This was our first real cruise and was one of our bucket list items so we took part in the cruise with great expectations. The cruise fulfilled all of our expectations. The cabin stateroom was wonderful and we enjoyed the time in our stateroom. Bed was exceptionally comfortable.
We dined in the main dining room for dinner, and although we were assigned open seating, we talked to our waiter and maitre de the first night and got the same table and time for the remaining nights, giving us the same wait staff. Dinners were exceptional in our opinion and we complemented the meal with a pricey but delicious bottle of california wine. The wine steward would keep the unused wine and bring it out for our dinner each night. We wold eat breakfast and lunch in the Lido buffet and thought the variety and type of foods was always changing, high quality, and appealing. I appreciate that the breakfast room would open early on mornings when we had early excursions so we could always have a good breakfast before embarking.
On at sea days we took advantage of the America's Test Kitchen presentations and sat through all of them, sat in on a few naturalists presentations on the Alaskan wildlife, and even managed to attend a few Lincoln Center performances. There always seems like plenty of things to do if you wanted to stay engaged.
Our Veranda cabin on deck 5 was far enough from the elevators so that it was quiet but close enough so that we didn't have to go a long distance to get to them. The room was a bit aged showing the usual nicks and tears but overall, the bed and furnishings were clean, comfortable, and in good working order. AC was working fine as some days in Alaska were rather warm. We had one problem with the bathroom where the faucet controlling the hot water for the shower was locked in the cold position so we couldn't get any hot water and after contacting guest services, someone came by to fix the faucet. They followed up to make sure we were satisfied. Room attendants were diligent, kept the room clean and inviting. Our balcony faced the port side and we could enjoy the inside passage as we cruised through the Alaskan waters. Most of our neighbors were quiet and rarely made noise the entire cruise.
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