Beautiful cruise, met HAL expectactions.
Sail Date: August 01, 2006
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Room Type: Balcony
Itinerary: Juneau, Sitka, and Prince Rupert especially were not very nice sights. Victoria was beautiful, however. The outward appearance of these ports was made up for with the vast array of excursions and options ashore. Glacier Bay was BEAUTIFUL, and the captain did an excellent job navigating through there to get the best view of every glacier.
Excursions: Excellent variety. The HAL shore excursions staff also is very helpful. My group did a glacier helicopter tour in Juneau, a nature walk through the rainforest in Sitka and a tour of the raptor center, a floatplane in Prince Rupert, and a scenic city tour in Victoria, all of which were beautiful, amazing, and well worth the money.
Pros: Beautiful, luxurious, spotless ship; excellent dining; friendly, helpful, knowledgable crew; Spectacular evening entertainment!
Cons: Some itinerary stops substandard; inconvenient night stop at Victoria forces guests to rush that night's dinner or potentially miss it altogether.