We traveled with two other couples which was the perfect size for this trip. The highlights were many. Halibut fishing and dropping crab pots was a lot of fun and provided some great eats. We had cool days, 57-60 with clouds and some rain all week but it didn't bother us at all. We saw loads of humpback whales, some doing bubble net feeding, which is really cool to see. There were Orcas, Dall Porpoises, seals and salmon jumping by the hundreds all over. Only one bear but they are out there all over. And of course, bald eagles everywhere.
The ports were okay. Baranof Springs was top of the list. An amazing waterfall coming into the bay and a 105-degree hot spring that you can walk to and relax in. Tenakee was okay and nice to see but there is little to do. We arrived when everything was closed too. Captain Jim seemed to know everyone in town. Pop 65. Hoonah is a bigger town with a cruise ship port. There were some gift shops and such and was a nice way station to boil our crabs for dinner.
Tim the first mate was a force of nature. He took care of everything for us from baiting our poles and crab pots, cooking most meals and generally working his butt off. Captain Jim put us up close and personal to Orcas and Humpbacks. Something you can't get on a big ship.
So, it was a great trip. But, be aware, this is not a luxury yacht. It's comfortable with small cabins, except the master, and small bathrooms. Showering is an adventure. If it's windy you will be moving around a lot so be prepared in case you get seasick easily. None of us did and we had a couple that get motion sickness.
The food was good but don't expect big cruise ship gourmet dinners. Having said that, cooking your own fresh halibut and crab doesn't get any better. Prime rib night is darn good too. Oh, and you can hop in the galley anytime and cook up a storm. We did so for lunch one day and made crab cakes to die for.