We elected to go northbound to also do an active land portion on our own afterward. The cruise was FANTASTIC!!! Specialty dining was great (esp. Le Bistro and Cagney's). If you plan to do speciality dining make reservations--especially for the sea days. Shows are at 7:15 and 9:15 so plan accordingly. If you want a peaceful breakfast go to O'Sheehans on level 8. Lots of windows. Same with the main dining room, but busier. We skipped the buffet for all meals except one lunch. Ports were wonderful and the 3 sea days were perfect--sitting on the balcony or on deck or in Spinnaker Lounge watching whales, seals, otters and the glaciers. We had a starboard (right side) balcony and it was perfect for viewing. If you are not doing land I would elect a round trip, but do not miss these places. We met a few people doing a northbound and then southbound (same ship). That would have been amazing as well. The comedian was VERY funny in his early show, but his adult time show was gross. It was unnecessarily filthy and did not appeal to us. The dancers were very talented --Cirque style (The show was fabulous).
Ketchikan--Lumberjack Show is silly. Do not do a tour. Just take free shuttle to town and buy a ticket (or pre-purchase and pick up there).
Juneau--BEST tour ever--costly, but worth every dime. Helicopter/airboat to Taku Glacier. A Once in a lifetime amazing view of the glacier.
We like the Norwegian cabin layout on this size ship. Works great for us. Plenty of storage. We had a great room steward, Michelle, who removed everything from fridge for us so we could use it. Beds are not the best, but she also gave us an extra mattress topper which helped.
Stayed at Pan Pacific night before and it was wonderful. Right at the port--and they bring your bags to the ship.
Went out on our own--very nice port. Skipped all the shops and went to the Totem Heritage Center and Lumberjack Show. FREE Shuttle from port to town--goes all over.
Walking tour from visitor center--saw all the history. Hiked to a lake. Ate at the Brew Pub. Great day.
Amazing views--whales, seals and otters. From our balcony!