lovely ship, great service, excellent excursions: those are the positives.
We felt the food was quite poor in quality and preparation. Everything was lukewarm and overcooked, no doubt from too much time under heat lamps after being thawed. We ate in Blu for breakfast 4 times and it was by far the best experience we had. The dinners (2) were not good at all. Lobster was so overdone it was inedible. We ate lunch once in the main dining room...very poor food, under seasoned and more like cafeteria food that is served on the 14th floor scramble.
First night we had dinner in the Tuscan Grill. The veal chop was over cooked and rubbery with no seasoning at all. Generally in an Italian preparation this would have some rosemary and garlic. I had Pappardelle with lobster. Little rubber knots of lobster meat and a dull bechamel sauce. We stayed with wines offered on the upgraded drinks package. Throughout the ship the wines were undistinguished better supermarket wines.
A defensive move was to have coffee at Al Bacio as the coffee throughout the ship was undrinkable. Think Folger's. On a ship sailing from Seattle, you would think they might upgrade that a little.
We had great service in all areas of the ship. The spa needs a lot of work. Poor quality services but they were trying but have not had completely training from Canyon Ranch.
Era Helicopter tour with dog sledding is described above. One tour. Expensive but absolutely worth it.
Era Helicopter tour with dog sledding on the Juneau Ice field was the highlight of our trip. A 20 minute ride over glaciers and valleys is awe inspiring. We loved learning about the dogs and each were able to mush the team for a short distance.
Sort of a Disney recreation of what goes on during a crabbing expedition. The fishermen were personable and gave excellent stories. We loved watching the hundreds of eagles dive for the chum they tossed into the water. This was our second choice, but we were happy with it.
close interaction with an Iditarod participant, a charming girl training for the Iditarod, a highly entertaining tour guide named Madcap Monte , great small independent brewery (we loved the Gold Rush IPA), excellent lunch. You pan for gold and hear the history of the gold rush. You also get to meet and hold future Iditarod dogs. There were about 10 puppies.