We chose this cruise because of the itinerary/Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.
This was our 4th cruise with American Cruise Lines. We like small ships for many reasons. We know that the cabins are simple, but spacious. The food on this cruise was outstanding. Many choices, and if you couldn't find something you liked, the chef and her team would find something that you did like. That doesn't happen very often. The evening entertainment varied, mostly local from the port you were in. Very diversified vocal, musical, and comedic at the same time. We had a lovely woman staff member by the name of Amy who traveled with us throughout the week. I would call her a naturalist. Amy has a passion for Orcas, birds, seals, fish . . . anything that has to do with nature . . . in this Archipelago paradise. She also resides in one of the quaint towns we visited. The captain was always visible when the ship wasn't sailing! You certainly knew who he was. The entire staff was most willing to accommodate your needs. There were 4 new staff members who joined the cruise the day we arrived and even though they were learning their way around, gave it their all and it showed.
One of the reasons we sail on small ships, is that you get to know your fellow passengers and staff by name. Before I forget, it's an All American crew. There are many ports and shore excursions to choose from. From walking tours to museums to City tours,to kayaking to jet boat to Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada to whale watching . . . something for everyone!! One of my favorites was Olympic National Park and Hurricane Ridge. Least I forget to mention the nightly Happy Hour and appetizers before dinner. The age group are mature adults! These small ships do not have the amenities that larger ships have. So if that's what you're looking for, sail on one of them. ACL offers great discounts if you book your next cruise while on board. And we did.