Island Princess Cruise Review by James M: Alaskan Cruise
Member Since 2013
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I've read numerous reviews regarding the Island Princess, its appearance, its staff, the quality and variety of food available; both in the dining rooms and at the Horizon Court Buffet.
I wonder if the less than positive comments have come from people who have sailed on a different ship than I did.
For 14 days from Labor Day through September 16, 2013 our family was pampered and spoiled by the most incredible staff of professionals anyone could hope to come across. We did not find the "rust" or dated appearances that others seem to notice. We were on a ship that while not brand new was certainly not old by any sense of the word. Nor was it nothing but a huge floating resort with 20 swimming pools and too many specialty restaurants to describe that moved from port to port during the night. It was as accurately described a beautiful cruise ship.
The meals were expertly prepared from morning until night. The quality of everything was unsurpassed. Even though More the menu was repeated during the second week of our cruise there was enough variety that no one had to enjoy the same meal twice if they did not wish to do so. Fruits and vegetables were expertly prepared and the pastries would rival any French bakery.
Meats and fish were tender and fresh. Every dish was beautifully presented whether it be the appetizer, soup, or main course. Desserts were creations to be admired for several minutes before devouring them.
It would be difficult to improve upon what we all felt was perfection to begin with from our first meal to our last Less
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Cabin review: Island Princess C203
Perfect location, great mini-suite with more than enough room for 2 people. Tub shower was perfect for someone who has a little difficulty moving around in just a shower stall. Very quiet part of the ship. Even though we did not have a balcony we were right outside the entire bow balcony on Deck 10. Only a very few people discovered this very special space and many times we had it to ourselves.
Port and Shore Excursions
The helicopter flight to Mendenhall Glacier has always been a highlight for me whether it was my first one in 1985 or the most recent one this September. Mother Nature is just incredible and the trip makes all those college geology courses come to life immediately upon setting down on the glacier and walking around for about 30 minutes. This time we had 3 young people who helped explain some things and help people from wandering too far away.
It is an expensive tour but I would save up and even do it a 3rd time should I return to Juneau.
The narration was very informative as I did not know before that stairways could be deemed legal streets. Living some 30 - 40 steps or more up off a main street would give you pause to consider what you needed each day. And as the narrator of the tour said, you would usually only forget something once.
It was a sunny beautiful day in Ketchikan and everyone was enjoying the incredible weather. The water was calm as our little Duck Tour boat made its way in and out of the water
Street Car Tour
Having been to Skagway once before we chose the Street Car tour this time. It was interesting to learn about the town and then ride up to the overlook to view the town and port. We stopped at the cemetery to learn about the town villains of times gone by. The White Pass Scenic Railway tour is also worth taking.
We stayed in a hotel the night before our cruise which we usually do. It is much more relaxing and less stressful on all of us to do this. We are then able to board the ship at our leisure rather than rushing to the ship from an airport after flying most of the day.