Each cabin has two doors--a screen door and a wooden door--and a screened window. All passenger cabins open to the outside perimeter deck and are found either on the skiff deck or the main deck. For our early August cruise, we latched the wooden door back and left the screen open at night when sleeping. Although the ship has both heat and air conditioning, we thought it was great to sleep in the fresh, clean Alaska air!
Entering the cabin, the first things I noticed were the lovely mahogany wooden vanity and wardrobe closet. Mahogany also trims the beds. The next thing I noticed were the two nice ball caps with The Boat Company logo for us to keep. The closet has plenty of room to hang up some clothes and three large drawers. Another large drawer is under the bed. The vanity has a mirror and four drawers. A large shelf next to the bed can be used to store cameras, computer, etc. All cabins have a set of binoculars available for the passengers to use during the week.
The bath was surprisingly large, especially the shower. The bath has two bright lights--one overhead and a strip of others over the mirror. The water pressure was excellent, and we had plenty of hot water. The tap water is potable and there is some storage under the sink. The bathroom has a hair dryer and luxury toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, and lotion).
There is no room to store suitcases, so duffel bags work best. We used the upper bunk to store the bags and our jackets and hats. Towels are changed only on Wednesday, and sheets are changed once a week, so don't throw your towels on the floor of the bathroom!
Packing for Mist Cove Cruise
After you have booked your cruise on the Mist Cove, The Boat Company sends out a packet with an excellent list of FAQs, including packing suggestions. Calf- or knee-high rubber boots are a must when going ashore, and you will need to bring your own. We bought cheap ones at a local farm store, and they worked fine. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes will also be needed. Those who want to fly fish may want to bring waders, although we fished one day with just our boots.
The ship is very casual, and dressing in blue jeans and layers seemed to be the daily attire. It can be cold when riding in the skiffs. I wore my zip-up, hooded sweat shirt almost every day, and it was perfect for our cool weather conditions. A warm jacket, hat, long underwear, and sunglasses are needed for glacier day. (It's cold near the glacier!) Since Southeast Alaska is a rain forest, rain gear is a must. The Mist Cove does not have laundry service, but does have a communal clothes drying locker that dries wet gear very quickly.
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