I'm sailing on the July 6th departure of the Infinity and wondering about the SS United States. Is this a 'don't miss' experience? If so, is there any particular evening that is better to go than others? And finally - if I make a reservation now - do I have the option of cancelling it once I board the ship?
Yes, it is a 'must-see'. Yes, you can make the reservation ahead and then cancel if you decide. The night depends upon your preference. Some people like to go there on the formal nights (Saturday and Wednesday) since they are dressing up anyway. Others don't want to miss out on the formal nights with their 'tablemates' in the dining room. And of course, you may not want to miss the baked Alaska (Wednesday night). And...it depends upon whether you would prefer not to miss some of the hours in port. (Infinity stays late in Juneau [Sunday], Skagway [Monday], and Wednesday [Ketchikan]. In that case, you may want to chose Tuesday, since that is the Hubbard Glacier day and you are well out of the glacier sightseeing by mid-afternoon, with penty of time to get dressed up for the 'SS'. Hope this helps.