Alaska via the Norwegian Star!
Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Review SummaryFirst of all, embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze--much improved since we last sailed. We used the "walk off" disembarkation, carrying our own bags off the ship and it couldn't have been easier--no waiting and we could leave whenever we wanted to.
We initially weren't too happy about the extra fee charged for a "specialty" restaurant. We did try the Tex Mex restaurant and, I must say, it was exceptionally good quality and was only $10 each more, with a free margarita. The guacamole and mango salsa were fantastic, as were the lobster tacos. The two regular restaurants were very good also and we liked the option to eat alone or to "share." We shared quite frequently and met a lot of nice people from all over the country. But, a couple of times, we just wanted to dine alone and that was no problem. The food was excellent and plentiful always!
The staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating and there was always something fun to do at any time of the day, if you wanted to.
The ports offered, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert were all amazing, as well as viewing the Sawyer Iceberg from the ship. There were so many shore excursions to choose from, it was difficult to choose. In Ketchikan, we took a back country Jeep tour (and we drove the Jeeps) that also included rowing a large canoe across a lake where hot clam chowder was cooking on an open fire, along with wonderful smoked salmon available. We had a beautiful day and thoroughly enjoyed this trip. In Juneau, we went whale watching and were lucky enough to see whales jumping completely out of the water and crashing back into the sea--amazing sight! In Skagway, we took the White Pass Rail trip and it was full of fascinating history of the gold rush days. When you view the original trail through the mountains, it seemed impossible that anyone could have survived the trip to the Yukon gold fields. And, in Prince Rupert, we learned all about the native Indians and participated in a replica of their winter feasts.
The trip on the Norwegian Star was amazing and I think everyone in the country should travel at least once to Alaska in their lifetime. I have never seen anything like it anywhere else.
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Pros: Abundance of shore excursions available and, of course, the food!
Cons: Can't think of one thing that was negative.