I had a great time on the Majestic Princess, August 22-29, 2021. It was wonderful to be at sea again after not sailing for 20 months.
The Majestic Princess is a beautiful ship. I had sailed previously on the Royal Princess and the Regal Princess, so I knew the basic layout of the ship. I loved that on the Majestic there's no Sanctuary. The Hollywood Conservatory is free for all adult passengers. It was a wonderful location for the evening cocktail event for Platinum, Elite, and suite passengers. The views are great.
I booked the cruise about four weeks before sailing. I was in an inside cabin on the Dolphin Deck. It was a great location for me since I always took the stairs instead of the elevators and most of the things I did on the ship took place on decks 5, 6, and 7.
My inside cabin was in a great location on the Dolphin Deck near the central staircase/elevators. It was spacious for me, but might be tight for two people traveling together. One of the great things about traveling solo is being able to spread out and enjoy. My only complaints involved the television. First, I could not see a snooze feature. I'd love to be able to have the television set to go off after a half hour or hour. Second, the television's apps did not always work. Sometimes the menus in the dining room would not show up. At other times, I tried to do things such as view my statement. It referred me to the app.
Glacier Bay is a national treasure. I loved that the National Park Service rangers come on the ship to guide us through our day in the park. We had good view of Margerie Glacier for more than an hour. I had time to view it from different levels. The ship did not spend as much time at Lamplugh or Johns Hopkins Glaciers. The scenery coming into the bay and leaving is spectacular. We saw a bit of wildlife: coastal brown bears, eagles, sea otters, seals, and whales. But you really need to take a dedicated wildlife excursion if you want to see animals up close. It's nice to see them from a cruise ship, but they're always going to be more distant than from a small boat.
Juneau offers a lot of activities. Unfortunately, Mendenhall Glacier is retreating quickly. In a few more years, it might just be a speck in the distance from the visitors center.
Ketchikan is a great mix of typical touristy things, native culture, and small Alaskan town. I visited Saxman Totem Village on this cruise. I had time to visit Creek Street as well. On my last cruise, I went to the Totem Heritage Center and the fish hatchery, hiking up the Married Man's Trail. On previous cruises, we have snorkeled and kayaked in Ketchikan as well as visited Totem Bight State Park. There are plenty of options.
Skagway offers plenty to do. On this cruise, I hiked the trail to Yakutania Point. It's an easy hike, just a a few miles roundtrip from the ship. After my hike, I stopped by the Skagway Brewing Company to enjoy tasting a flight of beers. They were all delicious. My favorite was the hazy IPA.