Embarkation was quick, easy and efficient. DH has had a stroke which left him with very poor balance. One look at his cane and staff rushed to his aid, took us quickly through the formalities and straight onto the ship.
The cabin was small but well organised. I was surprised by the size of the window - perfect for watching the waves towering above us. Did I mention 100mph winds and considerable rocking and rolling on our sea days!
The crew were wonderful, friendly, always helpful. At one time when it was rough it took two of them holding tight to DH to get him through the Buffet. Always service with a smile.
We enjoyed dining, mostly in Aqua, once in Versailles. Good food in both. Service was timely, the food was very good so that we never felt the need to use the other dining rooms. We asked to share a table for four each evening which allowed us to meet some interesting people. The only disappointment was the Blue Lagoon where the service was slower and food very uninteresting.
I enjoyed the Hypnotist. He was funny without making his subjects do anything embarrassing. Second City did rapid-fire skits and improv. - great fun. The best show of all was Elements, on the last night. Quite spectacular! Now for the negatives - only two: There should be a proper plan of the ship given to everyone as part of the welcome package. It needs to be big enough to read, not the grotty , unreadable little slip of newsprint that they give out at the reception desk. We were not the only ones looking lost several days into the cruise.
Finally, the reason that in spite of all the good reviews above, we probably won't cruise with NCL again, was the excruciating NOISE level in all the public areas. They had great singers and musicians - why did they have to amp then up to pain level!
Our cabin 5520 was a refuge from all the noisy public places. The beds were very comfortable but the two chairs were hard and ugly. I think on other cruises we have had small comfortable chairs.
I woke up at 3 a.m. every night because of some banging noise. It might have been the rough weather, but I wondered if that was when they cleaned the Casino above us.
Our favourite. It is a cute little town, very photogenic. We had read here to do our shopping in Ketchikan. Good advice. Being the last cruise of the season everything was on sale, half-price or less. We bought all our presents for the grandkids and some fleecy jackets for ourselves. Sure enough, prices went up in the next two ports. Probably would have rated it 5 if it hadn't been raining so hard.
Pouring rain! We took a local bus tour to the Mendenhall Glacier. $32.00 for the two of us as opposed to $100 for the NCL tour. The glacier is spectacular, and there is an interesting visitor centre. There were bears around but we see them at home so didn't wait to get soggy. Back in Juneau we took shelter from the rain in the Red Dog Saloon. That is well worth a visit, takes you back to the wild old days.
Still raining! This was the only port where we took an official NCL tour. We took the White Pass and Yukon Railway to the summit and back. (There were several different variations of rail and bus available.) If you love views and taking photos of them, sit on the left going up. We were on the inside going up and although you change sides going down, the rain and clouds had closed in and we could not see the 1000 ft. drops down to the river below. Coming back down the train goes faster and there is not so much time for photos.
You guessed it - it rained! We took a little bus tour and saw the town. That was about it. Nothing very exciting even though it is one of western Canada's busiest ports.