My husband and I, along with two friends, decided to take this trip on Regent almost entirely for the itinerary. We were not disappointed! The cruise left Vancouver on September 9, 2009. We were 2-1/2 hours late leaving Vancouver because it took much longer to supply the ship than had been planned for. My understanding was that that had been caused by having to load on more supplies for the trip to continue on to the Far East after leaving Seward. Unfortunately, we had very little daylight left after we sailed.
Our impressions of the ship were that the cabins were very large and very-well appointed. The ship was extremely well-maintained.
We loved the fact that the fare is all-inclusive, including excursions for little or no additional cost. Fabulous idea! We were able to take any and all excursions that interested us -- something we probably wouldn't have done if we had to be paying hefty fees in addition to our cruise fare. We would have been picking and choosing with a bit less aplomb.