Alaska is INCREDIBLE!!! What a trip!

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 09, 2013
Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
Alaska was awesome. The scenery is magnificent from the boat and on land (we did the inner passage)! The excursions were incredible as well... Juneau - whale watching and Skagway - helicopter ride to glacier for dog sledding and jeep tour (better than the train). In Victoria we did the hippo tour - it was all right, but nothing special.

The only thing I would do differently is that I would NOT leave from Seattle. We were on the cruise ship for three full days. One day we were at the Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier - we were able to get very close and that was incredible to see. However, it was still a full day!

The staff was really friendly and helpful. They were also incredibly pleasant! The food was okay to good. The entertainment was okay. We purchased the drink package before getting on the cruise and there was only soda on tap from the bar - no coke machines - therefore it was not so worth it. The highlight of this cruise for us was really the stops.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was okay to good - We have been on another Royal Carribean cruise and it seems to be very similiar on each boat. Also, there were no soda machines (Coke machines with 100+ sodas) which was very disappointing because we pre-purchased the drink package.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Again, it was too long for us on the boat. Next time I would try to depart from a different port.

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

N/A

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
They staff was genuinely happy, very friendly, and helpful!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

We booked our excursions ahead of time to make sure that they did not sell out. We also did not want to wait on the crazy lines the first day. We were able to make changes once on the boat (for example, we wanted an earlier helicopter tour and added an excursion).

3 out of 5
Address is not accurate on the website. Not so each to locate with a GPS.
5 out of 5
Beautiful view from the boat!
5 out of 5
We saw two killer whales on the way into the port (good start)! We went whale watching and did the rainforest tour - saw lots of whales, bald eagles, seals, sea lions, and a bear! Really incredible!!! Loved our tour guide as well!
5 out of 5
We did the helicopter ride to the glacier for dog sledding. Absolutely ridiculous experience. We are biased as we are dog lovers, but well worth the money! We also did a Jeep tour - goes the same route as the train - however, we are able to get out, take pictures, walk around, off road, etc. Also, we saw a bear and was able to stop! Need a passport for this excursion! It is a small town - a number of shops, but need to plan an activity.
5 out of 5
It was really amazing to get so close to the glacier. It was quite a sight. The drive in is also pretty impressive. The captain turns the ship an number of times to give you multiple views.
5 out of 5
Victoria is a typical city. It is unique because of all of the flowers and greenery. We did the Hippo Tours which gave us an overview of the city. We went to the Fisherman's Wharf - houses and stores literally on the water. We also fed the harbor seals - 1 fish for $1 or 6 fish for $5 - very cool!!!
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