7 Night Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord (Seattle Roundtrip) Sail Date: June 25, 2010 Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
The staff from beginning to end was wonderful, the shows were Broadway quality and the naturalist on board was awesome. The Big disappointment was the food--prime rib that could hardly be cut with a knife, fish that was very "fishy" and halibut was like mush. Only one night did we have decent food and that was our last night.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
This was a great disappointment. See above. However, I must say that our wait persons were a delight. Unexpectedly, we were forced to eat several meals on shore. The best thing on the ship was the fresh salad bar on the buffet. Salads at dinner were wilted and additional veggies were stale.
5 out of 5
The shows over all were high energy and the stage swarmed with talent. The magic show was below par, but everything else was great.
We went to several of the onboard lectures and all were excellent, entertaining as well as informative.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Every request was above and beyound our expectations. An example: The last morning when everyone was so busy, we asked where the closest coffee would be and our attendant said he would bring us some and almost immediately we had a beautifful tray with cups, cream and a pot of coffee---a great surprise and more than we had expected or would have considered asking for on such a busy morning.
5 out of 5
Nice ship but not as pretty as many that we have been on previously.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
We chose a less expensive cabin this time and it was fine. This was a conscious decision because the views were so spectacular we went to a room at the top of the ship that had ceiling to floor glass and comfortable club chairs. From this vantage point we could see sights on both sides of the ship and thought this was better than sitting on a balcony---temperature was right with no wind. :)
The zip line excursion was awesome. The staff was reassuring and fun. The add on to this was Mendenhal Glacier, a disappointment after seeing the Misty Fjords.
Don't Miss: The zip line and I understand the whale watching was a grand success.
Very touristy---every other store a jewelry store with trinket shops in between. They have done a nice job of keeping the historical nature of the buildings. To escape the town and the thousands of tourists in this tiny space we went to Garden City Glassworks and "blew" (with a lot of help) a piece of art to bring home.
This was my third trip to Bruchart Gardens and I never tire of this fabulous site. The tour said "City tour" and gardens. The city tour consisted of whatever was along side the streets on the way to the gardens. We missed the best part of the city, the Empress Hotel and government buildings around the harbor. That was wasted time and it was dark for much of the city sites. That said, our bus driver gave it his best shot and had lots of history to tell us on the way to the gardens and back to the ship.
Don't Miss: The gardens
Pros: The staff was curtious and very efficient
Cons: The food was awful and I was not alone in that opinion--it was the talk of the ship
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