June 2016 - Ruby Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage
Being called madame and treated with respect is very easy to get used to...as is having your bed turned down and a chocolate on your pillow. The staff of the Ruby Princess is wonderful. The weather in Alaska was unexpectedly warm, it did not rain, and there were no mosquitoes. We didn't feel the desire to splurge on the add- on specialty restaurant fare because the dining room food was exceptional. We took advantage of the dancing lessons and shows. We had a room with a view, but no balcony; I saw a humpback whale "pec flapping" right outside our cabin window on the second day out! There were passengers of all ages on board. We chose the open seating option and enjoyed meeting new fellow passengers nightly.
Due to no fault of the captain, we were unable to go into the Tracy Arm Fjord because the ice was too thick. The Endicott Arm was not as impressive. I do wish it were possible to arrive earlier in Victoria. There is so much to see there and we couldn't see as much in the dark. The buffet rooms' coffee was not good because I am accustomed to "good" coffee; it tasted like instant coffee to me.
The overall experience was wonderful!