As a bit of summary, we did this cruise with extended family totaling 14 people from age 11 through mid-70's. We had 4 mini-suites on the starboard side of deck 11 (11034 - 11040), and two inside rooms (11053 and 11037). My wife and I were in 11036 with my teen sons across the hall in 11037. My daughter (11) was sharing 11053 with her grandmother. My brother's family of 4 had a connecting room to my parents, and one of their boys slept in "grandpa's room" for the trip (except for when he bunked with my boys one night). I "owned" 6 of the travelers throughout the trip, my family of 5 (DS15, DS17, DD11) and my MIL.
Overall we had an awesome trip. The weather stunk in AK most of the time, but that didn't keep us from enjoying ourselves. We had good rain jackets and got plenty of use out of them The unfortunate part of this is that most of my pictures look like they were shot in a fog bank....which they sorta were I guess. Oh well...you'll get the idea at least.
The ship was beautiful, the crew wonderful, and Alaska stunning (even with the bad weather). Our rooms were large and comfortable, albeit a bit noisy from above (as described in these forums by others). We also had a very full ship - over 2,800 passengers - with many families on board. This worked very well for my teen boys (15 and 17) because they developed tons of new friendships, but it certainly was not a quiet cruise.
Enough of the introduction I guess. Time for the journey...
Jewel Alaska 2012: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1684157
Epic Western Caribbean 2010: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1246585
Carnival Paradise 2011: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1468875
Epic "hull" cabin info: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1522322
Epic uncovered balcony info: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1523109
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