“Alaskan Inside Passage-Absolutely Stunning ”
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We embarked in Vancouver on the 9th of July 2011, we went through immigration soundly and checked-in, we had priority as we stayed in a Deluxe Verandah Suite. We found our way to our stateroom, no. 7047, it was just behind the penthouse. The suite was a spacious 380 sqf inside and had a 130 sqf verandah. The bathroom consisted of a jetted tub; separate shower stall with curtain, toilet and double sinks, there was a walk-through closet area with ample storage and an abundance of hangars, there is an in-room safe, the laundry and pressing service was complimentary and unlimited when staying in a deluxe verandah suite, a definate benefit. Elemis amenities were provided. The living area had a three-seater angled sofa and two armchairs, there was a splendid study area facing out of the window with a lot of desk space, there was small flatscreen television, we ordered a mariner bouquet of flowers costing US$60 which decorated the room nicely. The bed was most comfortable, a Sealy Posturepedic Euro-Top mattress, there were many pillows. The double sofabed sagged slightly, it was not very sleep provocative. The verandah was spacious and featured two lounge chairs with ottomans, a small table, two chairs and a high table, there were glass fronted railings. The minibar was very affordable, only US$2 for a soft drink. On arrival we were given a bottle of imitation Champagne and a bottle of Voss water which probably cost more that the Champagne. The Neptune Lounge is a wonderful place to indulge in, it boasts the best cofee onboard the ship, there are comfortable sitting areas and one dinning table. Snacks and hors d'oeuvres are served, all very tasty, juice is also served. The Vista Dinning Room is slightly cramped on the upper lever, however, the food quality is utterly outstanding, dishes such as Duck l'Orange, Beef Carpaccio, and Crab Claws are served there, dinner is four course with an appetiser, a soup , a main course and a dessert, there are several choices for each. The service is nothing that is especially memorable. The Lido Buffet possesses a wide variety of cuisine, most are simple, there are several Eastern specialities, and a good choice of desserts. The Pinnacle Grill, at breakfast, served very well prepared dishes, up to the quality of that expected at a luxury hotel. The Crow's Nest boasts a panoramic 270 degree view of the surrounding scenery, it is quite spacious and serves drinks, the service is good. The Ocean Bar has a cosy atmosphere as seating areas are in windowside alcoves with a view of the promenade deck. The scenery in Alaska is beautiful, we were grateful for the most fabulous weather we experienced as in Alaska the weather can be quite foul. The sunsets are stunning and the endless hours of calm cruising along the inside passage is a dream. Alaska is truly a vacation of a lifetime. We paid approximately US$8400 for our 7 Night Inside Passage Cruise in a SA category stateroom for three persons.
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Cabin review: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite

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We found our way to our stateroom, no. 7047, it was just behind the penthouse. The suite was a spacious 380 sqf inside and had a 130 sqf verandah. The bathroom consisted of a jetted tub; separate shower stall with curtain, toilet and double sinks, there was a walk-through closet area with ample storage and an abundance of hangars, there is an in-room safe, the laundry and pressing service was complimentary and unlimited when staying in a deluxe verandah suite, a definate benefit. Elmis amenities were provided. The living area had a three-seater angled sofa and two armchairs, there was a splendid study area facing out of the window with a lot of desk space, there was small flatscreen television, we ordered a mariner bouquet of flowers costing US$60 which decorated the room substantially. The bed was most comfortable, a Sealy Posturepedic Euro-Top mattress, there were many pillows. The double sofabed sagged slightly, it was not very sleep provocative. The verandah was spacious and featured two lounge chairs with ottomans, a small table, two chairs and a high table, there were glass fronted railings. The minibar was very affordable, only US$2 for a soft drink. On arrival we were given a bottle of imitation Champagne and a bottle of Voss water which probably cost more. 7047 is in a good location to the forward lift lobby, there are no sounds from above, as above is another floor of staterooms and not a public facility, it is a few steps from the Neptune Lounge and there are not many easily audiable sounds from the corridor.

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Dog Sledding
We were picked up with seven others and driven in a large van to the Helicopter base. There we were fitted with glacier boots and placed our bags in storage facilities. We were free to take a camera on the helicopter. We took a helicopter from approximately 10 minutes to the Mendenhall Glacier and witnesses spectacular sights on the way. One we arrived on the Glacier it was beautiful. We were introduced to our mushers and the dogs that would haul us across the glacier. There were two seats with a standing platform behind each. We sled across the glacier for half an hour. It was an absolutely wonderful experience.We took pictures with the staff, the dogs and the scenery. We were flow back to the helicopter base and then driven back to the ship. It was a truly unforgetable experience of a lifetime. We paid US$575 per person, it was well worth it.
Published 02/26/12
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