This was only our second cruise although both of us have had Atlantic crossings. We went with a group of about 18 friends which probably added to the enjoyment! We were on an Alaska cruse from July 26 to Aug 2, 2003 and had absolutly perfect weather. A crewman told one of us it was his 40th trip & we had the best weather he had seen. Ship immaculate. Crew always cleaning. Outside stateroom roomy and our cabin steward was great. Rarely seen but always available. The food in the restaurant was excellent and the maitre 'd came by each night. My wife is spoiled that she has no one to put her napkin in her lap now. This ship makes no PA announcements, which I find great. We didn't attend but two shows but they were good with excellent production quality. A little shop worn in some of the public areas but overall a beautiful ship. Quiet! My only complaint would be the embarkation. We would go from one line in one room to another line in another room with no one telling us what to do. When we got on the ship though everything was perfect. Greeted with champagne and lots of smiles. The ship was totally booked. However, we never felt crowded except when we were in Glacier Bay and everyone wanted to be in the front of the ship. The Captain accommodatingly slowly turned the ship in circles though, which alleviated the crowding. Crew to passenger ratio seemed like it was 5 to 1. They did everything for you. Go to the buffet and there was someone to carry your tray for you. No plastic on ship except at pool. Silver and crystal. A great ship and a great crew.
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