We chose this cruise because we wanted to travel with our 4 year old grandson this particular week and leave from Seattle. We got a great deal about 40 days prior to sailing on an inside guarantee and for $100 we bid and were upgraded to an ocean view with picture window (OC) on deck 5. The cabin was fine with a pullman style bunk that folded out of the wall. We started with the lower beds together, but found maneuvering too difficult and had them separated into twins and it worked much better. Plenty of storage space. I really liked the bathroom setup with 3 sections (shower/sink/toilet) separated by sliding glass doors. Used the mini-fridge, safe and hair dryer supplied. The curtains did a poor job of keeping out the light (over 19 hours of daylight the week we traveled) and I had a black plastic sheet that I taped over the window at night. Even so there was some light at 3:45 AM (Is it wakeup time Nana?). Our steward was not thorough, often forgetting to refill soap/tissue, empty garbage or replace towels. Always seemed to be some item that he missed. When asked/reminded he was quick to remedy and was very friendly, as were all of the staff we encountered. Our favorite port was Skagway - Junior Ranger Activity Center and the Mollie Walsh playground were perfect for the grandson. He also really enjoyed the glacier and ice floe at Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm fjord. Kids club was hit/miss, he enjoyed a couple of activities, but is a shy guy and was timid about joining in with unknown children. The tiny kiddie pool with slide was a hit (even when the outside temp was 50 degrees). The counselors seemed encouraging and engaging. This was our first time with the "freestyle" dining and although I was skeptical, we really liked it. The Garden Cafe buffet was always VERY crowded, we always found seating in the very back though. The daily poolside grilling was a nice touch. Didn't see much entertainment with the 4 yo along, but caught the end of a Tina Turner tribute that was fantastic, fun song/dance/acrobatic performance, and watched a movie (Beauty and the Beast) in the theater one afternoon. All in all a great way to spend a week with a 4 year old whose parents were away.
Foreward, port side. Very little noise, great ventilation/heat/cooling, comfortable beds, not far from forward elevators. Twin bed configuration works much better for mobility when the pullman style bunk is in use. Curtains did NOT keep out much light as we traveled over the summer solstice (19+ hours of daylight).