We sailed our first cruise ever to Alaska. The weather was beautiful, we had all sunny days for our total vacation. The embarkment & disembarkment went smoothly for us. I understand the computers had gone down for some during the embarkment. Our ship left 10 minutes late due to the computer issues. We carried out our own luggage during the disembarkment and met our ride at 8 am.
We managed to squeeze in an inside cabin, which included my husband & myself, 2 boys ages 18 & 16. We set up our room by moving our 2 twin beds down and placing our trundle bed & table at the head of the twin beds. So we had a path between the twin beds. The cabin stewart took out our chair. We had great cabin stewarts who were friendly and met all of our needs. Roger and Grace always were smiling and addressed us by our first names. Make sure you turn your dial at the door to turn down your beds at night so you get your towel animals.
The food was good. They had stated that they had gotten a new head chef from the Netherlands that had started this particular week. We mostly dined at the Market Cafe for breakfast and lunch. The buffet included all different ethnics foods including sushi at lunch time. We enjoyed eating at the Aqua for supper. They had the better and faster service there compared to the Versailles. We ate one night at the specialized restaurant Asian Fusion. It was good, but I don't think it was worth the extra $60. The Market Cafe had good selection of Asian dishes. The Special Chocolate night was Wednesday evening. The chefs came out to watch our reactions. There was various ice sculptures, chocolate fountain, and all kinds of chocolate desserts sitting at all the Market Cafe food lines. There were mobs of people at this event.
TV on opposite side of drop-down bed.
The Discovery Sea Life & Crab Excursion crew asked us to put reviews in so other cruise ship will stop at this port. It was my least favorite port, there is not much to do here. NCL had all the excursion bookings for this port. So it was very expensive. I had booked in advance the Kutzeymateen Bear excursion, but received an email 2 weeks prior to embarkment that they cancelled this excursion. So I am scrambling at the last minute to find an excursion. So we did the Crab Excursion. The crew was very knowledgeable about the sea life and eagles. They put crab traps in the water and we collected them later in the trip. They cooked some crab for us to eat. They threw fat up to the eagles, and they swooped down to collect the fat around our boats. It was not worth the $130/pp charge.