This was our first cruise up north. We came in the day before and stayed at the SpringHill Suites in Seattle. We were very pleased with the hotel and seeing the beautiful city of Seattle.
We took a cab to pier 90 in the morning and arrived about 10:30. We dropped our luggage off went inside and checked in. There was no waiting and we were told to take a seat until they started to board. In less than 15 minutes we boarded and went to the Windjammer for a good lunch. We then checked out the ship and waited till 1:00pm for our statroom to be ready. What a surprise when we opened the door and found our luggage already inside.
We did have a problem with our early dinner assigned seating. We had to see the head waiter early on as there was no set table on our sea pass. We did get seated with a very nice couple. The service that night was poor but the food was very good. We asked other people and they expressed the same and we had to wonder if the my time dining had things messed up or the waiters are having more tables to serve. The service did improve on the following nights. The food was very good and the portions were adequate. Bit of advice if you have the prime rib and get the horse radish it will open your nostrils. I love it but that was sure strong.
We were very fortunate with our ports of call as the weather was cool but great. The rain cleared out early each morning. We took some side trips and still had time to shop. The scenery was beautiful.
The ship was very clean and the crew was friendly and helpful. I was surprised as this ship is not one of the newer big ones. The entertainment was super and cruise director Keith was good. Our cabin attendant Chen was the best we have had. Our waiter Alan and our assistant Weronika turned out to be good after the first night. We enjoyed this cruise so much that we will want to go north again someday.