Thanks goodness for good weather in Alaska: Norwegian Star Cruise Review by augalaska

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Thanks goodness for good weather in Alaska

Sail Date: August 2009
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle
We just got back from our first cruise to Alaska and it was awesome. Having never cruised before we weren't sure what to expect, all we knew was what we had read on cruise critic and in travel books. We were not disappointed at all, we had a great time and can't wait to go on another cruise. It was just myself and my husband (mid 30's celebrating our 7 year wedding anniversary).

We arrived in Seattle the day before the cruise, we got in around 10:00am and were at our hotel the Grand Hyatt by 11:00 checked in and then decided to walk around Seattle. Seattle is a very beautiful city, made me miss living by the ocean. We walked around Pike Market , the piers (to see where we would be embarking from), had lunch at The Crab Pot which we liked , we got the Pacific Clambake which was an enormous amount of food that we couldn't even finish. After that we went walked to the Experimental Music Project Museum and Sci Fi museum, we liked the Sci Fi part the best the Experimental Music More Project was just ok. A great place if you like to see artist instruments and if you like Jimmy Hendrix and The Presidents of the United States. Walked back to our hotel and then went to get a light dinner at the Palomino since we like their chopped salad. After that we did some shopping and called it a night.

Saturday woke up early, had breakfast at a place across from the hotel, I can't remember the name, it did have great Asian dEcor. Waited around then got a taxi to the pier 66. Checking in like many have said was a breeze, we were on board in no time with our sparkling wine in hand. Explored the ship, ate at the Market Cafe, had some cocktails in the java lounge until they said our room was ready. We had an ocean view room with a picture window which was great. Did the Muster drill came back, had a few more cocktails and dinner and went to sleep.

Sunday we were at sea not much to tell, bartenders remembered us and knew what we liked to drink. Went to the fitness center, I thought it would be overcrowded but it wasn't I was able to fit good workouts in almost everyday.

Monday we arrived in Ketchikan, we had a shore excursion here which was the Eagle Island Sea Kayaks, tour was on time and soon we were kayaking in beautiful sunny weather, the tour guides were very knowledgeable. We would recommend this for everyone who doesn't mind a great arm workout and has no problems balancing in a kayak. Afterwards we had lunch at a place in downtown and had the Halibut Fish and Chips which were excellent.

Tuesday we were in Juneau, we had no excursions planned so we walked the town and got some cool souvenirs in the Russian shop. Once we left we cruised Sawyer Glacier which was breathtaking, so beautiful.

Wednesday we were in Skagway we had another excursion here which was ziplining! Only 2 other people were with us so we really got our moneys worth! It was Adventure Park and Zipline. We've never been ziplining and I for sure was hesitant and scared but once you do it, it's fun! And since there were only 4 of us we got to do the ziplines twice! After that they dropped us in town and we had lunch at the Skagway Brewery which was pretty good. My husband is the beer drinker but I did enjoy this one beer they had a lot it was some chocolate porter! I had wanted to try the spruce tip beer which is really made from spruce but they were all out unfortunately.

Thursday we were at sea most of the day and then docked in Prince Rupert. Nothing to say here, I'm not sure why they even subjected us to this port. We talked to a few people that said the same thing, for a last port of call I would have expected more ( no offense to the people that live there). My husband said it reminded him of San Fernando Valley in the 80's.

Friday at sea, had the raffle tickets that they gave us and got playing BINGO we wanted to win the cruise and the Wii but didn't. Still had a great time though. Out of the whole cruise this is the day that had the choppiest water and the only time we felt queasy but ginger pills, Bonine and a few adult beverages stopped that.

Saturday Disembarkation was a breeze, we opted to carry our luggage off on our own which worked out well. We had a flight at 2:30pm and couldn't get an earlier flight so we rented a car and drove around Seattle we went to Bruce Lee's grave which was cool, and also found a Trader Joe's (we're originally from California and moved to Colorado where there is no Trader Joe's!) so we got some good snacks to take home. We also went to the Museum of Flight which was easy to get through in our short time there.

Overall this vacation rocked! We loved it, the food on the cruise was better than OK but not 5 stars really nothing to write home about but we didn't starve for sure. Service was great, loved the turn down service with the towel animals. The only complaint we had is that you couldn't bring alcohol on board and we managed to spend a small fortune on alcohol but it is vacation so it's fine. My husband did think the British portrait guy was arrogant especially after he witnessed him cussing out one of his co-worker which was not cool especially in front of passengers.

Be sure to get the Honeymoon/Anniversary package. And of you don't want to eat at Le Bistro make sure you talk to the Maitre D personally to see about upgrading, he'll say it's fine when all the other workers say you can't pay the difference to eat at another restaurant, we ate at Cagney's instead.

We'll definitely cruise again, the problem is deciding where and if to try a different cruise line. Less

Published 09/09/09

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