My in-laws raved about their north-bound cruise that they took 13+ years ago, having unlimited lobster tail and the adventures that they had.
So our group of 7 included 1 teenager, 4 adults in their 50's and my in-laws (between 80-90).
Four of us did the land tour three days prior, flew out to Fairbanks, traversed our way south visiting Denali to meet up with three others in our party at Whittier.
One should not be embarrassed if needing further assistance when you have mobility issues.
The food was great at our later in the evening sit-down dining. Depending on our schedule and priorities, not all of us could make it to the any time dining for breakfast or lunch. However, the greeter to that area was a bit harsh stating that they could not seat us because our entire party was not there and that there was limited seating availability. The latter was false and my in-laws were sporting walking canes. If it were not the gentleman in the teal jacket saying it was ok to come in, we'd be stuck loitering at the dining entrance.
Our wait staff team were great in handling our dietary needs, looking our for gluten free and sugar free.
If you didn't have enough from the sit down dinner, there was the Horizon Buffet that closed at 11 pm and International Cafe that was opened 24/7 offering small bites and snacks, kind of like what they offered during high tea that they offered daily from 3-4. The hot beverage at the Cafe was not complimentary. The buffet offered all kinds of salads, sandwiches, hot food items. If you wanted a pizza or hamburger, then you go to the pizzeria or grill.
The pizzeria was accommodating to make gluten free pizza. There was ice cream, two flavors vanilla and chocolate.
We did any time dining for most breakfasts and lunch. You have to be mindful that they have shorter hours and limited menu. There was a set menu with a couple of items of the day, including dessert.
To back up what the cruise director mentioned in our muster station talk, at all restaurants there were hand sanitzer stations, including hand wash basin outside of the buffet.
The older couple had a mini suite with a balcony on deck D, of which we enjoyed as much as we could. Since the bed was soft for them, the cruise staff was very accommodating in placing a board between the mattress. Their cabin had a bath tub with a shower head.
We saw spectacular views from their balcony, with others sitting out on their balcony callng out in seeing sea creatures, such as otters, whale spouts, etc. Without going to an off-shore excursion, we were able to see Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier, as the ship would re-position itself. However, we were not close enough to hear the glaciers calving, as a fellow passenger described when she went on the excursion in a smaller boat that was dwarfed by the 40 foot tall glaciers.
The inner cabin was ok on Deck E, a single bed on each side of the wall. Our port hole was a direct view of one of the life boats.
The 13 year old in our family was not impressed with the teen area. She had more fun with her other siblings cruising on Disney. However, she would play cards with us in the Game Room, if table available or late night at the buffet.
Second day on the cruise we had an opportunity to take pictures with mushing puppies. So many people were excited.
We had a great time on the White Pass train ride in Skagway, something that my in-laws recommended. We learned about its history and the purpose for the rail system. Afterwards, we took a shuttle to go into town.
At the other ports of call, Juneau and Ketchikan, we did a bit of walking and shopping. At the latter there were at least three stores that sold smoked salmon in a can, box, or jerky.
This is a type of cruise for the older folks. The only group exercise classes were yoga, pilates, cylcing, and HIIT. No Zumba, nothing aerobics. Not a treadmill person so we walked deck 7, as 2.8 times around equal to 1 mile.
On the second to the last day, we attended a cooking demo by the head sous chef and that was capped off with a tour of the kitchen. We entered from the any time dining room and at the end of the tour, we took this escalator and entered the sit-down dining room.
During the entire cruise, there were t-shirt deals, 2 for $20. There were sales to be had on the second to the last day, most merchandise from previous cruises, such as the Caribbean and Mexico.
Our port hole view was one of the life boats.
Bathroom shower stall very small, tried not to hit the balance bar that was next to the liquid soap and shampoo dispenser.
Our cabin was average. Two single beds shoved up against the wall.
On the other hand, our in-laws had a nice mini suite at D323, as we spent our time there to enjoy the views and weather.
We took the earliest one out but we had a 20 minute delay, as there was an issue with the steam engine. Thankfully that was detected not far from the train station.View All 1212 White Pass Scenic Railway Reviews
US versus Canada. Kind of scripted but get to see iron man lumberjack skills that you may have heard but not normally see.View All 333 Lumberjack Show Reviews
We learned so much from the informative commentators, history, geography, and natural science classes rolled together.
It was everything that we imagined and more.
Great commentator and lots of fun for all ages.