Our group of four took a taxi from the airport. Highly recommended and saved us money over cruise line transfers. We got right on the ship around 12:30 and the crew had the fire doors shut so we could not get to our rooms until 1:00. The buffet in the Windjammer was going when we embarked so we went up there. Our inside stateroom was small but functional. Interactive TV available on newer ships would have been nice, also there were no PA announcements in our room which was a mixed blessing. I would have liked them to put the announcements on the TV channel that shows the camera pointed at the front of the ship. Michael was the best room steward ever and it was nice to be surprised with his towel animals in the cabin. Live entertainment in the showroom was outstanding except for one night that they played a movie . The vantriloquist chose DH to be his dummy and everyone enjoyed that.
We used the new My Time dining. AJ, the maitre'd for My Time, was awesome. He arranged for us to eat at a set time and table every night (5:30 which was 7:30 in our home time zone) and even came around to our table to check on the waiters and do magic tricks.
Juneau - We took a taxi into town from the pier. After some shopping we checked the internet at the library (about a block past the tram). We then went to Glacier Gardens where they had trees planted upside down and used as planters for their flowers and a narrated golf cart tour of their rain forest.
Skagway - Rode the White Pass and Yukon railroad! We boarded the train right at the dock and saw a bear that was so close to the tracks some people missed it as we went by. We also did a walkig tour of town provided free by the local park rangers (just past the depot). Tracy Arm - Too much ice so we had to turn back before we could see it - disappointing.
Victoria - Took some nice pictures at Butchart Gardens, they have a sunken garden and water fountain that are not to be missed.
The weather was outstanding the entire cruise so we had a ship full of happy cruisers a real plus. This cruise had a lot of over 50 passengers, but even the children were on their best behavior. We saw many whales from the ship. Disembarkation was smooth, we had packed light so we could take all our luggage with us instead of doing the colored tag thing. Overall: The crew treated us like royalty. In my fourteen or so cruises I have never been treated so well, making this a great cruise.