Norwegian Wind (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Great Cruising Vacation

Sail Date: August 20, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship was a good size for informal cruising, big enough to be comfortable and small enough to be almost personal. The service was exemplary. The crew and staff were all friendly and efficient and care overall was excellent. The excursions available were sell chosen to provide a good feel for the country however the weather did not cooperate too well and limited choices. Alaska is a beautiful place to visit - don't know if I'd want to live there...

Pros: Freestyle cruising

Cons: Uncomfortable beds and (lack of) control of children

Ship Quality
This is a great size ship for this cruise which was an inside passage through some narrow waterways. It allowed great viewing of the surrounding country without creating much of a wake to disturb local sealife and such. It was very clean and neat and maintained in top shape the entire time.
Food and Dining
Food was especially good, and was also presented in quantities which gave a good meal while allowing sampling of multiple dishes if desired.
Entertainment
Entertainment was excellent overall and easy to access, with the exception of being scheduled a bit close to mealtime, making for a rush on occasion. The solo musical acts in the lounges could stand some improvement.
Cabin / Stateroom
The staterooms were larger than expected and quite comfortable, except for the bed. It appeared that the mattress should have been replaced a couple years ago and was uncomfortable to the point of causing back problems.
Service and Staff
Service by the crew and staff could not have been better. Everyone was friendly and helpful, to the point of stopping their task at hand to help or give directions when needed.
Juneau, Alaska
Our stay here was also short so we didn't take any of the tours but did scout out the town. It was raining this day which prevented roaming too much. Finding a "local" and getting some direct history is a good idea.
Don't Miss: If you can, visit the state museum - this is a short walk from the shopping areas.
Ketchikan, Alaska
This town is really wirth visiting, if only to walk the streets and look at the buildings. It is a good place to shop for Alaskan souvenirs and such, but time didn't permit doing much else.
Skagway, Alaska
Skagway was the main port of the trip, and is the entrance to the Yukon. One of the trips up to the Yukon is a must if you want to get the feel of the Gold Rush days and what people did th get there. We highly recommend the bus trip, but the train is also good if you don't want to sit for the whole time. If the weather is foggy - as ours was - the bus offers better visibility, and the guide couldn't have been better!
Don't Miss: Take in as much as you can of this port - it is a great place to get the "feel" of Alaska.
Juneau, Alaska
Our stay here was also short so we didn't take any of the tours but did scout out the town. It was raining this day which prevented roaming too much. Finding a "local" and getting some direct history is a good idea.
Don't Miss: If you can, visit the state museum - this is a short walk from the shopping areas.
Ketchikan, Alaska
This town is really wirth visiting, if only to walk the streets and look at the buildings. It is a good place to shop for Alaskan souvenirs and such, but time didn't permit doing much else.
Skagway, Alaska
Skagway was the main port of the trip, and is the entrance to the Yukon. One of the trips up to the Yukon is a must if you want to get the feel of the Gold Rush days and what people did th get there. We highly recommend the bus trip, but the train is also good if you don't want to sit for the whole time. If the weather is foggy - as ours was - the bus offers better visibility, and the guide couldn't have been better!
Don't Miss: Take in as much as you can of this port - it is a great place to get the "feel" of Alaska.


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