Wonderful vacation and cruise: Island Princess Cruise Review by masterchiefret
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Wonderful vacation and cruise
Ship (Island Princess) left on time (transferred about 500 people from the train to the ship, even though it was late). First day was cruising Hubbard Bay (nothing spectacular) while the second day was cruising Glacier Bay - spent about an hour and half sitting a mile from the tip of the glacier. Had about a dozen and a half instances where ice fell off the glacier into the bay - again AWESOME to both SEE and HEAR (and record). You would see the ice break loose first and then hear a following sound that resembled a "crack of lightning" hitting next to you (or a sharp rifle shot). By the time you heard that you would already be seeing the ice hitting the water in the bay causing large splashes and then you would "hear" that - it sounded like a low pitch rumble or deep rolling thunder. Finally you'd see a ripple effect from the ice hitting the water - we were fortunate enough as I said to see that happen on about 18 separate occasions in that hour an half. Did not do any tours in our 3 stops along the inward passage as we done something on our previous cruise (Sun Princess - Seattle-to-Seattle back in 2006). The cruise was to mostly just "relax" and have a peaceful and enjoyable week - which we did.
You'll NOTE - I gave the Dining only a 2-star rating - we were both fairly disappointed with not only the variety of the food offered in the main dining room (ate 2nd seating) but also our wait staff were very aloof and not very attentive. On all our "other cruises" by the second nite they would know and call us by our first name, and have our little whims and wishes known - i.e., extra butter, shrimp in the caesar salad, refills of tea and water, etc., - this group that tended our table (and I must say the others they were also responsible for) were below par from all the rest of our experiences. Also, the food offered in the cafe "overall" was not that great - and the variety again was not that abundant. They did offer a lot variety there during lunches of "fish" which "I" enjoyed - however, they also had various pre-cut cold-cut type of sandwiches available and some which were "wrapped" (chicken and tuna) which we felt were not very appealing or appetizing - compared to Carnival's "Deli Station" where they cook up/make up fresh sandwiches to order while you wait - NO comparison, Carnival tops all the way. Also, the Pizza cooking location - on the outside near the pool was not as good at that on Carnival. (I must say both my wife and I agree that the food quality and variety we've experienced on all our Carnival cruises far exceeded that of what we had on this particular cruise.)
Our steward (Wilson) was exceptional - he ALWAYS had a "Hi and Hello" how are you attitude and smile on his face (miss the little nitely animals that the stewards on Carnival do - ha-ha). He kept our room immaculate. In addition, all the shows we went to were EXCELLENT - especially the one call BAYOU. The nite of that show it was done 3 times - we seen the last one, had we known about it - we would have done what we heard several folks say - gone to see it all 3 times - was WONDERFUL - do NOT miss it.
The "overall" rating of 4 obviously reflects and is because of the dining experiences (both in the service as well as the variety and quality) we had. Less
Cabin review: BEB319 Balcony
Believe the bathroom space - in particular the shower - was noticeably smaller than what we recall on our 2 previous cruises with Princess and definitely a bit smaller than those on the Carnival cruises we've taken. Of note, all but one of our cruises have been on similar size ships - approx 88,000 tons, one was on a 110,000-113,000 ton ship (Princess). There was a hand holding bar placed in the center of one of the shower walls which "took away" from the available room you had in the shower to fully move around and feel comfortable.Read All Balcony (BE) Reviews >>