1st time cruising: Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Spot649
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1st time cruising
Boarding in Vancouver was a breeze, once on board we were settled in our Stateroom and set out to find our way around, the Treasure hunt helped a great deal.
The Princess Patter that arrived everyday was a great way for us to find out what was on for the sea days and also what to plan for when we were returning from excursions.
To us the food was great, and Horizon court was the best for breakfast and lunch, with the Pacific Moon and Santa Fe filling in the rest, although we did have dinner a couple of times at Horizon, usually on Excursion days when we got back tired and didn't want to sit in a dining room setting.
I will take issue with the claim that Internet is only ".35" per minute, that is only if you spend an initial $200 for a plan, the normal is .79 per minute so beware!! We purchased 90 minutes for $69 and that was sufficient as More we were trying to escape modern technology, and only used it for updating family.
Same thing for cell phones, ipad etc, be very careful or you may get a rude awakening when you get your next bill.
I have to say that the only reason that this cruise was great was because of the staff, to say they are great is an understatement. They go out of their way to make sure that the folks on board have a wonderful time and Princess should thank their lucky stars that they have these dedicated people.
All in all we had a great 1st cruise and if we do it again will not hesitate to use Princess. Less
Cabin review: EEE119
Cabin E119 is a stateroom with a rectangle window that looks out over the Starboard side it is well appointed for the size and has an adequate bathroom, plenty of closet space, a cupboard with plenty of shelves and a safe for storage of passport, money etc.It is located over the Princess Theatre, but there was no noise except for the last night before we arrived in Vancouver, but even that was muffled to a point that it didn't bother us.Because it is located forward toward the bow there is very little noise, and when you wake in the morning you wonder if you are even moving.The only complaint that we had was that the bed was like sleeping on a board but a word to our Room steward produced a piece of foam that made it a bit better, but really Princess for a "luxury" ship you might think about pillow top mattresses on your next refit.
Port and Shore Excursions
Got a real eyeopener at the Hatchery, never have I seen so many Salmon in one place, could have walked across them in the mouth of the hatchery there were so many, then off to the Glacier, beautiful area and fascinating presentation by the Rangers,didn't make the walk to the waterfall for health reasons but wish I could have.
Then off the the Salmon BBQ, the highlight of the day, the food was amazing, the music was great, and then the stroll up the spawning creek to the waterfall was a nice finish to a beautiful day, highly recommend this one.
Historical Ketchikan & Creek Street Walking Tour, one fun tour given by Joe an Alaskan native who is a third generation who has been giving these tours for some 22 years and along with an amazing knowledge and a great sense of humor gives one of the most entertaining tours that my wife and I have been on.
Because we were on a 14 day cruise and had done excursions on the Northward leg of the Cruise we had not booked anything for the southern leg and so we took a fun tour of Ketchikan in an amphibious vehicle and it also goes into the water down a boat ramp for a view of Ketchikan harbor, it is 90 mins long and the fellow that we had was humorous and knowledgeable about the area
Skagway Street Car City Tour was raised from the normal tour to a tour with so much fun and it was all because of "Charity" she says it's her real name lol.
She makes this tour because of her down to earth attitude and love of the area, a must do in Skagway.