We just returned from cruising the inside passage to Alaska with stops @ Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert, BC. We cruised to Alaska two years ago on the Pearl and loved it so returning was never in question. We selected the Star this trip because it offered a slightly different itinerary. We sailed into Tracy Fjords @ 4 PM and arrived for our very brief, glacier glimpse @ 630 PM. Oh so disappointing. It was nothing compared to our previous trip on the Pearl which arrived @ 8AM and stopped directly in front the of the glacier for quite awhile. The pictures from that trip were stunning.
We were happy that we had chosen an excursion to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau because that was an up close and personal experience.
The second disappointing part was Prince Rupert, BC. The people were friendly and helpful but there is little to see or do in the town. We arrived @ 4 and stayed til 10 PM. Most everyone returned to the ship within an hour and most definitely dined aboard ship as the town only had 2 restaurants that we noted. We are puzzled as to why the Star chose this stop. On our Pearl cruised we stopped in Victoria, BC which was a lovely location with plenty to see and do.
That said, the Star was fantastic. The staff were very service oriented and friendly. We stayed in a suite because we like the space, the butler and concierge service and the private dining options for breakfast and lunch. We also uitilized the specialty restaurants and can say that we had excellent food @ both Cagney's and Le Bistro. Our main dining room experiences were good but did not qualify as great. The Spa was fair.
The weather for our trip was very cold and rainy. If you are heading out soon, take along a good rainjacket, a layer for warmth such as a fleece vest, sensible, waterproof footwear and gloves/neckscarf just in case you need them.