June 2015 - 7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl
Glacier bay cruise
When reading this review keep in mind that me and my wife know a lot of the crew members on the Pearl because of the business she has in Miami. Boarding was a breeze in Seattle. I was a little bit surprised to see the ship docked in what seemed like downtown. There was a little bit of a problem because my wife has a Philippines passport. But that was quickly taken care of when she showed them her green card.
Once aboard the buffet was open. We got enough to eat to carry us over until the party started up top. The weather in Seattle could not have been better.
The first day is at sea and it was flat out cold outside. But I'm from south Florida. Of course there were a few brave souls in the hot tubs.
The weather in Juneau was nice. We did the Mendenhall glacier explorer with the tram. This is where I should have listened to a crew member we know. He recommended taking the helicopter tour. I wish we had of done that after seeing Glacier bay. And as it turns out I talked to some people on the ship that went on the helicopter and they said it wasn't that cold on the glacier. We didn't have a lot of time to spend at the summit where the tram goes, so I really can't give an opinion.
Skagway was cold around the docks but in town, a short walk away, it was nice. We walked around the town a little bit and talked with some local people.
The next day was Glacier bay. All I can say about it is the pictures don't do it justice. It's just something you have to see. There was a little light rain and snow but it cleared up as the day went by.
Ketchikan is another nice little town. My sister did the fishing excursion here. She had a great time. A pod of orcas came through just as a girl was reeling in her catch. I saw the photo of the fish that was she was left with. There was not much left of her catch.
The last day was sailing. We got to Victoria at 6pm. Me and my wife got off the ship. Walked around a bit and nothing else. We were both exhausted and ready to go back to the real world.
The buffet was open when we got to Seattle. We got a good breakfast and once the ship cleared customs it was 15 minutes at the most we were back in the real world . We used Shuttle express to and from the airport. It was 22 dollars per person.