Amazing Cruise from pre-cruise accommodations to post cruise trip!! My husband and I had never been on a cruise beforehand. My husband said he would never go on a cruise except to Alaska, so since it was our 40th Anniversary, we researched the different options available and decided to book with Regent. My husband did not want a large ship and I did not want a small ship, so we compromised on Regent. We are both glad we did. The entire experience was phenomenal!
We liked the fact that the cruise was all-inclusive. This included most shore excursions, liquor, except premium brands, room service, all tipping, plane fare and pre-cruise accommodations at the Four Seasons in Vancouver. The ship was great - all rooms had a balcony with lounge chairs, blankets and binoculars. The staff was fantastic, many different nationalities, but all super friendly. Our room #955 was a good size with a large closet, nice bathroom with shower, vanity, tv with unlimited movies, very comfortable bed, refrigerator stocked with beverages of your choice. There were daily nattated lectures about the cities we would visit, card and board games, ping-pong on the upper deck, pool and jacuzzi, casino and theatre with evening performances, daily tea time with sweets and wonderful tea. All of the restaurants were outstanding, we never had a bad meal.
All of offshore excursions were educational and fun and exciting with fantastic guides. Ketchikan was wet but fun to walk Creek Street. In Juneau, we did the Whales, Glaciers and Rainforest Trails which was challenging going up and down through the forest following part of the trail the gold prospectors followed. We also did the Tracy Arm & Endicott Fjords. In Sitka, we visited St. Michael Cathedral where you could see the beautiful artifacts from the early Russian settlers and it is still used today by the Russian Orthodox Church, The Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest and Ocean Raft Adventures where we wore Baltic Sea suits to ride the raft as we travelled the area. We also had a great time on the Tracy Arm and Endicott fjords. The weather was not great, in the mid 50's with rain, but we were well prepared with clothing.
Great cabin with super comfy bed. Bathroom was nice with great shower, no bath since we were told that without tub you get more head room and since my husband was 6'4" it was good for him. Balcony was wonderful with lounge chairs, blankets, binoculars and great view.