We have taken several Alaskan cruises, the most recent on the Amsterdam. While we enjoyed the ports, it was not our best cruise. The Amsterdam is worn and dated (although I've read a drydock is in her future).
We took our chances and flew to Seattle the day of the cruise. We arrived before noon and our shared shuttle driver had us to the pier in no time. Check in was fast and our cabin was ready for us. Muster drill was held outdoors.
We had a Vista suite and it was similar to what Norwegian calls a mini suite. There was nothing special about the cabin. No butler, sparking wine or afternoon treats. We had a walk in shower instead of a tub and we were grateful for that. Except for the lack of water pressure!
I would not call this cabin a suite but a somewhat larger veranda cabin. More details in main review.
Friendly, helpful people
We walked the area and enjoyed talking with an Iditarod sled dog racer.
Enjoyed walking the downtown area. In the past we enjoyed the Fortress of the Bears.
Always enjoy this stop. A bear had been sighted earlier that day along the beach.
Take a walk along Creek Street. You might see a seal with a with a huge salmon like we did.
We had a personalized tour of the area with our friends who have a summer home near Homer.
Overpriced! Enjoyed Victoria very much but HAL charges way more than booking the same service independently.