We are having an very nice time on the cruise. Departed SF on Sunday, and at sea the last two days, arriving in Ketchikan this morning. Our departure today will be delayed as they have to take on extra water as they are using about 60% more than usual for some reason-must be alot of very clean people on board.
Embarkation was a breeze except for one thing. If you enter the terminal thru the marked entrance there is no one to take your luggage, so we wheeled it way back to check in past security, etc. No one to tell you to check in at curb side through the entrance next door-Don M. please note for your trip. We took the train from Sacrmamento to Emeryville, then Amtrak bus to Pier 39 and a 5 minute walk to the ship. Great way to do it. Arrived at terminal at 11:30 and were on board by 12:15. Had a nice lunch and by then the cabin was ready.
We tried Kyoto the first night and enjoyed it very much. Suggest getting there for reservations at 1:30 first day as the line grows fast. Dining room food and service is very good. Have not tried room service yet. The Bistro is wonderful. Unfortunately, had two screaming kids at next table in dining room at breakfast yesterday. Totally out of parental control and very unfortunate. They were actually blowing whistles and no parental intervention.
The gym is small but well equipped. Unfortunately, the AC is out in the gym for this cruise, so you get a sauna treatment at no extra charge.
The weather here today is very nice. On the way up it was rainy off and on and I heard alot of people were seasick. We were not at all, but there was a noticeable absence of folks in the formal dining room the last two nights.
One note about the Harmony-it vibrates more than any ship I have been on and particularly aft. If this bothers a person, suggest getting a forward cabin.
On to Sitka tomorrow. Will provide some updates as the availability of cyber cafes permit. Pleased to respond to any questions.