Had open seating for dinner and that made it very convenient. However, we felt it took too much time so ate at the buffet mostly. Some better choices in the dinning room, but the food in the buffet was great. All drink purchases had an added gratuity (15% I think), so no need to tip.
Even if you haven't booked an excursion get off the boat. There are plenty of options for people like us who don't get around very well. We found excellent 2-3 hour van-bus trips at reasonable rates that were available right on the docks at Juneau and Sitka.
Stay in the back of ship close to the pool and viewing area with a bar, hot tubs. Get to the Crows nest early in the morning to drink coffee and sit in the black recliners overlooking the ocean....very peaceful.
The side elevators mid ship were the easiest to access and fastest. Pay attention to the support columns in the show lounge, there are obstructed views. Many different lounges to take advantage of. Don't forget the pool behind the Lido restaurant.
For best choice of cabins/suites, be sure to book very early - more than 6 months in advance. Also, be sure to book your shore excursions as early as possible, especially if you want to go whale watching or to visit a dog sled site, Ditto for booking the "Evening at Le Cirque" at the Pinnacle Gril
Older ship but still in good shape. All the workers were very helpful. Don't waste money on the spa since the management won't help you get a heated lounge if some of the guests remain on them for more than the 20 minute limit. $240 per couple is lot to spend for apologizes instead of action.
Never have a room under the pool !!! The wood floors are loud any time tables and chairs are moved.
Take bubble bath for the whirlpool!!! Look for northern lights and announce it to pax so we can see them
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