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We had four, it could sleep five. Plenty of closet space, a good sized shower and a cabin attendant that was “johnny on the spot” cleaning an asking if we were comfortable. He as actually a little too attentive, even to the point of irritation for my boys. The food in the main dining room was good, although meals took a while to be served. We had mostly dinners in the dining room. A few dinners were formal, but the dress code was not too rigidly enforced. We missed the night that lobster was served and we also missed a good portion of the only breakfast/brunch extravaganza. A cafeteria style buffet provided our breakfast, lunch and occasional dinner. The food was acceptable, some things were quite good but others not so much. The entertainment was ok. We listened to a big band performance, saw a magic show, a movie, a lecture.
They offered a variety of classes like dance, wine tasting, etc. My boys used the gym to work out every day, but most of our time on the ship was spent eating, lounging or napping. The scenery was beautiful. Snow capped mountain landscapes and shoreline was the view when sailing the inside passage. There were a few days in open water when all you could see was open water. Frequent cloud cover prevented the spectacular sunsets but low hanging clouds in the mountains were and eye pleasing replacement. We did see a few whales and dolphins but usually it was just a spray from a spout then a fin or tail. The Hubbard Glacier was a disappointment. When we arrived the bay was heavily fogged and iced. Apparently navigation close to the glacier is difficult so, the captain spun the ship in circles at the entry to the bay. We watched fog and ice chunks drift past for about an hour before we departed.
At the port of Icy Strait (actually the town named Hoonah) the ship was tendered (anchored). Not much in that tiny town, it was kind of nice. We had about 4 hours for our first excursion, Stream Fishing. We used every minute of the 4 hours and were among the last to board the ship. The port of Juneau can only be accessed by air and sea, there are no roads or rails. We arrived early in the morning and as I stood on the deck watching the float planes arrive, a bald eagle swooped to snatch a fish from the water next to the ship. The schedule called for 12 hours of free time in Juneau, to shop for diamonds and jewelry or other pricey souvenirs. I didn’t like tourist shop atmosphere with blocks and blocks of souvenir shops near the docks. Fortunately our excursion that day took us a distance away from there to the Sled Dog Mushers Camp.
We spent the late afternoon milling through the tourist area with crowds a cruisers. We left the diamonds an jewelry for the next group of tourists. The port of Ketchikan was like similar to Juneau with respect to boat and plane traffic but the area near the docks was a little more industrial. The tourist shops were a few blocks to walk away from the docks and happily opposite to the direction we were heading. Our excursion that day was a sea kayaking day trip. On the dock there was a line of busses and a crowd of people with tour guides holding signs for their excursion milling about. It was a little hectic and unorganized but after a few failed attempts we found the right bus to board for the 20 minute ride the kayak camp. The excursions were the best part of the cruise, I would have been disappointed in most of the cruising experience had I not booked them. I would like to skip the big boat ride and just do the excursion trips all week.