Good way to begin a Cruising Career!
There were 6 of us cruising together, ranging from 8 to 60 and we all had a blast! The Kid Zone was great for the 8 year old, Fuel was perfect for my teen. My husband and I are not "clubbers", so we don't like dancing, strobe lights or lounge music, so this cruise was perfect for us (we're mid-30's). The option was there, but could be avoided as needed. My parents loved the scenery and abundance of coffee everywhere :-).
The food was decent, but after a week, honestly, we were all tired of the offerings, which were basically the same at the buffet every day. For an Alaskan cruise, I would have wanted seafood of any kind. There was none, except for a baked fish dish at dinner. The bartenders were phenomenal. Their service, their drink preparation, their pleasant attitudes really helped to enhance the cruise experience for those of us who like to have a few cocktails.
One downfall was the location of the support bars on the windows in the enclosed areas of the ship. Regardless of what chair you sat in, that bar was ALWAYS right at eye level, so you had to hunch over or sit straight up to see outside. For our next cruise, I will pay the extra money for a balcony room, so we can sit and look at our leisure without having to stand or kill our backs trying to look around that dumb bar.
We didn't do any excursions, but I will say Tracy Arm Fjord is GORGEOUS! One of the most breathtaking places I've ever been. Overall, I would highly recommend this cruise if you are not a party person and like a quiet, more laid back experience. From what we've been told, if you want to party the night away, go to the Caribbean on Carnival and party away!
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The Poolside Bar has the best staff. Victor and Rohan were amazing and they make a mean "Sex on the Ship". If you like red beers, ask for a Red Eye so they know what you're talking about. Also, the 5th floor allows you to walk outside the ship 360 degrees - it's awesome!!!