It seemed to be an older group but that was ok. many we met were on a multiple trip to Alaska - we enjoyed it.
If you are going to have room service in the mornings, order it in the morning, do not fill out the card that you put on your door the night before. We did this once and it was cold.
Recently updated and suite cabin was better than expected.
The observation deck is great for quiet and contemplation almost anytime of day. Views were phenomenal.
Truly loved the Crow's Nest for some needed coziness. The ship was well taken care of and clean.
The Crows Nest Bar has the best views on the ship and the bartenders are the best.
Agenda sheets are excellent and very informative; make sure they are read the night before; during travel down the inner passage plan to spend the day on the stern of the boat. This was one of our most relaxing days as we soaked up the sun, drank mimosas and viewed the beautiful scenery
Read the agenda sheets that comes around daily try not to miss any of the on board activities. Food is great try all restaurants. Casino was fun. Take this trip
We ordered room service breakfast several times. The food was hot, served on time, and we avoided the morning rush.
Lido Deck dining was fine and the aft deck was wonderful and not very crowded as I would have expected in such wonderful weather. The prices at the gift shop were surprisingly reasonable.
Look at the excursion choices early. Read your menus to decide where on the ship you would like to eat. Look at the choices of ship activities early in the day, or you may miss something you really would have enjoyed.
Breakfast was the best opportunity to get food cooked exactly like you want and the Pinnacle Grill is worth the money.
Make your way around the first day. Get ready early for Tracy Arm by staking out a place other than the observation deck. Casino staff is friendly servers are not but can be helpful. Excursions are ok if you book away from the boat we used Harv and Marv whale watching in Junuea.
Order in-room breakfast...fast and yummy. Don't have to wait in lines and walk around looking for what you want!
My favorite part of the ship is the Crows nest lounge
If you go all the way forward on Lido Desk , through the Spa ,on the right you will see a door that will take you outside , a good place to take photos and enjoy the view
Make sure you know all the charges up front so you are not taken by surprise.
If you get on fast, or rough seas, Bromine, Dramamine, or sea-sick wristbands work! And so do deep breaths!
It was for me one of the better cruises at HAL and did remind me of old times before Carnival took over. I used the possibility of booking a future cruise on board and instead of paying a small amount of 100 dollars I paid 300 dollars down and received therefore 200 dollars of spending o/b money for my future cruise. My advice: You have to pay the final cruise price ultimately anyhow why not pay a larger amount down and get more spending on board money.
Don't book a holiday cruise. It costs more and there was nothing to even know it was Valentines Day other than all the jewelry were hearts.
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