We chose this cruise because the ocean view rooms looked nicer than Norwegian and had better add-ons (tips, wi-fi, classic drink package) for the overall price. The big square window with a loveseat looking out was a big plus over a small porthole between the 2 beds. We ended up bidding on a balcony room and got it! so we didn't actually stay in the oceanview room, but I'm assuming the room features are mostly the same. First off, I did lots of research to see how to maximize the space. Good closet space with 2 robes with lots of hangers although I did ask for more which was easy to get. There were a good amount of drawers under the closet, the two nightstands, and at the vanity mirror space. There is no metal per se to use magnet hooks, BUT there is some metal in the walls so we played around with the magnets and found some places to hang our puffy jackets. We also hung a shoe rack on the inside bathroom door which I considered a big bonus. There was a shelf under the bathroom sink and a couple shelves on the upper portion as well. The shower is very narrow, (but did have a drying string which was great for drying our bathing suits) and they did provide shampoo, conditioner and body soap. The shampoo is very watery and barely lathers up and I wish I would have brought my own. The conditioner was just ok as well (I did bring my own of that) and the body soap was fine. There was a little lotion bottle provided as well which was ok. There are only shaver outlets in the bathroom, which I think is ridiculous, so we had to use the blow dryer and other styling products by the window by the vanity mirror. And I didn't see it til like Day 5, but there is a push button to light up the mirror next to the outlets. There are other outlets on the lamp on the nightstand for charging phones, etc. which was nice. The beds were ok, we each got 2 pillows and I was able to ask for a thinner pillow which was great. We did what others said and got rid of the extra drinks in our frig that I knew we would not drink. We brought our own Splenda and Stevia for fear they wouldn't have it all the time, but it was everywhere and with our room service as well so that was nice. We brought a few things which we didn't use: stainless steel water bottles (we got water cans in our beverage package so we grabbed them throughout the day and especially at night before we went to bed, clothespins for the curtains (curtains blocked out all the light).
The rest of the cruise was good. We stuck to the main dining and buffet which were decent. Every now and then we got a really good meal (beef wellington..yum!) and the pizza and pasta bar at buffet were always solid choices. We loved the coffee bar! especially since it was included in our package. The gelato bar was not included and we only had it once and it was just ok. There's free ice cream other places that were better.
We did the Skyride up to the top and watched the little show and took a small hike which we did without booking anything ahead of time. It was just okay. We had read that the excursions were just ok here, but we wished we would have booked the whalewatching excursion because everyone we talked to saw a lot of whales in this area. Like a lot!!
We booked our own E-bike and Hike excursion through Trip Advisor and it was great. It was raining a little and they had raingear for us (jackets/pants (not sure if shoes). We had packed our own waterproof boots, pants and a rain jacket and we were glad we did cuz we definitely needed it off and on throughout the cruise. Next time I would bring a waterproof hat cuz the hood on my jacket never stayed on and my beanie and hair got wet alot.
We booked the whalewatching trip here and it was fantastic! We saw a mom and baby showing off like crazy. Lots of flukes, fins and a great breach or two. We did not see any bubble feeding. It was smaller boat and so much better cuz we were eye line with the whales.
We also booked a helicopter ride/dog sledding excursion in the afternoon and raced back to make it on time, only to find out it had been cancelled a few hours before we were supposed to leave. Would have been nice if they could have notified us ahead of time. Luckily we were able to rebook this in Seward through a private company since we stayed an extra day before heading home.
Seward was fantastic. I'm so glad we stayed an extra night here. It has a more homey feel then the other ports. You can tell that people live here and take pride in that. It was a beautiful place to walk around and have a really great seafood dinner. We were able to catch the Alaska Railroad Train ride to the airport in Anchorage from Seward. But be aware that once you get to Anchorage, it takes a good 20 minutes to get your luggage and then another 20 minutes to find a ride to the airport. We missed our flight due to our poor planning and had to sleep in the airport. ugh
We booked the White Pass Railway trip and it was fantastic! Be sure to dress warm because we got the best pictures standing outside on the gangway area. The scenery was breathtaking the there was good commentary as we were traveling around. Definitely a must see. When we got back into town, we walked around, had lunch, and then had some fantastic sweet bread. We also found a library because it was the ONLY place in town with wi-fi to rebook our dogsledding tour for Seward.