved the concept of unpacking once.