We flew into Seattle a day early and enjoyed a lovely day there, staying at the Westin, dinner at Elliott's and a very quick embarkation process at Pier 91.
The ship was as expected, almost identical to the Royal Princess on which we cruised for 24 days last fall.
The ship is very intimate, with small but comfortable public spaces and the most friendly staff we've encountered in a while. Cabin (BD) was great. Just suggest if booking a BD, be sure you're not over the Lounge area as rehearsals and afternoon activities can be a bother............learned this on the Royal last year.
Food was pretty good, not great, service was better than food, but individual requests were honored graciously. Just remember that if you want something special to request it the night before.
Entertainment was somewhat repetitive for us as we'd seen at least two of the entertainers on the Royal last fall. Both were good enough to get us back for a second take. Production numbers were okay, enthusiastic, but lacking some talent on the lead male singer's numbers.
Ports were interesting, with the exception of Juneau which has turned into the Caribbean of the North. We enjoyed Skagway (private tour), Seward where we spent an extra day due to weather and visited the Sea Life aquarium and did a Resurrection Bay tour (not with ship) due to weather in the Kenai peninsual which we wanted to do. In Icy Point Strait, we and another couple did a private whale watching that was the highlight of our cruise............lovely captain on small boat with humpbacks in the extreme.
We also has an interesting naturalist onboard and on one evening up top, witnessed "bubble net" feeding with humpbacks. Naturalist said this is seldom witnessed from cruise ships.
Last day, from Juneau to our mandatory stop in Victoria BC, was extremely rocky, causing captain to slow speed dramatically, and cancel all excursions there, but we were scheduled to arrive at 5:00 PM, so who was going to see anything anyway. We made our "courtesy" call after midnight, arrived Seattle a bit late in heavy fog.
I loved the trip with excellent crew, interesting ports generally, but a lot of that was due to our booking independently. We had a wonderful bear encounter in Skagway. Can't decided if that or the whales in ISP was the highlight.......or the neon jellyfish that surrounded our boat in Seward.
I was going to do comments for some of the ports, but no option for Seward or Icy Strait Point which were our two favorite ports.........no or minimal jewelry stores, lots of wildlife, lovely locals, more the real Alaska than Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.
Great trip.........need I say more? Not a shopper, so can't report on those activities except as previously noted.
Ya buys your ticket, ya take your chances!