This was an incredible experience. The ship had only 150 passengers, so it felt more like an excursion. Everything was well planned and unique. We were able to go whale watching right on our own ship. The captain was able to double back when wildlife was spotted. We saw many Whales, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and Bear. Many side trips were included. My favorite was the trip to Potlatch Totem Park in Ketchikan. It was amazing. Our fabulous guide told the stories of Native beliefs and the stories on the polls. Until you have experienced small ship cruising you can't fully appreciate the ease in boarding and dining. No crowds, no lines. To start the cruise, we had a precruise hotel and bus tour of Juneau. When we arrived, lunch was served...yummm
A typical day included your choice of sit down or early riser breakfast, usually a nature talk with the resident expert David, perhaps an art class and then an, often included, excursion. A Happy hour with music and open bar, port talk, games and entertainment. Dinner was fabulous.. always open seating and fine wines included.
When our 11 days came to a sad end the cruiseline accommodated our early departure with a shuttle to the airport. What a wonderful trip.