We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Glacier Bay and hoped to spend time in Skagway.
We departed Seattle on time Saturday afternoon. We arrived in Juneau per our schedule Monday morning. Weather was usual Southeast/Juneau rain and cloudy. Overall our day on the beach in Juneau was a good experience. We did plan to stop for King Crab at the Crab Shack, however their prices we out of this world high, so we elected to have our crab on board that evening since it was a scheduled menu item on board. King crab on board the Crown was way overdone, dry, pretty much tasteless. We asked for melted butter to dip the crab in, but the wait staff advised the company was cutting back on expenses so there was none available, however they did have a buttery mix to pour on our crab. Have you ever tried to eat king crab while it was all slimy? Not good.
We departed Juneau on time that evening and were due to make our port call in Skagway the next morning. Our captain did advise us on departure the weather in Skagway was forecast to be very rainy and windy. Next morning I looked out from our balcony and observed we were making our way into Haines, not Skagway. Captain finally come over the PA system to announce we were not able to port in Skagway due to high winds preventing our the ship's ability to dock without a tug. The city of Haines was not expecting a cruise ship that day, so normal arrangements for tours etc, had not been made, making for limited opportunities for passengers wishing to go ashore.
Mini-suite makes for a much more comfortable time while in your cabin. A little more room, with a couch and table.
We rented a car and did our own excursion.
We never made it to the beach. The ship bypassed Skagway due to weather.
We had a good time shopping close to the pier, as the ship was only in port for 4 hours.
The ship didn't dock until 7Pm and passengers were to be back on board by 11PM. Not sufficient time in port for much of anything.
We boarded and departed the ship here. Used transport from SEATAC and back.