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Norwegian Wind Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier (Vancouver Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 20, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Wind
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
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...

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was especially good, and was also presented in quantities which gave a good meal while allowing sampling of multiple dishes if desired.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
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.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.

Pros: Freestyle cruising

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

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