My hubby and I took our first cruise ever for our 30th wedding anniversary. We decided to head to Alaska since we had always wanted to go. We were not disappointed with any part of the cruise.
The food was great whether we ate in the Horizon Court or in Bernini's restaurant or the international cafe. We chose anytime dining and only had to wait one night for a table. All of the waiters were excellent and made us feel like royalty. We purchased a coffee card on the first day and really enjoyed the specialty coffees. They also have several virgin drinks available in any of the lounges, and since we really don't drink much it was a real treat.
The entertainment was top notch! We made a point to catch all of the shows taking place in the theatre and were impressed with all of the productions that the princess singers and dancers put on.
We also spent time in the lounges, kind of hopped around between them and got a chance to hear some great entertainment and kick up our heels! Wow! What a great time we had burning off some calories!
I had researched anything and everything about the ship for several months in advance, however nothing can compare to our first glimpse of the Piazza! So beautiful! We spent as much time as we could in the area, taking in the entertainment and relaxing with coffee or drink from the bar, or just people watching. I have to say that when Princess talks about the Piazza being the heart of the ship, in my opinion, it truly is! I can't think of a better way to relax and unwind. It is my favorite part of the ship.
We had such a great time in each of the ports. We were not disappointed with any of the excursions we chose. We went to the Totem State Park and Lumberjack show in Ketchikan. We went to the Mendenhall Glacier, Museum, and Rain Forest Garden in Juneau. Our favorite was the White Hill Summit railroad trip in Skagway. We also took a city tour while in port and then did some shopping downtown before returning to the ship. Victoria is such an gorgeous place! We took a tour of the area and went to see the Craigdarroch castle. What a treat! The Tracy Arm Fjord is a absolutely beautiful place! We live in Wyoming and spend time in the mountains, but there is something special about being so close to such magnificence! The water was pristine, and the water falls were innumerable.
I remember telling my husband, since we did not want to purchase a whale watching tour, due to the expense, that the only thing that could top everything we had already seen and done, was to see some whales. Well we got our wish on the sea travel between Skagway and Victoria. We were on the port side of the ship on our balcony and we were traveling in a channel that is well known for Humpback Whale. We spent about an hour watching with our eyes and our binoculars about 15 or 20 humpbacks. They showed us their dorsal fins and their tales! We also saw Orca earlier in the voyage. They are awesome creatures.
I have to say that this will not be our only cruise! We would like to go back to Alaska, but we have already reserved a cruise on the Royal Princess in October 2014 to Canada/New England. I so wish I could go on another cruise between now and then, but have to thankful I can go again at all.
I have read other reviews making comments on the age of the Golden Princess. I think she is beautiful! They have taken very good care of her. I would like to cruise on her again, it would feel like home!
Princess cruises really takes care of you, the cruiser, and would not hesitate to recommend them or an Alaska cruise to anyone that will listen!