Technically, our vacation isn't quite over as we're sitting in the Seattle Airport. Our flight is already a couple of hours delayed, so who knows when we'll actually be back in DC. Still, we're off the boat, so for all intents and purposes, we're back to reality.
All in all, the cruise really went great. We continue to be impressed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and their Freestyle Cruising schtick. The ports were all great, with Skagway being my favorite and Juneau being the one that least matched my expectations (the rain, I'm sure, didn't help). We were promised amazing views, and NCL delivered. The fact that the ports were such small towns helped make the relatively short stay there a lot more bearable. The only exception to this was Victoria, where I'd love to return for a couple of days of exploring the town.
The entertainment on the ship was solid. Second City, while funny, did more or less the same act we saw 4 years ago. But, the juggler/comedian was great, and the Frankie Valli tribute band was surprisingly fun to listen to. The food was good, and I ate myself into a food coma nearly every meal.
This really was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. If you've never cruised before, you really should check it out. It's got something for everyone.
Here's a small fraction of the photos we took this trip. Hope you enjoy!