Due to Covid, we wanted to book a cruise that departed and returned to Vancouver. This would allow us to fly domestically so the only testing we would need was to get on the ship itself. We wanted to go in May as it is one of the dryer months and it was the best decision as we had amazing weather. 13-18 degrees celsius every day. We needed nothing more than a sweatshirt at most and some days t-shirt and shorts was plenty. Our itinerary was Sitka, Juneau, Haines and Tracy Arm Fjord. All were spectacular in some way. Sitka is an easy to walk town with many sights to see on your own. We did the National Historical park to see the Totem poles and The Raptor Center. In Juneau we did a combo tour of Mendenhall Glacier were we hiked to Nugget Falls and then a whale watch tour where we were blessed with a 15-20 minute show by a young humpback who was flapping it's tail and breaching the water. AMAZING! In Haines we did a tour through Royal Caribbean which was a little disappointing with missing one of the stops and staying way to long at another. Haines offers a beautiful backdrop for the town with the Chilkat mountains though.
It's a little smaller than other balcony cabins we have had, but that may be due to the size of the ship. The views were great, and while the bridge does obstruct your forward view some, if they have their blinds up, you can see straight through it. We were happy.
Hard to rate this port. While Haines has the most gorgeous backdrop with the Chilkat mountains, there really isn't that much to do here compared to other ports.
So much to do in Juneau. We did Mendenhall glacier and a whale watching excursion. As well there were many places to eat in Juneau.
Beautiful port that is easy to walk around on your own.