Great scenery, not so great ship: Golden Princess Cruise Review by joew44
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Great scenery, not so great ship
The food especially in the main dinning room was inferior. Poor quality ingredients, careless preparation, indifferent service. The buffet had great fruit but the vegetables, meats, cheese, and fish were inferior. Since it was an Alaskan cruise we expected good salmon. Instead we got the lowest cheapest grade of salmon and the other fish and meat was similar. Always cheap low quality....never high quality. It was like they went out of their way to get the cheapest ingredients Deserts were sub par. Little real chocolate...cheap ingredients, margarine and cool whip instead of butter and cream.
The cabin steward was attentive but otherwise the staff just did the minimum and seemed stressed out and burned out. Definitely not a fun cruise.
The ship seemed tired. The cabin was worn. Many of the seats in the ship were More uncomfortable with sagging cushions. The entertainment was inferior except the comedian. The cruise director never stayed around to talk with the passengers.
The food on Celebrity last year thru the Panama Canal was vastly superior.
Shipboard activities were lame. Warning....the fitness center seminar on back pain was just a hard sell for overpriced shoe inserts. Princess turned the fitness center people into hard sell salesmen. The entire ship was that way. Selling all the time...very few FUN activities. The "naturalist" on board wasn't good. She mainly talked about herself and tried to sell her books. Not very informative or educational.
Greatly disappointed in Princess. We will not go on Princess again. Only good feature, lots of pools and hot tubs. The enclosed pool was nice but for the Alaskan cruise don't expect the enclosed area to be warm. It was at near outside temp. It did have the advantage of being sheltered from wind and sun.
Cabin review: BF Balcony
Balcony nice for Alaska. Good adequate but worn. Carpets especially should have been replaced. Some mold and off smells. Bed not comfortable.Read All Balcony (BF) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Comfortable bus to glacier. Tour guide was from Utah and just working Juneau for the Summer. His commentary wasn't that interesting.
The glacier was amazing. Definitely a must see for an Alaskan cruise.
Katchikan attractive city with friendly people. The duck tour was perfect for us since we got to see the town and the harbor. Nice seats on duck and comfortable ride. Tour guide was enjoyable and fun.
Duck felt very safe in the water.
Local driver with great information about Alaska and Skagway and the Gold Rush. Scenery nice....not as spectacular as Glacier but very interesting. Town of Skagway attractive and historic. Ship docks right next to town.
Nice having a year round local driver who enjoyed talking about year round life in Skagway as well as knowledge of the area and history.