Alaska: Golden Princess Cruise Review by darightway
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We traveled in a group of 5; 1 grandparent, 3 adults in their 30's, and 1 child. I have been on 8 cruise before and went to Alaska 8 years ago.
Fast. The Seattle port workers get you on the ship very quickly.
Small, but adequate. The shower is very small and be careful with the toilets. It is easy to clog with a big #2(if you get what I'm talking about)
Day 1 At Sea:
This is the one day the boat rocked a bit. I saw water from the pool shift by one foot. Bring medicine.
It rained a lot. The guide told us that it's usually sunny 5 days a month. It's not cold, it just rains a lot so be prepared. We did a kayak paddle to the glacier and icebergs. It was amazing! You need to be in good shape to do this, so I would only recommend it if you have paddled before. It's 3 hours of paddling by yourself. Their is no guide. The town has a lot of little stores to buy cheap stuff.
It More was rainy and windy here too. We rode the train to the top of the mountain. It's nice and scenic but you won't see any animals. Afterwards we did some gold mining. That was fun for the kid, but they try to sell you all this stuff after you find some gold. They have a cheap community bus service to take you all around town, s take advantage of it.
Sunny! We took the Crab fishing town. It was great! The boat is very calm because they only go a few miles out from the dock. They took fish and threw it out in the water for 40 bald eagles to feed on. It's the most amazing site to see that many eagles fly down from the tree tops. Once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend it. Note, they only do this in late June and July. By August, the eagles migrate. You get to see them catch fish and crab, but you don't get to eat it. Booooo! Hearing the stories and meeting the people from the Deadliest Catch tv show was cool.
The food was above average but not excellent. Not having king crab was disappointing. We mainly ate in the dinning room for dinner and the buffet for breakfast and lunch. The selection is very diverse in the buffet. Most of the seafood was frozen or farmed and not local to Alaska. That was upsetting. The steaks were okay.
Excellent! My son had a lot of fun. They take your kid from the early morning to until late at night. He got a toy everyday. They had the park ranger come in and give a talk to all the kids. No captain tour though. If you want your child to take a cooking class, you need to pay extra. Sometimes, they didn't follow their pre-printed schedule, so always ask when you drop your child off. They also have pagers too.
The poker table was a computer animated system which was weird. The rest of the casino was nice and packed most of the nights.
Alaska is "scenic" cruising. If you want to party, this is not the cruise for you. You will see some amazing sites and animals if you want to but it may require you to sign up for some expensive tours. If you want to just pig out with food, you will be happy. Less