We had a wonderful time on our first Alaska cruise despite the rainy weather. This was our 29th cruise (5th on NCL) but our first one to Alaska. It was just my spouse and I - both 47 years old. We flew from Atlanta to Seattle the night before the cruise and stayed at the Marriott Seattle Riverfront right across from the port. We had dinner at Elliott's Oyster Bar just a half mile walk and it was wonderful. On Saturday, the hotel bellman rolled our luggage across the street for us to the port at 11:00a.m. We had V.I.P. check-in since we were staying in a Penthouse Suite so we were able to check-in and embark quickly. We were on the 8th deck aft above the spinnaker lounge. DO NOT STAY HERE UNLESS YOU LIKE TO PARTY IN THE SPINNAKER LOUNGE UNTIL 2:00AM. I say this because I wish we would have known about it when we booked it. We could hear every song that was played and almost every word that was said and no one can sleep with the bass music that they were playing. Neighbors on both sides of us were also complaining. When we notified our concierge, he said there was only one other room available but it would be a downgrade from what we had. He finally offered to let us use the other room to sleep in and keep our room. We were also compensated. We are not complainers and tried to stand it as long as we could. We waited until the third day to complain and they said they get complaints every cruise and are going to be working on it when the Star goes to dry dock.
Other than that, everything else on the Star was good. We ate at LeBistro, Endless Summer, LaCacina and Cagneys as far as specialty restaurants go.
We only ate one meal in the MDR Venetian. All were good. We only saw one show - the hypnotist and really enjoyed it.
Ports - Ketchikan - we flew a float plane (Misty Fjords Air) over the misty fjords. It was great. We ate at the Alaska Fish House - wonderful!
Juneau - we ate crab legs at Tracy's King Crab Shack. We also went to The Gold Creek Salmon Bake - waste of money in our opinion. But we did happen to see a small black bear in the woods there. The salmon was good but all of the sides were not and they were out of Alaska beer.
Skagway - We did the goldpanning, dogsled, and 40 degrees below excursion. We really enjoyed it. I had not heard anything about this excursion preivously and was curious about it but I am definitely glad we did it. We got to see and hold the sled dog puppies and see a team in action.
Prince Rupert - We had made reservations for the Cow Bay Cafe for dinner and was very glad we had. They only have 8-10 tables and they were all reserved and were having to turn people away. It was the absolute best meal of the whole trip. If it had not been for this restaurant, we would not have stayed off the ship long as there was nothing else to do there and this was the rainiest day.
It rained every day but we had rain jackets, boots, etc. so we were well prepared. This was also the most a ship has rocked in 29 cruises. The first day at sea was extremely rough and there were alot of sick people. We had brought our Sea Bands so were were okay but a little nauseous. There were also a couple of more nights that were rocky.