Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Alaska Cruise Aboard the Jewel of the Seas

Sail Date: August 07, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was our first cruise and it was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. The state room was most certainly satisfactory. We had an ocean view stateroom on the 3rd deck. The food in the main dining  room was excellent, as was the service. Breakfast is served in the main dining room and there is also a breakfast buffet in the Windjammer lounge. Either is an excellent choice. Lunch is buffet style in the main dining room and the Windjammer. Either is a good choice. I recommend the Windjammer if you have children. If not, I highly recommend the buffet in the main dining room. The staff is outstanding, four stars. Expect to pay for everything except meals, to include bottled water. The drink packages are not a good deal unless you drink a lot of soda, then the non-alcoholic package may be of value to you. Wi-Fi is expensive: $160 for one device for the duration of the cruise, or $60 for 24 hours! Also consider that you will be at sea for a total of two (2) day. The cities of Juneau and Skagway are not all that interesting in themselves. The normal shopping is available: Diamonds International, Tanzanite and etc. Yuck! I recommend booking morning and afternoon shore excursions, otherwise you will have much idle time on your hands. Entertainment is good to mediocre. Do not expect Broadway or of Broadway. If escargot and or Manhattan Strip steak is on the menu, pick something else.  Do not sleep through the Fiord sailing. Get up early, be on deck no later than 0600. It's the most exciting day of the cruise.

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Seattle, Washington
Worth spending a day here.
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Get up early/stay up late, so you can see the whales as you enter the passage
Juneau, Alaska
Nothing much to see of any interest in the town. The glacier is worth the trip.
Skagway, Alaska
You can see the total town in 30 minutes. Nothing of interest, really.
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
The best part of the cruise!
Victoria, British Columbia
Plenty to see and have a good meal/drink.

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