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The ship is beautiful, perfectly maintained. The crew waits on you hand and foot. Nothing is ever crowded, nor do you have to wait for anything. We are big foodies, however, and therefore suffered disappointment. The menu descriptions were fabulous, the presentation was gorgeous. The only thing missing was taste. We did not hear others complain, so maybe we're just spoiled, We took advantage of two ship-arranged tours and did the rest on our own: 1) Mendenhall Glacier can be done with a bus from Juneau. Should have been our choice as we didn't need so much time there. It's well worth seeing. MT. Robert's Tram was crowded, lovely view, but not necessary. 2) The steam train into the Klondike region in Skagway was fun and interesting, with some beautiful views. I would recommend taking the bus one way as the photo ops were better. My husband liked this tour more than I did. If you're in Sitka, call Paul Davis at Gallant Adventures. We arranged this on our own and saw at least 30 whales and experienced at least 6-7 bubble-nettings. He also found us sea otters, black-tailed deer, eagles and more. Very knowledgeable and gives a great tour. Seeing the Hubbard Glacier from the ship was terrific. They got us up close as it was a beautiful day. Nick Sepsaes (so), the man who gave daily enrichment talks, was such a highlight. Learned so much from him and looked forward daily to his presentations. Alaska is truly The Last Frontier.

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Silver Shadow Cruise Review by OLPOP

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
The ship is beautiful, perfectly maintained. The crew waits on you hand and foot. Nothing is ever crowded, nor do you have to wait for anything.

We are big foodies, however, and therefore suffered disappointment. The menu descriptions were fabulous, the presentation was gorgeous. The only thing missing was taste. We did not hear others complain, so maybe we're just spoiled,

We took advantage of two ship-arranged tours and did the rest on our own: 1) Mendenhall Glacier can be done with a bus from Juneau. Should have been our choice as we didn't need so much time there. It's well worth seeing. MT. Robert's Tram was crowded, lovely view, but not necessary. 2) The steam train into the Klondike region in Skagway was fun and interesting, with some beautiful views. I would recommend taking the bus one way as the photo ops were better. My husband liked this tour more than I did.

If you're in Sitka, call Paul Davis at Gallant Adventures. We arranged this on our own and saw at least 30 whales and experienced at least 6-7 bubble-nettings. He also found us sea otters, black-tailed deer, eagles and more. Very knowledgeable and gives a great tour.

Seeing the Hubbard Glacier from the ship was terrific. They got us up close as it was a beautiful day.

Nick Sepsaes (so), the man who gave daily enrichment talks, was such a highlight. Learned so much from him and looked forward daily to his presentations.

Alaska is truly The Last Frontier.
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