August 25, 2007
We took the Golden Princess out of Seattle. Embarkation was smooth. We arrived early, around 11:30 am, and it only took about 20 minutes until we were on the boat! What a ship -- it was beautiful. We had a balcony cabin on the 11th (baja) deck, across from our teens who had an inside cabin. Both were very nice, very comfortable.
The cruise itself was fantastic -- we loved the entertainment -- a great comedian, wonderful dancers (shows), the naturalist lectures were very interesting and informative.
We enjoyed the casino, and our kids (14 & 17) loved the teen hangout and made great friends. In fact, we hardly saw them at all, they were kept so busy.
The excursions on this cruise are expensive, but we like the trip to Mendenhall glacier (Juneau) and the bus ride "to the summit" (Skagway). I thought the lumberjack show wasn't worth it, in Ketchikan, but my daughter and husband liked it (not my son). Buchart Gardens in Victoria was beautiful, but we wished we were there during the daylight hours.
We had great weather and really didn't need the many warm clothes we brought, except for the one day of scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord (which was the hightlight of the trip, by the way). The cruise director was great too!
We liked the food and service in the dining room very much, better than in the buffet (which was convenient for breakfast or lunch).
Our cabin steward was very good, very polite, very nice. No complaints about anything, except the fact that they're constantly trying to sell you drinks (we don't drink) and the casino slot machines were the tightest I ever saw. Don't waste your money. Other than that, a fantastic 5-star experience.
This was our first cruise, and we're now hooked for life! (Oh, and disembarkation went very quick, they're so organized on this ship!)