SHIP overall very nice.
Cabin E731 AWESOME in my opinion, best balcony location on ship. Side and rear view, step out cabin door to back deck, hardly used.
Food about a 5 out of 10 , just OK, but then that is not why we went.
BEST part of cruise, excluding port stops...
hands down College Fjord. Harvard Glacier. very active glacier calving.
KETCHIKAN, rented a little electric car and cruised all around town, totem poles, shopping, eagles, Alaskan Beer. Good day.
JUNEAU. Adventure Bound Tracy Arm cruise to Sawyer Glacier, awesome trip, but a very long way in and back.
SKAGWAY WPRR trip, 7 hour to Carcross and back. Loved the train incredible mountain scenery. I recommend to take a shorter trip and do something else in addition, some friends used the extra time to go dog sledding on glacier.
KENAI Lodge, very nice, awesome rooms. We missed fishing on Kenai by less than a week, river opened this year June 11th. we did Float trip on river and had planned sailing on Kenai Lake, but it was cancelled... no wind. Without fishing there wasn't too much to do
MCKINLEY Lodge, nice, very short stay. We had booked a flight and glacier landing for 6 pm day of arrival and it was really the only bad weather day we had and it was cancelled. ): We decided to take a chance and try to book an early morning flight next day, got really lucky and got one at 9am. Booked thru lodge with K2 Air. Probably one of the most amazing things I have ever done. No doubt a rare opportunity to be in the mountains up close and the the cherry on top...glacier landing.
Rail trip to Denali lodge. awesome, wished we could do rail all the way.
DENALI Lodge. Main lodge, nice. Rooms OK, beds...old, tired and need replacing.
Excursions - Husky Homestead, very enjoyable, Jeff King is a great speaker and seeing dogs and holding puppies was great.
Was not able to get on Eileson or Wilderness Denali tour.Couldn't get thru to park to make reservation. If this is an important part of trip for you, book before you leave home. Not a big deal to us, we took short shuttle to Savage River. not really worth the time.
Whitewater Rafting, I had to be talked into this, class 4 rapids.... we had a fabulous time, definitely recommend.
FAIRBANKS . as far as I am concerned, they could skip it. Much prefer more time at McKinley. 'they must have two different hotels that they use, we were in the one farthest from downtown. We really found nothing much to do. The
Gold Dredge and Paddle wheel trip were just OK.
Overall it was an amazing trip and the weather could not have been much better, really only one day of rain and it was a travel day. Never even got out the bug spray. Late May seems to be a great time to go to Alaska.
In addition we met many very nice people from US and Australia.