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MrBill923
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023
Cabin: Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

This was our 10th cruise, first on HAL and first to Alaska. We are active 60+ "young adults". We traveled with my brother and his wife. Their first time on HAL and in Alaska. Trip started at Anchorage airport with bus to Westmark Hotel for a night. Would not stay there again. Think Motel 6. HAL should be ashamed to put customers up there. Next day took a bus to McKinley Resort Chalet at Denali. That ride was well narrated by driver with lots of scenery. McKinley Resort was large and spread out. Rooms were OK. Two restaurants on property with several across street along with other shops. Down the street was Princess Cruise property with many restaurants and shops. Everything is extremely expensive up there in the middle of nowhere.

Took bus excursion up thru national park. Again, well narrated with amazing views. Next day took train to Whittier with a few hundred other guests. It was a 10-hour trip. There were several guides talking almost the whole way there. When we arrived at Whittier train station, we waited awhile and then walked across parking lot into port terminal. It took almost an hour to board. Got on ship about 5:30.

SHIP: Always seemed clean and mostly good shape. There were a few places that needed attention. Nothing to stop us from enjoying. After all we are there for the scenery. We did think some of the signage around the ship was lacking info or just not noticeable.

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Deluxe Ocean-View Verandah Stateroom

As others have mentioned the entry hallway past the closets is tight and dark. There is a motion nightlight under the closet doors and also one in the bathroom. Both are a nice convenience. We did have trouble controlling the temp in the cabin but made do. We also notice a slight sewer smell at times but could not figure it out. It was not enough to chase us out.

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