We took the round trip cruise out of Vancouver to Alaska. We decided against the one way because of the very expensive airfare back from Alaska. A 7 days cruise seemed a good start to a new cruising couple. We went in late June and like a previous reviewer we got a lot of wet weather..in fact most of the trip had rain. In Icy Point and Ketchikan it was pouring. I gather Ketchikan only has about 15 dry days so you are probably going to get rain.!!! Juneau was also wet but had enough dry spells to do what we wanted. We took the local bus to the Mildenhall Glacier which was brilliant. It was too wet to do the forest walks at the top of the Mt Robert Tramway.
Our cabin was one of the few non balcony ones on Vista Deck. It had a large window with a wide sill that you could sit on if you wanted. It was nicely furnished and kept clean through out our stay. The main restaurant is at the back of the ship and we were at the front so we walked past something like 60 cabins and 3 levels of staircases each day..so we didn't in fact put on weight.!! But you need to resist the temptation to pig out. They say you put on 1.5 pounds a day on a cruise.
The restaurant meals were excellent. We had two formal nights and other more experienced cruisers said that they were very relaxed with the dress code compared to other lines. But we were happy with that as my husband didn't want to take a suit when this was just one week in 6 of our trip. He just wore a white shirt and tie and black trousers. We think the late dining was a bit more formal than ours.
I have never 'washed' my hands in one day as I did on this trip but if it keeps the bugs away I am not complaining.
Cafe food was also of a good standard.
The entertainment was great especially the young couple who would be the top artists in any Cirque du Solel performance. They were stunningly brilliant.
I am amazed that everyone was so happy when you think they do the same routine week in and week out. You were treated like you were their first guests.
The highlight was traveling through huge hunks of ice to the Hubbard glacier. The disappointment would be the rain and perhaps the amount of time spent at sea compared to the time on land.
Getting on and off seemed well organized to us. I didn't know about the do it yourself system for getting off and would have done that option. My cousin and partner traveling with us took the cruise option of $78?? for transportation from the airport to the cruise and back. They thought it was shocking and simply not worth the money. We took the Sky Train which cost us $2.20. The Waterfront station is right at the terminal. There is a short hill out of the car park terminal and then down to the station. The train goes directly to the airport. They had to be out of their cabin before us and we were half way through check in when they arrived.!!! You still have to take your luggage through customs so they thought it wasn't worth the money. Note that if you are flying in and catching the train then there is a $5/ airport tax on your $2.20 fare. But if you are staying in Vancouver then go downstairs to the 7/11 shop and buy a 10 trip book and then you don't pay that tax.