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Mary

Age: 31

Occupation:teacher

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-06-11

Itinerary: Alaska

I would go on this cruise again, although I would probably leave from Vancouver and take the longer one through the passage avoiding the Pacific Ocean. .

The food was pretty good. No complaints about the quality. It was often hard to find seating in the Windjammer so that was frustrating. The food was fairly consistent with buffet styles and there was always a choice of some kind of Indian food both on the menu in the dining room as well as in the Windjammer. Not sure why. Dinner was always good.

We stayed in the Royal Family Suite which was on the 8th floor on the starboard (right) side. It was a little smaller than we thought it was going to be. The second bedroom was like a closet with no tv or anything. The sofabed turned into a type of pullout bed but was VERY hard. We asked for additional comforters to put on the bed to make it sleepable. The main bedroom was very nice. The chairs on the balcony were nice wickerstyle and were comfortable.

The activities were somewhat lame-o. I guess as I was one of like 4 single people on the cruise that has some effect There was a good amount of younger people but most were in couples or married- literally no single people. The dancing at night would have been more fun. Most areas were cleared out early leaving us trolling about trying to find something to do. Many of the activities that I wanted to do were weirdly during port times. We went to the line dance lessons and the wine tasting(paid extra for it). There always seemed to be an art auction going on but whatever.

Seattle- do the Ducks tour. We stayed at the Mayflower Park hotel right in the middle of downtown. We took the light rail straight to the hotel. From that area, you can walk to the Public Market or take the Monorail to the Space Needle. I would advise eating at the restaurant in the Needle. You have to order $25 worth of food but you get free admission to the observation deck. A trip just to the top is $17 so it is well worth it. It was a perfect location and awesome historic hotel.

Juneau- We took a cab to the Mendenhall Glacier. We were able to stay on our own time and not feel rushed. Definitely walk to the waterfall (mostly flat) as it is well worth it. There is a saloon in town that is full of cruisers so I wanted to avoid the tourist traps at all costs. Next to a parking garage across from the saloon is a crab shack (it is a shack with outside tables). We ate the most delicious crab bisque. It was well worth us freezing as we devoured and licked our bowls. There is also a crepe stand- We got one with Nutella and strawberries. Delish! Most of the stores were crap and had crap in them. Very hard to find authentic things.

Skagway- We took a bus ride on White Pass. Great scenery and we had a great driver. Lots of opportunities to get off and take pictures. The town is very small and again filled with crap stores. Do go to the brewery and try the Pine Spruce Tip beer. Very good and cool atmosphere.

Victoria- We did the Butchart Gardens, wine and chocolate tour. Oh my gosh- words cannot express how beautiful the gardens were. I have never seen anything like it. We were there for 2 hours and had to run back to the bus to make it on time. You have to go there. From the gardens, we went to a local winery and did a wine tasting matching it with chocolates. We were given a voucher to try another glass of any of the wines. The winery was awesome and was one of the favorite things we did.



We left Seattle with great weather. Sometime during that first night we started hearing horrendous banging in the second bedroom with the pulldown bed really vibrating from the motion. We hit VERY rough seas- actually we were just going against the wind. By the time I got out of bed, I was sick as were lots of other people. They installed barf bags on all the stairwells and there was a barf patrol cleaning up puke all day. There was also a lot of puke in the public bathrooms. Doors would not stay open and would slam. It was also the first formal night- they took waiters off dining room duty to serve room service because it was pretty empty. We didn't really dress up. Dishes were falling over and crashing. I have been on other cruises, but never experienced anything like that.

Once we hit the Inside Passage about 24 hours later- everything was fine from there on in. The captain was great and very personable. The entertainment was good- thoroughly enjoyed the last night- not for kids FYI. Our dining room staff was amazing. The waiters and room attendants were amazing- probably the best I have experienced. It was interesting talking to them and finding out about their lives. The Sawyer Glacier was beautiful. Get up and get outside to see it. Our room was on the starboard side so as the ship rotated to exit the fjord we had a full on view from our balcony of the glacier.

Debarkation was a bit of a nightmare. The have the express time but it wasn't really express since like 900 people were trying to leave with all their luggage. There was not a single employee found to expedite or explain where to go or line up. My friend had an early flight so she asked about it and was told to go to another line. If she hadn't asked, she never would have made it. We waited for about 30 min past our call time in our designated spot and decided to leave- gettng lucky as they had just unloaded our luggage.

Despite the one truly awful sea day, we had a great time. The sights are amazing and well worth the trip. The staff was fabulous as well and made everything run smoothly.

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