This was a dream trip of ours for many years and we finally booked it for our 25th anniversary. I knew we had to have a balcony but dh upgraded us to a Vista suite. The deck was 3 times the size of a regular balcony and had 2 regular chairs and 2 lounge chairs. It wrapped around from the back and side of the ship so the views were amazing. It was on the very back so you did feel the vibration from the engines more but nothing terrible. We were 1 deck above the dining room which was convenient for getting to dinner. The only noise we could hear from the dining room was when they would crank up the music and do their song and dance numbers. It wasn't loud though. The suite itself was bigger than a standard room. We had a sitting room with a desk and couch, a separate bedroom, and in between was a dressing room and a 2 sink bathroom with a jetted tub/shower. The space was so worth it. There were windows all along the back and side of ship. Embarkation was easy and quick. We got there late, around 2:30 so their were no lines. The only negative was there wasn't a photographer waiting when we got on board. We ate in the dining room almost every evening. We chose my time dining and it was so convenient not to have to be at dinner at a specific time or wait in the long line to be seated. We waited 5 minutes tops for a table. The food was excellent. We tried many things for the first time. If you wanted to try more than 1 selection they always obliged. The service was second to none. We felt truly pampered. We ate most lunches on the Lido deck. They had lots of choices and the food was good. We ordered room service every morning and a couple other times as well. They had a ticket you would fill out at night and you'd tell them what time you wanted breakfast and it was always on time. We didn't do many of the activities and shows on the ship but people seemed to be having a good time and their were lots of things scheduled. We saw the blues brothers revue and enjoyed that. The casino was ok. It had enough different tables and machines and didn't seem crowded. We had prebooked a couples hot stone massage for the first day and even though my receipt clearly showed the first day their computer had us on the second day. I wasn't happy about that but we did get the massage the next day and it was wonderful, overpriced, but we were on our anniversary cruise so we splurged. The tracy arm fjord was breathtakingly beautiful. The naturalist onboard would announce when she saw wildlife. We saw eagles, porpoises, seals, sea lions, whales... definitely bring your binoculars and a super zoom lens. Dh didn't have a passport so Skagway was a little tricky. I wanted to go into the Yukon but instead we went on a river raft float down a calm river. It was delightful. In Juneau we went whale watching and to the mendenhall glacier. We saw many whales up close. Beautiful creatures. Both of these excursions were prebooked through and were much cheaper than if we went through carnival. We were on a smaller and less crowded boat than the carnival people which was nice. In Ketchikan we went on a crab boat and saw how they caught crabs (insert own joke here) and then went to the lodge for all you can eat crab lunch. So good! Victoria BC was ok. We did the horse drawn trolley and we thought it was overpriced for what we did. We only had a few hours in port though and it was in the evening. We were there on Canada Day and we got to watch fireworks from our balcony though. That was neat. They will let you off the boat in Victoria without a passport. We were very happy with the ship, the room, the food, the service, etc. We would definitely go again.
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