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Just got back yesterday from NCL Spirit and thought I'd post about the cruise -- this was our first cruise ever so we didn't have anything to compare it to, but we had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend the ship and the itinerary!

 

* Embarkation: didn't take too long, and all the staff were friendly and smiling. We had to do a pier pick-up since our travel documents never arrived, but it was no hassle whatsoever. Come to think of it, neither was disembarkation.

 

* Cabin: we were in 11580 (booked a GTY HH oceanview, got assigned to a cat D cabin 6500, and paid $250 pp to upgrade to a cat BA oceanview with balcony). The cabin, while small, was actually bigger than some of the hotel rooms we've been in (such as in Tokyo and Iceland)! The floor-to-ceiling glass balcony doors meant that we had a spectacular view even when the doors were shut. The balcony itself was large enough for both of us to comfortably sit out there, and quite private (unless you or your neighbor happened to stick your head out past the railing and look over). I know some people prefer to book a less expensive inside cabin since they don't plan on spending much time in their rooms, but for us, the balcony was worth every penny -- we spent a LOT of time on it or at least with the doors open. The mattress was hard, as others have said, but we were fine with it -- didn't bother asking for the egg crate mattress cover. The duvet was warm enough and there were four pillows (plus the nightly parade of towel animals, for those of you who like them -- swans, alligator, turtle, snake, elephant...). We did bring some throw-away wire hangers for clothes since there aren't that many supplied in the room. There was only one power outlet in the room but that was good enough for us.

 

* Food: we ate in Shogun (at the main restaurant, the teppanyaki room, and the sushi bar) and at Maxim's, but not Le Bistro. The sushi selection at Shogun was limited (and not the most traditional), but it satisfied our sushi cravings at sea. The main Shogun restaurant area has Thai and Chinese offerings in addition to Japanese foods like soba and tempura. At Maxim's we both had the ribeye steak and unfortunately were very disappointed -- it was probably the only disappointing meal we had the whole week, and at $20 per person, the most expensive! The steaks in the free Windows restaurant were, in my opinion, better -- less fat/gristle. However, we didn't try the lobster at Maxim's, so maybe that's the thing to get. We ate our other meals at Windows and Raffles and found them quite good, particularly dinner at Windows. Service in all the restaurant areas was very friendly and we ended up eating in Windows with Carina and Ramona a lot -- they were great. Only tried room service once -- noodle soup and grilled cheese which hit the spot when we wanted a quick snack.

 

* Weather: we had clouds and light rains on two port days (Ketchikan and Juneau) and it was warm and sunny on the other two port days (Skagway and Prince Rupert) -- and found that the weather had nothing to do with our enjoyment on any of our excursions or travels. We brought windbreakers with hoods (no umbrellas) and rain pants (to put on over our jeans if necessary) and wore layers -- and thus were warm and happy the whole time.

 

* Ketchikan: we didn't see much of the town since we had booked a two part excursion independently from Southeast Sea Kayaks. We went sea kayaking at Orca's Cove (they limit groups to six people so your group will be small and intimate) and spotted bald eagles and salmon and moon jellies. Our guide (James, a student at Univ. Alaska-Fairbanks) was very informative about the area and let the group (our was five people) set the pace. There are only two people per kayak so you can paddle to whatever interests you. After that, we went flightseeing with Ryan in a little four-seater seaplane (it was just the two of us and Ryan, the pilot/guide -- for a fabulous view of the Misty Fjords. He landed the plane a couple of times on lakes so we could check out waterfalls, etc., close up. Even though it was raining in Ketchikan, the climate was different in the Misty Fjords -- definitely worth the trip! We would definitely recommend both the trips and the companies.

 

Continued...

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* Juneau: our excursion didn't leave until the afternoon, so we walked around town a bit, stopped at the internet cafe, and then went up the Mount Roberts aerial tram. Yes, it was raining, so we didn't have much of a view from the top, but we enjoyed it anyway -- there is a little nature center up there, with a bald eagle that is being rehabilitated from an injury (great close-up views), gorgeous rainforest, and an informative short film about the native Tlingit peoples (the host at the film even teaches the audience how to speak a few words in Tlingit!). At 1 PM we left for the Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier excursion in a small, warm catamaran well equipped with binoculars and many free beverages/snacks. The crew were very knowledgable about the area and gave a lot of educational narrative as we went along. You get very close to both the north and south glaciers (much closer than the Spirit gets) and there is plenty of time for taking pictures and observing all the gorgeous waterfalls, icebergs, harbor seals, and of course the glaciers. Perhaps because of the light on/off rains, they were vivid blue in color -- really spectacular. They were also both very actively calving -- you can hear the thundering splash and then feel the delayed waves hit the boat. It's really neat seeing and hearing all the icebergs bumping up against the boat as you travel. There were mountain goats on the cliffs nearby and plenty of bird life. We got back to the Spirit just in time to catch the end of the chocolate buffet, so we ran over to grab a plate for our room...

 

* Skagway: the Freestyle Daily said that it would be "mostly cloudy" and 62 degrees -- cooler and cloudier than the previous two days when it had been raining -- so we bundled up and put our rain gear on...only to step into warm sunshine. A quick stop at a restroom and we managed to remove all the extra layers -- shorts would have been good enough for our day. We booked the White Pass Railway/Laughton Glacier Hike, so we went a couple of stops up the railway and then set off on our all-day hike with a group of 13 total cruisers plus three guides (NCL runs this excursion through Packer Expeditions). The guides were great, pointing out all the flora and fauna, telling stories about the area, and making sure that all the hikers were comfortable, safe, and well hydrated and fed. The hike is advertised as 8 miles but I think it was actually a little shorter. It did, however, include scrabbling up boulders, walking on slippery rocks, and a degree of uphill hiking, so it's not for everyone. For those who are up to such a hike, though, it was gorgeous -- the hike takes you through virgin old-growth rainforest (saw bear and moose prints, tasted wild berries), along a glacial river, through the boulders, and finally onto the tip of the Laughton glacier, where you can stand on the ice and get fabulous views of the valley. Finally, after hiking back to the starting point, you get back on the train again for more wonderful views -- and some frosty Canadian beers!

 

* Prince Rupert: Some people didn't like this port since there's not so much to do. But I think that's what makes it interesting -- it has only opened to the cruise ship this summer, and it only gets one ship a week, so it hasn't been overrun with jewelry and t-shirt shops (yet). The locals are out with their kids and dogs, waving hello and goodbye to the Spirit. We had another brilliant sunny day, and spent almost the entire time out halibut fishing. The seas were flat, we had blue skies, there were only three of us guests on the boat (they limit each halibut boat to 4-5 people, but the fourth person assigned to ours apparently didn't clear customs!), and we passed a humpback and her calf. The islands and coastline were beautiful, and bald eagles could be spotted in the trees. Too bad we didn't catch any fish! (Well, we caught some sharks and a cod, but we threw them all back) Otherwise, it was a perfect day; our guide Tom Sweet was wonderful , and all the gear, lunch, beverages, and fishing licences were provided. When we got back to dock we found that almost all (if not ALL) the other boats had caught MULTIPLE large fish -- halibut and king salmon -- it was really impressive. Oh well, I guess sometimes you are lucky in fishing and sometimes you're not...

 

* Ship activities: we didn't go to many of the shows because we liked being outside too much. But we did go to the Spanish and Tagalog language lessons, as well as the Latin Dance (Salsa and Cha Cha -- we missed the Merenge day) classes, and enjoyed them all. My parents and uncle were on the same cruise and really enjoyed the evening shows, especially Jane Powell singing. We also checked out the barbeques (hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, etc) and watched one movie in the theater. Mom utilized the library and also checked out towel folding, sushi making, and ice carving demonstrations. We visited the fitness center briefly and agreed that it would have been a good place to work out, if only we'd packed the appropriate gear (and weren't so distracted by the buffets!). Didn't use the spa or casino at all; the duty free shop was small but did have a good price for the cognac we bought (even gave us a 10% discount because the packaging was dented!).

 

Basically, we had a great time, and would recommend the cruise and these particular excursions highly. The problems we encountered (a couple of waits for dinner at Windows -- maybe the longest was ten minutes for a table for two; the subpar steaks at Maxim's -- perhaps we just had a bad cut that day; a long wait for disembarking in Prince Rupert -- don't know if this was an isolated incident or if it always takes that long in PR; we would have liked more educational lectures -- perhaps naturalists or local historians on the ship itself, etc.) were MINIMAL and shouldn't significantly bother anyone who isn't out looking for a bad time. We didn't let the rains bother us and neither should you -- it will almost definitely rain at least once during your trip since you go through RAINFOREST -- think of it as liquid sunshine and give thanks that it makes all those wonderful trees and ferns. Everybody (crew and 99% of our fellow travellers) seemed cheerful and friendly, and the ship is clean and sparkling. Like I said, this was our first cruise, so maybe we just don't know what else is out there, but we had a blast!

 

Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them! Sorry this was sooooooo long!!!

 

Matt Vanscoy, it was great meeting you on board after our cybermeeting here on Cruise Critics -- anything you'd add?

 

Also, I saved all my Freestyle Dailies as well as the Fitness Schedule and Disembarkation info, so if there is enough interest I can try to convince my boyfriend to scan them.

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:D Yay! Another positive Spirit review! (Pardon me, I'm basically a self-proclaimed Spirit cheerleader.:rolleyes: ) I think long reviews are the best--the more information you give the better.

 

We also had your problems with the Freestyle daily giving weather forecasts that were very off the mark. Especially since we had an inside cabin and couldn't check the temps without getting dressed and going outside. The only cooler weather we had was in Prince Rupert--the rest of the time it was like being in Hawaii with snow-capped mountains. :cool:

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Great review! Are you sure you're a novice cruiser? You certainly seemed to have approached it like a veteran. You must have done your homework because it shows. I go in 5 weeks but will miss out on 2 major attractions of your cruise. Jane L. Powell will have finished her engagement with NCL (I checked her website) and the Sawyer Glacier excursion finishes out the season before my cruise (it's indicated as N/A on my sailing's order form). Will just have to make the most of it and drown my sorrows at the Chocoholic's Buffet!

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Did you see any whales on your excursion to Tracy Arm? Also - did 5 hours seem like too much or were you sufficiently entertained by scenery? We are deciding between this and a couple others, leaning heavily towards this one - let me know what you like and didn't like about it when you get a chance...

 

Thanks so much!!!!

 

we are going 8/21 FYI

 

 

 

* Juneau: our excursion didn't leave until the afternoon, so we walked around town a bit, stopped at the internet cafe, and then went up the Mount Roberts aerial tram. Yes, it was raining, so we didn't have much of a view from the top, but we enjoyed it anyway -- there is a little nature center up there, with a bald eagle that is being rehabilitated from an injury (great close-up views), gorgeous rainforest, and an informative short film about the native Tlingit peoples (the host at the film even teaches the audience how to speak a few words in Tlingit!). At 1 PM we left for the Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier excursion in a small, warm catamaran well equipped with binoculars and many free beverages/snacks. The crew were very knowledgable about the area and gave a lot of educational narrative as we went along. You get very close to both the north and south glaciers (much closer than the Spirit gets) and there is plenty of time for taking pictures and observing all the gorgeous waterfalls, icebergs, harbor seals, and of course the glaciers. Perhaps because of the light on/off rains, they were vivid blue in color -- really spectacular. They were also both very actively calving -- you can hear the thundering splash and then feel the delayed waves hit the boat. It's really neat seeing and hearing all the icebergs bumping up against the boat as you travel. There were mountain goats on the cliffs nearby and plenty of bird life. We got back to the Spirit just in time to catch the end of the chocolate buffet, so we ran over to grab a plate for our room...

 

* Skagway: the Freestyle Daily said that it would be "mostly cloudy" and 62 degrees -- cooler and cloudier than the previous two days when it had been raining -- so we bundled up and put our rain gear on...only to step into warm sunshine. A quick stop at a restroom and we managed to remove all the extra layers -- shorts would have been good enough for our day. We booked the White Pass Railway/Laughton Glacier Hike, so we went a couple of stops up the railway and then set off on our all-day hike with a group of 13 total cruisers plus three guides (NCL runs this excursion through Packer Expeditions). The guides were great, pointing out all the flora and fauna, telling stories about the area, and making sure that all the hikers were comfortable, safe, and well hydrated and fed. The hike is advertised as 8 miles but I think it was actually a little shorter. It did, however, include scrabbling up boulders, walking on slippery rocks, and a degree of uphill hiking, so it's not for everyone. For those who are up to such a hike, though, it was gorgeous -- the hike takes you through virgin old-growth rainforest (saw bear and moose prints, tasted wild berries), along a glacial river, through the boulders, and finally onto the tip of the Laughton glacier, where you can stand on the ice and get fabulous views of the valley. Finally, after hiking back to the starting point, you get back on the train again for more wonderful views -- and some frosty Canadian beers!

 

* Prince Rupert: Some people didn't like this port since there's not so much to do. But I think that's what makes it interesting -- it has only opened to the cruise ship this summer, and it only gets one ship a week, so it hasn't been overrun with jewelry and t-shirt shops (yet). The locals are out with their kids and dogs, waving hello and goodbye to the Spirit. We had another brilliant sunny day, and spent almost the entire time out halibut fishing. The seas were flat, we had blue skies, there were only three of us guests on the boat (they limit each halibut boat to 4-5 people, but the fourth person assigned to ours apparently didn't clear customs!), and we passed a humpback and her calf. The islands and coastline were beautiful, and bald eagles could be spotted in the trees. Too bad we didn't catch any fish! (Well, we caught some sharks and a cod, but we threw them all back) Otherwise, it was a perfect day; our guide Tom Sweet was wonderful (he also does other fishing trips including multiple-day trips, if anyone is interested -- tnsweet@citytel.net or 250-627-7699), and all the gear, lunch, beverages, and fishing licences were provided. When we got back to dock we found that almost all (if not ALL) the other boats had caught MULTIPLE large fish -- halibut and king salmon -- it was really impressive. Oh well, I guess sometimes you are lucky in fishing and sometimes you're not...

 

* Ship activities: we didn't go to many of the shows because we liked being outside too much. But we did go to the Spanish and Tagalog language lessons, as well as the Latin Dance (Salsa and Cha Cha -- we missed the Merenge day) classes, and enjoyed them all. My parents and uncle were on the same cruise and really enjoyed the evening shows, especially Jane Powell singing. We also checked out the barbeques (hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, etc) and watched one movie in the theater. Mom utilized the library and also checked out towel folding, sushi making, and ice carving demonstrations. We visited the fitness center briefly and agreed that it would have been a good place to work out, if only we'd packed the appropriate gear (and weren't so distracted by the buffets!). Didn't use the spa or casino at all; the duty free shop was small but did have a good price for the cognac we bought (even gave us a 10% discount because the packaging was dented!).

 

Basically, we had a great time, and would recommend the cruise and these particular excursions highly. The problems we encountered (a couple of waits for dinner at Windows -- maybe the longest was ten minutes for a table for two; the subpar steaks at Maxim's -- perhaps we just had a bad cut that day; a long wait for disembarking in Prince Rupert -- don't know if this was an isolated incident or if it always takes that long in PR; we would have liked more educational lectures -- perhaps naturalists or local historians on the ship itself, etc.) were MINIMAL and shouldn't significantly bother anyone who isn't out looking for a bad time. We didn't let the rains bother us and neither should you -- it will almost definitely rain at least once during your trip since you go through RAINFOREST -- think of it as liquid sunshine and give thanks that it makes all those wonderful trees and ferns. Everybody (crew and 99% of our fellow travellers) seemed cheerful and friendly, and the ship is clean and sparkling. Like I said, this was our first cruise, so maybe we just don't know what else is out there, but we had a blast!

 

Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them! Sorry this was sooooooo long!!!

 

Matt Vanscoy, it was great meeting you on board after our cybermeeting here on Cruise Critics -- anything you'd add?

 

Also, I saved all my Freestyle Dailies as well as the Fitness Schedule and Disembarkation info, so if there is enough interest I can try to convince my boyfriend to scan them.

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Did you see any whales on your excursion to Tracy Arm?

 

I didn't do that excursion but my brother and sister-in-law did--they saw a humpback whale; it hung out with their boat for quite a while. They raved about that excursion so much that I feel I can recommend it. :)

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Thanks, Muffin, for the great review!! Glad you had such a wonderful time on your first cruise, and believe me, you'll be wanting to plan your second soon.

 

I'm so happy to read such positive things about the Spirit and can hardly wait until we sail on her in November. I was wondering about the Shogun - what is the teppanyaki room - what type of food do they serve there?

 

I'm looking forward to the specialty restaurants and hope that your unfortunate experience at Maxim's was due to a bad night :rolleyes:

 

Thanks again for your review.

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Muffin210,

Really good review. You did 3 of the tours I am planning right now, though idependently. Would you recommend the kayaking at Orca Point, the Tracy's Arm excursion and the hiking again? I've talked with the operators and just need to make up my mind on them.

 

THanks.

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Outstanding review!!! We are booked for the Inside Passage next July on the Spirit, and are having a ball doing the planning. Never been on a cruise before, so we really appreciate people like you sharing their views and giving all the good information.

 

A few questions if you don't mind. Re the duty free store, can you buy bottled alcohol there (or any other place on the ship) to consume in your room? We don't really want to have to try sneaking a bottle on board if we can buy on the ship for a semi-reasonable price. Second, and I know that this might seem silly to some, but what quality TP do they supply in the rooms? Is it that single ply sandpaper, or something more user friendly? Lastly, another couple is going with us, and the huband is about 6'5". How much discomfort can he expect in the "downsized" beds, etc?

 

OBG

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hey there - can't speak on the TP on this cruise specifically, but on others on NCL it was completely fine and not the real cheap stuff. re: the alcohol, you can buy stuff on board in the duty free store, but it will be given to you the day before you leave, you can't take it to consume in your room. This also goes for any alcohol you may buy in port. So, you will be forced to try and sneak some on if you want to have some in your room. If you can get by with just one kind and its clear, just try bringing it on in a water bottle as you walk onto the ship.

 

"Re the duty free store, can you buy bottled alcohol there (or any other place on the ship) to consume in your room? We don't really want to have to try sneaking a bottle on board if we can buy on the ship for a semi-reasonable price. "

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I thought toilet paper was perfectly fine on the Spirit; it was not cheap 1-ply.

 

TonisZ is right about the alcohol.

 

My husband did fine in the bed (he's 6'2") and I heard no complaints.

 

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Thanks very much for the detailed review. I've cruised to Alaska twice (most recently on NCL's Sky, now the POA) and can't wait to go again. Glad to hear that your cruise was mostly enjoyable.

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Hi everyone, thanks for all the feedback. I'm just getting around to answering some of your questions...

 

 

TonisZ, we loved the Tracy Arm excursion (booked thru NCL)! At first, my boyfriend and I were skeptical -- it takes about two hours to get over to the glaciers. But along the way there is great scenery, plus there are bald eagles, birds, mountain goats, seals, etc., to keep you interested. We didn't see any whales that particular day but maybe they get seen on other days. Apparently there have even been puffin sightings this year! The boat stopped right next to one of the beautiful waterfalls along the way, and then it got close to both the north and south Sawyer glaciers (when I say close, I think it's about 1/4 mile away, since it's not safe to get any closer -- apparently ice chunks can break loose underwater and rocket up to the surface of the water, and you don't want to be in a boat that's in the way!). There are colorful icebergs floating everywhere (some of them are so blue that it looks completely fake). Inside the boat, you can graze on the free snacks and drinks (sorry, no alcohol or soda...but hot chocolate, coffee, water, etc). They provide plenty of binoculars and there is a naturalist on board to help explain the glaciers, the rock formations, name the different types of birds, etc. I was surprised how much fun the tour turned out to be -- I would definitely recommend it and would even consider doing it again.

 

Lib0007, the Shogun restaurant has three separate dining areas. The sushi bar is open for dinner and also at lunchtime on the two sea days. They do a sushi demo on the first sea day so you can check it out and get a free sample or two! They charge $2 for a serving (= 2 pieces) of sushi or sashimi for things like hamachi (yellowtail), maguro (tuna), sake (salmon), ebi (cooked shrimp), unagi (cooked eel) etc. They don't have anything exotic like uni or amaebi. There are also hand rolls and cut rolls (spicy tuna, California, Asian California that comes with mango instead of avocado, etc) and they can make rolls to order and can accomodate vegetarians. The rolls are $1-2 apiece (cut rolls have six pieces per order). You can also get combos but I don't think it's any better than just picking out the individual orders that you want. The main dining room has a selection of Asian foods, like tempura, soba, Thai chicken soup, Chinese hot and sour soup, peking duck, etc. For the $12.50 cover charge you get to pick out items that you want. The teppanyaki room seats about 12 people total around a central grill. You get to pick out what meat(s) you want (such as scallops, steak, and shrimp) and the chef cooks them to order in front of you. You also all get miso soup, salad, fried rice, and ice cream (green tea or coconut). The meats come with plenty of garlic and butter. The prices vary depending on what meat or meats you choose.

 

kkorman, we enjoyed sea kayaking in Orca's Cove (via Southeast Sea Kayaks). I think the group is much smaller than what you can book through NCL, plus there are only two people per kayak. I mentioned the Tracy Arm NCL excursion above. The hike to Laughton Glacier in Skagway (also booked via NCL) was amazing; there is so much lush plantlife, and there's always the chance of spotting large mammals (or at least their tracks). If you do the same hike we did, be prepared with good hiking shoes and bring sunscreen! We didn't wear our insect spray and didn't get any bites (normally I am a mosquito magnet). The trail is slippery at points and the approach to the glacier involves a lot of annoying hiking on and around boulders and loose rocks, which can be hard on the knees and ankles (or your butt, if you fall!). The guides provided us with walking staffs, sandwiches, nuts, chocolate bars, and bottles of water; they carry rain gear and all sorts of other equipment with them in their own packs. If you do a lot of hiking and aren't bothered by the rocks or getting a little muddy, you will love this trail. Amazing vistas, lush greenery, beautiful wildflowers and tasty wild berries...and all that incredible fresh air. So yes, I'd recommend all three excursions!

OldBaldGuy, the duty free shop will sell you bottled alcohol but you can't take possession of it until the night before you dock in Seattle. So I guess you could party in your cabin that last night, but you won't be able to drink it the rest of the time. On the first or second night, however, they were giving out free samples! They had a few (five?) different bottles open to taste. If you're looking for free drinks, you can also hit the art auctions, because I believe that at least one or two of them provided free champagne (I didn't check them out, though). As for the TP, it was middle-of-the-road...not the roughest, thinnest stuff I've ever seen, but not the fluffiest, either. I think it was just fine. And about the beds...I don't know if your 6'5" friend will be uncomfortable, since I'm only 5'5"...my 6'1" boyfriend didn't think it was a problem. The toilet, however, might be another thing entirely...there isn't much room for your knees, so be prepared! (Great shower, though)

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Oh, just thought of something else to add. On our disembarkation day, we had some time to kill before heading to the airport (we had breakfast on board and then left about 9:20 AM). Since we'd made our own travel arrangements, we didn't have anything in particular to do before our flight. We went next door to the concierge and checked our luggage in for $3 a bag (they will hold them until 3:30 PM). They also arranged for a towncar to take us to the airport at 3:30. In the meantime, we walked over to Pike's Market to check out all the fish, fresh produce (should've bought some fruit for the plane ride), and flowers; hit a gelato place right near the Market; walked back to the pier areas and saw an IMAX movie and toured the Seattle aquarium (nice otter exhibit), and got lunch at Elliott's on Pier 56 (manila clams, a dozen mixed oysters, fresh grilled salmon, and local microbrew beer...yum). Didn't need to rent a car or board a bus for any of this...so if you have a few hours to kill, consider checking these places out!

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Thanks for the info. Guess we will have to bring along a bottle of water "with some kick to it." One thing I just thought of...we are going to have a third person (adult) in our cabin, got any idea what the bunks for a third party are like? I have seen pics of fold down from the wall bunks on some ships, sofa bed things on others. Don't know what our room number is going to be yet, so can't do any searching on those 411 type sites. We figure on little or no privacy, but we can work around that...

 

OBG

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OBG, I was curious about the same thing - we have a Cat E cabin on Deck 5 and I was wondering whether our son would sleep on an overhead bunk or a sofabed. If anyone knows, I'd appreciate it - also do the overhead bunks have railings for restless little sleepers? And is it directly over the twin bunks if they are made into one bed?

 

My husband probably won't be happy if I make him sleep in the overhead bunk due to fear that my son will fall out of bed LOL!

 

Muffin, thanks for the description of the Shogun. I should start a diet now to prepare for 9 days of big eating.

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In our room (cat BA oceanview w/balcony), there was a queen bed and a separate sofabed. I think other rooms were configured differently, though, so it will depend on what room you get assigned. Once your room is assigned, you can always call NCL to find out the room details, and see if you can get reassigned if necessary.

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